A Different Kind of Margaritaville: Opening on Ambergris Caye, Belize

by Khaila Gentle

In New York City, it’s a sparkling clean and quiet sanctuary that’s a stone’s throw away from all the sought after sites and attractions. In Palm Springs, it’s “a desert oasis with an island soul.” And in the Bahamas, it’s luxurious family fun and adventure. But the new Margaritaville Beach Resort in Belize promises something different altogether.

Regardless of which resort you’re staying, Margaritaville allows guests to forget all their obligations and revel in being able to simply kick back and unwind. But when you’re steps away from a sparkling beach and the Belize Barrier Reef, that gets a whole lot easier. Here’s what you can expect from the hotly anticipated beach resort.

Why People Love “Wastin’ Away Again” at Margaritaville

This inspiration behind Margaritaville came from the lyrics and lifestyle of singer, songwriter, and author Jimmy Buffett. Buffet’s 1977 hit single of the same name paints a vivid picture of one man’s dream to spend an entire season at a beach resort community. Think playing the guitar on the balcony of your oceanview condo, people-watching on the beach, and, of course, sipping fresh batches of margaritas.

According to TravelPulse Magazine, some 15 million travelers visit Margaritaville properties (resorts, residential real estate destinations, vacation clubs, vacation home rentals, or restaurants) annually. It’s not difficult to understand why. The Margaritaville chain of resorts, as well as other properties, are synonymous with fun and relaxation. When guests stay at Margaritaville, they know that they’re in for casual but luxurious relaxation. More than that, though, they know that they’ll be able to live out their Margaritaville dreams however they please.

Tamara Baldanza-Dekker, chief marketing officer for Margaritaville, told TravelPulse “you will see people in flip-flops and shorts at our restaurants sitting next to people dressed up for a Friday night.”

What to Expect When Visiting Margaritaville

It’s five o’ clock somewhere, and that somewhere is Margaritaville. The chain of “feel-good” properties are known for being the place where luxury meets paradise.

“What does paradise look like?”, you might ask.

Think tropical themed accommodations, sprawling blue pools, stiff drinks, and of course, lots of Jimmy Buffet inspired amenities. Whether staying at locations in Costa Rica or in the middle of Times Square, most Margaritaville guests’ immediately feel as if they’ve been transported to an island – complete with a giant blue glass flip flop standing before them.  Many also take note of the warm and friendly staff that made them feel completely at home.


Yes, it’s kitschy. There is a giant blue glass flip flop standing sentry in the lobby. But that’s part of what makes it so delightful. Margaritaville knows exactly what it is, and leans into that identity hard.

-Elisabeth Sherman, Matador Network


Of course, you don’t have to be a die-hard Jimmy Buffet fan to enjoy all that Margaritaville has to offer. The resort brand also draws a large number of guests that are simply enamoured with the idea of living a laidback lifestyle. And if you’re one of millions that love to (or would love to) enter the Margaritaville state of mind, then you’ll be happy to learn about the highly anticipated and newest addition to the collection of properties.

Escape From Routine at Margaritaville Resort in Belize this March

Come March, Ambergris Caye, Belize will be serving up a brand new take on Margaritaville vacations. Hailed as a “very different kind of Margaritaville for the Caribbean”, it features 55 villas (one-, two-, and three-bedroom units), along with amenities like a pickleball court, the St. Somewhere Spa, and quintessential Margaritaville-style restaurants.

With a concept that exudes the character and personality of a boutique resort, and with unique features like the Belize Barrier Reef mere feet away, this Belize property is definitely a different kind of Margaritaville – though, in all the best ways.

And the resort isn’t just for adult parrotheads. All properties are family friendly.

The long-awaited opening of the first-ever Margaritaville Beach Resort on Ambergris Caye takes place on March 15, 2023. Oh, and did we mention they’re already accepting bookings?

Featured Photo courtesy Margaritaville Beach Resort Belize 

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