Mångata is a Swedish word that means "the moon's reflection on the water." Since this is something we regularly see, and it is so beautiful, it makes sense that our place is named after it.
The Belize Dollar (BZD) or the American Dollar (USD) are both accepted in Belize. $1 USD = $2 BZD (fixed exchange rate). There are ATMs available to withdraw money, but the rates won't be as reasonable as you'll get by exchanging your money before you travel. Credit card is accepted at many restaurants and stores but there are just as many that only accept cash.
While you don't need to rent a golf cart for your visit, we recommend you do! The island is 24 miles long, and there's a lot of exploring to do. The town is 6.5 miles away, and there are great attractions and restaurants all along the island that you may want to check out! However, if none of this interests you, you can certainly stay put at Mångata Villas.
Yes! Moon Bar is our beach bar onsite that serves the best pizza! Of course, we serve all your favorite drinks, too. There is also an excellent restaurant next door (one minute walk along the beach) open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each villa and casita has a kitchen with a fridge, cooktop, microwave, coffee maker, blender, toaster, etc., so that you can prep your own meals as desired.
Absolutely! There is so much to do both on the island and on the mainland, it's unBELIZEable! You can snorkel, scuba dive, go on a catamaran tour, deep sea fish, take a food tour, sing karaoke, listen to live music, visit a spa, or explore the island! And on the mainland; go cave tubing, see ancient Mayan archaeological sites, zip line, or take a jungle hike. Want to swim with the sharks at Hol Chan? Fly over the Blue Hole? Did we forget restaurants? We can also direct you to the best food in town!
Yes. If you compare the population of Belize to some similar-sized American cities (such as Miami, for example), you will see that the crime rate is similar or lower. Crimes such as petty theft can happen. Don't leave your beach bag on an unattended golf cart. For your peace of mind, we have security cameras on site. You will find that Belizeans are some of the friendliest and most helpful people around.
No. If/when it rains, it is usually only for a few minutes, and then the sun comes out again. Many people vacation during the rainy season months and find that the weather is warm and beautiful with a quick rain shower or two now and then. It rarely rains for hours or an entire day, although, like anywhere, it can happen. You'll dry off quickly!
There is a small grocery store a couple of miles away; however, there's much more variety at the stores in town. You'll find good deals at the local fruit and veggie stands, the butcher shop, and there's no shortage of grocery stores and convenience stores in town. Since the town is 6.5 miles away, we recommend renting a golf cart for your trip, not just for groceries but because it's fun and exciting to explore the island at your own pace!
Yes, you can certainly swim at our private beach! Many people enjoy swimming off the docks because the water is very shallow for quite a ways, so the dock can get you to a more comfortable swimming depth without walking out so far. If you prefer a public beach, there's an excellent one called "Secret Beach" nearby. This beach has restaurants, bars, and fun water toys, and it is a great way to spend the day.