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Karen Winters Schwartz

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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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Hopkins House Rental Photos and Description

House, 2 Bedrooms + Loft + Den, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

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.

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  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed

Karen Winters Schwartz

This advertiser has been with since 2012
Speaks english

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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Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay nights
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Property Reviews

Private Caribbean Beachfront Home
average rating of 4.2 based on 5 reviews
Private Caribbean Beachfront Home
Hopkins Belize
Lansing, NY

Beautiful, relaxing, ocean side retreat.

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 15, 2014
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
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.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
Private Caribbean Beachfront Home
Hopkins Belize

Home is in desrepair, bad communication from owners

  • 1 of 5
  • Submitted: Jan 7, 2014
  • Stayed: Dec 2013
I am just going to copy/paste my email to the owner of the home. I will add that I never received a response back from her. Considering she had visited the home a month before we had, I felt that she had to know about several of the issues. Even though the manager (Mary) told me she was going to refund my card, it never happened and I had to dispute it through my credit card company.

Karen, first of all, let me say the house and location is beautiful, and it was a very difficult decision to leave. Unfortunately, it was found in very serious disrepair. Several of the items that we based choosing your home on were broken, not available or dirty. This is a list that I have compiled. I have pictures available if you would like to see them and I have spoken to the credit card company who has assured me I would have no problem disputing the charge if it should come to that. I feel that by paying for the night we stayed,I am being more than fair and would like a refund of the amount above.

Fridge, no ice, fridge leaking, off smell.

Washer , but dryer broken, could have told me ahead of time, packed light thinking I could do laundry.

Dirty bathroom upon arrival, pubic hair stuck to soap, cabinets and towels smell of mildew.

Internet didn't work. Mary knew this the morning if arrival but did not tell us, she delayed in giving us the password and when I went by her home, picked it up from another gentleman who still did not tell us. It wasn't until we we called your tech and told Mary that we had called that she said it had not been working for sometime.

Missing light/ceiling fan in loft.

Sheets, towels smelled of mildew, General mildew smell in the house.

The bed in the master is broken, dips greatly on one side.

No window coverings in the loft. No extra blanket for the futon and the extra sheet smelled of mildew.

The Murphy bed upstairs had a lot of sand in it.

Knobs on drawers of second bedroom fell off when trying to open.

There is evidence of an electrical fire in the living room light switch.

Remote to the second bedroom a/c unit didn't work.

Some dark liquid running down the wall in the master.

Missing screens on numerous windows.

Faucet in master bath doesn't really work, water slowly comes out then drips when off.
Owner's Response: I'm sorry these guests were not happy,they left after one night, not giving us a chance to address their concerns. I'm glad to hear you found our house beautiful. We have a house manager who has extensive experience in working for resorts/guest houses in Hopkins. She presently lives in our guest house (directly across the road from our beach house) and has done a wonderful job preparing our house for our guests. Now in our second year of making the house available, this is the first complaint we have received. We stayed at our house 1 month prior to this guest, and in spite of an excessively wet rainy season, and no one having stayed at the house in months, we didn't find the house or bedding musty. My wife is historically picky about her mattress, and didn't have any problems whatsoever with this one. There are 2 side windows in the loft in need of screens, but we didn't consider their replacement urgent due to the screen doors opening out to the loft balcony, and with the fan (which apparently hadn't been replaced as scheduled). The screens and fan have since been replaced. The seal on the refrigerator is probably 97% functional...we never thought the "leak" bad enough to warrant a new appliance. As for the dryer, we personally prefer using the clothesline, and the guests were told they could use the dryer at the guest house if needed. The dryer has since been replaced. The house was hit by lightening not long ago, which is why the fan needed to be replaced in the loft. I didn't notice any scorch marks or other evidence however. The "dark liquid running down the wall" was a faint, months old, varnish stain drip from the window dressing. The faucet in the master bathroom was very functional. It had a minor drip, that was minimal when the faucet handle was positioned just right. This has been replaced. Our house manager hires a maid to clean and prepare the house for guests, fresh (packaged) soap is provided. We have a fully functional wireless internet connection. The whole Hopkins area is susceptible to intermittent internet problems, especially during rainy periods. I should add that in spite of our written policy of no refunds, her request was granted.
Helpful votes: 1/2
Private Caribbean Beachfront Home
Hopkins Belize

Great Week in Hopkins

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Apr 30, 2013
  • Stayed: Apr 2013
This was a comfortable beachfront home in an off-the-beaten-path village on the coast of Belize. The accomodations were perfect for three couples, the beach was lovely and the village of Hopkins was enchanting.

Great diving and snorkelling nearby and excellent excursions available to the jungle.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 1/1
Private Caribbean Beachfront Home
Hopkins Belize

Yes to this Paradise!

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
I just enjoyed my second trip to this perfect home. Last year I came with cousins and had the adventure of a lifetime attempting to summit Victoria Peak. What a great place to come home to after 3 nights in the jungle! Comfortable beds and linens, fully equipped kitchen with everything possible for making great meals, sleeping to the sound of the ocean, beautiful ocean views from the porch, great living spaces both inside and out. There are bikes for tooling into town, kayaks to enjoy the river canal just across the dirt road and comfortable beach loungers for relaxing on the beach and lots of shade trees if you need a break from the sun. I loved it so much I brought my beloved back this year. A new favorite destination!
Helpful votes: 2/2
Private Caribbean Beachfront Home
Hopkins Belize

HOme away from Home

  • 5 of 5
  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2012
  • Stayed: Oct 2011
This home has been our home away from home in Belize for a while and is the most comfortable beach house with all we needed. The beach is wonderful and my grandchildren have so much fun in the hammock and sea, and we enjoy the walks and just sitting on the porch enjoying the sunrise with a cup of coffee and in the evening having a barbeque and drinks. As a family orientated person, this house just suites a family who wants space and yet be together and enjoy the sea and meals together or get out and enjoy the meals in the village. Make sure you visit Sunny Side Up, Innies, Yugada, Chef Rob and Driftwood! Stores in Hopkins have almost all you need and fresh fruit is always available.
Recommended for:  Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway
Helpful votes: 2/2


Nearest Beach
1 Metres
On Beach
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Golf
80 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hopkins Village
Car: recommended

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!


Availability & Rates

Hopkins House Rental Rates


  • $1996/wk hi season. $1496 lo season
  • US Dollars
  • Nov 1 - May 31 $1996/week ...or $300/night (3 night min)
  • June 1 - Oct 31 $1496/week ...or $250/night (3 night min)
  • 4 kayaks included
  • 4 bikes included
  • All rates in US dollars, government tax not included


Hopkins House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Beach View
  • Mountain View
  • Ocean View
  • Washing Machine
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking Off Street
  • Covered Parking
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer
  • Internet
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Parking
  • Living Room
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Wireless Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Ice Maker
  • Catering Available
  • Kitchen
  • Dishwasher
  • Refrigerator
  • Microwave
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Pantry Items
  • Coffee Maker
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size bed (1), Queen size Bed (1), Sleep Sofa (1) Futon (1), Murphy Bed (1)
  • Books
  • Video Library
  • Television
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Toys ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Bicycles
  • Boat ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • Outdoor Grill
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • restaurants
  • health/beauty spa
  • zoo
  • churches
  • marina
  • playground
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • walking
  • shopping
  • horseback riding
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
  • boating
Local Services & Businesses:
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • mountain biking
  • hiking
  • wind-surfing
  • rock climbing
  • swimming
  • snorkeling/diving
  • rafting
  • kayaking
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • sailing
  • water skiing
  • spelunking
  • deepsea fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • pier fishing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • water tubing
Bikes, kayaks

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