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First Class Family Accommodations ... ocean front.. Quiet white sand beach

Doug Barber

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

Doug Barber

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
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Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
May 2, 2015
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First Class Family Accommodations ... ocean front.. Quiet white sand beach

Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


Hopkins House Rental Photos and Description

2 level villa, 4 Bed rms, 4 Baths, sleeps 8-10, Lrg ocean facing porch

Habaru House is a terrific home base for all your Belize adventures. Ideal for families, a gentle sloping beach with little or no walk by traffic. We are located on one of the nicest beaches in then country. Enjoy the beautiful oceanfront from the white sand beach or second floor-covered patio with its exotic cane ceiling. On the beach for your use are beach chairs under a Mayan palapa, a lazy day hammock, and an outside charcoal grill.

South of the Village proper the Habaru House is 12-15 minute walk to outstanding oceanfront restaurants and several road side eateries in an area I call “south Hopkins”. Email me for a 'map of Doug’s favorites'. The Village proper is a short bicycle ride away on one of our owner supplied bicycles or rent a golf cart from us.

The Habaru House living area is on the second and third floor (see floor plans in picture area). Local artwork and wall hangings enhance the atmosphere. If you choose to cook in you will enjoy the fully equipped kitchen with mahogany cabinets adjacent to the dining and living areas. Or have our housekeeper cook for you- she is an independent contractor.

The flooring in the living area is Italian marble; bedroom floors are barbajalote, all exterior and interior trim are Belize mahogany and vaulted ceilings a mixture of exotic hardwoods. Doors are hand made from local “poison wood”, known for its outstanding wood grain. The spacious master bedroom suite has exotic cane ceilings and a large master bathroom.

The Habaru House, Hopkins is centrally located to reach many of Belize’s exciting activities.

Water based activities:

Snorkeling trips

Scuba diving

Fishing; drop fishing, trolling, river and lagoon


Inland Trips:

Mayflower Waterfall Hike

Mayflower Bocawina waterfall repelling

Jaguar Preserve in the Cockscomb Basin

Jungle horse back riding

Guided hikes

Cave tubing

Monkey River trip

Xunatunich Mayan Ruins

Southern Ruins trip

Zip line

Marie Sharps factory- HOT sauce

Guided bird watching

Work with our tour partner to plan your week.

The fishing is wonderful! If fresh lobster and conch are something you are looking for, you have come to the right place! We are half mile south of three of the best ocean front restaurants in Belize. Or go into the village and eat at one of the local restaurants and enjoy a local cultural “Garifuna” dish.

The 4-bedroom house has a second level common reading area with a queen size pull out sofa that can accommodate 2 people in the winter season. This home features all of the comforts of home; flat screen TV, cd player, iPod player, high end appliances, reading materials and a security system. You will not be roughing it on this Belize adventure! Check out the photos.

Don’t feel like cleaning, cooking, or doing the laundry on vacation? We can arrange all of these for an additional charge. Make your vacation a true vacation!. Transportation to and from Dangriga airport can be arranged.

A full time crew maintains our properties. They rake the beaches, arrange for the kayaks, and handle any of your concerns. Just ask!! We also have a river side property Bocatura Bank , nature preserve, that you are welcome to visit and kayak the river. Co-ordiante with Anthony and Gil. see VRBO 464737 for an overview.

The Habaru House also has a ground floor apartment Habaru 31 G (VRBO 45542). The one bedroom unit is connected with an internal lockable stairwell and maybe rented in addition to the Habaru House for expanding the total capacity of the rental.

How to get here: Four major airlines fly into Belize International Airport (BZE). From there you have two options: rent a car and drive down to Hopkins or take one of the regional carriers (Tropic Air or Maya Air) to the Dangriga Airport where we can arrange to pick you up.

Let us help you have a vacation to remember!

More Details
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Doug Barber (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 2, 2015

About Doug Barber

Saltwater fly fishing was the addiction that brought my family to Hopkins, Belize but it was the laid back atmosphere and warm, friendly people of Hopkins that made our decision to build a home an easy one.

Doug Barber purchased this house in 2008

Why Doug Barber chose Hopkins

Hopkins was a natural choice for me. The flats are a quick panga ride away and the local restaurants are just down the beach. If you are looking for a relaxed, laid back town, Hopkins fits the bill perfectly.

What makes this house unique

Habaru House is set on a double lot for added privacy. The huge back deck is a perfect place for your morning coffee or gather with family and friends as you gaze over the Caribbean Sea. Many mornings you will find flocks of Green Parrots in the tree surrounding the house.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for the house. Hopkins is such an amazing little village and made the perfect spot for our family vacation. We went hiking through the jungle, snorkelling out in the reef, kayaking, and tubing on the river and just longed about on the beach. A few more high lights included Driftwood pizza and Chef Robs, both highly recommended.

What a great places. Thanks again.
Aug 2013
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Bedrooms 4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights
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based on 26 traveler reviews

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First Class Family Accommodations ... ocean front.. Quiet white sand beach
average rating of 4.8461537 based on 35 reviews
Alfred, NY

beautiful location, outstanding accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Enjoyed touring the area the Mayan Ruins, Cockscomb Jaguar preserve, and close proximity to excellent restaurants . The staff was friendly and helpful.

I enjoyed waking up in the morning and looking out on to the ocean. Then having coffee and breakfast on the oceanfront patio. A very quiet location.

extremely clean, i plan on returning next Fall for a longer period of time.

  • Submitted: Feb 12, 2013
  • Stayed: Nov 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Rancho Cucamonga, California

60th Birthday Celebration

  • 4 of 5

The Habaru House was fantastic. It was clean and very comfortable. The only disappointment about the trip were the mosquitos and the water in the front of the house. Because of the rains, the mosquitos were numerous and the water in front of the house was murky and not made for swimming. Anthony and Gilbert were extremely helpful and accommodating. Lots of adventures and vacationing outside the box.

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2014
  • Stayed: Oct 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So the house was a five, but the weather a four. Not much the owner can do about " Mother Nature".
Fountain Valley, CA

Heaven on earth

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at your home! The house was perfect for our family of 4 adults and 5 Teens. My parents loved the downstairs. The house was a perfect setup, had everything we needed with a full stocked kitchen and nice bedrooms. And the beach was clean, private and a dream with Kayaks and bikes for all! Snorkel trips to the reef, Mayflower Jungle trip and Mayan Ruins all nearby. Dana and Anthony were wonderful and the cooking outstanding. We will be back! Loved every minute.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
North Kingstown, RI USA

Tremendous Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

This private, well appointed home, is just far enough away from it all but a short bike ride or walk to several local resorts. Our family loved everything about "Habaru House" Doug was so helpful prior to our arrival, we were able to feel comfortable from the start. The house binder has lots of helpful information and the locals are all happy to share their knowledge as well. Plenty of room for our family of 6 + 1 and all of the comforts of home. Our teenagers really enjoyed the nearby dock and palapa. They could snorkel, kayak and swim in the beautiful warm water or relax topside in the shade. Anthony will make sure you have everything you need and his wife, Dana, will cook delicious, local meals if you arrange it (strongly suggest !) We took a long (~4-5 hours each way) day trip to "Tikal" in Guatemala. It was wonderful coming home to a beautiful home cooked meal by Dana ! Anthony arranged for us to go out with a local boat operator, Noelle, for some snorkeling & fishing, great time ! (Chef Dana prepared our catch for dinner the following night.) We also chartered a dive boat from Hopkins Underwater Adventures for a day on the reef, FANTASTIC !! We needed some "jungle time" too so off to Bocawina for a zip line experience. Oscar & Renee were awesome ... very skilled, put us all at ease immediately AND provided comic relief !! We went later in the afternoon, the light in the jungle was gorgeous ! It was terrific coming home to our beautiful "home away from home" at the end of the day ! A/C was a welcome treat after spending the day in the hot sun. We had some amazing dinners at the Barracuda Bar & Grill. Chef Tony cooked the "Tapas Sampler Dinner" one night for us - what a delicious, creative meal ! A++ Get up early for breakfast, the resorts start at 7 am, done by 9:30-10 We had delicious meals at both "Hamanasi" & "Belizian Dreams" resorts. Beautiful, friendly staff & great food.The local fruit is so fresh, we couldn't get enough ! We were only here for a week ... if you can, stay longer, so much to see and do and "Habaru" is a great location for excursions. We can't thank Doug and his staff enough for the fantastic vacation. We are already talking about "next time ..."

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Kennesaw, Georgia, USA

A Private Paradise!

  • 5 of 5

This house was perfect for our family vacation! Right on a private beach with our own Adirondack chairs and hammock, the house itself is beautifully decorated with tropical themed rattan furniture and dark wood trim, with colorful tile and Talavera sinks in all the guest baths. We went out in the kayaks every day, watched the sunrise from the beach with our morning coffee, and read books and watched the fish and rays from the thatch-covered dock. We missed the manatees, but we did hold a starfish as big as a dinner plate. For adventure, Tony at Barracuda Grill (great breakfast for $5 each morning!) hooked us up with an all-day cave exploration that FAR exceeded our expectations! Swimming through chest-high water and climbing rocks to walk among ancient pottery and human sacrificial remains?!?! Are you kidding me?? It was AWESOME. Hopkins is a hidden treasure that I hope remains hidden. Small winding roads take you through the jungle to a dirt road that leads straight to the beach. If you're looking to check out from the rat race for a while, this is it for you.

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Sandy Spring, MD USA

Our Dream Wedding!

  • 5 of 5

We had our wedding at Habaru House and it was better than we could have ever imagined. The house was gorgeous (the pictures online don't do it justice!), the grounds keepers were wonderful, and we hired the housekeeper, Dana, to cook for the family for the week. Dana's food was perfect; her meals were by far our favorite. We tried to recreate some of her dishes when we got home, but we didn't come close :) The owner, Doug, gave us so much useful information before our trip. We felt totally prepared and at ease when we got to Hopkins. On the day of our wedding, the grounds keepers, Anthony and Gil in addition to a few others, cleaned the beach and helped us create the most beautiful and beach worthy wedding setting. It was so much fun and so relaxing...I kept telling friends, what other bride gets to snorkel just hours before her ceremony. It was the most beautiful and enjoyable wedding ever...I would recommend it to anyone! The entire family and all of the guests loved Hopkins and the people. And, we loved Habaru House so much, we've vowed to visit every other year to celebrate our wedding anniversary!

  • Submitted: Aug 3, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway


Habaru House is a great location from which to base all of your Belize adventures! We are about 2 hours away from Belize's famous cave tubing and zip-lining. About the same from Belize's best Mayan ruins. Local Birding and Wildlife tours can be arranged for privately or through the near by resorts. Habaru House is located just a short beach walk away from some of Hopkins best eateries. Best of all the beautiful Caribbean Ocean is only steps away from your back door.


Rates & Availability

From $375 Per night

Hopkins House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Rental rates quoted in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
summer rate
Apr 11 2015 - Nov 14 2015
3 night minimum stay
Xmas 2014
Dec 19 2015 - Jan 3 2016
4 night minimum stay
Easter 2016
Mar 19 2016 - Apr 2 2016
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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Hopkins House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
  • 3 stories
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , in-suit master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , adjacent bed 2 main level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , adjacent Ocean front bedroom with 2 twin beds
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , in-suite bath bedroom number 4 second level
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , in-suite master bath
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , first level- road side
    Bedroom 3 ocean view - 2nd level - 2 twin/ single , adjacent bath
    Bedroom 4- second level - 1 queen , in-suite bath
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , reading area has queen size futon ; adjacent bath
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa/ Futons (1)
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing

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