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Portofino Beach Resort

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Portofino is an upmarket beach resort located on a stunning, 100 metre-long private beach on the popular island of Ambergris Caye. The Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world lies just offshore, making this spot a true diver's paradise.

Rooms: 17
Diving in: Ambergris - Belize
Dive type: Boat dives
Divers: Max. 30
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View from the terrace, Portofino Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize

This beautiful, quiet haven is 9 kilometres north of San Pedro and just 20 minutes boat ride away from the town with its shops and nightlife. Its distance from the hustle of the town make it a popular choice for couples and family groups. Portofino prides itself on its personal guest service; the resort endeavours to deliver on its motto: "Come as a guest, leave as a friend". Staff are genuine, attentive and approachable.

The resort's in-house restaurant is highly regarded and there are several other excellent eateries in the area so you don't need to venture far if you prefer not to! There is a range of excellent accommodation with modern comforts to choose from including Beach Cabanas, Treetop Suites and the luxurious Portofino Mansion. The Portofino Beach Resort also features a freshwater swimming pool and offers free wi-fi internet to guests.

The barrier reef offers Belize scuba diving in small marine parks and diverse ecosystems. It is also possible to take daytrips from here to the more distant atolls such as Lighthouse Reef and its world-famous Blue Hole. There is so much to see on the barrier reef though that you may be tempted to just kick-back, relax and enjoy the diving close to home.

If you are looking for a high quality, intimate resort in an exquisite location with some great Belize dive sites at your fingertips then Portofino Resort is the ideal choice.

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Resort diving packages...
  Prices valid until 5 January 2015

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High Season 2014 - 6 January 2014 to 30 April 2014
Days Nights Price per diver Price per non-diver Single supplement
US$US$US$
43649428428
54902571571
651,155714714
761,408857857
871,6611,0001,000
981,9141,1421,142
1092,1671,2851,285

Low Season 2014 - 1 May 2014 to 21 December 2014
Days Nights Price per diver Price per non-diver Single supplement
US$US$US$
43560339339
54783452452
651,006565565
761,230678678
871,453791791
981,676904904
1091,8991,0171,017

Peak Season 2014 - 22 December 2014 to 5 January 2015
Days Nights Price per diver Price per non-diver Single supplement
US$US$US$
43702482482
54973643643
651,244803803
761,515964964
871,7861,1251,125
982,0571,2851,285
1092,3281,4461,446

High Season Half Board 2014 - 6 January 2014 to 30 April 2014
Days Nights Price per diver Price per non-diver Single supplement
US$US$US$
43851631428
541,171841571
651,4921,051714
761,8121,261857
872,1331,4711,000
982,4531,6811,142
1092,7741,8921,285

Low Season Half Board 2014 - 1 May 2014 to 21 December 2014
Days Nights Price per diver Price per non-diver Single supplement
US$US$US$
43762541339
541,052722452
651,343902565
761,6341,083678
871,9251,263791
982,2151,443904
1092,5061,6241,017

Peak Season Half Board 2014 - 22 December 2014 to 5 January 2015
Days Nights Price per diver Price per non-diver Single supplement
US$US$US$
43905684482
541,243912643
651,5811,140803
761,9191,368964
872,2581,5961,125
982,5961,8241,285
1092,9342,0521,446


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More Trip Details....
Note:A minimum of 3 nights stay is mandatory in High Season and Low Season. A minimum of 5 nights stay is mandatory in Peak Season.

Destinations:  2 tank dive trips daily along the Belize Barrier Reef at sites such as Amigos Wreck, Mexico Rocks and Cypress Gardens. One full day 3 tank dive trip to Lighthouse Reef and the Blue Hole, or Turneffe Atoll is available at an extra charge. No diving on days of arrival or departure.

Resort diving includes:  Dives, boat rides to dive sites, experienced English-speaking divemaster (maximum 7 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts, diving tax, drinking water and hot drinks.
Diving excludes:  Extra dives, night dives, scuba equipment (approx. US$ 49 per day), dive computer, dive insurance, soft drinks, and snacks. Dive upgrades: Special dive trips - Blue Hole (approx. US$ 283) plus marine park fees (approx US$ 40), Turneffe Atoll (approx. US$ 288). Prices for special dive trips are payable in advance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

Resort accommodation includes:  Bed, Continental breakfast, dinner (half board package only), drinking water, hot drinks, return resort transfers from San Pedro Airport, internet access, and taxes.
Accommodation excludes:  Return flight ticket from Belize City to San Pedro (not available online, approx US$ 152 per person), lunch, soft drinks and alcoholic drinks. If you are a single person it is compulsory to pay for a single supplement. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there:  Portofino Resort is located in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, 43 km from Belize City. In order for you to get to this destination, it is necessary for you to purchase a return flight ticket from Belize City to San Pedro. These flights are not available online and we will handle the booking for you as part of your dive holiday booking. The resort offers complimentary return resort transfers from San Pedro airport. For more information see our Belize travel information section.

Dive clubs and group discounts:  Available on request for 6 guests or more (not in Peak Season).


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Rooms, Beds, Bathrooms, Views...
There is a range of room types at Portofino Resort and they are all next to the beach with full or partial ocean views. You can choose from 6 Beach Cabanas, 2 Beachfront Rooms and 4 suites - 2 VIP and 2 Colonial suites. There are also 2 Treetop Suites, a huge Honeymoon Suite, and a luxurious Beachfront Mansion built for families and small groups which sleeps up to 8 guests.

The Beach Cabanas and Beachfront Rooms are almost identical except that the cabanas are duplex single storey units whereas the rooms are on the lower floor of a 2-storey unit and adjoin each other.

The Colonial Suites are suited for 2 single persons as they are much larger than the cabanas, have 2 Queen-size beds and twin bathroom sinks. The VIP Suites are essentially a double cabana unit, and have 2 Queen-size beds and twin bathroom sinks. The Treetop Suites are elevated and similar to the Colonial Suites, except that they have a sofa and a king-size bed instead of 2 queen-size beds.

The Honeymoon Suite is elevated with glass frontage and terrific seaviews from its balcony. The suite is twice the size of the cabanas and has an additional whirlpool hot tub and sofa.

The Beachfront Mansion is a 2 unit double storey brick building. The ground floor unit has 2 bedrooms, a lounge and dining area, equipped kitchen, fully enclosed bathroom, and is suitable for up to 5 adults. The upper floor unit is similar but only suitable for 4 adults. The 2 units can be rented separately or adjoined into one.

All accommodations enjoy superb full seaviews, except for the Colonial and Treetop Suites which are 1 block back from the beach and have partial seaviews.

Portofino Resort's Honeymoon Suite interior All units have:
  • Air-conditioning and ceiling fans
  • King size bed (except Colonial Suites which have 2 Queen-size beds each)
  • Mosquito nets and reading lights
  • Private bathroom with hot water shower, towels, toiletries & hair dryer
  • Bathrobes (Suites only)
  • Hammocks & chairs on a private deck/balcony
  • Cable TV (120+ channels) and DVD player
  • Free wifi internet access
  • Refrigerator with complimentary drinking water
  • Wardrobe, table, chairs and mirror
  • US type electricity plugs
  • Room service from 6.30 am - 9 pm daily
  • Fire extinguishers

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Diving Details...
The diving here is conducted in a relaxed atmosphere with no rushing. Divers are split into small groups on 3 boats depending on their experience so everyone can get the most out of their Belize diving experience. Diving at Portofino is operated by Action Divers and consists of 2 dives per day at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, and an optional night dive each day. This allows you to see the best of the immediate area. Atoll dives to the more remote sites are also available but require a full day. 1 day of atoll diving is included in the 7 night package.

Scuba diving in Belize with Portofino Beach Resort The nearby dive sites are just 5-20 minutes away and include Hol Chan Cut, a natural channel through the reef, Amigos Wreck, an old sunken barge, Mexico Rocks, located nearly right in front of the resort, Mata Cut and Cypress Gardens, a reef with deep and narrow canyons.

Out in the atolls a different type of diving awaits, and discovering the Blue Hole at Lighthouse Reef is highly recommended. Turneffe North is the atoll closest to Portofino and is easily accessible. Turneffe Elbow is located on the atoll's southern tip.

Local dive trips are conducted on 9 metre 150 HP motorised boats with ladders, a divemaster, tanks, weights & weightbelts, towels and drinking water. Full day trips to the atolls are conducted on Pro 48s with more facilities.

The dive centre has a store on the jetty for guest's scuba equipment, rinse tanks with a special tank for cameras, a shower and first aid kit. The resort staff will rinse and carry guest scuba equipment during their stay.

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Facilities, Location, Recreation...
The swimming pool at Portofino Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye Portofino Beach Resort boasts a beautiful private beach, as well as freshwater swimming pool, seaview restaurant and beach bar. Other facilities include daily house-keeping, free wireless internet, laundry and tour desk for island visits or cultural trips to the mainland.

Resort facilities include: Portofino Restaurant & Green Parrot Bar - Dive centre - Fresh-water swimming pool, uniquely designed with 3 levels and a sitting pool - Private beach - Sea canoes - Kayaks - Snorkelling - Thatched palapa hut for massage, scrubs, facials & nail treatments - Free wireless internet - Movie library - Guest computer - Fax - Laundry service - Baby cots & baby sitting service - Tour desk - Daily shuttle service to San Pedro

Activities on Ambergris: Snorkelling with nurse sharks & rays at Hol Chan; Deep sea fishing; Catamaran sailing to Caye Caulker.

Tour Activities elsewhere: Manatee Tours - getting up close and personal with West Indian manatees at the secluded Swallow Caye; Barton Creek canoe & cave system; Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves (pot-holing - swimming, trekking, climbing); River kayaking & horse riding; Cave tubing; Zipline.

Sightseeing tours: Xunantunich ancient Mayan city ruins; River boat visit to Altun Ha; Rainforest boat ride to visit Lamanai Mayan ruins with wildlife such as howler monkeys & forest birds; Belize Zoo.

Location: 6 Miles North, Ambergris Caye east coast central, Belize

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Menu, Cuisine Type, Specialities...
The very popular Portofino Restaurant is located above the main building and its spacious balcony offers a magnificent view of the Belize Barrier Reef and the Caribbean Sea. Food is prepared with fresh local ingredients and is a blend of European dishes made with local flair and elements such as coconut cream, pineapple salsa, fresh seafood and lime dressings. As well as the A-la-carte menu, there are daily dinner specials and a vegetarian menu.

Beachfront dining at Portofino's, Belize Meals available:
  • European and Caribbean fusion cuisine.
  • "A la carte" breakfast, lunch and dinner, with additional daily specials.
  • Fresh local seafood including lobster, steak and chicken.
  • Vegetarian menu. Other special dietary requests can be arranged with prior notice.
  • Soups and salads.
  • Light snacks and bites are available at the Green Parrot Bar.
  • Complimentary coffee service counter.
Lunch and dinner favourite samples:
'Classic Bouillabaisse Marseillaise': European influenced stew of fresh snapper, grouper and crab, fused with aromatic herbs and spices, toasted bread and homemade roux with a hint of Habanero peppers.
'Feta & Spinach stuffed Pork': Slices of rose-served pork tenderloin stuffed with blushed spinach and feta cheese, topped with homemade cranberry dressing, sweet potato & celery puree and wok sesame spinach.
'Zucchini & Eggplant Lasagna': Homemade lasagna stuffed with tomatoes, basil, Zucchini, eggplant topped with Parmesan cheese.


Continental breakfast:
Home made bread, butter, cheese, marmalade, tropical fruit, orange juice, coffee/tea.

Selection of smoothies and fresh fruit juices.


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Dive Safety, Resort Security...
Portofino Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize There is only 1 decompression chamber in Belize and it's located in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, which means staying at Portofino Beach Resort puts your within 10 km of the chamber. We recommend you take out your own scuba diving insurance.

The dive boat is fully equipped with life vests, VHF marine radio, cell phone, compass, a medic first aid kit and 1,280 litres of emergency breathing oxygen (good for 2 hours). One divemaster is provided for every 7 divers.

For non-diving related accidents there is a hospital and police station in San Pedro Town, 20 minutes away. The resort also provides first aid training for staff and maintains a medic first aid kit.

The resort reception has a safety box for guests' valuables and 24 hour premises security.

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