Belize budget lodging can be hit and miss. Clarissa Falls is a fantastic alternative to the more expensive places in the Cayo area of Belize. Situated along the banks of the Mopan River, and just 5-1/2 miles west of San Ignacio, Clarissa Falls is very convenient and tours can be arranged for you with local operators. From here you can also go swimming, tubing or canoeing on the river, take nature walks into the forest or just relax in a hammock with a cool limonada while bird watching. One of our favorite do-it-yourself hikes in Belize goes from Clarissa Falls to Bullet Tree Falls, about 6 miles one-way along the Mopan River Valley. You can take a cab back for an excellent one-day activity.
Hostess, Chena Galvez’ home cooking is fantastic! Rooms are about $75 for a double with a private bath. They also have suites, 6 persons for $175/night, or camping for $7.50/person/night. Their meals range from $5-15. Phone and fax: 011-501-824-3916. Website: http://www.clarissafalls.com/.