Dangriga ’s main drag has a handful of low-budget options, including the Riverside Hotel (north end of bridge on Commerce St., tel. 501/660-1041, US$12.50 pp). Pick one of the front rooms for a chance of a breeze; all have shared bath, wood floor, and fans.
A better budget bet is Val’s Backpacker Hostel (www.valsbackpackerhostel.com , tel. 501/502-3324, valsbelize [at] yahoo [dot] com, US$11 pp). Val is a cheerful and friendly host who loves meeting her guests from around the world and putting them up in one of her cement bunkrooms; each bed has a fan and locker to stash your gear. The communal lounge area has a chess table, book exchange, and movie library. Amenities include wireless Internet, bikes for rent (US$5/day), and laundry service, and it’s all very close to a pleasant park overlooking the ocean. Val can help arrange a fishing trip, transfer to Tobacco Caye, a night wildlife tour, or language and cultural exchange opportunities.
Bluefield Lodge (6 Bluefield Rd., tel. 501/522-2742, bluefield [at] btl [dot] net, US$15–35) is an excellent choice. The owner, Miss Louise, has six furnished rooms with private baths, TV, fans, and hot and cold water for US$25 double; everything about the place reflects the pride and care Miss Louise takes in her lodge. She also offers great local maps and a helpful information board.
Pal’s Guest House (868 Magoon St., tel. 501/522-2095 or 501/522-2365, palbz [at] btl [dot] net), around the corner from the bus station, has 16 clean, modest cement rooms at the corner of North Havana Road and Magoon Street. Rooms with shared bath in the back building cost US$17.50 for a double and are really basic. Seaside rooms (US$35) are better, with linoleum floors, ceiling fans, hot and cold private showers, TV, and balconies at the ocean’s edge; louvered windows on both ends of the rooms create good cross-ventilation; wireless Internet and air-conditioning are available for extra cost. The Raati Grill has breakfast, lunch, and dinner options for guests.
At the towering Chaleanor Hotel (www.chaleanorhotel.com , 35 Magoon St., tel. 501/522-2587, chaleanor [at] btl [dot] net, US$17–46), friendly owners Chad and Eleanor offer a homey atmosphere in a residential neighborhood. Economy rooms (US$16.50) are equipped with a bed and fan; bath and shower are shared. The well-used standard rooms have private baths with hot water, TV, and fans (air-conditioning optional). Laundry service is available. There’s a gift counter in the lobby, and you can help yourself to coffee and bananas all day long. Numerous tour operators book their guests in the Chaleanor, sometimes arranging a drumming or dance session on the roof. Chad maintains an organic garden and tree nursery.
If you’d rather hear the waves lapping below your window, try one of the four stilted wooden cabanas at Ruthie’s (tel. 501/502-3184, ruthies [at] btl [dot] net, US$28), a good value if you snag one of the newer cabins. It’s a 10-minute walk from the bus station; follow the sign from Magoon Street.
Jungle Huts Resort (4 Ecumencial Dr., tel. 501/522-0185, junglehutsresort [at] gmail [dot] com) offers 13 rooms (US$39) and three cabanas (US$49) at its riverside location. All rooms have private baths, hot and cold water, cable TV, fans, and/or air-conditioning. Screened porches allow you to listen to the frogs in the evening without mosquitoes. The on-site Garden of Eden Restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner to guests.
The Seaclift Bed and Breakfast (1738 Southern Foreshore, tel. 501/502-2350, US$75, breakfast included) has three nicely furnished rooms with full kitchen, living and dining room, library, and home gym at guests’ disposal. Leonie likes to spoil her guests with breakfast, which includes coffee, juice, fruits, and the daily breakfast special. The place has a very nice, homey feel and is right on the beachfront.
The Bonefish Hotel (15 Mahogany St., tel. 501/522-2243, www.bluemarlinlodge.com , US$95) is near the water with seven rooms and a second-floor lobby and bar. It caters to active travelers who want to fish and dive—most guests continue on to Blue Marlin Lodge on South Water Caye , which is allied with the Bonefish. Rooms are clean and carpeted with private hot and cold water bathrooms, cable TV, wireless Internet, and air-conditioning.
’Griga’s high end is found at the north end of town at the end of Ecumenical Drive, right next to the airstrip: Pelican Beach Resort (tel. 501/522-2044, www.pelicanbeachbelize.com , from US$135 plus taxes, includes breakfast) rests comfortably on the Caribbean. Its 17 rooms are open and well lit with wood and tile floors, bathtubs, and porches facing the ocean. Various packages are available that include meal plans, excursions, and time spent at the Pelican’s sister resort on South Water Caye. This is a full-service accommodation with many amenities.