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Where to stay in Caye Caulker, Belize? Yuma’s House or Bella’s?

Nice artwork at Bella’s, Caye Caulker

What I liked: The very laid-back environment. Closeness to quite a few good economical restaurants and the famous Split.

Click on the video for a quick walk-through of Bella’s Hostel. Although I stayed at both properties, I personally preferred Yuma’s as it was generally much cleaner, more secure and literally right on the beach. Both Yuma’s and Bella’s are similarly priced but Yuma’s feels more like a tropical bed and breakfast than a backpacker hostel.
If you have any questions or recommendations to share, please leave a comment below.

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  1. This is an excellent post Joel – really useful for would be traveller's to the region. Great piece.

    Enjoying following your travels, all the best. JP

  2. Thanks JP – I'm happy that you found the post useful. Thanks for following.

  3. I would stay at both of these wonderful locations! I think I want to go to Belize just to stay there! lol Wonderful Post!

  4. Thank you for this post!! Jetting to Belize in a week and wasnt sure where to go.

    • Dina have fun in Belize. You will have a lot of fun. You will notice that everything moves at a nice slow caribbean pace. Be sure to check out ‘the split’ for a drink.

  5. Hi. Is there any way to contact someone who is staying at Bella’s right now? Is there a telephone there or something?

    • Sorry for the late response. I somehow missed this comment. I am not sure about a contact number. But I am sure there is some way of finding it on google. Good luck.

  6. While I have not stayed at Yuma’s, my friends did recently while I was staying at another hostel nearby. One of them became very intoxicated and left our group with a random guy on the street, allegedly going back to Yuma’s.

    We all went to Yuma’s to make sure she was there and were told to “get the f*ck off the property” by their security guard. Despite our pleas to tell us if she had arrived or not. We explained that we were afraid our friend was not back at the hostel and were scared for her safety. We were standing inside the gate and the security guard shoved me to the ground with absolutely no provocation as I turned to leave before telling the two women with me to “go to hell.”

    He refused to say if our friend had arrived back.

    She was assaulted that night and showed up at another hostel crying and shaking at 4am.

    A place whose own employees do not care about the safety of their guests is not a place I would recommend to anybody under any circumstances. There are many other options in the same price range around the island.

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