Before booking our stay at Tranquility Bay Resort, I read the other reviews on Trip Advisor. I noted that some guests complained about the "shabby" beachfront casitas, the piles of sargassum seaweed, and the trash (mostly plastic) washing up on the coastline north of the resort. Those criticisms turned all out to be true and, even so, I give this resort five stars and can't wait to return. For our family, Tranquility Bay offered a little slice of heaven.
If you want to wake up in the morning, sit on the porch to your casita, sip coffee and watch gentle waves, you will love Tranquility Bay Resort. If you want to walk right into the water and snorkel around the Belize Barrier Reef, this is the place for you. If you love fishing, diving or relaxing, you will love Tranquility Bay Resort. This is an easy, relaxed resort where the guests show up barefoot to a fabulous dinner.
TRAVEL TO THE RESORT
From the United States, we flew on Southwest Airlines to Belize City. The resort booked us a flight on Tropic Air from Belize City to San Pedro. We were met in San Pedro by Tranquility Bay representatives and taken by boat to the resort. The boat ride to the resort took about 30 minutes.
We learned that Tropic Air's 25 pound baggage restriction is not enforced. My suitcase weighed 50 pounds (!) and I had no problems checking it on the airline. Having said that, pack light because you won't need much at the resort. Depending on the time of your arrival in San Pedro, you might want to stop in San Pedro to pick up some beer (try Belikin!), sodas and snacks before heading out to the resort. US dollars were accepted everywhere. On the return trip, we were told that we would have to pay a fee (of around $25 per person?) at the airport. We never paid a fee.
WHAT TO PACK
Even though a steady breeze was always blowing at Tranquility Bay during our stay, the sun was brutal. Consider packing sunscreen, a hat, aloe vera gel, a long sleeved shirt, sunglasses and long pants. While many of the casitas had beach towels, ours did not. We were glad that we packed our own beach towels. We also liked having a flashlight and a hair dryer (which may have been available at the front office). Also, we packed baby oil to keep the no-see-ums (sand flies) from biting. We liked having snorkel/fishing gear, swimsuits, and our favorite ground coffee (coffee makers provided). We also brought sand toys, clothespins (clothesline provided behind all casitas, but no pins) and a kite for the kids.
There are ten casitas at Tranquility Bay. Nos. 1 through 10. All the casitas have excellent air conditioning. The casitas with lower numbers are closer to the restaurant and dive shop. All have great views. During our stay, we stayed in Nos. 6 and 9. Both casitas had two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and kitchenette. The beds (Double/Full) were very comfortable, but a little small. The kitchenettes came equipped with a coffee maker, microwave, small refrigerator, corkscrew, ice cube trays and dishes (no bottle opener). There was no stove. If requested, the resort will set up a 5 gallon water cooler in your casita.
During our stay, we went on snorkeling trips to Mexico Rocks and to Hol Chan Marine Reserve. They were spectacular! The water was 82 degrees and we saw sharks, rays, turtles, and a ton of marine life. Our guide, Abi, was fantastic. He was patient, knowledgeable and one of the best guides we've ever had.
A hot breakfast is included. A typical breakfast was scrambled eggs, two strips of bacon, fry jacks (fried bread), fruit, juice and coffee. Guests can purchase lunch and dinner at the restaurant. While the prices were a little on the high side ($30 US for most dinner entrees), the food was amazing. A typical dinner was fried coconut crusted snapper filet with honey, jalapeno, citrus, cilantro and chimichurri, with steamed rice and veggies.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A relaxing 12 miles North of San Pedro Town, Tranquility Bay Resort is a secluded paradise. 10 Separate cabanas line the nicest beach on the island. The only resort on the island where it is safe to snorkel from the beach to the reef! Relax and enjoy our beautiful setting from our water top restaurant and watch the Tarpon, Barracuda and Eagle Rays swim under our dock lights! ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Tranquility Bay Hotel Ambergris Caye
- Hotel Tranquility Bay
- Tranquility Bay Resort Belize/Ambergris Caye