Ramon’s Village Resort — very nice overall. Great dive shop staff; a tightly run (yet friendly) operation with knowledgeable and professional dive guides; dive shop very professional, customer-centric operation.
Resort rooms were OK — cute but nothing special. "Seaside" rooms really aren’t worth the premium over garden view — don’t really have a view of the water.
Restaurant at resort was OK but not special (staff was great but food was very average), but resort is close to town so there are a lot of other dining options.
Belize diving was very good, though most sites looked very much alike (all spur and groove reef structure). Best animal sightings: enormous eagle ray; three baby mola mola’s (approx. 1′ long each) swimming together.
Ramon's Village Resort
Ramon's Village Resort is located in the scuba diving town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, Belize. They have 61 Tahitian style cabanas and 10 cottages at Steve and Becky's across the street. So the resort is cloistered in a Polynesian jungle like settling. Even the roofs are authentically handcrafted thatched roofs like those you would see in a pacific island village. These modern huts come with a...
Ramon's Village Resort -- very nice overall. Great dive shop staff; a tightly run (yet friendly) operation with knowledgeable and professional dive guides; dive shop very professional, customer-centric operation. Resort rooms were OK -- cute but nothing special. "Seaside" rooms really aren't worth the premium over garden view -- don't really have a view of the water. Restaurant at resort was OK but not special (staff was great but food was very average), but resort is close to town so there are a lot of other dining options. Belize diving was very good, though most sites looked very much alike (all spur and groove reef structure). Best animal sightings: enormous eagle ray; three baby mola mola's (approx. 1' long each) swimming together.
Ramon's Village was great for the most part. The accomodations were so sweet and clean too. The staff was pretty good. The food and wait staff were very good and friendly. We rented a golf cart one day, battery operated. Steve specifically asked if there was enough juice to get us to the one end of the island and back. They assured us there was. Not so, we had to take turns pushing it back to town, sent Emmett off with two girls to drop him off at Ramon's, Ramon's came back with another cart and IT broke down. I finally started walking back and we left the cart in the street. Needless to say they didn't charge us for the cart. ONLY rent a gas powered cart from someone else. As far as the diving...well, it isn't their fault but it was bad. Bad vis, no fish, 10-12 foot swells. The best part, they didn't charge us for the dives we couldn't/wouldn't do. That's the first time that has happened for us. I do have to say they probably shouldn't have taken us out the first day, it was the worst and they really couldn't take us any further than straight out from Ramon's. We would return to Ramon's though.
The accomodations at the village was nice and the food very good. The only thing that truly made an impact was the attitude of the manager of the dive shop. In a world where people value good service and civility it was shocking that Robert, the manager, had such a negative and rude attitude when dealing with the clients. If it had been only one day I could have brushed it off as "having a bad day" but it was every day in dealing with him. There were several couples that experienced the same interaction. So it is sad that the "great dive masters" have to have a boss that effects their ratings.
Ramon's Village was nice, service was great, and the dive shop has easy access. We stayed at the Belizean Princess which was right across the street and is owned by Ramon's. The town has grown a lot since we were there 12 years ago, and tons of traffic, golf carts, 4 wheelers, trucks, tractors, etc. There is a lot of great places to eat in town so don't spend all of your time at the resort. Go to Licks Beachside Café for Key Lime Pie, to die for. It has upstairs patio overlooking the water which is a great place to eat, relax, and have a Belikin. It was windy and we could not dive a couple of days but the shop reimbursed us for that. Angel Sandra, Angel Angelia, and the dive master spotted a Hammerhead shark and the dive master said there have been only a couple of sightings in his 34 year career there. We also dove the marine reserve (max 26') for some real close up looks at turtles, nurse sharks, eels, etc. The overall diving was good, nothing super exceptional to see but if you haven't been there, you need to go. I have been to the Caye Caulker twice now and it hasn't grown as bad as San Pedro. I talked to a couple of people and they said the diving was great there. It might be worth the 1/2 hour boat ride over to try it out. We also booked a day excursion to the Mayan Ruins near Belize City. Also a Zip Line tour and Cave Tubing was really a kick. Bike rentals are available for $8.00 a day and a great way to see the island. Plenty to do there when it's too windy to dive.
Everything about Ramon's is wonderful and nothing is too much trouble. Highly recommended
Ramon's was great. Service, food, accommodations, dive boat and the crew were spot on. For some reason, it wasn't my favorite diving. Not much marine life, like at Bonaire or Anthony's Key.
The resort was excellent. Food, service and facilities all first-rate. The diving was mediocre. For some reason, the reef was almost devoid of fish. We saw lots of sharks, because the divemasters feed them. Very few other fish, very little marine life on the reef.