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Reviewed April 19, 2017

The Gecko Bungalow is a great place to stay to introduce yourself to Belize. Conveniently located near the airport, and the host - Scott or Michelle - are even willing to pick you up at the airport. You can also rent a car from them! Scott and Michelle have lived in Belize for some time, and will give you a wealth of information to help you carve out what you would like to do while you are on the mainland. Michelle even set up our Cave Tubing expedition, and had the owner personally take care of us when we arrived. It's a great little place to use as a jumping off point to do a variety of things such as visiting Mayan ruins, cave tubing, zip lining, visiting Belize City, etc... We stayed there once we arrived for two nights, midway upon our return from traveling to the southern part of the country, and the night before we left for home after we returned to the mainland from Caye Caulker. We came as strangers, and left feeling as though we had made two friends in Belize. Just a comfortable stay in a small cottage that offered the kitchen basics we needed, a comfortable place to sleep, a good shower, and within a short car ride to restaurants and grocery store. The dogs were fun, too.

Room Tip: One little bungalow - cute and has air conditioning!
  • Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
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Thank gleveillee
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Reviewed April 14, 2017 via mobile

We planed a week in San Pedro but I messed up and booked a day earlier with no place to stay. The owners of the house we were going to stay in recommended Scott and Michelle's place.
They were gracious enough to pick us up, put us up for the night and take us back to the airport to hookup with our friends.
We rented their car and ate at a local bar and used the car again in the morning to go see Mayan Ruins.
All the while the Lyons's were great hosts and enlightened us to the ways and places of Belize.
Thank you so much for the friendship.
Brad & Terry

Stayed: April 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Brad F
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Reviewed March 12, 2017 via mobile

We stayed 3 nights at the Gecko Bungalow March 1st-3rd. From the moment we were picked up at the airport by Michelle we were treated like friends. Michelle and Scott with their 3 friendly dogs were awesome hosts. They even had friends from Idaho, Jody and Darren staying with them which made our stay that much more pleasurable.

The bungalow is a pictured on the sites and Facebook, 2 bedrooms with queen beds and ac in each but the ac wasn't really needed as it cools off a bit in the evening and there's usually a breeze which was perfect for sleeping. We did use the ac one night and it worked great. The kitchen had all the amenities of home minus the oven but you're on vacation so who really wants to cook. Our most used appliance was the blender for making daiquiris in the evening. There's a nice covered patio which was the perfect hangout spot in the evening to enjoy some cold beverages and conversation with our new friends.

Michelle and Scott have a car available for renting and I'd strongly recommend it as it's an easy and safe country to get around you just have to watch out for those speed bump they could do some serious damage if you were to hit one at a high speed. We took advantage of the car and our three days there. We pretty much saw everything.
What we saw and did;
The Baboon Sanctuary, a short 20 minute drive we got to hear the Baboon family in a dispute with another family across the river. We got to see the entire family and the grandma and two younger baboons came down from the trees and took bananas right from our hands. So cool.
Xunantunich Mayan ruin near San Ignacio was well worth the 2 hour drive. I strongly suggest getting a guide when you get to the site, they are there just before you cross over on the ferry (2 minute ride across the river). The guide costs $30US and he was a wealth of info and it also helps support the economy.
Cave Tubing we booked through Cavetubing.bz and it was cool riding on the tubes on a lazy river being pulled along by our guide well he told us as about the area and the Mayans and their beliefs with the caves and the underworld.
ATM cave tour was by far one of the highlights of our trip. It's nonstop action from the moment you get out of the vehicle. You pretty much jump in the river and swim across a 50' section (no worries there's lifejackets available from your tour group if you can't swim and a rope to help pull you across the lazy river). It's nice and refreshing and keeps you cool for the mile or so hike to the cave entrance. Once there there you put on your helmets with lights on them (provided by the tour group) jump in the river and swim into the cave entrance. You spend 3 hours or so in the cave working your way through the water and up and down rock formations until it opens up into a large cathedral like room with stalagmite rock formations everywhere. When you think it can't get anymore better it dose. You enter the chamber area and there's Mayan ruins and offerings all over the chambers, lots of pots and some skulls and even a full skeleton. The guide is a wealth of information not only from the Mayan culture and history but all the knowledge of the geology of the area. When you get back from the parking area you get a Belizean lunch.
The Belize zoo is pretty good. We liked that it was a rescue zoo that takes injured animals and Nurse them back to health and give them a place to live out their life. A great way to see animals native to the area.
Altun Ha Mayan ruins is the ruins you see pictured on the label of their local beer. It is an impressive site and also the site where a priest was discovered buried along with the largest carved jade head. Outside the the ruins site there was a local restaurant called the Skull head if I'm correct and they served the best fish I've had and they put the bottle of rum on your table and let you pour yourself.
The Belize museum near the water taxi port is a great way to end of the trip by learning some more of the history. On display is the priest with a replica of the jade head from Altun Ha.

It was a great visit to Belize and staying with Scott and Michelle made it that much better. We will defiantly stay with them again.

Few days after our stay we ran into Scott, Michelle and their friends from Idaho in a bar in San Padreo, we were instantly greeted with hugs and joined them for a great night.

Karen and Steve.

Stayed: March 2017, travelled as a couple
Thank Steve T
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Reviewed March 9, 2017

Scott and Michele are wonderful host. The Bungalow has two Bedrooms and is perfect for a family. Great central location for day trips to explore the main land of Belize. Scott and Michele are very knowledgable of the country and can make your vacation a memorable one, they did for us. I am definitely going back as soon as possible.

  • Stayed: March 2017, travelled with family
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Thank DarrenB2807
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Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

The Gecko bungalow felt like a home away from home. We were greeted by Scott at the airport on our first day in Belize and instantly made friends. He was so kind and welcoming to us. The bungalow was exactly as pictured. Very clean inviting and just what we needed. Their dogs Lincoln Chase and Scout were super friendly and sweet. I felt very safe having them there as well. We were central to everything in town. Scott was great at giving directions and input on all the great local spots to dine as well as activities to do. We hope to meet Michelle on our next visit to Belize. I would definitely recommend staying at the Gecko Bungalow. 5 stars is not enough in my book
Scott went above and beyond !! We cant wait to visit again in the very near future. Thanks for everthing!
Curtis and Lexi

Stayed: June 2016, travelled as a couple
Thank Alexis W
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