Dirty McNasty's Hostel




The Hostelz.com Review

Dirty McNasty's Hostel is located towards the northern end of Caye Caulker's main island and is a party hostel through and through.

The Location

The hostel is located within five minutes of the northern end (The Split) and the water taxi pier (where you arrive from Belize City or San Pedro). Numerous shops, bars, and restaurants can be reached in two minutes and the downtown area with an ATM is maybe ten minutes away. The neighbourhood consists of another hostel and restaurants and is lively and safe. The property borders the sea with a small beach and mangroves.

Rooms and Bathrooms

At the time of this writing, the hostel is newly re-opened, and changes and building work are still ongoing. There are dorms with and without air conditioning, but the latter are getting fitted with air conditioning.
The six-bed en suite dorms do not have air conditioning but have three large fans. There are three sturdy wooden bunk beds with spacious lockable drawers underneath (bring a lock). The sheets are clean but the mattresses are very hard. The en suite bathroom has a toilet and a shower with very weak water pressure. The water is cold (more like lukewarm) and there is only a small shelf above the sink for putting up your clothes while showering. Rooms are locked and can be accessed by typing a code into a keypad.

Common Spaces

The main common space is a large room opposite of the bar on the second floor of one of the three buildings. The bar also serves as the reception area. There are plenty of tables and barstools both inside and on a wide balcony. There are hammocks strewn around the property and picnic tables in the sandy courtyard. You can rent a canoe for free and launch it from the small beach at the back of the property. This is also where some small crocodiles like to hang out, and the staff have named one of the regulars Peter!

As advertised, this is a party hostel and thus it is rarely quiet; especially on big holidays such as Easter there is a party going on with massive speakers and a DJ. Overall it is a very social hostel and a great place to get chatting with fellow travelers. The common kitchen is a work in progress but guest are free to use the fridge when they enquire. The bar serves both drinks and food.


This is a very lively and fun hostel where every opportunity is taken to have a party. Wi-Fi works mostly well but can be a bit slow in the evenings when everybody uses it.
by CarinaWandering
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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Streetview of the first building of the hostel
Streetview with the reception building on the right
Bar and reception area
6-bed en suite dorm room
Lockable drawers under the bunk beds
Main common room
Outside seating
View from the balcony area of the common room into the courtyard
View towards the back of the hostel


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1 Crocodile St., Caye Caulker, Belize District, Belize
17.746607, -88.024757 (accuracy not guaranteed)
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Very bad experience
On the surface, the place is not that terrible. It is a good place to meet fellow backpackers, and the rooms are ok. But there are a number of things going wrong. A construction site in the middle of it, where a disgusting pond is breeding grounds for mosquitoes, so expect noise and plenty of bites. And if you consider that for the same price there are a number of other much better places in the island, it is not even value for money. To make things worse, the lockers they provide are rubbish. I trusted them, got a lock and put my valuables in them. But $200+ US were stolen, since actually, one only needs to lift the mattress to have free access to the "locker." After this I spoke with the staff, who acted in a defensive and unhelpful manner. They didn't want to take any responsibility for it. Given that the only people that went to my room were the cleaning staff, is hard not to suspect of them. Plainly, if I hadn't been offered a locker I'd be much better off. And they don't give a damn. I wrote to the owner, who instead of apologizing and trying to make up for it, just asked me not to give them a bad review. Shows a lot of class.
Still here ...
Was supposed to stay for two nights, it's day seven now. Excellent friendly staff who work with a local guide Pops, who will take groups on tours to the reef to see sharks and manatees and go spear fishing, he's also an absolute legend! The hostel might not be prettiest to look at and the cheaper rooms don't have air con, but the breakfast is excellent and the free rum punch always gets a crowd together for a night out. Such a good atmosphere, I just hope I'll be able to get out of here and continue my travels.
Age 27, Irish
Give the dog 'Ben' some love
The stay in this hostel was fine. Clean, friendly staff, free rum and punch at 19:00 and breakfast. There is a dog tied up underneath the hostel 24/7. The owner of the dog lives in the hostel (so has got nothing to do with the hostel). The owner doesn't feed the dog and you can tell that he has been abused. The owner says that Ben is a mean dog to people and other dogs. This is not truth at all! He is very sweet and scared for other dogs. I walked Ben for 6 days and fed him twice a day. I gave him a worm and flea treatment. Every day he seemed happier and got back his confidence bit by bit. Hopefully I set a trend and other backpackers will feed and walk him as well! I know you can't save them all, but hopefully we can save Ben with a little bit of love and effort.
Age 29, Netherlands
  Dirty McNasty's is a work in progress -- the owners have ambitious plans for this place and once completed it should be great. At the moment though with the construction of a third building adjacent to the dorms disrupting your lie-in at 8 a.m., maybe you should save this place for your next visit to the island. The Location Two blocks from the beach, and five- to ten-minute walk from the "split" (a peninsula by the beach where people hang out all day swimming, snorkeling, and drinking) -- Dirty McNasty's is excellently located. The two-minute walk to the beachfront leads you to an array of restaurants, dive shops, and souvenir stores, along with a number of convenience stores. Rooms and Bathrooms The hostel features cabin-style accommodation over two stories; each cabin has three wooden bunk beds with built-in lockers. The two fans work tirelessly to relieve the stuffiness of the rooms, but to no avail -- the rooms are like a sauna during the day. The bathrooms are en suite and perfectly adequate. Showers do supply hot water on demand, but at low pressure. Common Spaces The three buildings are set up as four sides of a square, with the fourth being the road. At the centre, we are told they are planning on putting a swimming pool, but as it stands the area is just sand, only populated by a couple of tables. Upstairs in the opposite building to the dorms is a large room featuring three pool tables, although only one is playable. At the side of this room is the kitchen with some of the most disgusting rusty cutlery ever to frequent any hostel. There is a fridge, a couple of stoves, and enough facilities to rustle up something basic. The "free breakfast" is simply coffee, bread, and do-it-yourself eggs. On the balcony there is a small space to hang out, along with five hammocks. Summary Once completed, Dirty McNasty's should be one of the main players on the Caye Caulker circuit. At the time of writing, however, there are still a number of kinks to iron out. Significantly more expensive than its rivals, Dirty McNasty's doesn't yet have the facilities to justify that price differential. Give them time, though, and in a couple of years, this place could be a real gem.

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