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Doug Barber

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

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

36 Reviews
Sleeps10
Bedrooms 4
Bathrooms4
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Hopkins House Rental Photos and Description

2 level villa, 4 Bed rms, 4 Baths, sleeps 8-10, Large 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 on the beach. 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 of Hopkins proper the Habaru House is 12-20 minute walk to 10 outstanding oceanfront restaurants and several road side eateries. I call this area “South Hopkins”. Email me for a 'map of Doug’s favorites'. The Village of Hopkins 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

Fly-fishing

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 one of our tour partners 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! Best 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, appliances, reading materials.We have dust to dawn neighborhood security. 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 or from BZE International 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: 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!

Individuals/groups looking for a "party house" should look elsewhere, this a quiet beach front area, and if there are complaints we will evict with 12 hour notice.

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Doug Barber (Owner)
Member since: 2010
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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 Belize

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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First Class Family Accommodations ... ocean front.. Quiet white sand beach
average rating of 4.888889 based on 45 reviews
Alfred, NY
5

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
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Dallas, TX
5

Absolutely Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

My group of 8 stayed in this house for a week... It was perfect. The beach was about 50 ft from the house with plenty of chairs and shade if you needed it (which I did) but nice sunny spots if you didn't (which was everyone else). The patio overlooking the beach had comfortable chairs and was a nice reading or eating spot if you didn't want sandy feet. The kitchen was fully stocked with anything you may want. Bathrooms were fully stocked and clean. We opted to hire Dana... this was probably our best decision only second to us picking the house in the first place. She cooked all our meals, did the shopping and it was all delicious. We never went hungry. The house also came with bicycles and kayaks which was really great. Can't say enough wonderful things about this place.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
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5

Fantastic get away

  • 5 of 5

I went with my wife and 6 of our friends to the Harabu house for 7 days. The house is 50' from the water where you can find shade if you want it or work on your tan if you don't. While the water will never be turquoise of the Caribbean due to the near by river delta you could see the bottom 100's of yards off shore. The house was fully equipped with everything you could need from coffee pots to fresh towels, kayaks to bicycles. The A/C worked well enough we needed to turn it off to keep from getting cold. The house really was fantastic.

When planning a trip to the house be sure to enlist the help of Dana to cook for you. She did all the shopping, cooking and dishes for all of us and we never went hungry and got to enjoy some amazing food.

I'd recommend a stop off at the Driftwood Pizza on the North side of town for music and beach volleyball. On your way back to the house stop off at the Laughing Lobster for ice cream and/or drinks.

We are already discussing a return trip.

  • Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Stayed: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Uxbridge
5

Perfect paradise!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Habaru house recently for 4 days. The house was beautifully equipped with everything we could possibly want - from blenders to beach towels to kayaks and bicycles! Air conditioning in every room was lovely! We enjoyed meeting the caretakers, Anthony and Gil, who managed to answer any questions and help us about without being intrusive at all. They were really nice gentlemen! Sitting up on the porch in the comfy deck chairs, walking the beach, and enjoying the surf were all great memories. We are a family of 5 with 3 teens and there would have been room for 3 or more people to sleep easily! Lots of space and a well designed great room enabled us to all enjoy the house. I would definitely give this a 5 star rating. You won't be disappointed with anything! Right from the beginning the owner was helpful and provided great tour ideas, a map of Hopkins with favourite (and good) places to eat, and answered all questions very promptly. We felt COMPLETELY safe at the house, as we also did in Hopkins (which is still very much a little Belizian village filled with friendly and helpful locals). Would highly recommend a tour with Happy Go Luckie Tours for fishing/snorkeling. Bottom line, this was a great place for a family to stay and enjoy the beach/water but would also make for an ideal romantic getaway as the beach and area is so quiet and peaceful.

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Fountain Valley, CA
5

Where the Roads of Relaxation, Adventure and Family meet

  • 5 of 5

This house is home away from home. And this was our second stay here. If you choose a day to relax, you can find it here. If you want an adventure, its right around the corner. If you want to create memories that are priceless, this is the place. The house is amazing, has everything you possibly need. The rooms are outstanding, the kitchen fully equipped. Doug was awesome to work with. Dana, Gil and Anthony will take care of all your needs. Don't look any further this the place to stay with your families. We will be back!

  • Submitted: Jul 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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5

How VRBOs should be!!

  • 5 of 5

Perfect rental!!!

Hopkins is a great small town - quiet, friendly, great food, not over touristed!

Steps to ocean out the back door. Beautiful ocean...my kids ran into a manatee while snorkeling.

We used the kayaks and bikes quite a bit to go over to Sittee.

House was clean, well stocked with the things you expect.

We would definitely rent here again.

Thank You Doug - Sue

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
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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.

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Rates & Availability

Hopkins House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
 
easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
 
Christmas
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
 
Christmas 2108
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 5 2019
5 night minimum stay
$450
$3,000
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$410
$2,800
 

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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Amenities

Hopkins House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 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
Bedrooms:
  • 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 , queen size futon, to warm to use the summer months
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa/ Futons (1)
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 bicycles
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • 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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