Corona del Mar Hotel & Apartments
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... sand roads and zero traffic lights are appealing. Did see a couple of Alto (Stop) signs though. The island was split (now called the Split, funnily enough) by a hurricane some years ago, so we were near the top of the south Island, where a Cantina was sited right by the water's edge. Watched a bit of a World Cup game here with scores of youngsters. Was tempted to try and swim the 50m split between the islands, but the current is treacherous, and no one else ...
... never been to a place where there was so many golf buggies driving around. Every man and his dog seemed to have one. To top it off, there wasn’t a golf course in sight...
We were determined to do at least a couple of dives in Belize and although we couldn’t secure the Blue Hole dive, we booked in for a couple of dives just off the coast. ...
... no swimming for me today. I was heading back to the hotel before dinner and Stephanie and I came across the sign outside the police station stating that Drugs are banned (I've posted the picture), despite it being up, it didn't seem to stop anyone offering you weed or Cocaine. I think I must have been offered the stuff at least 4 or 5 times. Seriously... I mean, do I really look like a druggie? Dinner was at the 'Enjoy It Bar ...
... members, so lots of space and lots more island punch for us. Unfortunately the weather wasn't fantastic and we didn’t exactly see the sun set, however we did enjoy the use of the sailing boat and the fresh conch cerviche served to us.
We rounded out the evening with a very expensive dinner at a place called Rainbow, where I enjoyed my conch burrito, but Janelle was fairly disappointed with her lobster mash.
Generally, however, for new years eve celebrations ...
... we weaved in and out of the stalagmites and stalactites. The visibility was not great and the Blue Hole is about 110m deep, but below us we could see a couple of Caribbean Reef Sharks.
The second dive was at a place called Half-moon Caye and was one of my favourite ever during which we had close encounters with Black Tipped Sharks, Spotted Eagle rays, Sea Turtles and Barracuda.
The third dive was pretty uneventful in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Corona del Mar Hotel & Apartments San Pedro
We have been staying @ Corona Del Mar for over 12 years now. The staff is friendly, rooms are clean, location is GREAT!! You can't beat this for the $. AND the rum punches aren't bad either!!
Great Place, Great People, Great Value!!!!!!
We have have been going to Anmbergris Caye for years and have always stayed at the Corona Del Mar (Woody's Place). We love the staff. You can't get nicer people anywhere at any price. The place is always clean and the view is wonderful.It is also the only place that has an elevator. My Husband and I highly recommend this hotel.
Corona del Mar, Woodies, is the Best!
Since 1992 Corona del Mar has been the place that Loyola volunteer nurses have made our first choice in San Pedro. The comfort level of the staff and guests is wonderful, whether it be setting up a day of sailing or searching for a new restaurant, they are tops. They care about their guests, are extremely informative about Belize and the Cayes and definitly make ones stay special. I give it an excellent!
Loved San Pedro and the people at Corona del Mar
It was our second stay at Corona. The front desk (Miriam and Pamela) was very helpful with making our plans and daily activities. Our apartment was kept clean daily by my new friend, Conception. The rest of the staff, Frank, Gilbert, and JR all aim to please and are happy to do so.
We definitely will be back this year and plan to stay for 2 wks!
Our favorite restaurants are Caramba and Caliente. Rico's eggs benedict was excellent, too. We loved the fishing and the snorkling. Emmett enjoyed his dives.
See you soon, Corona del Mar!
-Becki and Emmett
San Jose, CA
Let me just say that this was our first trip to Belize. It was stated in some Vacation liturature to be the most modern Country in the area. Well in some aspects it was O.K. but most others were less than avarage. Most roads are poor to just O.K. On the norm A/C is mainly in your hotel rooms but not in most restaurants or bars. Food/drink is not as cheap as I was to expect, comparing it to Cozumel. But now too bad overall.
But as far as the Resort,, excellent for the price. Very friendly staff. "Woody" the owner is a character & very sociable. Nice large modern clean rooms (ours had a balcony) & amenities. Had it's own mini fridge & bottled water. A contiental brakefast was included with fresh fruit daily. Had a "self help bar", where you went by the honor system . Drinks were cheap here, 1.00 for local Belekin Beer & 1.50 for a Rum Punch. No restaurant or pool or jacauzzi. But they have an agreement with the Resort next door to share there facilities. Belize has beaches but they are filled with sea grass. We are both divers so we signed up for 3 days of scuba dives. We are used to Cozumel & Grand Cayman dives. Well,,, Belize is quite different. First of all there is a constant swell of 3-5ft. A lot of the divers were sick, I wasen't). Almost all the dive boats I saw had 15 or more people (we are used to 6 or 8). The dives were O.K. but nothing fantastic. Sure you could go the the "Bule Hole" dive sight for over 100.00 p/p but it takes 2 hrs to get there. I saw a lot of people going out in boats with guides to Bonefish. This sport is suppost to be the best in the world. I guess it is. I wish the diving was.
The resort, & overall food was very good,, but would we go back,,, well,, probably not.
Nice place, Nice people, Nice Price
Corona Del Mar is a great place to stay for value conscious guests who really want to explore Ambergris Caye on a personal level.
I have stayed there on two visits, once in back and once in front rooms. For a moderate price, you will get everything you need - airconditioning and ceiling fans to keep you cool, in-room refrigerator to keep those Belikens cool, veranda for kicking back and watching the wave action on the reef, a horseshoe pit that sees some good action, an elevator, a continental breakfast on the beach, a wharf for boating activities and falling off of when the mood suits, and a charming staff that will do their best to make your stay enjoyable. Also close to many good restaurants.
Woody, the owner, is a long time resident of Belize and knows everybody. He has a wonderful warm personality and a zillion interesting tales. This hotel is next to Coconuts Hotel which has a beach side pool, but no wharf - so Woody shares his wharf and Coconuts shares their pool - and it's all okay. Many of the guests I met there are regular visitors to the island and they plan their trips for when they can get a room at Woody's. It's about a 10 minute beach walk into downtown San Pedro - barefoot with a Beliken.
Corona Del Mar is a charming place to stay - but not for the pretentious.
My husband and I stayed at Corona del Mar in June 2003. We had a great experience. This was our honeymoon and I booked everything for the trip via the internet, so we weren't sure what to expect (that's our style). We were overall happy with Corona. The only problems we had were two nights when the power went off, but this effected the whole island, so not really Corona's fault. It was REALLY hot though, so those nights weren't as enjoyable. I think it has a great location if you want somewhere quiet. Staff were nice, and many people staying at the hotel seemed to always be talking and socializing. We're not very extroverted and meeting people wasn't the point of our trip ;) but we appreciated the nice atmosphere. The snorkel trips arranged via the front desk were awesome and soooo cheap (compared to Hawaii and the Great Barrier Reef, my other two ocean experiences). I would recommend the Corona, just don't expect luxury rooms. You'll get nice enough clean rooms that are in a great location, close to the water, and friendly service at a good price.
How could anyone not like Corona?
How could anyone not like Corona del Mar? It's clean, quiet and Woody is a pleasure to visit with.When you visit Belize, keep your perspective. Your in a third world country with very limited resources. If you want a 5 star resort with people catering to your every need, go to Cancun. Belize is just what it is, a slightly crude but beutiful country. Go see it and enjoy yourself.
Great for $
I stayed there about a year ago, before I knew about trip advisor, when I read the review that was in here I had to write mine! Woody and his wife are very nice, with a ton of knowledge about the island, I actually purchased property while here I loved it so much. Woody even had his boat take me to look at several plots and gave me great contacts, all I paid for was the fuel I used! My clean room was 3rd floor balcony ocean front with a great breeze, never used a/c. The breakfast was nice and punch all day a treat. We played horseshoes every evening with staff when they where done working, swam off pier, which is normal because of sea grass off shore, Belize is very much into saving enviroment, and there is alot of fish..that live in sea grass. We had a problem with plumming one day when we returned from town "it was all good" as Frank would say because he takes great pride in his work! If you watch the sunrise you'll see him racking the beach to make ready for your enjoyment. Elvia's kitchen is great for seafood, Blue water grill is excellent, pizza across road from Woody's good also. Often if you didn't want to walk you could catch a ride from Woody or this staff, when they'd see us walking the road they'd stop& offer. GO ENJOY!
It's Not All Good!
Corona del Mar is a clean, well priced budget property on a typical Ambergris beach. The sunset room my daughter and I stayed had a refrigerator, airconditioning, and cable tv. The property is about a ten to fifteen walk along the beach from downtown San Pedro. There is a free so so continental breakfast, and free rum punch in the small lobby. We had free access to the pool next door at Coconuts, which also had a very good restaurant, Rasta Pasta.
Trips can be arranged at the front desk, and Woody the owner has his own oceanside wharf. Overall, I had a good time at the Corona, but there are some problems.
New units are being constructed, and workers began hammering around 6:30 AM. Problems with toilets were greeted with a shrug of the shoulders by Woody, who is pleasant enough, but who may have burned out in Margaritaville. Most of the day we could find him in the lobby watching Nascar and playing solitaire.
One fellow named Frank walked around all day spouting "it's all good" when clearly it wasn't.
The two young women at the front desk, Kelly and Pamela, are competent and conscientious, but a doobie smoking young man named Chris supposedly arranged a rental for us that never happened. When we tried to ask him about it, he simply walked away.
Corona del Mar could use a little Hotel Managment 101, but if you don't mind the Jimmy Buffet wannabes staffing and staying there, it is an ok relaxing place.