Belize Budget Travel Blog

A blog highlighting budget travel deals and adventure opportunities from around Belize and Ambergris Caye.

One of the first things that travelers tend to consider as they plan their next adventure is their accommodations. “Where will I/we stay?” Having a place to sleep at night is pretty important especially when you are in a foreign country. Hostels are more than just somewhere to stay, you can meet new people and save some money at the same time. For the budget minded, adventurous traveler, hostels are the perfect way to go.

We think all travelers should consider staying in hostels and here’s our top 5 reasons why:

1. Hosteling is Affordable

The number one reason people don’t travel as much as they’d like to is because traveling is expensive. Flights, food, hotels and activities add up fast. Generally, hostels offer accommodations for a much lower price than hotels. By utilizing a shared bathroom and kitchen, you can cut down your housing expenses dramatically. Even if you’re not up to sharing a room with people you don’t know, many hostels offer private rooms and bathrooms that are worth checking into.

When traveling, you aren’t going to want to spend a lot of time in your room anyway. So you might as well save a little money on your accommodations and splurge on activities and souvenirs!

Friends in Belize2. The People You Meet
Whether you are traveling with a group of people or not, you are sure to make friends with the other hostel dwellers. There is normally a communal kitchen or gathering area that people go to eat or hang out in. This is a chance to meet people from all walks of life, from all over the world. You never know, you might meet a new travel buddy or a life long friend.

3. Safety and Security

One concern we often hear when talking to people about hostels is safety. Safety should be a priority that all travelers consider. Most hostels have a gate and/or a code for their guests so only people staying there can enter. Additionally, there are lockers or safes, so even if you sharing a room with people you don’t know, your belongings will be safe. At Pedro’s (like many other hostels) there is a staff member/security guard on duty 24/7.

4. Friendly Staff

Many hostel employees are travelers themselves, so they want you to have an enjoyable experience! They can give you recommendations for what to do, where to eat, and the local favorites that you don’t get from the tour books.

5. All the Perks

Waterslide Ambergris CayeJust like hotels, hostels have many perks for travelers to take advantage of during their stay. At Pedro’s, we offer exclusive access to Caribbean Villas Beachfront amenities, a free pass on the El Diablo waterslide, two freshwater pools open 24/7, free wifi, a garden picnic Area with hammocks, picnic tables and a BBQ and much more!

Hosteling is a unique experience, that everyone should try at least once. According to HI Hostels, there are over 4000 worldwide in 80 different countries; so it shouldn’t be hard to find a hostel that works for you! And if you want to travel cheap in Belize and enjoy all of it’s adventure, Pedro’s offers the best deals in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. Pedro’s offers the best value in all of Ambergris Caye. Pedro’s Hotel provides a clean, comfortable and safe setting at an amazingly cheap price. Why come to Belize to spend all your money on a hotel room? Spend it on the adventure of a lifetime!

 

  1. Ambergris CayeThe islands in Belize are called Cayes (pronounced “keys”) and total around 450 including those on the outer atolls.
  2. Belizean folklore tells of a 3-foot tall, evil dwarf called El Duende. The thumb less dwarf is said to hang out in the forest and punish any children who kill animals!
  3. Belize is in the Central Standard Time zone and does not observe daylight saving time.
  4. Ambergris Caye, which is 25 miles long, is Belize’s largest and most developed island.
  5. Belize is the only Central American Country where English is the official language. Apart from English, there are many recognized regional languages: Kriol, Spanish, Garifuna, and Mayan.
  6. The currency of Belize is Belize dollar. Its ISO 3166 code is BZ. Since 1978, the official value is pegged at 2 BZD = 1 US dollar.
  7. Belize is home to the “Royal Rat” (a rodent called a Gibnut). If you select Gibnut from a menu, you’re about to chow down on a rodent which is a popular game meat in Belize.
  8. Belize has its own version of the Sasquatch (the legendary, North American gorilla-like creature) known as El Sisimito ? El Sisimito , a creature with no knees and its feet on backwards, purportedly has a penchant for human flesh.
  9. It is culturally rude to greet someone by their first name when meeting them for the first time in Belize.

An all too common misconception about vacationing in Belize is that it’s expensive. While Belize has many high end resorts & activities that can cost a pretty penny, there’s also more than plenty of options for those on a budget. We’ve scoured the island of Ambergris Caye & put together our top 5 picks of things to do for free or cheap in San Pedro.

  1. The El Diablo Water Slide – The now infamous “El Diablo” water slide is one of the new(er) attractions on the island located at our sister resort Caribbean Villas Hotel. This three story thrill ride will get your adrenaline pumping as you slide down & then become submerged in the beautiful aquamarine waters of the Caribbean. A one-time pass is just $2.50 U.S. or you can get a day pass for $12.50 U.S. The slide opens at 10:00am & closes at dusk. So whether you want to try it once, or spend the entire day sliding your worries away, this is definitely our top pick of budget friendly activities. Bonus! All Pedro’s guests receive a free pass on El Diablo!
Things to do in Ambergris Caye on a Budget
Cheap Activities in San Pedro Belize
Spend a day at the beach on Ambergris Caye!
Spend a day at the beach on Ambergris Caye!

2. A Beach Day – After all, you are on vacation on one of the best islands in the world & spending the day beaching it is absolutely free! Grab a beach bag, a towel & the sunblock & head out to one of the many beaches on Ambergris Caye. Whether you enjoy sunbathing, people watching or swimming in the water, a beach day is a perfect way to spend the day. Bonus! Guests of Pedro’s Hotel have access to 250 feet of one of the prettiest beaches on Ambergris Caye. There’s not another budget friendly hotel or hostel on the island that can offer this much beach frontage! Guests of Pedro’s Hotel can use all the facilities of our sister resort, Caribbean Villas, including the sun loungers on the beach and swimming pools.

3. Spend the Day Snorkeling – For about $20 U.S. you can rent a mask, snorkel & fins from just about any dock on Ambergris Caye. With some of the clearest & calmest waters in the world, it’s nearly impossible not to lose track of time as you’re snorkeling off our coasts. Just be sure to lather up with sunblock & drink plenty of water.

Belize on a budget.
Rent a bicycle on Ambergris Caye.

4. Sightseeing by Bike – Whether you’re a tourist, expat or local, one of best ways to spend a day in San Pedro is biking around & checking out the sights. And don’t worry. Biking is incredibly popular on the island so you’re sure to make a few new friends along the way. Ambergris Caye has dozens of beaches, parks, restaurants & bars to explore. Make sure you wheel over to the bridge & check out the new road & north side of the island. Bike rentals are just easy to find as golf cart rentals in San Pedro. For $9 U.S.a day, biking around town is certainly an affordable way to get to know the all of the popular spots on the island as well as discover a few secret jewels of your own.

 

5. Watch a Caribbean Sunset – Have you ever watched the beauty of a true Caribbean sunset? Perhaps we’re a little biased, but we’ve never seen anything else so spectacular. Prepare to mezmorized by the most vibrant hues of pink, purple, orange, yellow & blue. Simply grab a cold drink & a seat on any beach, balcony or dock & be prepared to watch the sun melt into the horizon. For a price of $0, sunset watching is certainly one of the best things to do on Ambergris Caye.

Sunset on Ambergris Caye.
The most beautiful sunsets happen on Ambergris Caye.

Whether you love nature, history, water activities, or the nightlife our little island has something for you. While these are our top five things to do for free or cheap, there are plenty of other amazing things to do too!. We can’t wait to see you the next time you visit San Pedro Town & we hope you stay with us at Pedro’s Hostel & Hotel.