I’m so sorry this house was not for you. Should you ever return to Caye Caulker we can absolutely find you more suitable accommodations!
Many people (but obviously not all) appreciate being away from the village, which can be quite noisy, with few accommodations right on the sea. If you plan on being in the sea a lot, the swimming at Beachside Cottage is much more private and peaceful than at the split but obviously, if you want to take advantage of the Caye Caulker nightlife, being in the village is a better choice. Also, as you now know, being in the tropics in August is hot! Beachside Cottage provides complimentary bikes because it’s often too hot to walk the half mile in to the village. For those who are uncomfortable on bicycles we provide a free cell phone pre-loaded with taxi numbers. Because the tropics are so hot, most houses are built to be fairly porous to let in the ocean breezes. It’s unusual on Caye Caulker (but becoming more common) for buildings to be constructed to foreigner’s specification where they can be chilled down very cold. Please remember for your next visit that if you need to have a cold room, you should choose a structure built of concrete. They do not breath but they do keep in the air conditioning.
Caye Caulker residents have worked hard to keep our streets and lanes unpaved and sandy. You are absolutely correct that this can mean having to look more closely at where you step and again, it’s not for everyone. Paving the roads makes it easier to walk around but also makes a village hotter and inevitably ushers in more golf cart and car traffic. Likewise with the wildlife. Caye Caulker happily distinguishes itself from the more resort-filled island of San Pedro and many visitors appreciate the ease with which you can bird watch and catch site of wildlife. Again, not for everyone.
Finally, we are very sorry you felt you were bing spied on by the owners / neighbors! Like our guests, they value privacy and solitude. The window which faces the cottage is over an open stairwell and covered with a permanent half curtain. It would be quite a feat for them to peek at you while you sleep.
Again, we are very sorry the accommodations were not for you and we will work hard to make a better match should you return. We trust that the next stop on your trip, Cancun, was a better fit.