Ever swim through one of the world’s natural wonders? Adventure is moments away at Cayo Espanto when you don your scuba or snorkel gear to explore the world’s second-largest barrier reef system. Three miles from San Pedro, off the coast of Belize, Cayo Espanto is truly a spectacular and private retreat. Anglers come from all over the globe for the unbelievable fly-fishing and climate. Whether it is bonefish, tarpon, barracuda, parrotfish or snappers, the chase is all around. Discover your own private island at Cayo Espanto, where paradise and luxury come together as one. This new five-star, world-class resort is for the discriminating few who demand the best life has to offer.
Rates From USD 1,195 per day/bungalow or villa. From USD 11,000 to 13,000 renting the entire island (18 guests maximum). USD 18,000 over the holidays (December 19 through January 7). All rates plus 9% Belize Government Tax and 15% resort fee. Rates include personal houseman, three meals a day, snacks, all drinks (except champagne, wine and cordials), and non-motorized water sports.
Location Located three miles from San Pedro in the calm waters of the western Caribbean, off the coast of Belize, Cayo Espanto is truly a spectacular private retreat.
Accommodation Casa Olita will charm you with its sophistication and seclusion. Gaze at exquisite Caribbean vistas from your private dock, take a dip in your personal splash pool or cool off in the alfresco showers. It's your choice. Drink a toast to your honeymoon or simply embrace your loved one in the enchanting walled garden. One bedroom with king-size bed (1,500+ sq ft).
Seize the day in this majestic oceanfront villa, complete with private dock and personal plunge pool. Bask in the royal treatment you deserve. Casa Mañana's king-size bed with its lavish Egyptian cotton sheets, positioned in the center of the villa, offers a 180-degree view of the Caribbean Sea. Other features include granite counter tops and exotic hardwood cabinets. One bedroom (1,500+ sq ft).
Relax without boundaries in this spacious, comfortable villa perfect for your entire family. Enjoy the largest pool on the island or serene moments in a hammock. Snuggle up in Aurora's king-size beds or four twin beds. Choose between two Caribbean oceanfront bedrooms, each with sleek baths and personal deck. Casa Aurora is also adorned with exotic hardwood furniture. Two bedrooms (2,100+ sq ft).
Feel like a star in our exquisite two-storey, two-bedroom villa. Gaze at the sparkling Caribbean Sea from your spectacular upstairs bedroom with its open-air design and hardwood floors. Downstairs guests will appreciate the 180-degree view of the Caribbean Sea, with doors on three sides opening directly to the sea. Clearly distinguishable by its grand size, Casa Estrella also features a personal plunge pool, an alfresco shower, and a choice of twin or king-sized beds (2,500+ sq ft).
Enjoy the best natural breeze on the island at Casa Brisa. Rest your mind and body in your private plunge pool positioned on the verandah for beautiful views of the turquoise lagoon. Choose between a pair of twin beds or one king-size bed in your secluded hideaway, which also features cabbage-bark ceilings, large verandahs and a private dock. One bedroom (1,500+ sq ft).
Our NEW one-bedroom, over-the-water bungalow, Casa Ventanas, is a picture-perfect window into the exotic water world of Belize. Become enchanted by the sea life swimming right past or under the bungalow. Casa Ventanas lies at the end of a dock that stretches over 150 feet off the island for the ultimate in privacy. (1,000+ sq ft).
Dining Once you arrive at Cayo Espanto, the award-winning chefs leave no decisions for you to make. A new menu is created daily to perfectly suit your tastes, based on a survey you are asked to fill out, before you even arrive on the island. Cayo Espanto's master culinary artists prepare succulent dishes with fresh tropical ingredients. Whether it is breakfast in bed or a candlelight dinner on your personal verandah, the epicurean cuisine at Cayo Espanto is nothing short of tantalizing, set on pleasing your palate.
Activities Enjoy the full service of an on-site massage therapist. Our Spa offers manicures, pedicures, facials, aroma therapy and more.
Fly-fishing is a favorite among guests of Cayo Espanto, because bonefish abound around the island. In addition to wading across the hard sea-bottom immediately around the island, guests may hire a guide and boat for some wonderful fishing on the flats for bonefish, tarpon and permit.
Scuba diving at the second largest barrier reef in the world is not to be missed. Cayo Espanto is within 15-20 minutes of some of the world's best and most famous diving sites. Private trips are easily arranged. Guests who wish to dive in the Blue Hole should be aware that it is an all-day trip. To guarantee diving with our Dive Masters, advance arrangements are requested.
Snorkelling in Hol Chan, Belize's National Marine Park, named one of the world's top ten snorkelling sites by USA Today, is an outstanding experience. Glass bottom boats provide another window to the underwater world.
Go for a day trip with boat and guide for some fishing, snorkelling and conching (in season). After a morning of fishing and conching, your guide will grill your catch for you on a beach. After lunch, it's back to the water for some great snorkelling, all-out fun and relaxation. You can also choose to visit other islands (some deserted and some with villages). Return just in time to watch the sunset and have cocktails before dinner.
Daily excursions to the mainland of Belize offer fantastic adventure opportunities. The Mayan ruins of Lamanai are a must. River journeys and visits to inland spas are included along the way.
Further activities in the area include birdwatching, exploring the Caribbean in a 21-ft skiff, and picnics on deserted beaches.
Best time to travel The best time to travel is the dry season from November to May. Summer (July to November) is hurricane season. Graced with an average temperature ranging from 23 °C (73 °F) in the winter to 29 °C (84 °F) in the summer, Cayo Espanto has the perfect weather for a dream vacation.
Getting there Guests fly into Belize International Airport on US Airways, American, Air Jamaica, Continental or TACA Airlines. Flights are available from Charlotte (3 hours and 37 minutes), Miami (1 hour and 40 minutes), Houston (2 hours), Montego Bay (1 hour and 50 minutes) and Dallas (2 hours and 30 minutes). The airport liaison will meet you outside Customs and escort you to the flight to San Pedro. There you will be met and taken via taxi directly to one of the shuttle boats a few hundred yards away for the 7-minute ride to Cayo Espanto.