Hostels in Belize
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In the sense that hostels are meant to have dorm rooms full of beds as a way to make expensive traveling a bit less expensive for the backpacking set, Belize is severely lacking. There are a few places that more or less fit this description in a few places, but that’s about it. The good news is that Belize has very few hostels because there is little need for them.
Prices of individual rooms tend to be very reasonable on the budget end of the spectrum. Most of the popular areas are chock full of tiny guesthouses where a room might go for around $10 to $15, and quite possibly have a shared bathroom and shared kitchen just as in a hostel. Who would want to sleep in a room with 7 other people to save $4 a night? Not us.
When searching for Belize hostels you’ll usually find several places from which to choose, although they still aren’t necessarily hostels in the traditional sense. They are, however, almost always well suited to the hostelling crowd. Any place that advertises in a way to attract the hostel crowd will be in the budget price range and will also usually have the same sort of community spirit that makes staying at a hostel enjoyable. Look carefully though, since not every place that puts itself into the hostel category on internet listings is guaranteed to fit this mold.
For traditional dorm-style hostels in Belize, the list is short:
Caye Caulker – Tina’s Backpacker’s Hostel is the only one here that qualifies. There are five bunkrooms and two other private double rooms, with rates starting around $10 per night. You get use of the community kitchen, hammocks, and their unique outdoor shower.
Ambergris Caye – Pedro’s Inn claims to be the “only hostel in Belize,” even though it’s not even a traditional hostel itself. They have 18 basic double rooms and 4 suites, with bed prices starting around $10. This is very cheap for Ambergris so this is the place you’ll encounter the most hardcore backpackers and the hostelling spirit if that’s what you are looking for.
San Ignacio – Actually in the sister city of Santa Elena next door, you’ll find Falconview Bak Pak Hostel, which is affiliated with Tina’s on Caye Caulker. There are dorm beds starting around $10, and a shared kitchen. They also have large tents in the back that are suitable for couples. The Falconview organizes daily trips to the nearby mountains and to the local Mayan ruins, as well has horseback riding and other outdoor activities.
Belize City – There are no traditional hostels currently operating in Belize City. This is the main transportation hub for the country and by far its largest urban area, but not really much of a destination itself. As a result, the cheap hotels and guesthouses in town meet the small demand for budget accommodation here. You shouldn’t automatically plan to stay in Belize City for a night just because you’ll be going through it.