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Historical Traveler Reviews Coco Plum Island Resort Dangriga
Our best vacation to date
My wife and I have been planning for this trip since December of 2005 so we were anxious to get to Coco Plum Caye. The trip down was painless - direct from Atlanta to Belize City. Customs was quick and Tropic Air got us on a flight to Dangriga a half hour early, so we're already off to a good start. Once in Dangriga, Tropic Air called the local Coco Plum Cay office to let them know we were early and 5 minutes later we were met by the island manager, Salem, for the boat ride out to the island. If for some reason, you don't want to get your clothes wet, I would suggest asking to stop at the office to change clothes, because there's a good chance you'll get wet on the ride over. Personally, I didn't mind, but I know some who wish they'd not dressed so nicely. But the water was warm and the Belikin was cold, so I thought it was a pretty nice ride. Once on the Island, Robert (boat captain, bartender, tour guide and all around great guy) fixed us a Pina Colada while our bags were delivered to our cabana (Cabanakimi). Salem gave us a tour of this tiny, yet beautiful island, let us know when meal times were and introduced us to the rest of the guests and staff. Our first dinner was delicious (thanks Yvette) and served with a smile (Vanessa's a cutie). We talked with the other guests and after dinner got to know the others, including the staff, while drinking Belikins or whatever under the stars. It was a good first day. Subsequent days held their own adventure. Snorkeling at Tobacco Caye, Glovers Reef and Saltwater Caye. Scuba at Tobacco Caye (Reef's Inn). Hiking up Antelope Falls at the Mayflower Bocawina National Park. We also chose to lounge on the island for a couple of days. This place has lots of places to catch up on reading or simply catching a nap. It also has a private area with a gate and do not disturb sign where you can swim au natural if you so desire.
Overall, this place was just terrific. The staff was very helpful, knowledgeable and very, very friendly. The food was delicious, the water was warm and clear, the tours were fun and included some of the best snorkeling and diving we've ever experienced. Our last morning was rainy, but the entire staff and all the guests gathered in the bar and at the dock to send us off. It was all really quite special. Ask if we would ever return? The answer is not if but when. When will we return? As soon as possible. Thank you Michelle and Bas for creating such a special island with such a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Thank you Salem, Byron, Vanessa, Gilbert "Temperature", Yvette, Chelle, Lynden and Julio for taking the time to befriend us and making us feel so welcome. And a special thanks to Robert. This guy is something else. Quite and unassuming. One of the nicest people you'll ever meet.
Keep the Belikin cold. We'll see y'all soon.
Having never written a review I feel compelled to write about Coco Plum. This was perhaps the best holiday we have ever been on. If you are expecting marble floors, 14 'high ceilings, crowds, buffet lines and 7 swimming pools, you're looking at the wrong spot. Coco Plum is VERY quiet. There are 5 cabanas, a dining room and a lounge area. The staff are very friendly and accommodating. The amenities are basic but you have access to everything you need. They work very hard at keeping things clean and keeping their guests happy. There a 3 wonderful meals a day and yes...there was plenty of fruit. My wife became somewhat nervous reading one of the review on this site so sure enough, we had to pack snacks 1/2 way around the world and for what?? For nothing!
For the ultimate test I ask myself "would I go back?". The Answer...."In a heart beat I would." Thank-you Coco Plum!
We loved this place and the people!
I don't normally write reviews, but I think my wife and I might have been at Coco Plum at the same time the previous reviewer was. I say this because the tone of her comments sounds very familiar.
We found the meals to be excellent Belizian cuisine. Much better than our previous stay 6 years ago. It true, there are no cheeseburgers or hotdogs for snacking between meals, but then, this isn't just another big chain hotel with a few palm trees for tropical atmosphere. The homemade bread, new each day, was a highlight.
We got on well with the staff, especially Mike, and we are now glad to consider them our friends. The fact they are "locals" is irrevelent; this isn't Orlando!
We took the Mayan ruins tour, and would recommend it to everyone. Likewise the snorkeling... especially for kids.
You shouldn't expect perfect American corporate efficiency in all these things: just settle back and go with the slower, relaxed charm of Belize. Sip a beer, enjoy the quiet, meet new friends.
Week at coco plum
Spent a week on cocoplum after many questions and conversations with joan who books the resort from the U.S.
Before we booked, everything was no problem. When we got there, all that was promised was a problem. The resort manager Amire, is really a handyman, in my opinion, in over his head with the job.
As for the food, YUK was for most meals. There were 12 guest when we were there, and the cook really cooked for about 6. There were few to no fruit and vegtables mostly starchy stuff like 2 or 3 different kinds of starch on each dinner plate with a meat. One morning we were told there was no fruit today, because there just wasn't any. We went on a day trip and went to the market to buy our own fruit and veggies to take back, they were very reasonalby priced so I could never figure out why they didn't serve them, other than you saw watermellon and bannanas getting off loaded but never saw them being served to the guests. I think the staff ate them. As for staff, they are all locals and you never saw the owners. Even when we had problems, the manager wanted us to speak to michele the owner, but the call was never made and she never showed up.
As for the day trips, they charge 125 US dollars for them. They boat you to the mainland. The boat driver hops in the van and drives you to the location, pays the local admission and tours you through whatever you signed up for. The addmission for what we did was 5$ US. the van ride was 1/2 hour, the packed lunch was gross. On the way back from the day trip they toured us around the small town again and again, till he had no more excuses we found out we had to wait to pick someone up from the airport. We wasted 3 hours doing the big wait.
As far as hot water on the island. They have a plastic rainshower overhead that has a heating source in it. It heats the water as it goes through so the water is very poor pressure, the best part though is the electrical wires are exposed with the marretts also exposed. I'm surprised no one has ever been electricuted.
You also can't flush toilet paper, you must put the paper in the trash can, this includes all toilet paper. The maid picks up the bags everyday and our cabin had a cement plateform where the bags collected were put. If we looked out our bedroom window, there was always a collection of bathroom bags with poopy toilet paper in them.
If you order wine, there are no wine glasses on the island so you get the wine in beer glasses, measured out to only fill the beer glass 1/4 full.
If you are hungry between meals TOO BAD no food, no snacks, no chips to buy nothing.
There is no bottled water. You get a 5 gallon dispensor in your room but no ice, so water is warm.
There is no juice either, my kids spent the week drinking pop because there was nothing else.
Butter was served one morning, so I spread it on the bread and took a bite, It was some kink of butter flavored crisco because the texture stuck to the roof of my mouth, gross.
I spent a week at Coco Plum and loved everything about it! The food was excellent with a nice variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, etc. We never had the same thing twice. The cabanas are very nice-loved the big front porch and hammock. Hot water and electricity are available 5 pm to 8 am. AC is available at night but we never needed it. The island never has more than 10 guests so it's peaceful and we met some wonderful people during the trip. The island itself is beautiful with gorgeous clear blue water all around. We never found ourselves bored and really liked having the option of some inland trips (highly recommend the trip to see the Mayan ruins) and snorkeling trips to the reef. Our snorkeling guide, Peter, always snorkelled with us and went out of his way to point out and identify what we were seeing-we spotted a 6 foot nurse shark on the first outing! The staff love to play volleyball if the guests are willing. Evenings were fantastic with most guests socializing on the deck, stargazing, looking for Eagle Rays right beside the dock, listening to some island tunes and drinking some tasty Belize beers (be sure to ask Byron to make you a pina colada). Pack plenty of sunscreen and bugspray. If you are looking for a remote location in paradise with some of the nicest people you'll ever meet (staff and guests), go to Coco Plum. You won't be disappointed. We definitely plan to go back.
An ABSOLUTE must !!!!
CocoPlum was the most wonder experience! There is a lot of solitude, adventure, and relaxation in one. The island resort is small enough where you feel as if you are being catered to day and night. The staff is amazing! We were so sad to leave the beauty of the island/environment but we were even more sad to leave the people! There is no suprises, it is exactly what they say but better! The food was wonderful EVERY time and the drinks are to be miss when you leave. Bottom line... words/ pictures can not describe this place. What ever you want they will find a way to make it work! They were always saying "this is YOUR vacation". If you are debating on what resort to stay at(as we were) this is definitely the one! We got to go around and see the other resorts and were SO glad we went with CocoPlum. We can hardly wait to go back! Email me if you have any question I'd be glad to help!
We Loved Everything About It
My wife and I went to Coco Plum for our Honeymoon and spent a little over a week there. It is a beautiful island and the perfect environment for relaxing. If you want to be active there is also plenty do and see. We were extremely impressed by the staff and the quality of food. They couldn't have employed a nicer group of people. Having experienced the service on the mainland for a short time we defidently appreciated the staff at Coco Plum.
Normally at the end of vacations we are ready to return home. Not this time at all. There is so much more we want to do when we return again in the future. If you stop by give everyone a big hello from John and Michaelann
Absolutely the best honeymoon destination!
My husband and I recently spent out honeymoon at Coco Plum. We loved every minute of our stay there! The owners, Boss and Michelle, are great people and do a really good job running this place! They even stayed on the island a couple of days when we were there. Their staff were very attentive and made us feel very much at home. Mike, the bartender/snorkeling and fishing quide, was great. We hope he is still there when we go back next year!
The food was wonderful. We looked foward to each meal, wondering what kind of fresh, authentic food Gloria, Yvette and Donna had cooked up for us to fiest on next. Everything was fresh and the homemade breads were to die for!
We did the all-inclusive package, which allowed us to go on 2 half day snorkeling trips and a 1 day fishing trip. They actually cooked some of the fish we'd caught for us to eat that night. It was delicious. We kayaked around the island one day and walked to one of the ajoining islands, which of course was beautiful. All local drinks were free and we were able to have one free cocktail a day. And when you go on day trips, they pack you a delicious lunch with drinks. They really catered to all of our needs!
It was pretty breezy during our stay, which turned out to be a blessing because it kept the sand flees away and also kept us cool during the day. There is A/C in each cabana, but the only time you can use it and the only time you would need it is during the evening starting at 5:00 pm. You also have hot/warm water to shower with in the evenings and mornings before the generators are turned off during the day.
I strongly recommend Coco Plum for anyone who is looking for a quite, secluded area to just get away from everything in your everyday life! It was great for our honeymoon. There were 2 other couples staying on the island while we were there. It was nice to have a few other people there to visit with, but you could also just stay hidden away with you honey if you didn't want to be disturbed. The day we left, we were already planning our next trip to the island for our 1 year anniversary. We just can't wait to go back!
I hope this review helps you make your decision to stay at Coco Plum!
Couldn't get enough of the nothingness...
We had planned to stay here 3 nights...thinking that any more solitude might drive us stark raving mad. We ended up bartering our pre-paid beachfront room at Jaguar Reef away one night at a time as we could, to, opportunistically, extend our stay on Coco Plum. When our luck ran out and we had to return to Jaguar Reef (after 6 nights), we paddled the Sittee River in the morning...and then took the 1:30 boat back to Coco Plum to see our friends and finish counting the zillions of starfish.
I agree with all the comments by the D.C. trip advisor, so I won't repeat. If you like to kayak, you can go island to island easily. (These islands used to all be CoCo Plum, proper, before the hurricane cuts occurred.) Lots of interesting things to see: Bird Island (a must), the mangroves on the other side of the island from the resort--full of snapper; huge schools of fish to swim with + pods of dolphins that like to "kayak" with you...
The hurricane cuts are so shallow you can literally walk island to island or just recline on the white sand in inches of water and let it wash over you.
It's an idyllic, tho simple, paradise. Kathy, the manager, works her butt off. Hopefully you will catch her during one of her "10 days on" periods--before her break when she returns to her husband and children. She is gracious and a lovely person. If you meet her, tell her "Hi" from Mary and Goldie and that we'll see her again some day.
And PLEASE...don't tell too many many people about this little piece of heaven.
Truly a Beautiful and Deserted Tropical Island
My wife and I spent 4 wonderful honeymoon nights on Coco Plum. Please, go look at the pictures on the website and remember that it is three times more beautiful in real life. It is truly a beautiful, deserted island in the Carribean, everything we wanted. And the price is amazingly affordable. But keep in mind it is not a five-star facility.
Don't get me wrong, the beach houses were lovely and spacious, with a covered front porch, nice clean room, and a private bath. But it is a small island with only seven bungalows, three staff, and a boat driver. The sheets are not changed every night and the a/c is turned off from 8 am to 4 pm. This isn't as bad as it sounds because you always have a day trip that's included in the package, and your rarely in the room during the day. Only other complaint -- the bathrooms are on a septic system and they ask you to deposit toilet tissues in the trash not the toilet -- kind of gross.
The island itself is a tropical paradise, mangrove clusters and palm trees spotting pristine white beaches with soft, fine sand. Turquiose water laps gently against the pier and the thatch roofed bar built right over the water. The island is practically empty except for you and a few other guests. Plenty of comfortable chairs set under the thatch roof and beneath palm trees. The water is perfect and shallow, you can wade 100 yards out or walk to neighboring island. The bar is self-serve, just feel free to sip a local beer or create your own frozen drink. The cook and server are usually happy to whip you up some of the island specialties if you ask nicely.
Snorkel gear and kayaks are free, take a trip around the island and spend a day in the isolated hammocks in the palm tree forest on the opposite end. You can waste away the day with a book or sign up for one of nine or ten day trips. The four we did were a blast. The boat ride (not a spacious cruiser) takes 20 minutes and can be a bit bumpy.
Night life is casual but fun. Take it easy with the island staff and the other guests while sipping a cocktail or dancing to the music. Hermit crabs come out in the thousands at night, and sting rays hideout by the pier.
The food is hit or miss, there's only one choice per night, whatever the cook feels like making. We loved some of it, but other stuff was average at best. Breakfast is probably the best meal. Never saw many bugs but would end up with a couple bites a day. I'd suggest spending four or five night on coco plum and then heading to the resort's more luxurious home base of Jaguar Reef Lodge for four or five more.
I would definately recommend Coco Plum for those with a taste for solitude, adventure, beauty, and a touch of comraderie.