Welcome to our private Caribbean paradise! Wake up to the sound of waves lapping at the shore and parrots chattering in the trees. Sip coffee on the veranda as you watch the sun rise brilliantly over the sea while keeping an eye out for dolphins and manatees. After a leisurely breakfast, make your way to your own private beachfront and float in our shallow and generally calm warm waters. After tiring of the sand, grab a kayak and explore the Sittee River and Anderson Lagoon via the canal in the back of our property. An early morning paddle provides amazing bird watching opportunities.
After building this home five years ago, we’ve decided to share this wonderful house with others. The large cathedral ceilings and spiral staircase to the open loft present the perfect feng shui. The living area blends into the large kitchen which is the ideal space for cooking and entertaining friends and family. The house sleeps 6-8 comfortably, with two bedrooms, two full baths, private sleeping loft, and a pullout sofa bed in the living room space.
Ready for a change of scenery? Bike or drive into the charming Garifuna village of Hopkins to enjoy a multitude of shopping and dining experiences. Hang out with the locals, have a Belikin or two, soak up the local scene in what has been called the friendliest village in Belize.
No trip to Belize is complete without a trek through the jungle. Cockscomb Jaguar Preserve, just ten miles from Hopkins, offers great hikes to amazing waterfalls.
Scuba and snorkeling opportunities galore; Belize is sure to please those who like to look beneath the surface of a perfect azure sea. Within ten nautical mile from the second largest barrier reef in the world, it’s a diver’s dream!
Keywords: Beach House, Villa, beachfront, on the water, beach, sand beach, great sunrises.
My wife, Karen, and I are both optometrists who live in Central New York. We love to escape to the tropics and there is no better place in the world than Belize!
Karen Winters Schwartz purchased this house in 2007
Belize is a beautiful, friendly country.
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Paul and Karen's place is a comfortable, lovely, welcoming home. It's a great place to sling a hammock in the shade of the palms and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. We were not quite prepared for the grocery stores (ah, how I missed Wegmans), so packing snacks as others suggested is a good idea. Try freezing the fresh coconut water in ice cube trays and dropping them into mixed drinks or cola - yum! There are a number of good places to eat nearby (the Curve Bar at the Marina) and in town (Innies) and if you can catch some Garifuna drumming, it's well worth it; be sure to get up and dance! So is the Mayan Chocolate "factory" in nearby Maya Center - now that's what chocolate should taste like.
The house is precisely as described and as seen in the photos. Literally on the beach with all the water toys one could hope for. Our only problem was that the weather wasn't cooperating -- it rained so hard that there was a small craft warning for two days. But I couldn't imagine a better place to be hunkered down in during stormy weather. The town of Hopkins feels alive and laid back at the same time. There are a couple of funky stores to pick up groceries and other basic items but don't expect to find your stateside grocery store selections. We packed a ton of snacks and were glad we did. When you rent a car definitely get a four wheel drive because I think it would be tough going on the rutted mud roads otherwise. The internet wasn't working when we arrived and the water out of the faucet was rust colored but when we alerted the caretakers, they came over the next day with bottled water and a new router. The best part of our stay was being adopted by an adorable neighborhood dog who made sure to check in on us daily right at dinner time! We bought a bag of kibble and left it at the house for her so please give her a hug and treat when she comes to greet you.
We found the property in great shape and loved our week in Belize. We packed 6 people into the house -- parents, three boys (13, 14, and 18), and one girl (18). Two of the boys did well upstairs in the loft, one boy slept on the couch, the girl got a bedroom, and we took the master bedroom. Our bed was huge and we didn't have any problems with bedding at all. When we weren't out playing in the ocean, we often opened the windows or sat on the balcony so we could hear the ocean. One of the other reviewers commented that there were almost no insects and I would second that. Even though we were warned that the mango flies (doctor flies?) were out, we saw very few and I'm not sure I saw a mosquito ever on the property -- there were some on trip to the interior, but amazingly few. We got a few sandflea bites (avoid the seaweed on the beach) but I would get worse in the evening where I live. A big plus was the orange squeezer -- I had fresh orange juice many days there. We went for a horseback ride at a local ranch and the owner, Michelle, also grew oranges. Since the orange juice factory had shut down, she had more oranges than she knew what to do with so we took plenty. With the oranges and the local coconuts (that you can open with the machete in the storage room), we made a few rum drinks that weren't half bad either. The hammocks we wonderful and were frequently occupied to get the shade and ocean breeze. We knew we were going in the off season, and we did have one fairly big wind/rain storm, but that was pleasant. I would warn other travelers to be careful after a wind storm though, we saw several Portuguese man-of-wars washed up on the beach the next day. We also had a few problems with pika pika -- microscopic jellyfish too small to see but which give a tiny sting that seems to go away within a short time. We found that the caretaker's grandson was an excellent predictor of when these little pests would be around, so we were able to avoid them for the most part. I understand the pika pika are seasonal, so there are probably better times to visit than early July. The trip was marked by friendly people we met in Belize. Our first time in a restaurant, the owner’s sister went to her tree to get us some mangoes to try out – a wonderfully nice thing to do by a very friendly person. Our oldest kids ended up spending time with some of the locals, too. The caretakers were also helpful and friendly – we spent some time chatting with them and enjoyed it.
This is a very nice home, right on your own private beach as described. The ocean is perfect for kids because it is only 3-4 feet deep to about 200' out, which meant I felt very confident reading in the hammock on the beach without having to look up to check the kids every 30 seconds. The house is very well equipped with beach chairs, floats, kayaks, hammocks with shade all day right on the water....pretty much everything you need for a perfect vacation. This is also the only house I've ever rented in the tropics with no bugs inside at all, a pleasant surprise. I want to directly address the one poor review as well since it isn't representative of our stay at all. We were an off-season, summer stay and the house was completely fresh and clean, no mildew smell at all even in the bathrooms and towels/linens; and we're very sensitive to mildew. The beds were all very comfortable, the house was spotless, and everything worked. We've stayed around the world in rental homes and this one was the nicest we've stayed in as far as condition of the home, not to mention the location. Also wanted to mention that while we were worried about the Sittee River sand gnats/flies, they were really a non-issue. We ate outside frequently, spent all day on the beach, and sat outside every night without noticing any bugs at all except for the few minutes around sunset.
Although not in the control of the owners, potential renters should be aware that not only is internet dial-up slow, it frequently goes out altogether. On average we had internet for about an hour a day, and a random hour at that. If you're really on vacation and just need to check and send emails once a day you'll be fine, but if you're on a working trip and really need reliable internet you may find yourself frustrated, a fact mitigated by the fact that the place is so relaxing. Note that this is a Hopkins wide issue, all the local cafe internets suffered similar slow speeds and spotty availability.
Our stay at the beach house was perfection. Having traveled and stayed throughout Hopkins for the last 10 years, it becomes quickly obvious when a property is loved. The house was big, easily could fit 3 couples plus some little ones. It was stocked with everything you could want to play, cook and relax (bikes and kayaks, blenders and pans, fresh linens and comfy furniture, big TV and hammocks). The house even stayed cool enough to leave the AC off and enjoy the ocean breeze. It's far enough from the village to achieve total relaxation and an almost exclusively private beach yet close enough to go in for karaoke. It was luxury on the beach with a little jungle sprinkled in. We had a perfect stay.
I was in awe the moment we pulled into the driveway. The house is stunning and looks even better than the photographs. My husband and I and two friends spent 2 weeks in the house and enjoyed every minute of our adventure. All the bedrooms have lovely balconies. The downstairs bedrooms face the ocean. The upstairs loft bedroom balcony faces the landscaped backyard and river. We ate breakfast and lunch everyday on the large balcony that overlooks the ocean. Every night we were lulled to sleep by the sound of the waves on the beach. The house was fully stocked with everything we needed. The kitchen is great and open to the rest of the house so if you're on "cook duty" you can still be part of the action. The kayaks and bikes appeared to be relatively new and were in good working order. Kayaking on the river, which is just behind the house is easy and fun. The beach in front of the house is clean and beautiful. There are plenty of beach chairs and shady places to sit under if you need to get out of the sun for a while. Paul and Karen, the owners, were very easy to work with. The town of Hopkins is just a few miles down the road and has some interesting restaurants and local shops.
Belize is a beautiful country and it's wonderful that English is spoken everywhere and that US dollars are readily accepted. However, if you're coming from the states, you need to remember that Belize is a foreign country. Shops and restaurants are often in the owners side yard. There aren't any "highways". (The road from the main road to Hopkins is a long, bumpy dirt road. Same from Hopkins to the house). Everything (and everyone) moves at a much slower pace (Caribbean time). Sometimes "things" don't work the way we are used to in the states. But those are some of the same things that makes your vacation a bit of an adventure and gives you good stories to tell when you get home.
I would highly recommend this property to anyone looking to take a trip to Belize and I'm hoping to return again some day.
Amazing bird watching. Within 3 miles of Hopkins and its wonderful cultural diversity. Close to Cockscomb Basin--home to the largest concentration of jaguars in the world!