Yok Ha Belize Resort
What We Love
- A remote Caribbean island off the coast of Belize, with breakfast, lunch, dinner and moreTraveling between islands via kayak and using your snorkel gear, both complimentary
- Dining on three complimentary meals each full day of your stay, including snacks and coffee
- Enjoying a complimentary boat transfer to and from Dangriga at check-in and check-out
- Staying on a true private island, eight miles off the coast of Belize’s Dangriga
What To Know
- WiFi is inconsistent – a given for the area
- The resort is only 3-miles from Belize's Barrier Reef and snorkeling excursions are led daily
- Dinnertime means fresh lobster, conch, and barracuda
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
When you stay at Yok Ha Belize Resort in Waterfoot Caye, you’ll be on the beach and minutes from Yok Ha Pier and Yok Ha Beach. This beach hotel is within the region of Man O’ War Caye and Twin Cayes.
Make yourself at home in one of the 5 individually decorated guestrooms. Your memory foam bed comes with down comforters. Rooms have private furnished balconies. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature deep soaking bathtubs and rainfall showerheads.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite massages or enjoy recreation amenities such as karaoke. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge).
Food & Drink
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel’s beachfront restaurant, which features a bar. Dining is also available at a coffee shop/café. Relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge or a beach bar. A complimentary local cuisine breakfast is served daily from 7:30 AM to 9:30 AM.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include express check-out and coffee/tea in a common area. Limited parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
Cannot believe I never posted about this trip a few years ago! This place lives up to the reviews. We were nervous about food initially as we read we couldn’t pick but honestly they are so accommodating! We paid extra to spear fish and got lots of lobster and ended up getting to eat lobster 2 nights in a row! It was amazing.
The staff works so hard and really makes you feel like part of the family and comfortable to ask for anything and to be able to relax!!! The ride from the small
town of Dangriga is pretty bumpy on their boat but worthwhile and part of the adventure! Same on having to book and fly from Belize City to Dangriga on a tiny aircraft.
When we arrived there was one other couple that left the next day so we had the entire island to ourselves for 3 nights!
Definitely bring water shoes! Not fine sand but who cares when you get a private cabana for this price!
This was my 2nd vacation at Yok Ha and they NEVER disappoint; if you are looking for an escape with 3 fresh and delicious meals a day, a bright colored, comfortable cabana, outstanding staff, kayaks, snorkel and fishing gear always available without crowds, TV or stress this is the place for you. Thanks to everyone at Yok Ha for making our December vacation memorable, restful, care-free and very fun. My 86 year old Mom wants to return annually. The staff is open minded and accommodating. The snorkeling in an around the resort and at the coral reef is spectacular; we always felt safe, at ease and at home. We made new friends and were sad to say good-bye...If you want to treat yourself to an unforgettable, off-the-beaten-path vacation, this is the place for you.
Thank you Yok Ha for another magnificent vacation.
We had a very poor experience with Yok Ha. It pains me to write a negative review, but I wanted to inform others since I heavily rely on TripAdvisor reviews. I've summarized our experience below as objectively as I could.
EXTRA CHARGES BEYOND EXPEDIA CHARGES - We made a reservation several months in advance through Expedia for 2 adults and 2 young children for the Loa/Honeymoon Cabana for the night of New Year’s Eve at a cost of $546.67. Yok Ha called and said Expedia should not have allowed us book a cabana for a single night and that we should have been charged more. We said they could cancel the reservation and we would look elsewhere, but they said we could stay if we paid an additional $150 for our children, bringing the cost to $696.67, excluding service fees. By this point our phone conversations had made us feel unwelcome, so we asked if we could just cancel the reservation, but Yok Ha said that they could not refund the charges already incurred through Expedia.
CASH ONLY AND MORE CHARGES - We arrived on our reservation date at Yok Ha’s office, which is a former gas station. We were immediately asked for the $150 in cash. We inquired about the sign indicating they accept Mastercard and Visa, but were told only cash would be accepted and were directed to an ATM. Eventually we were told we could pay by credit but that they would charge a “1.05 credit card exchange rate.” They also listed the numerous other fees we would be charged, including a parking fee. We often pay parking fees, but in this case we could’ve parked absolutely anywhere else for free. This was the only place we encountered in Belize - of three other hotels, the airport, numerous towns and attractions - with a parking fee.
HOURS WAITING FOR BOAT - The boat was supposed to arrive between 12:15 and 12:30 PM. We were repeatedly told it was on it’s way. Eventually, around 2, we were told it actually hadn’t even left the island for the mainland (though there was an apology for this, which we appreciated).
THE CABANA WE BOOKED WAS ALREADY OCCUPIED - We eventually arrived at the island, which was pretty and as pictured on their website. Then we were shown to our cabana, except it was not the one booked. It was not on the water, not private or secluded, and offered a totally different experience (we booked the most expensive and were placed in one of the two least expensive). We were asked if we had proof of which cabana we booked and I immediately produced it (a clear receipt from Expedia listing the honeymoon/Loa cabana). We were told that the cabana we booked was already occupied. The manager was not apologetic. He offered a slippery explanation of how many factors went into deciding which cabana to place us in (the cabana you book apparently not being the determining factor). He offered to refund the difference in price between the cabana we booked and paid for and the cabana we were placed in. We explained that the very reason we booked at Yok Ha was because of the Loa/Honeymoon cabana, so we were not interested in paying full price for a cabana we did not book - especially given our poor experience up to this point. He said the alternative was to take the boat back to the mainland, so that is what we did. True to their word, Yok Ha did refund our money, and we were able to find alternate accommodations for that night. Unfortunately, we lost a half a day of vacation (mostly spent sweating in a gas station office) and our experience left a dark cloud over our last night and day in Belize.
MY ADVICE - if you don’t like the feeling of people trying to squeeze as much money as possible from you without regard for the quality of your experience look elsewhere. We understand that mistakes happen, but our experience with Yok Ha felt much more like a scam than a mistake. This is the first time in my life that I have written a negative review, but I feel compelled to try to spare others the same disappointment. I will follow this with several other positive reviews to highlight the many other great experiences to be had in Belize and elsewhere.
On a 3 acre island - quiet, tranquil, laid back. GREAT massage with Maya. Good meals 3x a day although I'd advise requesting ahead of time all fish (otherwise there is a bit of meat and lots of chicken, and the fish is way better and usually fresh caught that day.)
We had a near disastrous snorkeling trip, however. There was a strong undercurrent which should have been evident to the guides. NO ONE should have been in that water, and they should have first gone in themselves to test it. (It looked fine from above.) My husband nearly drowned - seriously. And it was rather amazing that no one back at the resort - including the owners, who made a cameo appearance - never addressed this with us. If you snorkel with them be advised that they do not operate like a US regulated entity. wear a lifejacket (I know, not the best while snorkeling, but we should have considering) and test those waters first.
Other than that it was a lovely stay with nice accommodations. We stayed in the "honeymoon cabin" and had additional privacy, our own deck, more shade, and an outdoor shower.
Our family had a great time at this resort! The boat ride from Dangriga was short and comfortable! The accommodation was excellent! The staff was courteous and attentive and the food was fresh and delicious. Being able to snorkel near the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, not too far from the reserve, was a treat! I highly recommend Yok Ha Resort in southern Belize!