This is an overdue review of our stay at Lucky Dreamer Lodge in Cristo Rey, Belize, a perfect jumping off point to explore the Cayo and Pine Forest Districts. What made the stay particularly special were the hosts, Cheryl and Jeff, who accommodated all our tourist questions, never hesitating to provide excellent advice on where to visit, eat and shop and what outfitters to book with. Their glamping setup with an outdoor kitchen was far from rustic, and the casita was fully outfitted and very comfortable. We highly recommend Lucky Dreamer Lodge.
Jim and Reenie Owens
The casita at Lucky Dreamer Lodge is a delightful place to stay--it's right on the river! You can birdwatch and listen to howler monkeys from the lovely deck or while kayaking down the river! The hosts, Cheryl and Jeff, who live there year round, are incredibly thoughtful and helpful. They suggested great activities,restaurants, and even local guides! I highly recommend this reasonably priced getaway!
We prefer staying at a non-hotel/resort type lodging and someplace involved with the local area to interact better with them and their lifestyle to get a real feel of the area and country we are visiting. This was a great area for the 2 of us; and both Cheryl & Jeff helped and suggested many things to do and provided different options without being pushy about any of it. To save us the hassle of renting a vehicle (majority of roads in Belize are "rough), Jeff picked us up & dropped us off at the airport for an additional reasonable fee. Because hurricane Harvey was suppose to hit Belize the day we were to arrive, we changed plans to arrive a day ahead of time so that allowed us an extra day in Belize. Jeff took us along with him to run errands and this allowed us to talk more with him about live in Belize. We enjoyed the fresh fruit on the porperty & picked up groceries from the local stores to use for cooking at the guest outdoor kitchen area by the main house. The outdoor hammock was a great relaxing spot to listen to the many birds and wildlife on the property. The "lime tree" guest home is the perfect size for 1-2 adults and very private and has all the amenities one would need. No TV but who needs it when you come to Belize! My Verizon cell service worked. The following 2 days we picked different activities we enjoyed and hired Rick to be our tour guide which included authentic delicious Belize food for lunch too. We went to the water via Hummingbird Highway, seeing the sleeping giant on way and stopping to buy cooked boiled corn from the kids along the roadside sleeping police. On way back we stopped at St Herman's Blue Hole National Park ($4 USD/pp) to cool off, enjoy lunch and learn while exploring the cave and water hole area. The next day we chose the San Antonio woman's co-op which was my favorite activity and very educational. We planned on going to do zip lining but changed our minds and went to Xunantunich instead; Rick was very flexible with whatever we wanted to do and very personable and knowledgable about everything we asked him. We stopped at some local shops for souviers too. Jeff & Cheryl were going into town to get dinner & invited us to tag along for the ride & we grabbed a taxi back to "2nd bump in Cristo Ray". The last full day in Belize we did the 10 hour journey to visit Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) which was Mikes favorite activity. While we were gone, the local private school principal stopped in to talk with Cheryl and pick up the donations we brought for the school with "pack for a purpose" of 2 & 1/2 suitcases filled for them. They were very appreciative and everyone we encountered were very happy polite people that are proud of their country and desire others to come visit them and learn of their history & culture. Cheryl communicated with us from the point of requesting a reservation 6 months in advance to the day we were leaving. This couple enjoys allowing others to experience Belize and offers them a relaxing place with a comfy bed, warm shower and working functioning separate private guest home to enjoy. Their dogs are lovers to and the neighbors rooster is the best alarm clock anyone needs. If I ever come back to Belize, I would stay here again and have recommended them and Rick to others already. If you have a family of 3+, I am hoping that Jeff & Cheryl can build another home so they can also enjoy their hospitality in Belize!
We already miss Jeff and Cheryl's little paradise. We should have extended it for snother week; we had everything we wanted and needed right there. The location, the amazing views, and the kindness they provided us were above par. We will definitely be returning. I already miss the morning brew waiting for me, the bananas from their garden, the little fruits and spices they picked for us to try and even the howler monkies in the distance. The kayak ride was one of our fondest memories and it was practically right next to our doorstep. This was literally a unforgettable trip and we recommend it to anyone wanting to escape onto the jungle.
Great escape from previous week city visit, very relaxing and quiet (roosters will wake you). Roads are rough, but that's Central America. Outdoor kitchen is great with dogs hangin out for owners educating. Great people and hope to be locals in the village some day soon.