Where We Stayed: Central America

Here’s a quick guide for everywhere we stayed during our trip in Central America.

Sevilla Palace, Mexico City

Address: Paseo de la Reforma Avendia 105, Tabacalera, Mexico City
Why we booked it: Great location and we got it on an amazing savings deal.
Pros: Great central location, walking distance to many major sights and very affordable for such a nice hotel.
Cons: None. It was definitely a get what you pay for hotel but it was fantastic value with nice clean rooms and great food options.
Average price per night: $110 AUD per night.

Read more about our adventures in Mexico City here

Bahía Hotel & Beach Club 

Address: Avendia Pescador, Playa El Medano, Los Cabos
Why we booked it: Honestly? It’s where the cast of Vanderpump Rules stayed when they went to Cabo in season 2 (my favourite reality show!).
Pros: Cute rooms and a great location to both the beach and the main town of Cabo. Walking distance to the clubs after a night out (although it is a bit of a long walk haha).
Cons: Things at the hotel are a little overpriced – wifi isn’t free and transfers back to the airport were double what it cost us to come from the airport. The restaurant had great food but was very expensive. Think more Australian/American prices than Mexican.
Average price per night: $295 AUD per night.

Check out all our posts on Cabo San Lucas for adventure ideas

Mia Reef Isla Mujeres 

Address: Calle Zazil-Ha, Zona 7, Isla Mujeres
Why we booked it: All inclusive, located on it’s own private island on an island. Obsessed.
Pros: EVERYTHING. Seriously, check out my full post on Mia Reef, we loved everything about our stay here, especially the location, beautiful views and free cocktails served right to your beach bed.
Cons: The only con I have, which is not really related to Mia Reef, is that due to the all inclusive nature of the hotel we didn’t really venture out and try any of the local restaurants. But I mean, that just shows you how happy we were with the food and drinks at Mia Reef!
Average price per night: $335 AUD per night.

Check out all our posts on Isla Mujeres here
Read more: The Ultimate Island Life 

Coco Tulum 

Address: Road to Boca Paila Km 7, Tulum
Why we booked it: It doesn’t get much more Instagram worthy than this.
Pros: Amazing beach vibe. The kind of place that made you feel like you should be barefoot all the time. The food and drinks at the beach bar was so delicious, definitely make sure you have a couple of meals or at least snacks here!
Cons: It was an eco-lodge’ which means low shower pressure, little hot water, slow charging electronics, no air-conditioning and not being allowed to flush your toilet paper.
Average price per night: $245 AUD per night.

Check out all of our adventures in Tulum
Read more: Beach Luxury: Staying at Coco Tulum 

Cahal Pech Village Resort, San Ignacio 

Address: Cahal Pech Hill, San Ignacio
Why we booked it: We were doing a day trip to Tikal, Guatemala that left from San Ignacio, and Cahal Pech was definitely the nicest accommodation we could find on our budget.
Pros: GREAT food and drinks at the restaurant, honestly could not recommend more! Very comfy rooms and beyond helpful and caring people working here. The staff at Cahal Pech make you feel like you’re family.
Cons: At the top of a very high hill. If you’re planning to walk to the town be prepared for a high incline workout to get back. Or just catch a taxi like we did!!
Average price per night: $173 AUD per night.

Read more: The Adventure Hub of Belize 

Caye Reef Condos, Caye Caulker 

Address: Playa Asuncion / Park Street, Caye Caulker
Why we booked it: Recommended by Lonely Planet and one of the only properties in our budget that wasn’t a hostel.
Pros: It was MASSIVE, a huge two bedroom, two bathroom apartment that could have accommodated for two whole families. Great location and beautiful staff.
Cons: Honestly, none.
Average price per night: $180 USD per night.

Read more about our adventures on Caye Caulker here

Heliconias Nature Lodge, La Fortuna 

Address: San Isidro de Penas Blancas, Fortuna
Why we booked it: It was a treehouse in the Costa Rican jungle. Enough said.
Pros: A beautiful treehouse experience with a great family feel and delicious food at the restaurant which was just for guests. Very comfortable beds and rooms, the best treehouse style accommodation I have experienced.
Cons: A little bit removed from the town of La Fortuna, which means you will need to get a taxi or rent a car for easy access.
Average price per night: $195 per night.

Make sure you check out all our adventures in La Fortuna
Read more: Staying in a Costa Rican Treehouse 

Makanda By The Sea, Manuel Antonio 

Address: Main Road to Manuel Antonio, 3 Kilometers, Manuel Antonio
Why we booked it: We were looking for something beautiful and that definitely felt “honeymoon” in Costa Rica and Makanda ticked all the boxes.
Pros: The infinity pool, the happy hour cocktails, the FOOD OMG. The complete privacy was so great, it felt like we almost had the whole place to ourselves even though it was completely booked out when we were there. Also, adults only always wins so many extra points with me.
Cons: NONE. The most relaxing resort of anywhere I have ever stayed.
Average price per night: $404 per night.

Check out all my posts on Manuel Antonio here
Read more: Where You’d Rather Be: Makanda By The Sea

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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.


  1. Me
    August 8, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    OH MY! Your spot in Tulum looks so ridiculously perfect! I need to get up there soon! I love all your photos of Belize and am very sure now that you need to come back. The flight from Australia to Belize is worth it for the ATM Cave. I promise. It's one of the craziest things you'll ever do.

    • Emma
      August 9, 2017 / 2:26 am

      The hotel in Tulum was definitely breathtaking, I can't recommend Mexico to anyone highly enough! We didn't get a chance to visit ATM Cave this time when we were in Belize, but it has definitely been put on our list for our next visit! Everyone in Belize was so beautiful and friendly, we loved it!

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