We're hoping to spend about 5 nights on Ambergris Caye this winter (and the other half of our vacation in the Cayo district). I'd appreciate your help choosing as affordable a place as possible with:
--A lovely, shady place to relax on a relatively beautiful beach, with relatively pleasant wading in from shore. (Yes, I know, "it's not the Yucatan."
--Effortless access to good, usually inexpensive food, via an on-site restaurant and/or other restaurants within a 5-minute stroll (ok, maybe up to 10 minutes).
Simple, small rooms are fine as long as they are clean and comfortable.
So far, we're considering...
...Banana Beach (the least expensive room class, $115)
Seems to fit the bill reasonably well, but it seems like it might be a little motel-like and possibly family oriented rather than romantic and sedate.
...Steve and Becky's Cute Little Hotel ($130)
This was seeming like a good option, but the reviews on this board, though there aren't many, haven't been enthusiastic, though I don't know why? Is there noise from the airplane taxi-way someone mentioned? Is it more than a 5-minute walk from there to Ramon's pool and beach, which it shares? Is it (and the Ramon's facilities) overly 'lively' for a couple of boring early-to-bedder's like us?
...Victoria House (the least expensive room class, $170)
This would blow the budget, and then we might have to downgrade the Cayo part of the trip to compensate. (Currently, we're hoping to splurge there on Ek' Tun.) Is the newer, less expensive restaurant at Victoria House good?
Are there other options that fit our two priorities better than these?