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Owner

Member since: 2003
Speaks: english

Blue Bayou Beach House

21 Reviews
Sleeps3
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type house
Minimum Stay 2 nights

Overview

Caribbean House Rental Photos and Description

Bungalow, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 3 adults)

Fully furnished Beach Front 1 bedroom home located in the much sought after Blue Bayou area of Utila.

Our Beach House has a great island feel with a living area, fully equipped kitchen, 1 bedroom and 1 bath with hot water shower. There is a queen bed, futon and open shelving for clothing. We have town power and water, ceiling fans, air conditioning & available internet (broadband card).

The house has a nice covered front porch with wooden swing and hammock. A great place to have your coffee and watch the sun rise, boats, snorkelers and eagle rays passing by.

There is also a large deck in front of the Beach House, extending over the water. A raised Champa (an open sided, roofed area) which is a great place to relax, watch all the activities going on in the bay and catch the beautiful Utila trade winds.

The Beach House is nestled in between the Caribbean Sea and the Lower Lagoon which provides access to the pristine beaches and reefs of the northern shores of Utila.

The reef along Blue Bayou is vivacious and healthy with many reef fish, eagle rays, moray eels, lovely Staghorn Coral, Brain Coral and ecosystems to explore. The snorkeling and shore diving is just fantastic here.

Always, when visiting any ocean destination, be sure to bring sun screen, your snorkel, mask, water booties and fins for exploring all the sea life that is right out our front door. Check with the dive shops for renting tanks as there is a dive site just yards from the deck.

Be sure to bring bug spray. As a rule we always have a nice breeze blowing so sand fleas should not be a problem, but if the breeze dies down we have found that baby oil works well, along with bug coils which are available in any store on the island.

Utila is just a beautiful little island with friendly people. A must see for divers and non-divers alike.

Keywords: Beach House

More Details
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Owner
Member since: 2003
Speaks: english

About The Owner

Deanna's family is 4 generations on Utila. She and Ed spend about 3 months out of the year here in their 2nd home, also located in the Blue Bayou area. We are making plans to live full time on the island because of its beauty, hospitality and long family history.

The Owner purchased this house in 2013

Why The Owner chose Caribbean

The Beach House in Blue Bayou is close enough to town to shop, dine and take in the island's culture, yet situated in one of the most private and quietest areas on the island. Truly, the diving and snorkeling right outside the front door is unrivaled.

What makes this house unique

The warm Caribbean Sea is right out your front door, literally. If you dive, snorkel or just love playing in the ocean, this property is for you.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is an e-mail received from Jo during her stay in Utila. She gave permission to let me post this!

Carrell



Hi Carrell,

Sorry it's taken so long for me to tell you how great your place is. I thought

I'd be able to log on to my home e-mail and then access my e-mail address book,

and somehow I hadn't set up my computer to do that from afar. So I got your

addresses from Heather this monrning.

Your place is great. Heather met us at the ferry on Sunday morning and offered

us a tour of the town, which we declined because we were pooped.

We were also amazed at the stock of food in the cottage!! Of course, we'll

replace what we use, but it was so great to find staples and common items like

sugar, coffee, soup, crackers etc.

As well, the scooter is wonderful. When Allan was a teenageer he had a big

motorbike, and guys who drove scooters were considered a bit 'woosy'. Well, 35

years later, he loves it. We've motored out to the end of the new runway, also

to the beach at the side of the old runway.

We haven't explored anywhere in the kayaks. I'm looking forward to going

through the canal/chanel to the other side. I'd imagine we'd need to be

slathered in bug spray?

Allan took part of his scuba course in Calgary, and he's doing a checkout this

morning, and then two of his open water dives this afternoon. He knew that it

would be less expensive here, but didn't want to feel rushed if trying to keep

up with bright and quick young things.

Anyway, that's all for now. Your place is great and we are super-happy. The

timing couldn't have been better: the weather in Ca;gary was -20c the day we

laft, and my contract was up on my job, so I was at a loose end. Now of course

I just try to wangle a way to STAY here!!Like everyone else I imagine.

All the best,

Jo and Allan
Nov 2003
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Reviews

4.7
based on 21 traveler reviews

Blue Bayou Beach House
average rating of 4.6666665 based on 22 reviews
2

Not as advertised

  • 2 of 5

We have never written a negative review, but think future renters need to be aware of a few things. TV and washing machine have been broken for a few months, we were not advised of this when speaking to owners on Dec 9. Packed based on washing clothes and brought our own DVDs to watch. No phone in the house as advertised. If you shop before coming to house, there is no dish soap, hand soap, extra garbage bags (only what is in cans) no salt/pepper or other spices , no coffee filters.we purchased a sharp larger knife as there was only steak knifes in the kitchen, which were not easy to cut fruit and veggies with. The bed is only a full size, not a queen as advertised, ( 6" narrower and 6" shorter than a queen size) there are only sheets, not even a light blanket, and the pillows have mold on them. there is a rusty propane bottle in the kitchen near the stove (didn't think propane was supposed to be inside!) the chairs in the.champa are broken so you have to stand or sit on the floor to enjoy it, and there is no hammock under the champa, there is a comfy one on the covered porch. the sandy area beside the house (beach) is hard to use due to the garbage, it was supposed to have been cleaned but has not, the deck is nice and the views are beautiful, but there is no where to sit (other than a Picnic table) on the deck, so you have to lay on a towel on the deck. We have travelled throughout Central America and the Caribbean so are used to a more rustic accommodation, but we are disappointed that this one was so wrongly reprented in the advertising. Still waiting to hear if a partial refund will be issued

  • Submitted: Dec 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope that our future potential guests disregard these last 2 reviews. We started to write a long rebuttal to these to set the facts straight but decided that it was not worthy of a long drawn out explanation, as our previous reviews better represent the Beach House and Utila. That being said, we can not stress enough that Utila is a very rustic island and is a place set back in time. This is part of the beauty and draw to the island. It is not a vacation destination that will cater to the needs of travelers who are looking for the amenities of resorts and other fashionable accommodations. We go out of our way to answer any questions that ours guests may have about Utila, to help them with travel arrangements and to make their stay as comfortable as possible. It is upsetting to us that guests that should not have chosen to vacation on Utila to begin with, feel compelled to write reviews such as these, only because of their skewed expectations.
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Property not as advertised

  • 2 of 5

My husband and I have been using VRBO for18 years and have never written a negative review. Today is a first. Right off the bat we were not happy about the fact the main three reasons we chose this house were not as expected. 1 the beautiful water is not so beautiful, the afternoon tide brings is lots of garbage and the beautiful sand is covered with it. Most places do raking but none had been done there for some time so lots of garbage on the beach. 2. washing machine was broke. We came from Alaska with back packs, Honduras is hot and humid so we brought few clothes expecting to wash them often and had to pay in town 10.00 a load which is not that bad but an unexpected expense. 3. I specifically talked to the owner about us having AC. We live in a COLD climate and the extremes are hard on us. The house has AC but not really. The windows are not windows but shutters which don't seal and the wind comes in making the AC work overtime to cool things down, you are given limited amount of electricity- AC uses lots so you basically can't really run it much anyway. On top of these things there was nothing to greet you, no basic amenities... no dish soap, no hand soap, there was one garbage bag and one roll of TP. On our arrival after doing a big shopping at the owners suggestion, the refrigerator had not been turned on so it was actually hot inside and there was no ice, it took a full day for the it to cool off enough to keep food cold. The propane bottle was extremely rusted and kept in the house next the stove-slightly unnerving. The shower head has electricity wired in to it for a heating coil-scary. The TV was broke as were the chairs in the Champa.The floor in the kitchen was sticky, the entire house needs a good scrubbing. I complained but nothing was done, we left a week early and I requested a refund or at least our security deposit back and have received no response as of now. The only reason I am giving this home a two star rating is that the dock is great as is the view! Aside from all this we had a good time on Utila, we kayaked the mangroves to the other side of the island and had some great snorkeling.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We hope that our future potential guests disregard these last 2 reviews. We started to write a long rebuttal to these to set the facts straight but decided that it was not worthy of a long drawn out explanation, as our previous reviews better represent the Beach House and Utila. That being said, we can not stress enough that Utila is a very rustic island and is a place set back in time. This is part of the beauty and draw to the island. It is not a vacation destination that will cater to the needs of travelers who are looking for the amenities of resorts and other fashionable accommodations. We go out of our way to answer any questions that ours guests may have about Utila, to help them with travel arrangements and to make their stay as comfortable as possible. It is upsetting to us that guests that should not have chosen to vacation on Utila to begin with, feel compelled to write reviews such as these, only because of their skewed expectations.
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5

Fabulous Location - Coral Reef at Your Door Step - Hammock Time

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I recently stayed at the Blue Bayou Beach House in Utila for two weeks. The house needs a bit of TLC, which Mike, the property manager, readily provides. He visits every day to pump the water in the cistern and is on call at all time to answer any questions about the property and the island. He also made sure our stay was as comfortable as possible, kept the property well maintained and fixed all that needed it, like the hammock and swing in the porch, both facing the bay. Those two items are the perfect required amenities to truly appreciate and understand the “Art of Doing Nothing”. Thank You, Mike! Your work ethics, personality and special care are great assets to this beach house!!

Our stay was relaxing, adventurous and romantic. The house is perfectly located on the island, across the bay and 15 min walk to the center of town. The coral reef is right in front of the house, just a few feet away: You step from the porch right into the water, walk a bit and enter shallow waters, which will ease you into your snorkeling experience, until you come upon the most spectacular reef. Eels, tropical fishes, lobsters, rays and turtles may appear on your path. Once you reach the reef, spectacular beauty surrounds you. You don’t need to go anywhere else!! Or, you can just do “Hammock Time”, drinking coffee, beer, Margarita, Scotch, Rum, etc...

The island is small, so you can Tuk-Tuk your way around (Osman Taxi ph.9710-6638, Tuk-tuk #7) We paid forty Lempiras per person, per trip to the center of town.

Both US dollars and Lempiras are accepted on the island ($21.50/$22.00 Lempiras to $1.00) but I preferred paying with Lempiras.

Alcohol is not that expensive compare to New York City prices (shop around). As for wine, drink it at your own risks. Cigarettes are $2.50 per pack. Be careful of the “traveler’s diarrhea”: Any medication to protect you from it, bring it! We enjoyed eating breakfast at “Munchies” and lunch at Laurent’s Creperie (one of the few Frenchmen on the island).

If you need to travel from Roatan to Utila, we highly recommend you to fly (Angelo, “Island Air” ph.504-9558-8685). The afternoon ferry we took from Utila to la Ceiba was a metal box roller coaster ride from hell for the longest one-hour of our lives. And, I kid you not: The Red Cross waits for you and the other survivors in La Ceiba!

We truly enjoyed those two weeks on the island and hope to do it again very soon.

Thank you..... The Renauds

  • Submitted: Aug 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Jul 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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4

Living onto beach

  • 4 of 5

Initially we booked Blue Bayou Beach House for 5 nights. We were attracted by the location right next to the coral reefs and of course an affordable price. And we weren't disappointed. The house has a beautiful porch from where you can hum right into the corals. Just outside the house is a great wall with the most amazing corals. Lots of coral fishes. The house is a bit rustic, however charming. There is though one nuisance: Sand flies! You don't notice them, before it's too late. You don't see them, you don't feel, when they bite, but you will seen see the impact of them on your body. So be advised to take need precautions (repellents, baby oil,...).

Before making the booking, we had a very positive correspondence with the owners, Deanna and Ed. Very responsive and very helpful. We felt confident throughout the engagement with Deanna and Ed. On the island we were welcomed by Mike, who is kind of a janitor, and he made sure we were put on a taxi (or rather a tuc-tuc) to take us to the beach house. Mike also made sure, everything was ok during our stay. Thanks a lot to Mike!!

We enjoyed our stay at Blue Bayou Beach House very much, and we actually extended with it another 2 nights. There are lots of things to do on Utila. Definitely a place to return to....

  • Submitted: Sep 10, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Progreso, yoro
5

Bayou House

  • 5 of 5

My husband and i stayed at the Blue Bayou house and i wish i could stay and live there, but i had to go back home. We really liked it, having breakfast outside the house was great. Mike you are also great. We made such nice friends and we hope on going back on any other vacation, my husband also loved seeing the iguanas around. The house and the island is a fun place to enjoy with family or friends.

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rockville, Maryland, USA
5

Amazingly Cozy!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I chose to stay at this place for our summer vacation in Utila. We arrived on August 2nd, and spent a week there. This place is by far the best place to stay at in Utila for the money it's rented. It has everything you need to enjoy a nice, peaceful, and relaxed time in the island. It's not very far from the town center, but it's not very close either, which is just what we wanted! (away from the partying sounds of the Centro de Utila) If you like to snorkel, this is the place to be! you can snorkel right in front of the house! the sunrise is beautiful! the ocean breeze is excellent there due to its location. I highly recommend it! and I hope we get to come back soon. We had an amazing time there; Mike, who takes care of the property was awesome with us! he was waiting for us at the airport when we arrived, and helped getting us back to the airport on the day we departed. He treated us like friends, helped us out a lot, and was very polite. If you don't feel like cooking, there is a restaurant within 5 minutes of walking distance that serves good food, and has a bar on the water. This place is very chill! WE ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

  • Submitted: Aug 12, 2014
  • Stayed: Aug 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Car: not necessary

From right out your own front door, there is birdwatching, eagle ray watching & lots of aquatic life to take in. Only a short walk to town, where there are excellent restaurants and bars. There are many grocery markets, banking, a public beach, internet cafe, and night life for the younger crowd. Take a 10 minute boat ride to spend a day on your own private cay, swimming, snorkeling and picnicking. A kayak trip to the north shore is a must!

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Rates & Availability

Utila House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay
$80
$475
$1,200
 

Additional information about rental rates

* Weekly rate includes $50 power allotment.
* Monthly rate does not include electricity allotment.
* $100 cancellation fee if reservation is cancelled within 30 days of stay
* $100 refundable security deposit at time of reservation

We accept most major credit cards and personal checks. 50% deposit to hold reservation. Balance due within 10 days of stay.

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Amenities

Caribbean House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
Theme:
  • Away From It All
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Queen size Beds (1) The 1 bedroom beach house has a queen bed.
Entertainment:
  • Books
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio
  • Gazebo ...
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets considered
Attractions:
  • cinemas
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • boating
  • horseback riding
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming

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