Ray Caye and Island Resort
What We Love
- Private island accommodations mean you share the mile-long beach only with fellow hotel guests and visiting sailors
- The resort’s Pirate Reef dive shop offers certification courses and custom excursions, making it easy to explore the Belize Barrier Reef, the world’s second-largest
- Fresh seafood, such as lobster tail grilled with habanero lemon beurre blanc, and lionfish in a crepe filled with veggies and mushrooms in a white wine sauce
- Brave swimmers can try night-snorkeling; the bright lights attract squid, rays and other nocturnal marine creatures
What To Know
- Getting to the island is worth the haul on a puddle jumper from Belize City followed by a boat transfer from mainland Placencia
- You might meet some sailors on the island; the resort allows boatowners to dock their vessels and spend the day snorkeling, diving or dining at Lionfish Grill
- The Guinness Book of World Records named Placencia’s tiny, one-sidewalk Main Street the world’s smallest
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
Idyllic private island retreat off Belize’s central coast, with an on-site dive shop, locavore restaurant and oceanfront cabanas
The oceanfront cabanas on Ray Caye fulfill all your fantasies about life on a deserted island—hammocks strung between trees, ocean views, palm trees aplenty—without the rusticity (WiFi, hair dryers and Wii consoles are all on offer). Expect bright and cheery decor—naturally colored linens with turquoise throw pillows, freshly cut flowers—in both the cabanas and the main house rooms, which all have at least partial ocean views. Grab some food at the on-site Lionfish Grill, which boasts bread baked on-site, vegetables and herbs picked in the resort’s organic garden, and fish caught in nearby waters. Naturally, the namesake lionfish is on the menu; try it in a crepe filled with veggies and mushrooms in a white wine sauce for dinner. For something more traditional, order the local lobster tail grilled with habanero lemon beurre blanc, or satisfy your inner landlubber with pan-seared beef tenderloin medallions in a coconut red wine sauce. After eating, brave swimmers can try night-snorkeling—the pier’s bright lights attract squid, rays and other nocturnal marine creatures—or settle in at the Lionfish Grill’s bar, which is open from 7 a.m. until “whenever you’d like.”
In the Area
You’d be hard pressed to get bored on this private isle. You’ll find all the usual trappings of paradise—white sand beaches, crystal waters, umbrella cocktails—plus an impressive array of water sports and excursions. Grab a kayak and paddle to a nearby deserted island, try your luck at paddle-boarding, or book a custom diving tour to one of 12 sites in the Belize Barrier Reef, the largest in the Western Hemisphere. Not certified? Take a course with Pirate Reef dive shop, or simply spend an afternoon snorkeling at Gladden Spit marine reserve. It’s a prime spot for spying on the loggerhead turtles, roughtail stingrays, and nurse sharks that congregate here. Although fishing is mostly not permitted in this area, spear-fishing the invasive lionfish is encouraged, so grab a trident to hunt down one of the critters Castaway-style, then ask the hotel to grill up your catch for dinner. On the main island, an hour’s boat ride away, don’t miss taking a stroll down Placencia’s tiny, one-sidewalk Main Street. At only four-feet wide, it was named the world’s narrowest Main Street by the Guinness Book of World Records.
How to Get There
Beautiful Ray Caye is surrounded by clear blue water. We enjoyed the snorkeling around the island. Our daughter loved to watch the fish every evening, when they light up the water with the blue light, it was very cool. There is a restaurant, swimming pool with fresh water, new AC gym and beautiful yoga studio. Wifi everywhere. I was very impressed with their own organic garden to supply the restaurant.
Beautiful place to spend holidays with your family, friends or just relax with your book. Really loved the vibes & energy. The stuff were very professional, helpful & friendly. Definitely will we back and will recommend to everyone!
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Ray Caye is absolutely beautiful! The staff is wonderful & the food is amazing!
My sister & I went for 8 days. I wish we could have stayed 8 more!
We went on two snorkeling excursions and our guide made it such a fun experience. There are kayaks & sailboats to use anytime. They give you snorkel equipment that you keep the whole time so you can snorkel anytime. We also did lots of swimming & relaxing.
We are already planning our next trip! We will be taking our husband's this time.
The perfect balance between relaxation and activity. A beautiful, exclusive, and clean island. Impeccable service, whether they're receiving direct credit or not. Fresh and incredible cuisine- not Americanized at all. The best wedding weekend we could have ever asked for.