MoStrong_Adventures Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
Huerta Don Chano RV Park

Nice sites with grass and fruit trees. $300Mx / site, no discount if dry camping. Good showers & toilets. Quiet this time of year.

Don Eddies

The old place burnt down and there are new owners that have opened the new place. New place is still under construction, but the restaurant is open. It is no longer possible to camp right on the bay. Camping is in a dirt lot to the street side of the office with showers and a toilet. $300Mx. They didn’t negotiate. It’s also possible to park overnight in the Molino Viejo parking lot and use a porta potty for a tip to the guard. You get locked in overnight at Molino Viejo.

Agua inmaculada

Agua purificada. $12 per GARRAFON. Fast and friendly service.

Propane refill

Propane refill station across the street from the Pemex and OXXO. The guy is familiar with US tanks with a regulator valve and filled up our tank no problem. Gas is sold per liter.

Casa Rayo De Sol

Open and receiving campers. We paid $200 per night for a couple sleeping in our truck without power. Power “luz” was offered to us. Lovely place. Teresa takes care of the place 755 550- 1888.
Por favor hable con el cuidador

Agua La Guajira

Garrafón now $11, with cleaning service. Also sells local honey, cheese and longaniza.

Cascadas y grutas Agua blanca

The people charging for entry weren’t very friendly, but ok. Asked for $150 but negotiated down to $100 for a couple. Didn’t charge us for use of a palapa next to where we parked. A few level spots but much of the parking lot was not level. No telcel service. Water rushing this time of year so we only found one calm place about knee deep to sit in the river. It’s close to the parking lot along the sidewalk, on the way to the caves. One pool open now. The restaurant was closed. Other guests hanging out in the pool and park were all friendly. 3 friendly dogs. Night guard and no problems at night.

Mazzoco

Mika is wonderful. The camping area is flat and grassy, but we didn’t encounter any ants! Horray! The mosquitoes also weren’t too bad. One layer of repellent in the evening and we were fine. There are wooden chairs to sit in on the grass to relax and watch the many parakeets in the evening. There are 2 shared toilets and 2 shared showers in a screened-in area. They are all new and very clean. Hot and cold water showers. WiFi. She has 3 friendly dogs; Sombra is especially friendly and playful and played with our dog. $200pesos for a couple. Ring the bell if you don’t see anyone and the dogs and Mika will come out to welcome you.

Jacana Inn

Looked closed when we arrived. We couldn’t find anyone and no response via phone/WhatsApp. August 3, 2021

Crooked Tree Lodge

Not receiving international guests until he gets his Gold Standard certification. Belizeans can stay at the lodge but no one is currently allowed to camp. Nice guy though. He recommended Bird’s Eye View Lodge/Yellow-Green Vireo camping (also on iO), which is where we ended up. August 3, 2021

Yellow-Green Vireo Campsite

This is the camping area that is part of Bird’s Eye View Lodge. The lady who runs it is very nice. We paid $20bz to camp; we’re a couple and a small dog. Other friendly dogs around. Digicell LTE good. A few palapas and picnic tables. Level, grassy spots. Clean bathrooms and showers. Can rent canoes and kayaks. If no one is around call the number on the sign at the lodge office. Bring insect repellent.

Mariposa Restaurant and Beach Suites

Not open for camping on August 2, 2021. Responsive on Facebook messenger if you want to reach out to check before you travel there.

Aqua purificada

Pin is a little off. It’s right on the corner. The name is Aguazul and it’s a blue building with a small, faded sign. $2.00bz per garrafón.

Mana Kai

Open and receiving overlanders. $15.00bz per person per night to camp. Everyone is friendly. No masks required inside the property. Next to the San Ignacio market, which has the best selection of fresh produce we’ve found in Belize so far. WhatsApp +501 627-1324.

Ferry Crossing

Google maps will not take you this way because it doesn’t seem to know there is a ferry crossing, but there is! Much shorter to go this way between corozal and sarteneja

Insurance Corporation of Belize Ltd.

If you forget to get car insurance at the Santa Elena Belize-México border (like we did after 3 hours of border crossing bureaucracy), you can get it here. $60BZ for 1 month or $29BZ for 1 week. Bring driver’s license, car title, and tourist car import paper. Smooth process. English and Spanish spoken. Cash and credit card accepted. There are 2 lines, one for money transfers and another for insurance, so check that you’re in the correct line.

Vehicle storage at Backpackers Paradise

FYI- vehicle storage not covered. It’s just in an open dirt lot. We used a tarp.

Horse Cottage (Backpacker's Paradise)

Now Wild Horse Cottage. Open and receiving overlanders for camping. Camping is $20bz per person per night. Also cabañas. Nice screened in kitchen and common area with tables, chairs, hammocks. WiFi just upgraded and you can even upload photos using it. Natalie is very responsive on WhatsApp +501 607-1873. Still offering car storage if you want to take the Thunderbolt water taxi to Ambergris Caye. Car storage $10bz per night.

Vehicle storage at Backpackers Paradise

Left our SUV with Natalie at Wild Horse Cottage for 11 nights. No problems. She gave us a ride to the water taxi pier and picked us up when we came back. $10bz per night. WhatsApp +501 607-1873

Immigration

New COVID procedure:
We passed through from Mexico to Belize on July 9. No problems. Additional steps:
At fumigation we also showed our passports, a 3 night reservation that we booked at a Gold Standard hotel, showed vaccination record for Covid (or get an antigen test before crossing, or get a test at the border), and filled out some general information paperwork about entering Belize as well as new health information. Pay for Covid test here if you did not already get one.

At immigration: stop at the Health tent for a covid test, takes 10 minutes. got our passports stamped at immigration. Went to customs where we provided our car documentation, the officer did a quick inspection of the vehicle to see what we were bringing into the country. We also imported our dog (pet import must be started well before trying to cross as you need paperwork pre-approved from Belize government agriculture.)

Paid
$11 BZ for fumigation
$30 BZ for car import
$50 BZ for dog import permit
$10 BZ for dog quarantine inspection fee
$100 BZ for covid test

Horse Cottage (Backpacker's Paradise)

Price is still the same at $20 BZ per person.
Very clean with covid protocols followed. Nice screened in communal area with kitchen ,hammocks, table and chairs.

Offers vehicle storage for $10 BZ per night.

Owner speaks French, spanish, English.

Now called wild horse cottage.

4-5 spaces for van size vehicles.

Taquería El Almendro

Tacos and tortas de guisos. Great place to have an economical, traditional yucatecan breakfast. See photos for menu. Tacos $17 per taco, with option to add a second tortilla for $1, as of July 2021. Good Covid sanitary protocols and friendly, helpful staff who will explain what the different guisos are if you’re unfamiliar with them.

Yax Ha Resort

Nice place, nice facilities, nice pool. Electric available at each site. One of the 4 bathrooms was unlocked for us. They are currently doing a lot of building. There is some noise and there are a lot of workers roaming around. No one else is staying but us. Very quiet night. We are 2 people and we were charged 350 after being told it was 320 without electricity. That was then revised that electricity was always included and the price is 350. The lady then told us that she was not sure of the price because she was new… ok…

Cabañas La Habana

Parking lot has room for 4-5 smaller rigs and not be crowded. I was able to back in right behind a cabana. During new moon or full moon the tides can come up under the cabanas and palapas. The palapas are available to set up your tent underneath but I heard some screaming last night from the tent people who got a surprise from the high tide.
Camping was 100p/pp tent or sleeping in vehicle. Cabana was 400 pesos with shared bathroom or 500 with private bath. Bathrooms are clean with flush toilets. Electricity is not included. Owner wanted 200 pesos per day for electricity.
Swimming during summer here is not recommended due to the large summer swells.

Refugio del Quetzal

30Q per person. Only ones here on a Sunday afternoon. Bathrooms are nice. Easy to drive in. Plenty of space. Saw multiple quetzales!

Cocolito Campground

Cocalito Surf Camp is wonderful. The family that owns the camp is very friendly. Giovanni speaks both English and Spanish. There are plenty of flat, shaded camp spots with tables and benches. They also have cold sodas and beer. The shrimp and fish lunch plates are simple but decent and filling, about $5-6/plate. Camping $5/car. The area is clean, well lit at night, and right on the beach. A chicken bus came in, so it fits at least rigs that size, but due to the many palm trees that provide shade it might be difficult to turn around. The bus did about a 5 point turn to leave. Full Claro LTE. They gave us power for $1/daytime only, $2/24hours from their kitchen area, with an extension cord, but it’s not set up to have power at sites. Flush toilets, outhouse style but clean. They gave us a bunch of free cocos and mangoes.

Linda Vista

I spoke with Yolanda about parking (sleeping in our truck) on her property. The parking is in the front of their property and they have a few dirt spots. She originally quoted Q35pp, but I negotiated down to Q30pp for 1 couple in 1 truck or Q25pp for 2 couples in 2 trucks. They have bathrooms. No showers. No wifi. Yolanda was very friendly. However, Adonis (her son) was very drunk and a bit intrusive. He said we can leave our dog while we go to Tikal, but they don’t have a fenced in area and we were afraid the dog would run off to try to find us. So, we stayed next door at Casa de Doña Tonita (also on iO). I think this spot would be ok generally, we just weren’t in the mood to entertain a drunk youth. Also, the grassy camping areas right on the lake at Casa de Doña Tonita and also at Ernesto’s are more beautiful/enjoyable/spacious.

La Casa De Doña Tonita

Camping on the grassy area right on the lake or in the flat, grassy parking lot in front of the hotel & restaurant right across the street for Q30pp. Flush toilets and a cold shower with a pipe, but plenty of water pressure. WiFi in the restaurant. Reasonably priced beers. Claro and Tigo signal. There is a guy who will watch your dog while you go to Tikal, which means he ties the dog up in the back of the property, for a “propina.” We decided to get a room and leave our dog in the room while we visited Tikal, because it was very hot in the sun. Rooms with shared bathroom and shower (same as the camping) are Q150 per room and come with a fan. Some rooms have a shared balcony with a view of the lake. The family is very nice, but Ruby (their dog) bit our dog on the leg the second day, after they played together all day the first day. We think Ruby might be in heat or pregnant now, so may be moodier than usual. Our dog was stressed but ok, no blood drawn. Overall, nice family and property. They also have a muelle over the lake with a palapa. Nice sunsets.

Crater Azul

This is the parking lot for Crater Azul when turning off of the PET 12 and driving through fincas. The turn is not marked. Look for a tiendita almost directly North of this gps spot. It’s next to the dirt road where you’ll turn. There’s a ranch house behind the tiendita. At the house the family will charge you to drive through their fincas. We were quoted Q30pp to drive through the fincas to access Crater Azul, Q100 for access + camping (for 2 people), negotiable. The family is very friendly and will answer any questions you have about Crater Azul. You’ll drive through several livestock gates that you’ll have to unlatch and re-latch as you pass. The road is a bit rutted out but we saw a local van make it. High clearance will be helpful, but not necessary. It looks like it’ll get muddy when it rains. Not suitable for big rigs due to the low tree branches and a narrow, wooden plank bridge. We came in a 2.5m tall Toyota Sequoia. Flat, shaded parking spaces, trash cans, a pit toilet (just a hole in the ground) with plastic sheet walls on 3 sides. You can make a fire for grilling; there’s wood around. Crater Azul is actually a spring (not a crater) with crystal clear water. It’s very pretty and good for swimming. It looks more beautiful when it’s clean, but after busy days there can be lots of trash around. It can get overcrowded on weekends and holidays, as boats of people also come from Sayaxche. Mostly National tourists. Recommend visiting during the week. Bring everything you need, including insect repellent. Claro signal unreliable/spotty.

Parqueo Los Tres / Hotel El Portal

The parking lot across from Hotel El Portal no longer lets people sleep in their rigs overnight in the parking lot. The people working at reception at Hotel El Portal were friendly and helpful at suggesting alternative places to park for the night. We didn’t stay at Hotel El Portal, so I can’t comment on their facilities.


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