Cayo Espanto

Northern Cayes, Belize

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Cayo Espanto


Cayo Espanto is a private island surrounded by crystal clear Caribbean waters. The low-lying sandy island, with dense coconut palms is dotted with seven cabanas including Ventanas, built out over the water at the end of a 45-metre wooden walkway. All the wooden villas, vary in size and specifications, open plan in design, plainly but comfortably furnished with giant beds and rattan chairs. Villas are provided with personal staff to take care of all meals and housekeeping.

The real focus at the Cayo Espanto is relaxation though non-motorised watersports including the use of kayaks, pedal boats are included in price. Fly-fishing is a favourite activity in the area because bonefish abound around the island. Scuba diving at the second largest barrier reef in the world is not to be missed. Snorkelling in the Hol Chan, Belize’s marine reserve is the world’s top ten snorkelling sites. Alternatively, you can opt for birdwatching on Cayo Rosario, or explore the main island.

What We Love
  • Cayo Espanto is a small private island, part of Belize's barrier reef
  • Each villa has a private dock and infinity plunge pool 
  • Two personal butlers assigned to each villa and a chef 
  • Free scheduled water taxis to San Pedro Town
Need to Know
  • Cayo Espanto has just seven beach villas spread around the island
  • World-class scuba diving & snorkelling in Belize’s famous barrier reef
  • Located 3 miles out to sea from the Belizean coastal city of San Pedro
  • Best for Beach, Honeymoon, Couples, Diving

Stay Cayo Espanto has just seven beach villas spread around the island, offering complete privacy. These individual wooden cabanas are tastefully decorated and come with individual sea front, infinity pools, verandas and alfresco showers. All villas vary in size, have heated private plunge pools, except Casa Ventanas, which is encircled by the sea. A teak of team of staff cater to every whim.

ChildCare Children are welcome to stay at the Cayo Espanto, but there are no specific facilities available. Although Cayo Espanto is more suited to young honeymooning couples, infants under one-year old stay free and cots are available.

Dine The main restaurant at the Cayo Espanto, serves meals specially created by chef in consultation with your requirements. A questionnaire is sent before your arrival to get an idea of your culinary tastes, based on which the chef designs a bespoke daily menu of dishes, which you can have anywhere on the island. Drinks are served where you want on the island and meals are delivered to a waterside table or dock by your villa. Dinner setting is carefully prepared and romantically lit with candles.

Relax Facilities at the Cayo Espanto include a spa for some serious relaxation. For something a little more active then peddle boats and kayaks are available for guests' use. There is a spa to offer treatments and for individual relaxation, there are yoga sessions available.

Experience A true highlight at the Cayo Espanto is diving on the Belize’s famous barrier reef, second largest in the world and home to a dazzling variety of underwater life. However, guests can also enjoy snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and sailing. In addition, tours can be arranged into the jungle or to ancient ruins on the mainland of Belize. For a personal romantic experience, a private beach picnic can be arranged on a deserted island.

Cayo Espanto Northern Cayes, Belize

Location Ambergris Caye, Belize

Cayo Espanto is located just 3 miles from the Belizean town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye in the western Caribbean.

Getting There The easiest way to get to Belize from the UK is via the US. Some flights may involve a night stopover in US on the outbound journey. Flying via Miami is the shortest, approx. 9 hours from Heathrow and approx. 2 hours onward flight from Miami to Belize City. The airport liaison will meet you outside Customs and escort you to the flight to San Pedro. Then via taxi shuttle boat for the 7-minute ride to Cayo Espanto.

When to go Ambergris Caye, Belize enjoys a subtropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons. November through April (Dry) is the best time to visit Belize when the days and nights are cooler. In the tropics, it is not unusual to have rain in the dry season - it just falls in shorter spurts. April and May (Dry) could be your second choice to visit Belize, as it's drier and water visibility is excellent. June through November (Wet) experience sporadic downpours that occur without warning and gets intense between August and October.