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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.

An cell phone is provided. Additional minutes can be purchased at Diversity Cafe.

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 Habaru House also has a Deluxe ground floor Apartment for 2, Habaru 31G (; Rented separately. The deluxe 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.

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 our tour partner 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.

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.

More Details

Doug Barber
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

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 Hopkins

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

The rooms in the Habaru House are spacious, no need to be on top of one another. 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. Our beaches and water north of the False Sitte River point have easy access and sandy bottoms. The Habaru House is set on a double lot for added privacy.

House is prefect for family gatherings. For family members of all ages. Rent the ground floor “Deluxe apartment for for 2” for Grandma and Grandpa, the newly weds to get away. see VRBO 455442. Bicycles and kayaks included.

We are 10-15 minute walk from 10 restaurant with very different fares. Contact us for additional details. And check out our reviews!

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:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • 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 4.8235292 based on 60 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: June 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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We could not have dreamed of a more perfect setting, home, and hosts!

  • 5 of 5

What a vacation! Three generations under one roof! Grandma and Bapa loved the apartment with their own entry-way to the main living room. The parents and three kids each had their own bedrooms and bathrooms! Dana prepared the most delicious meal our first night which lasted through the next couple of days. Anthony took care of everything we needed for fun and sun, and meeting Doug was a real treat. The house is spectacular and more beautiful than the pictures. We sailed to Bread and Butter Caye and again up the Sittee River (thank you, Bryan), snorkeled, fished, kayaked, rode bicycles, explored Mayan Temples, tubed through caves, hiked in the jungle, para-sailed, drank local rum from coconuts, joined the Garifuna holiday, and ate a lot! This was a truly special holiday that we will never forget. When you go, check out the ipod playlist - Very nice!!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cristy for your review. Yes, the Habaru House is ideal for family groups as large as 10-12 when you add the ground floor apartment. Dana and Anthony do a fantastic job caroling for our property and tending to guest requests. Having our cell phone in the unit gives you easy access to either of them. thanks again, looking forward to your return. DJB
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well kept, easy living, all included, water front, excellent patio

  • 5 of 5

House is well equipped. Good seating indoors and out. Loved the patio on the second floor porch, all to myself early in the morning.

Anthony and Dana are great. Had a fantastic meal prepared by Dana one evening. Our tour guide Charlie was excellent and very knowledgeable, always pointing out birds and animals.

Hope to be back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved staying here!

  • 5 of 5

We brought our teens and toddler here for four nights on vacation. We truly enjoyed stepping out the back door right onto the beach. The golf cart came in handy to get to the grocery store and restaurants. Chef Dana and her husband were wonderful! We became instant friends and her food was very tasty. She's a wonder in the kitchen. They made our trip memorable and relaxing. Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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: June 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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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

Taxes and fees are additional

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.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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