Lodging, Belizean Hospitality, & Cuisine
The Belize River Lodge, previously known as Barothy’s Lodge Ltd., was the first of three fishing lodges built in Belize by Victor Barothy Sr. In the early 1960’s, Vic Barothy came to Belize from Cuba, fleeing the late 50’s situation there. In Belize, he located the ideal settings for three different fishing lodges; one on the southern end of Turneffe Atoll, one on Spanish Creek about thirty miles inland and one about 3.5 miles up the Belize Olde River, which is the present day Belize River Lodge. After operating these three Lodges for a few years, he decided logistically that the 3.5 mile river site on the Belize Olde River was best suited for a wide variety of fishing opportunities and the ideal lodging in Belize! Vic sold one and closed the other of the tree resorts, keeping the Belize Olde River lodge the longest. This setting allowed easy access to a few different rivers, several creeks, and also very easy access to the FLATS, mangrove cayes and the Barrier Reef. Since Barothy’s days, Mike and Marguerite have continued the fishing and also added eco-tours to many inland wonders.
The Lodge was built amongst the palm, coconut, mahogany, logwood & mango trees, in a genuine jungle setting. Many native trees were left in place around the Lodge for atmosphere & shade. Mahogany was the wood used for building this fishing Lodge.
Today, Belize River Lodge still rests quietly on the banks of the Belize Olde River, amidst the lush green tropical setting. Balmy breezes, rich with bird song, drift among the private mahogany cottages.
This jungle Lodge can accommodate up to sixteen people.
- The “Guest House” is a two story mahogany building. It contains four rooms, each with two single beds, private hot & cold showers, ceiling fans, a/c, free wifi and screened verandas overlooking the Belize Old River.
- The “Cottage” is set up for two groups of two or for a family of four. Each room has separate hot & cold showers, ceiling fans, a/c, free wifi and two single beds. Both are separated by a connecting door and share a large screened veranda. One of the cottage rooms has a cozy sitting area.
- The “Bungalow” has two rooms, each with a queen and a double bed, private hot and cold shower, ceiling fan, a/c, free wifi and a large screened veranda, which allows the tropical trade winds to blow through. All of the Lodge rooms are air conditioned and decorated with a tropical Belizean ambience. When you return from fishing, fresh purified water and ice will be ready in your room, and your bed will be turned down for you during dinner. BRL’s accommodations offer excellent service with an old world charm.
The main Lodge houses the kitchen, office, Mags’ gift shop, Mike’s fishing closet, the dining room, lounge area, screened in porch & self service bar. From the Belize River Lodge’s kitchen comes an excellent combination of the best Belizean, Creole and American cuisine. The Lodge cooks use the freshest and finest ingredients (even coconuts off the trees in the front yard), and along with some of Mags’ old family recipes, create some of the most memorable tasty meals, which will have you asking for a few of her recipes. Remember, save room for coffee or tea and dessert!
The dining room’s claim to fame are the three solid slab mahogany tables, where you can find some of the finest dining and socializing in Belize. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, and tell a couple of stories yourself. After dinner, you can retire to the lounge or the porch for an after dinner refreshment. Located within this area is our self-service bar and the fly tying table.
Because of the beautiful scenery, cleanliness of the lodge, tasty food and the diversity of the activities offered, Belize River Lodge is one of the best places to stay in Belize!