I absolutely love Central America and can’t wait to return to this amazing continent. After spending a total of 8 weeks in 30 different places – yes 30! Crazy I know. I believe I have stayed in enough great places to share with you my absolute favourites.
Whether you are travelling to the Americas for months or just looking for a quick week away, here are my recommendations for the best places to stay in Belize, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and Canada.
Where to stay in Belize
Placencia – Roberts Grove
This is a great place to bring your loved one but even if you’re travelling solo, the staff are so friendly that they will make you feel right at home. They even prepare certain dishes for you at your dinner table as you gaze lovingly out at the sea.
Hopkins – Hopkins Bay Resort
The one bedroom beach loft is amazing. With the sea lapping at your balcony below, you won't want to leave. This is a top of the range property and if you want to escape from civilisation, this is the place to come (plus the sticky ribs are amazing!)
Caves Branch is not just a place to stay, it’s a whole jungle experience. From the rustic jungle cabanas with outdoor warm showers to the luxurious treehouses, this place is absolutely amazing and is so sociable that you will never be eating alone. I cannot rate this place enough and loved it! Packages also include adventurous caves tours.
Tucked away in the north of the island, this stunning property is reachable by water taxi and has beach cabanas with those extra island features. They even offer your own soap butler service and is the most romantic resort I have come across in Belize. This will seriously wow you and is perfect for a honeymoon for those solos who are looking to tie the knot.
San Ignacio – Midas
This resort-style accommodation has a pool and bar which lights up at night and is a welcome plunge from the midday heat in the river-side village.
San Pedro – Sunbreeze Hotels, Sunbreeze Suites
You really feel as though you are on holiday in these properties. Both are right on the beach, with local colourful Belizean art adorning the walls. The suites are apartment style with everything you need to be self-sufficient (including free coffee!)
Belmopan – Sky Flower
Part of the Sky Flower chain; this cute property with a cosy feel is the first ‘budget boutique’ hotel in the country. Situated in a residential street you’ll meet the locals as they pop in for a slice of the home-made cheesecake.
Belize City – Black Orchid Resort
I really recommend staying outside of Belize City and this property is just a 30 minute drive away. It’s classed as a jungle resort and is on the bank of the Belize Old River with such a calming feeling that you can sit and let the emerald green river gently carry away your worries. The food is fantastic too and I recommend upgrading to a River View room to be right on the river.
Mountain Pine – Hidden Valley Inn
A taste of Olde England in this cosy inn on its own private nature reserve in the Maya Mountains. They have their own waterfalls and even grow their own coffee plus you get a hammock in your room and an outdoor waterfall shower! What more could you ask for?
Where to stay in Mexico
I only stayed in hostels throughout Mexico. Hostels are cheap and the ones in Mexico City are really spacious and safe.
Mexico City – Hostel Regina
In a safe historical part of the city with high ceilings, spacious bathrooms and free breakfast. There’s a great restaurant here too and you can book tours through reception.
Tulum – Weary Traveller Hostel
Has a great courtyard, is right by the bus station and is really sociable with events in the evening. There’s a free bus to the beach and free breakfast. The rooms are small but the social vibe really makes up for it.
Playa del Carmen – Hostel Rio Playa
If you want to party, this is the perfect hostel. With ‘ladies night’ every night on the roof top bar, you then join the crowd to experience the party atmosphere of the Playa. A fantastic hostel for those wanting to meet people and have lots of fun.
Cancun – Hostel Ka’Beh
A great hostel with the friendliest staff who arrange any tour you want to do and even take you there. You can have your free breakfast at any time of the day and there is no check-out time. Yes I did say ‘NO check out time!’ You can’t get better than that.
Where to stay in Guatemala
Flores – Villa Maya Flores
A beautiful property over the lake just a short stroll from the colourful town of Flores. The four poster beds with cream curtains will make you feel like a princess for the night.
Where to stay in Honduras
Utila – Underwater Vision
Recommended if you’re doing a diving course. This hostel has rooms that overlook the water and dock. It’s a party hostel and is really sociable and most of the residents stay for ages!
La Ceiba- Diana Express
A safe budget property with secure gates where the bus drops you off at La Ceiba. They have their own mini bus terminal here which can take you into San Pedro Sula and can organise safe taxis to the port for the Bay of Islands.
Puerto Cortes – Hotel El Centro,
A safe budget place to stay before you get your boat from the port to Belize.
Where to stay in Canada
Toronto – The Clarence Park
This is my absolute fave hostel in the city. Newly renovated and set near a park, the hostel is over two residential buildings. The communal area is more like your swanky front room, there’s a huge stylish kitchen and even a Parisian cafe next door. It’s more like a home than a hostel.
Ontario – Sunny Point Resort, Cottages & Inn
If you want to experience the Canadian wilderness in your very own quiet, private cottage, this is it. Imagine waking up and stepping down onto the lake-side. Huge cottages with your own exclusivity and lots of adventure to keep you entertained including tennis courts, canoes, kayaks, paddle and row boats, motor boats and hiking trails all within its 84 acres. This is the great Canadian cottage experience without a doubt.