St. Georges Caye Resort Belize - Diving, Fishing, Spa Resort

Is there a difference between an overwater cabana and an over-the-water bungalow?

Is there a difference between an overwater cabana and an over-the-water bungalow?

You’re dreaming about a tropical vacation and you soon find yourself spending hours searching the internet for the perfect little room on the beach. As you explore exotic destinations near and far (Bali! Belize! Hawaii!), drooling over the tropical rooms, some of them over the water, you will no doubt come across a wide array of descriptions, features, and amenities. You will notice that rooms may be called bungalows, cabanas, casitas, huts, etc. – with descriptions such as “private thatch cabana,” “thatch casita,” “romantic beach bungalow,” “over water casita,” “overwater bungalow,” “private cabana over the water,” “rustic beachfront cabana,” and more.

If you are like us, you start wondering, “What is the difference between a cabana and a bungalow? Why all these different terms?”  I just want a quiet, peaceful, relaxing setting on the beach, with a clean room by the water where I can sip my drink, get five-star service, and enjoy some SCUBA diving and snorkeling...



Of course you can go to your dictionary, or ask Siri – and you'll get the basic definition for “bungalow” and “cabana” and “casita.” But the fact is there is no one definition for these rooms and no one enforcing rules on what resorts call their rooms! Even identically appointed rooms at two different resorts can be called a cabana by one place, and called bungalow by another.

But the good news is: you don’t need to worry about it!

It’s not what the room is called that matters, but whether the features and the amenities fit what you want:

  • Do you want to stay in a regular hotel room, or something exotic and different?
  • Do you need air conditioning? TV? Room service? What other amenities are important?
  • Do you want to be on the beach, or are you looking for the “over the water” experience?
  • Do you want to be on a private island, or in a touristy area with beach bars?

As you explore your options (here is a great site:, look at the pictures, read room descriptions thoroughly, and it can even a good idea to contact the resort and ask them to confirm that the pictures on their website are current and accurately portray the condition of the rooms now, especially if you will be visiting a remote location that is less regulated.



If this is the first time you’ve traveled outside of the US, be prepared for the rooms to be a little different! The style, charm, and local aspects of the room will be a welcome change from the more sterile environment in which most North Americans live.

For example, the 12 cabanas (or bungalows, or casitas!) at St. George’s Caye Resort are far more than a place to sleep—each private cabana is like a work of art built by local staff using beautiful native hardwoods and featuring authentic thatch roofs, handmade curtains, and local artwork. Your bungalow also has a covered front porch (with handmade hammock!) where your coffee and fresh squeezed juice will be delivered each morning at sunrise.



We describe our cabanas as “rustic elegance” because they combine high-end amenities with a beach-hut experience. The en suite bathroom has Turkish towels, bathrobes, and a heated shower that is small and efficient (we filter all of our own water on the island), and the air conditioning works well combined with ceiling and floor fans to keep you cool, but not like it would in a standard hotel room (our rooms do not have insulation or drywall). The rooms do not have televisions or phones, and internet is only found in the main lodge/bar (time to unplug!). For most people this is exactly what they want—a true tropical experience with thatch ambience and ocean breezes.

Check out our photo gallery to see more of our cabanas.


Belize offers the shortest travel time to over-water bungalows from the US (just over 2 hours from Texas airports!) and for a much lower price tag than many of the resorts in Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the South Pacific.

So whether you are planning a romantic honeymoon, an anniversary trip, a SCUBA diving adventure, a family reunion or holiday, or just getting away with friends, if you want a thatch bungalow at a private island resort in Belize, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! (And remember, we include your airport transfers at no additional charge making travel even quicker and easier!)


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Some of the Best Activities in Belize are Free (for our Guests!)

Some of the Best Activities in Belize are Free (for our Guests!)

When planning a trip to Belize, guests often ask about the best available activities, both in the ocean exploring the Belize Barrier Reef and on the mainland exploring the jungles.

"I’ve got only 7 days, how much can I fit in?"

The answers is: a lot! Especially with our island's convenient location only 7 miles from Belize City and less than a mile from the Belize Barrier Reef - making both ocean and jungle adventures very easily accessible.


"What can I do that I’ve never done before? Can I learn to do something new, like sailing, snorkeling, or kayaking?" 

Belize offers a variety of adventures from zip-lining through the jungle canopy and cave-tubing down a river, to ocean activities like diving, snorkeling, and sailing. At our resort there are many opportunities to learn a new hobby or try something new - our local guides and friendly staff are here to help!


"How can I stretch my vacation dollar? Do you offer any FREE activities?"

If you're like most visitors to Belize, you want to squeeze in as much fun as possible (you can rest when you get home, right?). As you plan out your vacation budget, keep in mind that at St. George's Caye Resort we include many free water activities to make sure you get the most out of your time in Belize. Read on to learn more! 



Reflecting on our own experiences with vacations, when we planned what we would offer at St. George’s Caye we wanted to include a mix of free activities and premium tours. We knew many people would happily pay for valet SCUBA diving on the Belize Barrier Reef and the famous Blue Hole, guided excursions to the jungle to learn about Mayan ruins and culture, and to visit the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.


But we also knew guests would have lots of "down time" on the island - maybe a free afternoon after diving in the morning, or a day to unwind without a planned activity - and many need to be mindful of their vacation budget, even if they want to do it all. 

So that's why we provide a variety of complimentary water sports equipment and fun things to do that won’t cost you anything and let you experience the best of a Belize island resort...



We have a number of kayaks, both single and tandem (sure, your partner will paddle and let you sit back and enjoy!). View mangroves with a variety of sea birds, dolphins and manatees (yes, our guests see these incredible animals on a regular basis), southern rays, spotted eagle rays, lobster, etc.



The leeward (calm) side of our island is a large bay surrounded by mature mangroves. The water is generally about 2 to 4 feet deep, so no worries if you fall (or decide to take a refreshing dip in the ocean). This is great exercise, good for core strength, and totally fun!



You can use our snorkel gear any time and see a variety of sea life around our docks, or right off the leeward beach. We also provide guided snorkel trips over the coral reef, just a few minutes from St. George’s Caye, for a fee. This is well worth it because the reef is where you will see the most wildlife and colorful fish, and your guide will point things out that you could easily miss. BUT, you don’t have to pay to snorkel if you don't want to. 



We have had some of the most dedicated and well-traveled windsurfers visit us at St. George’s Caye and tell us that there is no place in the world where the conditions for windsurfing exceed what we have right in front of the caye! Glide and fly over the sparkling water alongside the Belize Barrier Reef – a magic carpet ride on water.


We have three Hobie Cat sailing vessels for complimentary guest use. Experienced sailors visit nearby islands when the winds are good (about 98% of the time), and guests who do not know how to sail are surprised to find that our staff will take them out, teach them the basics, and that they can then go out on their own right away.



Sparkling, clear, refreshing, warm enough to walk right in, long enough to swim laps, never crowded, pop-up water volleyball, lounge chairs poolside, sunning deck, shaded area with hammocks – need we say more?



We offer a no-risk program for guests to try scuba diving in our pool with a dive instructor. Get a safety briefing on the equipment and then try breathing underwater and learn a few basic diving safety procedures. Love it? Head on out to the reef for a Resort Dive down to 30 feet - or sign up to get Open Water Dive Certified!



Bocce ball, bar games, crab races, shell finding, magic tricks (when Leo is bartending!), card games, board games, and lots of hammock time, reading time, and time to get lost in the moment.

So please, come down and dive with dolphins and sea turtles, hunt some lion fish with us, go to the jungle with the best tour guides - but make sure you also plan to fill many hours with free use of our non-motorized water sports equipment and relaxing around the island. Kayaking, diving, and snorkeling offer some of the best ways to see the beauty of Belize. See you in paradise!


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Blues 'n Belize: How It Got Started on Our Little Island

Blues 'n Belize: How It Got Started on Our Little Island

Cap’n Ron, owner of St. George’s Caye Resort, is a music lover and has hosted musicians for house concerts on a number of occasions at his home in Portland, Oregon.  Resort manager Barry is a huge fan of Blues music and spent part of his career (before moving to Belize to manage St. George’s!) working with Grammy-award-winning Blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.

Both Cap'n Ron and Barry felt our private island resort offered a unique and intimate atmosphere for live acoustic music, so after reaching out to some industry connections, we hosted our first Blues 'n Belize with Doug MacLeod and Phil Wiggins in November 2015.  (Read more about the inaugural event: Blues in Belize :: A Private Island Blues Experience)


“My heart was full the entire week, full with the wonderful music of Phil and Doug and their generous teacher spirit, full with the beauty of St. George's Caye, full with the welcoming spirit of the staff and guests, with the other-world beauty of the reef. I must add that my stomach was full with the delicious meals prepared by Ernesto. I believe that we all felt the magic at some point during that special week.”
– Marc P., guest at Blues ‘n Belize 2015


We had so much fun

we just have to do it again,

and again!


Cap’n Ron is excited to announce our next Blues 'n Belize with
five-time Blues Music Award nominee Fiona Boyes.


At Blues ‘n Belize you get a tropical vacation with superior amenities AND the incredible experience of private “house concerts” with world-class musicians.

Spend your days lounging around our island paradise, enjoying complimentary watersports like kayaking, standup paddle boards, sailing, and swimming. Get a massage in the island spa or join our guides for snorkeling and diving on the Belize Barrier Reef, only a few minutes away by boat. Or take guided tours to the mainland to zip-line, cave-tube, or explore Mayan ruins in the jungle.


No matter how you fill your days, you’ll spend your evenings with a small group of interesting people (new friends!) from around the world – enjoying a delicious dinner on the oceanfront dining porch, then listening to live Blues music with a Belikin beer in your hand (or a drink with an umbrella, if you prefer).

Doesn't get much better than that, does it?!

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. We only have room for 25-30 guests for this incredible week of music in May. (But stay tuned -- more artists joining us later in 2016!)

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How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

If you're like me, when you travel, you want to get in as much FUN time as you can. The actual travel part - the planes, trains, and automobiles - can be fun but it's not FUN fun. Especially when you're heading to a secluded island paradise and you want to get on the beach as soon as possible


When planning how to get the most island time possible for your Belize vacation, it's important to take into account the location of the island and the transfer times required after you arrive in Belize.

  • How many hours will it take you to get there and back?
  • Do you need to take a plane and then a boat?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Does the resort offer transportation?


Most of the private island resorts in Belize are in the southern part of the country, which means another flight once you land in Belize City and go through customs and immigration. Most flights are less than 45 minutes, but you will wait up to an hour or two before boarding your local flight. Then you'll likely have a van ride and then finally a 45-60 minute boat ride to the island resort. It can be worth it if you have the extra time as the cayes (pronounced keys) off the coast of Belize are pretty breathtaking!

By far the most popular option for Belize travelers is a visit to the largest island, Ambergris Caye. More easily accessible than the outer atolls and southern cayes, Ambergris offers a wide variety of lodging options, from small hostels and hotels to large luxury resorts located several miles north and south of the main town of San Pedro. To get there you either fly from Belize International to San Pedro (about $300 USD per couple round trip), or if you arrive early enough in the day you can take a public water taxi from Belize City, a 75-minute ride to the San Pedro terminal. Once in San Pedro, most resorts include pickup and return to the airport or water taxi, which can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes by car or golf cart to 45 minutes by boat, depending on where your resort is located. 

So, how do you get the most beach time on your Belize vacation?


You stay at St. George's Caye Resort, of course! Our island resort is centrally located only 7 miles off the coast of Belize City making for quick and easy travel to and from the mainland. Only 20 minutes in fact. On a private boat. And then you're greeted with cool towels, tropical punch, and a friendly Belizean smile. 


From the time you exit customs at the Belize City Airport until you're sitting on the porch of your private cabana with a cool drink staring at the Caribbean is usually less than an hour – and it won’t cost you a penny!

Compared to the 3 or 4 hours or more that it can take to get to other island resorts - both coming and going - when you stay at St. George's, you get an extra day of vacation. And who doesn't want that?!



Call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to reserve your supremely relaxing, no-travel-stress vacation on our Belize Island Paradise. (Check out our specials page to see what we're offering during your preferred dates!) 

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Exciting News: Adventure Tours Now More Affordable!

Exciting News: Adventure Tours Now More Affordable!

Popular excursions like Cave Tubing, Zip Lining and exploring the ancient Mayan temples are thoroughly enjoyed by our guests, and to many visitors are a “must-do” while in Belize. And we can't blame them -- they're a lot of fun! Many of our packages include one or more of these popular Belize Adventures

Excursions to these popular jungle sites are provided in a number of ways by tour operators: 1) Some operators function only on the mainland and provide services at bare-minimum standards; 2) Some tour operators use busses and take 20, 30 or more people at a time; 3) And then there is the St. George’s Caye Experience -- We not only provide boat transfers as part of our tours; we take only small groups from the resort and our top-notch professional guides give personalized tours during which everyone can hear the information. 

Our premium service costs a bit more and that has been mentioned several times in online reviews. Although we will not diminish the quality of our tour experience in order to offer the cheapest prices, we are sensitive to how much a vacation can cost, and so we are always seeking ways to reduce costs and pass the savings on to our guests. 


Cap'n Ron has just reduced the prices for our most popular tours -- by over 20% when we have 4 or more guests participating! 

We hope this makes it so that even more of our guests can enjoy mainland adventure tours and make unforgettable memories in Belize. 



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Introducing earth friendly towels for your vacation

Introducing earth friendly towels for your vacation


We're sorry big terrycloth cotton towels - but we're breaking up with you. Your soft, I'll give you that. Your luxurious feel is not to be forgotten. But you're bulky, hard to carry around and you take too long to dry in this humid Caribbean climate. It's not you - it's us. We still love you and take you snorkeling with us - but in the intimacy of our bathrooms we're going to have to part ways. 


 Introducing stylish, colorful Turkish cotton pestemal towels



Pestemals are thin, large, dry quickly after use and are incredibly absorbent. An all-around better fit for the St. George's Experience. The owner and manager have been using these towels for some time and loved them so much that we decided to test them in our Oceanfront Cabanas for guest use. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we've made the change in all Cabanas. 


What is a Pestemal, anyway? 

A pestemal (pesh-te-mahl) is an authentic Turkish bath towel. They are flat-woven with hand-tied fringe, typically made of Turkish cotton. It is also known as a hamam towel as it is an essential element of the legendary Turkish bath experience.  Pestemals come in countless designs, textures, weights and colors.  The hand towel version of the pestemal is called a peskir (pesh-kir). You can read more about these great towels here through Indigo Traders and purchase one for yourself if you'd like! They also have a great Gift Giving section for unique gift ideas.



The new towels also help us to maintain an environmentally friendly resort. The Pestemals are so light weight making them more energy-efficient than our terry cloth towels. They dry more quickly after use, so they don't take on a musty smell. They don't need laundering as often. And when it comes time to wash them, they take much less space in the washer and much less time in the dryer. Saving water and energy. When the weather is good we can even let them dry outdoors! 


Breaking up is always hard to do. But usually for the better. In this case - we know its for the better. Better for the Earth, better for our guests and better for our climate here in Belize. We hope you enjoy them as we do!

Have you used the new towels? Let us know what you think.



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New Images of our Belize Paradise

New Images of our Belize Paradise

Out with the old - and in with the NEW! Just a bit before the new year begins, we are beginning again with updated and more accurate photos of what your St. George's Caye Resort experience will look and feel like. And we think you are going to love them.




Seattle based photographer Stuart Westmorland and his wife Robin joined us on the Caye for ten days to play and photograph. Capturing images not only of the property but the people enjoying a genuine St. George's experience. We intentionally chose to have the island photographed over many days rather than the traditional in and out, follow the list, commercial photography in order to give our viewer a more authentic picture of what it is like to actually be here. Updated Cabanas, relaxing spa, honeymooners laughing - the island is alive with joy and warm sunshine!




















We were even able to pull Stuart and Robin into the fun and adventure that is St. George's. So not only did we get some awesome photos - we also gained new long term guests and friends!

"My experience at Saint Georges Caye was beyond wonderful.  It was the perfect mix of peace and quiet, ample activities, with exemplary food and service on all fronts.  My scuba training was an unexpected delight and I highly recommend the experience for non-divers looking for a great location to take the plunge!" said Robin. 



 It is our pleasure to share with you our piece of paradise in Belize. Whether you are looking for adventure, diving, wanting to unwind on the tranquil beach - or all of the above - we have something just for you! From Kayaking to sailing the Hobie Cat's. From walking the luscious gardens to soaking up the sun at the beach or pool. St. George's Caye Resort can offer you variety of activities. 





More pictures coming soon to our Website - Facebook Page - Twitter & Pinterest Pages. Follow us to see more behind the scenes images of your next Belize Vacation! 


Want to share a picture with us? Use #ShareSt.Georges - we'd love to see your favorite images or here about your favorite memory.


Special thank you to photographer and artist, Stuart. Westmoreland can be reached via his website for your commercial or personal photography needs.

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Valet Diving :: A Unique Belize Diving Experience

Valet Diving :: A Unique Belize Diving Experience



What exactly does Valet Diving mean, you might be wondering.


At St. George's Caye Resort we pride ourselves on having one of the BEST dive teams in Belize, and perhaps even the world. Not only is the team experienced (over 7000 dives) but they are kind and helpful. If you have dove with us in the past you surely know either Freddy or Jose, our two main dive instructors, and the amazing finesse they demonstrate in their craft.


Freddy and Jose introduced us to what we now call "Valet Diving". Valet, by the way, is a French word referring to a man's personal servant.** Now while Freddy and Jose cannot be your personal servants for your entire stay at St. George's, they will be your personal dive assistants for your entire stay! Our dedicated dive team will rinse, carry to and from the boat, and safely store all of your gear. Every morning each diver's gear will be organized, clean and on the boat ready to go. All YOU need to do is show up ready to get wet! It is that easy. Clean your own mask, or have it done for you. Need fresh water on board to rinse your camera equipment? No problem! And underneath your seat on the boat will be a plastic tub for your shoes, sunglasses, phones or whatever small things you brought along. No more looking through each other's stuff wondering where your sunglasses ran off to or why you only have one shoe. You will also find plenty of water to hydrate and, my personal favorite, cookies and fruit for a light snack between and after dives.


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Traveling to Lighthouse Reef or Blue Hole? Our Valet Dive Team also coordinates with our kitchen staff to prepare and bring along breakfast and lunch! Special drink requests while on your dive trip? Simply let the team know what you want.


How can we provide such a high level of quality service to our divers? You might ask. This too is simple. We cater to divers, on average 6 per dive, and dive groups of no more than about 25. Keeping the numbers small ensures quality of care for you, your dive equipment, and your dive experience.


**{SIDE NOTE: Did you know a "batman" is a soldier or airman assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant?}

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Outdoor Oceanfront Dining Now Open

Outdoor Oceanfront Dining Now Open

We are very excited to unveil our new outdoor oceanfront dining at St. George's Caye Resort. Sitting between our amazing almond tree and the Sand Bar lounge, the elevated and covered deck is 600 square feet of heaven. Boasting an eastward view of the beach and the Caribbean Sea guests dine in style all day long -- enjoying the uninterrupted views and shade during daytime meals, and the warm breeze and gentle overhead lighting for evening meals. Guests can also feel free to use the space between meals to access the wi-fi internet conection, read a book, or simply relax. Our morning coffee and breakfast station -- featuring fresh local fuit and fresh granola with coconut right from the island-- is now located here between 7-10am.

Before & After Photos
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Our dedicated and talented staff has been hard at work for weeks building this incredible outdoor space, battling rain and winds along the way. Carlos, Jose and Fredis led the crew of talented young Belizeans. All materials and labour were purchased locally in Belize. The covered deck features a stunning white mahogany paneled ceiling. Belizean specialty woods Santa Maria and Chechem, or black poisonwood, make the strong railing and foundation while beautiful non-slip tiles finish out the floor.

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We hope you agree the outdoor oceanfront dining is a great addition to the St. George's Caye Experience! You can view more photos of our staff building the deck and the finished work of art here, on  Facebook.
We hope you can join us for oceanfront dining at St. George's Caye Resort soon -- check out our last minute deals and special packages and start planning your trip.
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