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Private Caribbean Beachfront Home

Sleeps8
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

House, 3 Bedroom , 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.

More Details

Owner
Karen Winters Schwartz
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
80%
Calendar last updated:
August 13, 2017

About Karen Winters Schwartz

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

Why Karen Winters Schwartz chose Belize

Belize is a beautiful, friendly country.

What makes this house unique

See the long description above!

Amenities

Hopkins House Accommodation and Amenities

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

Reviews

Excellent! 4.6/5 -
(14 traveler reviews)

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Private Caribbean Beachfront Home
average rating of 4.571429 based on 14 reviews
4

Quiet location but lots to do nearby

  • 4 of 5

Very comfortable house with great view. Mary was lovely and very helpful. A warm friendly community. Will miss Marty at the Mangoes bar next door

  • Submitted: Jul 29, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Wonderful Visit

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in Hopkins. The road is bumpy and dusty but the journey is well worth the effort! The house is clean, well equipped and well maintained. Enough space for 4 adults and three teenagers for sleeping, cooking, eating, reading, lounging and finding some alone time.

This is a very quiet spot. After dark there are few cars on the road or boats in the sea. Sunrises are spectacular. Walking down to the waterfront for a swim with the soft breeze blowing in your face is a great way to start the day.

Mary and Daniel took great care of us. Kayaks are great fun. We improvised and were able to open a few coconuts growing on the beach. Highly recommend.

Eat at Innies, Driftwood, Luba Lugura . . .

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mobile, Alabama
5

Awesome home!

  • 5 of 5

We were a party of five including my husband, daughter, and another couple. The house was perfect. My daughter loved her loft room. The view is amazing! I think everyone napped in a hammock at least once! My husband said it was the best equipped rental he has seen. Everything we needed was there! The house was clean and had plenty of towels. My husband mentioned that he wished he had brought a fishing pole and the next morning, there was one on the balcony! Karen gave us some wonderful ideas for places to see and restaurants. I forgot the directions to the house and we were arriving at night. We saw two girls in front of a house (one with a lamb on a leash!) and asked if they knew Mary or Karen from New York--she took us directly to the house! We visited three different cities, but I would definitely use the Hopkins house as a home base and take day trips from there next time! There are Mayan ruins, a Spice Farm, ziplining and the Marie Sharpe hot sauce factory nearby. We went to see the bioluminescence and hunt alligators and fishing. You won't regret renting this house! You will miss it when it's time to go home! Thank you for sharing it with us!

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Austin, TX
5

Thanksgiving in Belize

  • 5 of 5

We took a trip to Belize for Thanksgiving as 2 couples. This house was great for that, as the rooms were on separate sides of the house and both had an adjoining bathroom. While the house was a hike from Hopkins proper, we did enjoy the free bikes for a run into town before we rented a golf cart to make the trip a little more fun. Be aware that this house is about 3M from Hopkins, so a taxi is a great thing if you don't have a car. I recommend Barbara, as she has the best rates and is great for pickups.

We did use the kayaks and the other couple went all the way to the Marina in them, so they are very useful for getting around locally. The view from the veranda is wonderful, especially with a full moon like we had. The owner was responsive, and their caretakers were great for letting us use the dock on the canal side as well as offering us a ride into town and back.

All in all, I would recommend this to one or 2 couples who enjoy the peace and quiet and don't mind being away from the village for some privacy. Three couples would be too many, as the upstairs room is great to work out in, but you wouldn't want anyone but children up there.

The only drawback was that the showers tended to flip from hot to cold with very little warning. I didn't mind, but my wife did.

  • Submitted: Dec 14, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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NY, USA
4

great place to relax and unwind

  • 4 of 5

Paul and Karen's place is a comfortable, lovely, welcoming home. It's a great place to sling a hammock in the shade of the palms and fall asleep to the sound of the waves. We were not quite prepared for the grocery stores (ah, how I missed Wegmans), so packing snacks as others suggested is a good idea. Try freezing the fresh coconut water in ice cube trays and dropping them into mixed drinks or cola - yum! There are a number of good places to eat nearby (the Curve Bar at the Marina) and in town (Innies) and if you can catch some Garifuna drumming, it's well worth it; be sure to get up and dance! So is the Mayan Chocolate "factory" in nearby Maya Center - now that's what chocolate should taste like.

  • Submitted: Jan 5, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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San Diego, CA
5

Great getaway spot complete with an adopt-a-dog

  • 5 of 5

The house is precisely as described and as seen in the photos. Literally on the beach with all the water toys one could hope for. Our only problem was that the weather wasn't cooperating -- it rained so hard that there was a small craft warning for two days. But I couldn't imagine a better place to be hunkered down in during stormy weather. The town of Hopkins feels alive and laid back at the same time. There are a couple of funky stores to pick up groceries and other basic items but don't expect to find your stateside grocery store selections. We packed a ton of snacks and were glad we did. When you rent a car definitely get a four wheel drive because I think it would be tough going on the rutted mud roads otherwise. The internet wasn't working when we arrived and the water out of the faucet was rust colored but when we alerted the caretakers, they came over the next day with bottled water and a new router. The best part of our stay was being adopted by an adorable neighborhood dog who made sure to check in on us daily right at dinner time! We bought a bag of kibble and left it at the house for her so please give her a hug and treat when she comes to greet you.

  • Submitted: Dec 1, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Hopkins
Nearest Golf
80 Miles
Belmopan
Nearest Restaurant
3 Miles
Hopkins Village
Nearest Beach
1 Metres
On Beach
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!

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