Beautiful Place, Be Ready for Adventure
Victoria House is by far the nicest hotel on the island. We stayed in a plantation room which is a little small, but still beautiful and victorian/carribean. The beds were super comfortable and the rooms were clean and well kept. A/C works great, which is a big deal as most places in Belize don't have it. No TV/Phones/Internet available in the rooms which for us was relaxing, but could be a little tough if you have kids or get bored easily. The staff is great and friendly. By the end of our trip we knew everyone by name and they knew us too. Gorgeous beach and pool on the hotel grounds, although there are a lot of flies during the day. Bring a can of 'Off' and you will be a happy camper. The food and atmosphere at the hotel restaurants are great, but the prices are a little on the steep side and the food could use a little more variety. Going out to eat is a must, and there are a ton of really great local restaurants that are both cheap and tasty.
Going in to town is a lot of fun, and although it is a little intimidating at first, everyone is really nice and so many of the locals are retired americans and europeans that you really get a good mix of culture. Overall, this is a little more adventurous than a Sandals or Club Med style vacation, but the location is beautiful and definitely worth a try.
A downside of Victoria House (and almost all the hotels in San Pedro) is that they are at the end of a very very very bumpy dirt road with about 4 inches of mud on it, which is only about 2 miles long, but takes about 10 minutes to drive down. Sometimes you avoid going into town just to avoid the bumpy road. Renting a golf cart is cheap (about $10) and definitely better than riding a bike or walking. Taxi's are also only $5US and in my opinion a great bargain.
This would be an ideal place for newlyweds, couples, and families. The nightlife is pretty tame (limited to a few bars and clubs which are nice but nothing spectacular).
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