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

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

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


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.

More Details

Doug Barber
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 20, 2017

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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Hopkins House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair 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 8 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 , 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)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • 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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First Class Family Accommodations ... ocean front.. Quiet white sand beach
average rating of 4.8125 based on 57 reviews

Wonderful stay at Habaru House

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay at Habaru House. The house is really nice and spacious. Right on the beach. Anthony (caretaker of the house) was great about stopping by to make sure we had all we needed. Dana (his wife) prepared a wonderful meal for us on our first night arrival. This house is on a quiet area of beach with sandy bottom and shallow entry so it is easy to sit out in the cool water with a nice cocktail. The kayaks and bikes were also a great feature.

  • Submitted: Jun 22, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you enjoyed our property. Our property managers Anthony and Dana are great ambassadors for the gentle people of Belize.
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Clean & roomy home on gorgeous beachfront

  • 5 of 5

Gorgeous comfortable clean home. Plenty of linens and comfortable beds. Gorgeous beachfront. Plenty of bikes for my husband, me, and our 2 older teens. We didn't rent the golf cart and rode bikes everywhere. Enjoyed a handful of nice restaurants on the strip -- Lucky Lobster, Hamanasi, Jaguar Reef, Loggerheads. Unfortunately we missed Chef Robb's but heard it's excellent too. Our favorite restaurant was a local one where Charlton, our guide, took us for lunch after we toured the ruins. We all enjoyed the stewed chicken with rice. Our favorite adventure: snorkeling was a 20-30" boat ride to the beautiful coral reef. Only drawback to the trip was the one tv with fuzzy cable and spotty wifi. Fortunately, we didn't go to Belize to watch tv! Definitely one of my all-time favorite family vacations. Thank you Doug!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Unfortunately The internet and TV is not run by Verizon. Private companies distribute TV and Internet in competition with BTL the government owned provider. The signals strength is best in the winter months when there is less rain and dampness. These oceanfront lines like ours take a beating. For access to hi-speed ,or shall I say higher speed , internet you are invited by Kathy and Gary owners of the Oasis gym and coffee house ( and the lucky lobster) to use their internet while enjoying a breakfast burrito. Just north of Diversity Cafe, you passed the Oais when you came into south Hopkins.
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A very nice stay!

  • 5 of 5

Comfortable and well equipped accommodation on the beach. Would recommend!

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Beautiful house, grounds and beach. Everything was exactly as it was represented if not better.

  • 5 of 5

We just spent a wonderful week with our son, daughter-in-law and grandkids at Habaru House. Anthony is a wonderful caretaker. He shared so much information about the Mayan culture and traditional way of life. Doug you are very lucky to have him. Noel guided a half day fishing trip for 3 generations. They cast to permit, tarpon and bone fish. Our 10 year old grandson landed 4 bones up to 8 pounds. His smile went ear to ear! We can't wait to return. Highly recommend Habaru House, Doug, Anthony and Noel.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Pleased you enjoyed you vacation and looking forward to seeing next year. Doug , Anthony and Dana
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2 Families, 1 Great Vacation

  • 4 of 5

Just completed a Spring Break week vacation consisting of two families (4 Adults, 4 Children ages 7-14). This was the first visit to Belize for all of us. We found the Habaru House in Hopkins to be a fantastic base for our week of activities. The house itself is new, clean, large, and well-stocked with plenty of "comfort items" (kitchen supplies, kayaks life jackets, bicycles, 5 gallon bottled water, etc.). Beds were comfortable, and all bedrooms included A/C and ceiling fans for a good night's sleep.

Anthony introduced himself on our first morning, and worked to clean up the beach, empty trash, etc. His crew spent much of our first day raking up & removing the seaweed/trash that had washed up, returned the second morning to repeat the job, and- fortunately- had very little beach work to take care of for the next 5 days (weeds seemed to be hitting resorts down the road on these days). My impression is that you won't be able to guarantee if mother nature will send debris to your area of the beach or not, but Anthony's crew appeared to address tings with as much effort as any 2-3 man crew could have.

Hopkins Thoughts:

There are basically 2 options for vacationing in this area. Many people choose one of the local resorts- all of which will encourage you to utilize their all-inclusive dining options, as well as arranging all excursions/tours. Most people using these options don't rent a car, and choose to bicycle/golf cart around dirt roads of Hopkins. This option comes with limitations regarding schedules and excursion options.

I'm happy we chose Habaru House and rental cars instead of a resort. The 2.5 hour drive to/from the BZE was quite easy, and having cars was fantastic for exploring the area on our own schedule. All of nearby resorts (Jaguar Reef, Beaches & Dreams, Barracuda, ...) will gladly welcome you into their beachfront bars/restaurants, and we even spent two afternoons using their swimming pools (after paying for a lunch and/or bar tab). During the week, we were able to visit nearly every restaurant/bar/store in Hopkins, as well as drive to Palcencia, take a riverboat tour to the bioluminescence lagoon, & visit the local national park for Ziplining/hiking using our car.

Final "tips":

1. Snorkeling out a the Cayes was amazing, and the favorite experience for most adults (Anthony arranged)

2. Internet Service in Hopkins are sporadic at best... Cell Phones (or Mobile Hotspots) will be limited to 3G speeds


  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, looking forward to having you return.
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Chose this house for beach front and was disappointed!

  • 3 of 5

If you're looking for a house with a beautiful beach right out the back door this might be the house for you however during our week the sea grass was piled up thick and high and across the entire beach length of the property. The other properties on either side of us had been cleared of it and when I asked Anthony and Doug about it they both told me it was Mother Nature. Odd then that the rest of the beach front on either side of us had been cleaned maintained and there was no sea grass. Anthony did make efforts to clear it away after emailing the owner and by the time we left to go home the beach was almost cleaned and ready for the next guest. Sand flies are terrible and a lot of our bites were from sitting on the patio.

The house is beautiful and clean with a few minor problems but if it's the beach you're after you might want to look elsewhere.

  • Submitted: Mar 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I explained to the guest in several emails. the sargassum sea weed was blown into our cove by a strong north wind. see location map. I arrived the day the guest left and a south wind had moved the seaweed north. The beach was clear of accumulation. The guest refused to believe mother nature played a role in the accumulation of seaweed. We had hired extra men while guests were here in attempt to rake an opening in the seaweed only to have it blown back in. All the lots in the cove suffered the same fate. By Thursday of their stay the wind had shifted and came form the south. The seaweed broken up. Sorry to see Mother nature reduced a five start rating to 3.
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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.


Rates & Availability

Hopkins House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 3 2018
5 night minimum stay
Christmas 2108
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 5 2019
5 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $100 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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