Top 5 Hostels in Belize

Belize is late in the game for catering to backpackers but in the past few years many new and impressive hostels have been popping up all over the country. The original place for budget travellers has always been Caye Caulker but now it’s extending to the South and West of Belize. Matter of fact, on my recent visit to San Ignacio I got exciting news that friends were opening a hostel! How awesome – how tired am I of Belizeans thinking the only way to get into tourism is by opening a luxury resort.

See also: Budget locations in Belize and backpacking tips

Love it or hate it, backpacking has been a quintessential component of travel since curiosity first lured us out to explore the world.

Here is my list of the top hostels in Belize:

Yumas House Belize

Yumas House Belize

Caye Caulker is backpackers’ paradise with its Caribbean colours and laidback vibe. The island is famous for rastas, fresh seafood and The Split. Yumas House used to be known as Tina’s Backpackers but it was sold and renamed by the new ownership. I’m not a hundred percent sure but I think it is the first hostel in Caye Caulker.

Bellas BackPackers Cayo

Bella’s Backpackers Hostel

San Ignacio is known as a hub for jungle adventures in the Cayo district and choosing to stay at a hostel is a great way to save and spend your money on tours! Bella’s Backpackers is rated as a top place to stay and is smack in the center of downtown and near one of my favourite restaurants: Ervas!

old house hostel belize

The Old House Hostel

Also located in San Ignacio, The Old House is an awesome new addition to budget accommodations in my very own hometown. An old British colonial building was left with its unique character and my friend Davina added some of her cool eccentric art. The location is very central and the bottom floor hosts a cultural art space that once in a while hosts musical artists from across Belize.

Pedro’s Inn San Pedro

Pedro’s Inn

Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular destination and has consecutively been rated the best island in the world by TripAdvisor members. The island has limited budget option so Pedro’s usually gets filled up fast with backpackers. San Pedro is great for travellers looking for good nightlife and it’s heaven for foodies since it has the best restaurants in Belize.

The Funky Dodo Hostel belize

The Funky Dodo Hostel

Hopkins is a quiet Garifuna village that is a must-visit for anyone who wants to have a unique cultural experience in Belize. You will enjoy learning their history, eating their food and taking drumming lessons. The Funky Dodo hostel is located right in center the village, close to the beach and has a nice treetop bar and restaurant.


Not into cheap accommodations and hostels? Here’s an updated list of the best luxury resorts and jungle lodges in Belize.


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4 Responses to Top 5 Hostels in Belize

  1. Joe Awe July 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM #

    Good stuff Lou. Bless.

    • Madeline Reynolds July 16, 2015 at 10:08 PM #

      Next time consider Lower Dover in your hostel rankings. We are listed as #1 specialty lodge in Western Belize by trip adviser. You can book your dorm bed via For less than $20usd per person, just outside your dorm room you’ll explore deep jungle, on site Maya ruins (larger than Cahal Pech), clear streams for swimming, close to ATM Cave and accessible by public bus. This week, jaguargundi jungle cats were seen on our free medicinal jungle trails.
      Please come visit.
      Madeline Reynolds
      Lower Dover Field Station & Eco Jungle Lodge

  2. Lorenzo Juniah July 17, 2015 at 2:35 AM #

    I wonder why Toledo doesn't have a hostel..

  3. Edward Smith July 29, 2015 at 6:25 AM #

    Hey Lou,
    Belize is a very good place to relax and enjoy the beaches, but it is pretty much under-rated or is not been successful in marketing itself, nevertheless your blog is an eye opener for all of them

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