dutch.malcolms Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
Rocky's Campground

Yup, it's a campground. $9 for a primitive site near the bathrooms. clean enough, more mosquitoes than people. No alligators, for now. Worth it.

Energía Solar

Solar business selling parts, panels, charge controllers, inverters, batteries and more. They also provide consultations, diagnostics and installation. They are kind and patient, Spanish speaking only.

La Casa De Doña Tonita

Parked in grassy area across the street from the restaurant/hotel. There some flat areas available, not much shade. The space is shared with Restaurant Ernesto. The lake and pier are wonderful, great place to relax and do sunrise yoga, with the howler monkeys. $25Q pp, able to use the shower (cold water) and bathrooms. Very nice people. Recommend

Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize to Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala

Belize to Guatemala. Fairly straightforward process. Go to immigration and customs on the Belize side - note: it's $20BZ pp to leave the country, said they only take cash. Then drive through fumigation, park right after to the right and pay for fumigation $39Q, then park across the street and go to immigration and customs for Guatemala. Able to walk right next door and pay for everything there, didn't have to go to bank. Roughly $280Q total (including fumigation). Didn't ask go look in van, or about our dog. Definitely double check customs form for vehicle, they had one letter wrong on ours, we heard this can be pretty common. Took roughly 1.5hrs.

Fake Money Given by Exchange Guys

We decided to exchange BZ dollars for Quetzals, thankfully had no problem with fake bills.

Bridge fees

No bridge fee/tax collected at the time we crossed into Guatemala.

In and Out Carwash/Auto Detailing

Great and efficient place to get your rig nice and sparkling clean. Reasonable price, recommend!

Clarissa Falls Resort

We did not camp here, although we wished we had. It's so peaceful and quiet, and a beautiful spot. We came to get into the river, they didn't charge us anything, just asked us to buy something from the bar/restaurant area. The river was nice and cool, it's pretty warm here still. Very nice place to spend the day, or camp outside San Ignacio, it's about a 15 min drive from the town. The did allow our dog, just asked that it be on the leash until we got down to the river.

Mana Kai

Still 15BZ p/p, wifi, kitchen, bathrooms with showers (the one on the left has hot water), palapa with hammocks. Nice place. Right in the town, so can be a little loud. There was a festival last night and the LOUDEST music played until 4am. The couple, Nellie and Francisco are incredibly kind and helpful.

Mariposa Restaurant and Beach Suites

Agree with all the previous reviews: clean restrooms, nice outdoor shower, lovely pool and good food at the restaurant. Typical Belizean prices. Still the same situation, you can park in exchange for a meal a day. Dog friendly, there are 2 dogs on the property and a neighbor's dog that comes over. The neighbor's dog was ok with our dog, but did charge at my husband one morning, didn't bite but did act aggressive. Recommend. They do ask that you try and email ahead of time, especially during the busy season (December-April).

Everest Restaurant

So good!! Raj, the chef/owner, is so kind and a wonderful chef. If you love Indian/Nepalese this is the place. Typical Belizean prices, but definitely worth every cent. And, our dog could join us 🙂 Highly recommend! Namaste 🙏

JDs Auto Services

Stopped here after we had a leak in the coolant hose of our 2006 Sprinter van. Stanley, the owner, stopped what he was doing and immediately went to work to help us. Thankfully he had the right piece to fix us up and we were back on the road within the hour. Very reasonable price too, and very nice guy. Highly recommend. Thank you iOverlander for putting this on the map!

Neri's Taco Place

Good good and cheap prices. Locals favorite. Highly recommend. And open early, 5:30am!

Bakkatown hostel

This review is for the private rooms you can rent on Airbnb. $40 US dollars/day for a king bed, big shower and small, equipped kitchen. All is clean and nice. And, they allow dogs! Our friend stayed in the dorm and agree with the previous post on the dorms. Only thing, we stayed in room 1, and the H2S smell from the water treatment plant across the street was pretty consistent. Our friend who stayed in the dorm did not smell it. Also, it is a little loud here. If you want to go to bed early, or sleep late, bring ear plugs.

Horse Cottage (Backpacker's Paradise)

Agree with all the previous posts. Nice, thoughtful place. Very clean bathrooms/showers, common area with kitchen/fridge. And dog friendly! Nathalie, the owner, is very kind and knowledge of the area, and very willing to help with any needs. There are quite a few mosquitoes at this time...we took the ferry road, 2 hand cranked ferries (free), going through Copper Bank and Chunox, as it was the recommended route. Unpaved, hardpacked dirt, with quite a few pot holes. Took us 1.5 hrs from Corozal.

Hand crank ferry

Passed on our way to Sarteneja. Able to get out and help, a quick crossing of the river. Very nice guys who work here, gave them some change.

Hacienda San Lorenzo y Cenote Oxman

Nice cenote, rope swing is fun. No dogs allowed, only in the parking area. We only did the cenote $80p/pp.

Soccer Field

Stayed one night after visiting the Oxman cenote and the two at Dzitnup. Nobody bothered us, a nice quiet sleep for the night. Great field for our dog to run around. Easy.

Jardin de Venus

We spent 5 night here. Quiet and relaxing. Olga has made a nice camping/garden area. Nice bathrooms, shower, kitchen, water, coffee and wifi - all right on the lake. An easy walk, or bike ride (she has many bikes available for campers use) into town. Our dog got along great with her 3 dogs.

Cenotes X'Kekén & Samulá

We enjoyed the 2 cenotes, $125p/pp for both. Samula has a little bit more natural lighting, and X'Kekén has huge stalactites. There are quite a few vendors to walk through to get to each one. They are nice, but our favorite so far (probably because they were more dog friendly) was Kankirixche...

Cenote Oxman

Really cool cenote, many options for using the pool and restaurant. We decided to only use the cenote as we have our dog, which isn't allowed, and didn't want to leave him for too long. That being said, the pool and restaurant looked nice! The cenote, with rope swing, was worth the time and money for us, very pretty, and fun!

Parque Los Remedios

Stayed one night here, parked on the street. Super quiet and safe.

Hostal la ermita

Still $100p/pp to camp in the garden. Our dog was allowed "in the garden area only", but hung out by the pool with us and the staff and others didn't complain. The pool was a nice thing to have, still hot and a few mosquitoes when we visited. Breakfast still included, with the use of the bathrooms and shower. Nice place.

Ake ruins

Nice, easy stop on the way from Mérida to Izamal, may only take you 30mins or so to see it all, only 3 buildings. $40p/pp, and let us bring our dog, even though the sign says no perros...we had to place to ourselves as well. Happy we stopped.

Cenote Kankirixche

Our first cenote, what a treat. $200p to camp and enter the cenote as much as we want. Twice in one day, and first thing the next morning. It's a beautiful, clean cenote. The bathrooms and showers are nice as well. We are traveling with our dog, and they were very nice about him being free in the area, and even let him come down to the cenote and hang out. He wasn't allowed in the water, which we totally understood. Highly recommend.

Corrupted municipal and state police officers

Stopped a little before the posted coordinates, heading from Campache to Celestun. Immediately started filming (I hate doing this, but it works) tried to tell us the dog in the passenger lap is illegal, then noticed we were filming. Told us "sale!" and we we on our way...

Yucatán border

Just waved us through. No questions asked.

Routine Inspection Point

Waved through at first by the checkpoint officer, then waved to pull over by the police. Started filming (based on other posts), they asked where we are going and for our passports. We mentioned we had a dog in the back (we made sure to secure him based on previous posts), they did not ask to see inside. They definitely saw we were filming, that might have helped us from having to pay anything...

Checkpoint and tollbooth

Still here, still expensive toll. Just drove right through the check point, no problems.


Expensive toll $223p for auto! Heading north and south.


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