How do we get to San Pedro from the international airport?
We are happy to arrange your transportation from the international airport to Ambergris Caye. The two options for getting here include either hopping on a small prop plane that takes about 15 minutes to reach the island, or taking a taxi into Belize City itself and catching the water taxi which is about a 2-hour journey.
Once you are in San Pedro, take a taxi to the hotel and we will reimburse the driver upon arrival.
What type of electricity does Belize use?
We have 110V outlets, the same as in the United States. However, we do have frequent power outages and “brownouts” on the island so keep electronics and other appliances unplugged when not in use.
Do we need a golf cart to get around?
Not necessarily! There are plenty of places within walking (or taxi) distance of Isla Bonita Yacht Club, but we are happy to help arrange a golf cart rental with one of our preferred vendors for the duration, or even just one day, of your stay.
What is nearby Isla Bonita Yacht Club?
Directly across the street we have one of the best fruit and vegetable stands on the island. There are several markets within a short walk. Walking to town takes about 10-15 minutes, or you can take a taxi into town as well.
Are the condos fully furnished?
Units are furnished and contain everything you should need for your stay. If you wish to cook at home, we have gas stoves that need to be lit upon each use. We can show you how to use the stove or any other appliance you may not be used to.
If there Wi-Fi in the rooms?
Each unit has Wi-Fi, but keep in mind that we are on an island, so it’s not necessarily as fast as you are used to. Also, brief outages are common so please be patient and remember, we are just as frustrated as you are when the Internet goes out!
Is the water safe to drink?
While some people do, we recommend using only bottled water as not everyone’s gastrointestinal system can handle the sudden change. We provide guests with bottled water in the rooms.
Is there a restaurant onsite?
No, we do not have a bar or restaurant onsite, but as we mentioned above, there are restaurants and bars in town, and markets nearby for those who want to pick up supplies for their unit.
Where do we book activities?
Our knowledgeable staff is willing to help book all your tours and activities. Just let us know at least 24 hours in advance, and for the more specialized tours, it’s better if you can give us more advance notice. Not every tour operates every day – weather and low season can affect availability. Many tour operators work together, especially in low season, so the more time you give us to work with your schedule, the greater the chance we can put together a perfect itinerary.
What are typical mealtimes on the island?
If you’re used to late dinners like many destinations in Europe, you will find that most restaurants close their kitchens around 9 pm. There are a few places that still offer food later than that, or you will need to do what most locals and expats do – visit the “street meat” carts in Central Park after 10pm. Places that serve breakfast typically open between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., as many people do early tours. Lunch is typically 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and some restaurants do close between lunch and dinner. Also, many places close one day a week, so it’s good to ask ahead of time if you have your heart set on eating at a specific restaurant. Sundays and Mondays are the most common closed days.
Is there an ATM nearby?
The closest ATM to Isla Bonita Yacht Club is Scotiabank, just across the street from the Tropic Air terminal in town. There is a fee to use this ATM, but it’s one of the most reliable ATMs in town for foreign cards.
Are credit cards accepted everywhere?
Hotels/resorts and larger bars, restaurants, retail stores, groceries, and tour operators typically accept Visa and MasterCard. However, expect to keep cash on hand for small food stalls and restaurants, vegetable stands, taxis, tips, artisan vendors, gas for your golf cart, etc. There are a handful of places that still accept American Express and Discover, but not many. And, don’t assume they still do even if there is a sticker on the door – be sure to ask!
What is the nightlife like?
In general, bars close between 10 p.m. and midnight, with midnight the absolute latest unless they have a special permit to stay open later. You’ll find live music and karaoke at some bars in town, while others have themed nights like hermit crab races, movie nights, trivia, and more. If you want to go dancing, we only have two clubs on the island, with Jaguars being the more favored option, but they are only open Thursday through Saturday nights.
What items should I definitely bring with me to the island?
We recommend a light waterproof jacket no matter what time of year you are visiting. We have mosquitos and sandflies on the island, so bring insect repellent and long pants if you are prone to getting bit easily. Sunscreen is a must, and we recommend buying a brand that is non-damaging to the reef. You can buy sunscreen and bug repellent here on the island, but expect to pay a hefty surcharge.
Are groceries expensive?
They definitely can be. Remember, we are on an island! Some American products are available, but they can be very pricey. If you have your favorite snacks (and they are items permitted to bring into the country), you may want to consider packing them otherwise you may not find them or need to pay a lot more for them here. Always check the expiration date on perishable items you purchase as well. Stores try to keep an eye on expiration dates, but it’s not uncommon to see things slip through the cracks.
What about medical emergencies on the island?
Unfortunately, Ambergris Caye does not have a hospital or advanced medical care available, but we do have the Polyclinic which can handle some medical emergencies. Anything really severe will require transport to Belize City for advanced diagnostics and hospitalization.
We fell in love with Isla Bonita Yacht Club and want to live here forever! Is that a possibility?
Of course, we hope that is what all our guests say, but we know it’s not possible for everyone! But, for those who are interested in long-term opportunities, we do occasionally have some units that become available for long term rentals or units that go on the market. Let us know, as we are also happy to recommend a reliable and trusted realtor if you are serious about looking at real estate opportunities elsewhere on the island during your stay.