"A little magic can take you a long way."
The first time we visited this magical island, we only took a day trip. Fast forward a couple of years and we knew we needed to spend a few days here to get the chill, laid back experience. So glad we did....
HIS VIEW - Getting there by water taxi: First of all, it’s not fair to judge a water taxi after an 17 hour travel day. Nothing wrong with spending around an hour with 75 or so of your closest friends cruising on a mini ferry on steroids, but without a bottle of rum in my hand, got a little antsy. Good service, great views, and never feared for my life. A unique way to get to and from. The plane ride on the puddle jumper is still a bit more memorable, and worth a few more bucks.
HER VIEW - Ok so this trip we decided to forgo the quick 15 minute flight from Belize City to the small island of Caye Caulker for the least expensive route and take the water taxi. Now mind you, we had been travelling 17 hours at that point so we were tired and I (self-admittedly) was cranky and needed a big beer! But, the water taxi option wasn't my favorite way to get to the islands. Just head outside of the airport and get a taxi, be sure to confirm the price before getting in, as it is about $25 USD for 2 people to get to the ferry doc. The ride is about 25 minutes on a very bumpy road (lots of construction) and we were in an old van that had very old shocks. Needless to say, I think I bruised my coccyx on that adventure! When we arrived we had about an hour to wait for the next ferry, paying $18 USD per person for the one-way trip. We quickly grabbed cold beers at a little store in the dock area (there are restaurants too), and waited. It was hot and got very crowded in the line up as we waited some more. The trip itself is about an hour, with gorgeous views but very windy due to the fast speed. Lots of people on board (see photo below). Again, the boat was ok, I just prefer to fly next time - SEE OUR ARIAL PHOTO BELOW, this shot was taken flying into Belize City, how gorgeous is that?! (not our photo of the ferry below)
HIS VIEW - Great boutique resort. Fantastic customer service from reception, and overall at the restaurant. Food and view was great. The highlight (that I can share) was the swing chairs and afternoon and evenings on the dock of the bay wasting time (literally). Super chill. Make sure and bring an insulated mug/ jug/ to fill with your favorite rum drink. Makes the dock that much more chill. The pool is in the back, and is nice, but wasn’t our thing.
HER VIEW - The resort itself is small, clean, basic but you don't need much since you can get out and explore the island. We LOVED the water-side swinging chairs to relax and have a drink, we spent each evening at the end of the dock on the swinging lounge chairs and enjoyed to peacefulness. I mean just look at that magical swing pic below (looking back on Island Magic). The on-site restaurant Magic Grill was by far some of the tastiest food on the island, and the cost also was some of the best. See our separate review below. There is a small and clean pool where you can relax or cool off, and most importantly we felt very secure at this hotel, with night-security and direct contact to manager (phone in hall) after hours for emergencies. Overall for the cost you can't go wrong choosing this hotel!
HIS VIEW - Very light and comfortable (especially for the price). Spacious and great character. The bed was really comfortable. Remember that you are not in the US, so don’t bring your first world problems….on skiffs of land, toilets don’t work great, wi-fi is un-predictable, etc. It was a great spot.
HER VIEW - Clean...this is most important to me when staying somewhere that isn't a luxury resort. I was very happy when we walked into the room to see how clean it was. Price point was great, about $150USD/night for this 2nd floor room with walkout balcony, with stairs to the lower level for quick access to the pool and restaurant. The room was quite spacious and included a full kitchen - which we only used to keep our rum and ice cold, and small table/chairs. The AC worked great, it was very quiet in the room, the bed was comfy and loved the nice walk-in shower. The small deck overlooked the small pool area, and we enjoyed the hammock in the evenings while sipping rum and coke. A perfect landing spot at affordable rates after a day of exploring the island.
MAGIC ISLAND GRILL RESTAURANT HIS VIEW - What she said (below). Great views and value. The food was right on comparatively speaking to other island spots. They will serve you pretty much anywhere on property, and do so with a smile.
HER VIEW - So at first, I thought the Magic Island Grill would be just a convenient place to eat as we were staying in the connected Island Magic Beach Hotel. I quickly learned I was wrong! The quality and flavor of the food was by far the best we had on the island, and also the best priced! The tired two of us, having just spent 19 hours of travelling to get there, were thirsty and hungry! After 5 beers, an expensive run coke drink, 2 big lunch entrees (and priceless views) our bill including 18% tip was only $45USD ($90BZE).. um yeah.. we would paying way more than that back home. So we ate dinner there too - which was equally phenomenal. The Club sandwich below may look normal, but it is filled with local smoked ham - a smokey flavor you just can't get here in the states. Choose from restaurant seating, or down on the beach in the swinging chairs watching the ocean in the breeze.. ahh it's pretty darn magical. Facebook