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Pine Ridge Lodge

Mile 18 San Ignacio-Augustine Road Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve Belize
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Floors marked for social distancing
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Updated 27/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#16 of 35 hotels in Cayo
Pine Ridge Lodge offers the adventurous traveler a unique location, 5 miles within the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, to accompany our superior accommodations, tropical gardens, orchid lined paths and terrific food. Being within the Reserve provides Pine Ridge Lodge with the best location for an exploration of the massive Caracol ruins or an investigation of the Mountain Pine Ridge and its’ wonders (Rio Frio Cave, Rio On Pools, 1000’ Falls etc.).
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Property amenities
Free parking
Free internet
Free breakfast
Horseback riding
Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Airport transportation
Adults only
Bar / lounge
Special diet menus
Car hire
Currency exchange
Mosquito net
Non-smoking hotel
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
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Room service
Bath / shower
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish
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Allison G wrote a review Yesterday
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I had a fantastic experience at Pine Ridge Lodge. Neil went above and beyond to accommodate our large group, and his family was so kind. The property is beautiful and is maintained very nicely. The cabanas are well decorated and clean. The food was delectable, and the dining area was lovely. The birds kept me entertained, and the dogs were so sweet. It was really neat to be able to walk to the creek and nearby waterfall. The whole place seemed very connected with nature, which I loved. I would definitely want to come back, and I recommend it to anyone who will be staying in the Mountain Pine Ridge in Belize. Thank you Neil and family!
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Date of stay: December 2021
happy traveler wrote a review 12 Jan
jus arun de corneh19 contributions5 helpful votes
What a pleasant surprise Pine Ridge Lodge was. It was recommended by friends who called it 'rustic' I call it 'perfect'. It was like stepping back in time with it's quaint cabins in the pine forest next to a river. Our cabin was down by the river and was the furthest from the main house. The cabins looked newly updated with tile flooring, the bathroom had a shower with loads of hot water and looked recently tiled as well. But the bed was to die for, it was so comfy. There is no tv, telephone or wifi in the rooms. There is wifi in the main dining room but, we were so busy talking to the other guests we didn't bother. The service here was great. They really make you feel welcomed. The owners live onsite and run everything. You'll meet them at check in and they are there all the time to help with questions on what to do or just swap interesting stories. They cook all the meals too. Did I mention the homemade salsa? There is no written menu but at each meal there are a couple of options to chose from. We had breakfast and dinners there and they were all amazing. On the weekends they do pizza. I'll definitely be going back.
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Date of stay: January 2022
RK wrote a review 11 Jan
2 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed at Pine Ridge Lodge for 7 nights in Dec 21- Jan 22. Long enough to get a very good feel for the place. As I write this review, I noticed that the previous reviews are from before March 2020 (pre-covid). So lot of stuff may have changed since then. Our experience was mixed. Neil is a good cook and makes excellent Mayan food (which is what I had) as well as good Pizza. I especially liked his Pesto pizza, which came out crisp. We are vegetarian and Neil took good care of that aspect. Also, want to give a word of appreciation for the staff - Hector, George and Isabel, who were nice and polite. One comment about the natural surroundings is that the lodge is in an area that has been affected by forest fires and therefore vegetation is quite sparse. Surprisingly, in just a few miles on either side of the lodge, the vegetation is more green and tropical-forest like. The food was good all through except on the day before we left. That day I felt we were shortchanged and taken for granted - Neil was busy with making food for another party and it seemed like we were just served a heap of roughly cut cabbage on top of the empanada. Quite a departure from the finely cut veggies I usually saw on the plate. While the main dish was usually good, the service was sorely lacking. I can't remember a single meal in the 7 days when I did not have to ask for water. It was never served with the food nor were we asked if we wanted it. I always had to get up in the middle of the meal and find someone and make the request, since there was often nobody waiting at the tables. Also sometimes, the table was not cleaned after meals and it felt like we were not properly attended to. Not to mention the fact that there was a 10% service charge added to our overall food bill at the end of the stay. Another thing was that there were no published prices for the food in the restaurant. Nor did Neil tell us the cost of the meals or drinks. And we were a bit too polite to ask. We basically trusted that it would be OK. Each of the meals cost USD $15/person, which was only the main dish. Dessert or Entree was extra. Any case, we didn’t have an option to eat anywhere else given that there are no food options at all nearby (except for Blancaneaux lodge) which is a high-end place. So if you don't have your own transportation, your only choice is to have meals at Pine Ridge. The accommodation was alright. It was a fairly tight space with two beds in a small room (no kitchen). My wife felt the beds were sagging in the middle. It was decorated well with Mayan masks and clothing on the walls. It is OK for couple of nights but not something to stay in for longer. The grounds are kept well but there is a ton of mosquitoes in the grounds as well as in the rooms. My wife and kids got a ton of bites. We used a repellant but also asked for Coils in our room. They did it the first two nights, but we had to ask for it each time. We just dropped it after that. Mosquitoes and/or sandflies are not unusual in Belize, but usually the hosts take steps to keep them off the rooms and dining/sitting areas. I would definitely not recommend coming to this lodge if you don't have your own car. We decided to not rent a car and were therefore dependent on Neil for any trips we wanted to make. We discovered that there is nothing to do within walking distance. In retrospect, in our communications with Neil prior to landing in Belize, Neil was not forthcoming in setting expectations about the lack of options in the absence of your own car. We did two trips that Neil organized - One to Caracol and another to Barton Creek. I thought the pricing was steep for what was offered. We paid USD $125 per adult for the trip to Caracol. The guide was OK and the car was somewhat unreliable. Basically the pricing is similar to what a mid-level resort in the area might charge (Cahal Pech or Hidden Valley) but without the value that those resorts offer in their trips. So I felt cheated, if I am being completely honest. Overall, in this context, I feel that the place was expensive. At USD $125 a night plus USD $90 for meals per day (husband, wife plus two young kids), it didn't feel like we got value at all. We stayed at a very nice ocean-front resort at Key Caulker in a nicely furnished room (with a well furnished kitchen) with top notch service for $200 a night. Compared to that, staying at Pine Ridge Lodge felt like it was poor value for money. One of the reviews mention a swimming hole on the property. That thing is now a breeding ground for mosquitoes and not something to swim in. I suggested to Neil that he should stop the damming the water so that the hole does not pose a health risk and water can flow freely again. Any case, if you stay at Pine Ridge lodge, ask for an all-inclusive deal to remove the ambiguity around costs. And come in your own car. Unless you want to pay the steep prices for the tours. I would say more than 2 nights at this lodge is an overkill.
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Date of stay: December 2021
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Brett wrote a review Dec 2021
Wixom, Michigan1 contribution
Pine Ridge Lodge is an absolute gem. From the food to the decor to the amazing family that run this place, you can’t go wrong. The property is great to hang out on itself. Slip into a hammock and let the river lull you to sleep. Walk the trails to the waterfall while searching for wild animals and their tracks. Eat an amazing meal, I recommend the ceviche or one of the many pizzas. Sit in the lobby and have a conversation with Neil if he’s not too busy, he is an amazing person. There are attractions within walking and driving distance. Overall an excellent experience and we would love to come back as soon as possible.
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
kate wrote a review Dec 2021
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Such an amazing time! The property was beautiful and the rooms were so thoughtfully decorated and comfortable. Niel was a top notch host, and great cook. You have to try his pizza! Very accommodating and helpful for all your travel and tour needs. Can’t wait to come back!
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Date of stay: December 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Frequently Asked Questions about Pine Ridge Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Pine Ridge Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Big Rock Falls (3.2 km), Barton Creek Cave (7.3 km), and Rio On Pools (7.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Pine Ridge Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at Pine Ridge Lodge?
Guests can enjoy free breakfast, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge during their stay.
Is parking available at Pine Ridge Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
Does Pine Ridge Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Pine Ridge Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are pets allowed at Pine Ridge Lodge?
Yes, pets are typically allowed, but it's always best to call ahead to confirm.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Pine Ridge Lodge?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, and French.