Martha's is the most budget-like of the three. Clean, not on the water. Ruby's is the most popular budget place on the island, with cheap rooms plus newer ones with A/C and private baths. Good little restaurant. Spindrift is an ugly three-story concrete hotel, a bit upmarket from either of the other two, with a variety of rooms from fairly inexpensive to moderate. Caliente, the restaurant, is good though a bit pricey. The Pier Lounge is popular.
* Martha's, Pescador Drive and Ambergris Street, P.O. Box 27, San Pedro; tel. 501-26-2053, fax 26-2589; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; www.AmbergrisCaye.com/marthas/index.html
In the middle of town, not on the water, but a good budget choice with 12 clean rooms in a three-story wood building. No air conditioning and no phones in rooms. Rates US$27.50 double off-season, US$35 in-season, including tax. Monthly rates available off-season. Bottom line: Definitely stretches your lodging dollar.
* * + Spindrift, Barrier Reef Drive, San Pedro; tel. 800-688-0161 or 501-26-2174, fax 26-2251; e-mail email@example.com; www.AmbergrisCaye.com/spindrift/index.html
This dominating three-story concrete hotel wonít win any awards from Architectural Digest, but it is on the water in the center of town, with 22 rooms and 2 one-bedroom apartments. All but the cheapest rooms have air-conditioning. Caliente restaurant is on the first floor, and the Pier Lounge here hosts the "famous chicken drop" at which drinkers bet on where a chicken will poop. Doubles US$48 to $83, apartments US$110, all plus tax and 5% service. Bottom-line: In-town convenience and a good place if you like chickens.
†* * Rubie's (also known as Ruby's), Barrier Reef Drive, P.O. Box 56, San Pedro, tel. 501-26-2063, fax 26-2434; www.AmbergrisCaye.com/rubys/index.html
This is the favorite of many value-conscious visitors. Rooms in the old wooden building are basic but clean, most with shared baths; those on the street side can be a little noisy. Year-round rates: older rooms with fans, US$15 to $30 double plus tax (cheaper rooms have share baths); rooms in a new concrete addition on the ocean side sport A/C and private baths and go for around US$48 plus tax, but still an excellent value. Good inexpensive breakfasts and light meals in the first-floor restaurant. It's often full. Bottom line: One of the island's best values. †
[This message has been edited by Marty (edited 02-09-2002).]