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Bruce or Brenda Breen

Member since: 2012
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Speaks: english

'Casa Ixchel' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; Why to stay with us!

39 Reviews
Sleeps6
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms2
Property type condo
Minimum Stay 4 nights

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Overview

San Pedro Condo Rental Photos and Description

When we first visited Belize about ten years ago, my wife and I fell in love with the people and the Maya culture. This passion led us to making “Casa Ixchel” (Maya goddess, pronounced ee-SHELL) our island home.

On the second story landing, you are greeted by a wooden Maya profile and our screen door carved with representations of the Maya gods of sun, moon, land, water and wind. Our main door simply says “Welcome”.

The open floor plan begins with a fully-equipped kitchen, native mahogany cabinetry and custom granite countertops and bar---and continues to the dining area with locally-made mahogany dining table and chairs. A metal palm-leaf screen separates the dining area from the spacious great room---furnished with wicker queen-size sleeper sofa, entertainment center, occasional tables, credenza, chairs and hassock (all made right here in San Pedro by Hummingbird’s).

French doors open onto the lanai, the beach breeze and the Belizean sunrise. A glass-topped table and propane grill make al fresco dining a “must”. Directly below lie landscaped grounds, tiled fresh-water pool area, beach and 300 ft. private pier with palapa, perfect for snorkeling and fishing.

From the lanai, a second set of French doors opens into the large master bedroom: king-sized bed, luggage bench, two chests and a comfy chair, all mahogany and wicker. The unbelievably huge master bath offers a Jacuzzi spa tub, separate shower, double sinks and more custom granite. There is even room for another Hummingbird chair and mirrored dresser.

The guest bedroom---with its white furniture, en suite full bath, queen-sized bed---is painted a light, tranquil green, suggesting an environment in tune with nature and the beach. The flooring consists of coral-pink Mexican tile throughout.

The décor of our entire condo/home reflects our love affair with Belize. Paintings by Belizean artists and native-themed art dominate our walls, embellished with whimsical frogs and geckos. One of our favorite paintings depicts our namesake “Ixchel” and her husband “Iztamna”, who are, in many accounts, the “mother” and “father” of Maya culture.

Of course, you can find nature’s beauty and bounty everywhere on “La Isla Bonita”. The turquoise waters, white sands and lush flora are available to all. So, why should you choose to stay with us?

Initially, we bought “Casa Ixchel” to share with family and friends. We decorated it and appointed it with that in mind. Then, we decided to make it available to others. Therefore, we are honored to share the blessings of our house with you: Ixchel and Iztamna…Bruce and Brenda…welcome you.

(Location, location, location: “Casa Ixchel”, one of Tranquility Beach Club’s nine units, is located 1.4 miles south of lively San Pedro, so privacy and relaxation reign. Easily accessible by taxi, boat, or golf cart, these condos have onsite 24-hour maintenance and security (thank you, Mr. Armando!), a small restaurant across the road (Lone Star Grill and Cantina) and, farther down, a little market (Marin’s Mini) for necessities.)

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Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Bruce or Brenda Breen (Owner)
Member since: 2012
Call Owner
Speaks: english

About Bruce or Brenda Breen

We are Bruce and Brenda, soon-to-be-retired chemical operations engineer and teacher, respectively. It's the same old story: we came; we saw; we fell in love with the country and the people. Because we want to share our Belize blessings with family and friends, we purchased Casa Ixchel.

Bruce or Brenda Breen purchased this condo in 2011

Why Bruce or Brenda Breen chose Ambergris Caye

Belize is investor-friendly, and we discovered Mr. Kyle Thomas, Coldwell Banker real-estate guru, who found the perfect property for us. Also, Caye Management is an established and well-respected management company, and we trust Mary Hawthorne and her staff (Rosita, Earl, and Angela) to take good care of us and our guests.

What makes this condo unique

Like any work of art, Casa Ixchel 'spoke to us' when we first walked in the door. We already felt an affinity with the Maya culture, and we we saw the rough-carved native face on the wall of the lanai, we knew we were home.

Reviews

4.9
based on 39 traveler reviews

'Casa Ixchel' 2BR/2BA OCEANFRONT,JACUZZI,P00L; Why to stay with us!
average rating of 4.8717947 based on 39 reviews
5

Staying at Tranquility Beach-condo #5, San Pedro, Belize

  • 5 of 5

We loved everything about our stay!

This was a beautiful home & decorated with local flair. The beds were comfy & nice, and also the kitchen & bathrooms. We loved the outside patio. We sat out there a lot. We cooked breakfast everyday & enjoyed the groceries & fruit at the local markets. The pool & beach are great. Armando is a great manager & you should give him raise or bonus! The Lone Star Cantina right across from the condo has the best food with large portions & wonderful service & owners!

The only thing that we needed was more water pressure in the front shower bathroom. The shower head leaks. Also we never got the jacuzzi to work or the safety deposit box to work. But that's it, no big complaints. You have a great location & home. We would recommend it to anyone!

  • Submitted: Jun 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Tranquility Bay appropriate name, very nice place.

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time. Planning a return trip ASAP. I would add some things we learned which I didn’t read about ahead of our visit. If your going to Caye Caulker, souvenir's are cheaper there (I heard).

1) Get some BZ cash as soon as you can. Small bills and 1:00 coins. You will need it for tips shopping etc. Some shops in town do not have change.

2) You will definitely need a Golf Cart, being 2.5 miles from town. We went to town 2-3 times a day for meals shopping etc. Armando can help with the cart drop off and pick up. Along with anything else you need. William the bartender (Tiki Bar) next door at Athens Gate was a big help with referral's also.

3) Don't book your excursions before you get here. You don't know what the weather is going to be. Use a local, we had private boats tours all week. Much less cost, and less people. Also. Wed and Thurs are cruise ship days so most excursions are going to have lots of people there on those days..

4) Love the food, lots of flavor. Lots of homemade sauces. Restaurant's-there are over 200 (again ask the locals) Bkfst- Rubys café (early am only) Estels, Celis all excellent food. Dinner- El Fogon, Waruguma, We found good street food also.

Hidden Treasure needs to stay hidden. Over priced tourist trap, put cheddar cheese on a shrimp skewer?

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Just right

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed both the condo itself and the location of the complex from San Pedro. It was close enough to San Pedro to be able to shop and eat conveniently, but far enough away that we weren't exposed to any of the party element that the town hosts, which is fine if you want that. I don't think the online pictures show how nice this unit is. We were very happy with the layout and how the unit was furnished. Armando, the caretaker, was a very helpful and very nice. I would definitely recommend renting a golf cart as it's just far enough from town to make walking back and forth a bit of a pain, but certainly doable if you're inclined. The beach area was sufficient (and we're beach people) and had plenty of coverage from the sun. The only negative of our trip was that the wind blew so hard the entire time that it prevented us from doing any of our planned water activities. Most tours (snorkeling and diving) were cancelled other than the mainland tours. It forced us to just sit back and relax and bit more than we'd planned. Not a bad thing really. We'll certainly be back.

  • Submitted: Mar 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We wish we had a handle on the weather, but some things are beyond our control! 'Tis nice to know that Casa Ixchel is a pleasant place to stay when Mother Nature isn't cooperating, and how gracious of the guest to mention it!
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Austin, Texas
5

Perfect place to decompress!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay in Casa Ixchel couldn't have been any better. This was the perfect place to decompress! The passion for the culture is obvious by the colorful, beautiful and quality décor. It is also apparent that the owners take much pride in their lovely & spacious condo and in making sure their guests are comfortable and happy. You can feel the 'welcome' the minute you enter the front door. We didn't want or need for a thing that wasn't already available to us during our 6 day stay. The property caretaker, Armando, is also amazing – so friendly and accommodating. This will be the only place we will consider staying upon our next return to Ambergris Caye, which can’t be soon enough! Thank you, Brenda and Bruce for sharing your fabulous slice of paradise.

  • Submitted: May 7, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amarillo, Texas
5

What a beautiful place!

  • 5 of 5

San Pedro is warm and the people are gracious to a fault. This condo is just beautiful and in a great location. The walk to your own private pier, white sand beach and then a fresh water pool! What more could anyone ask for. Visit the Black Orchard restaurant only about 200 feet. away and you will not be disappointed. A great place to find peace!

  • Submitted: May 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Guests will be happy to read such specific comments. Sometimes we hesitate to recommend because there are so many worthy enterprises. Guests are always welcome back!
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Surrey, B.C. Canada
5

Fantastic place to relax

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in jCasa Ixchel and loved every minute of it. The view from the condo's was fantastic and the sound of the wind blowing through the palm trees was so relaxing. We relaxed on the beach and swam in the pool. We drank wine at the end of the pier while watching the star and listening to the sounds of the surf . Armando is amazing always wishing to help in any way he can. We enjoyed exploring the shops in San Pedro, snorkling in Hol Chan, a trip to Lamanai and just wandering the beach chatting to whomever we met along the way.

  • Submitted: Mar 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: The setting enhances the jewel! And our oft-mentioned Armando is himself a jewel... Within the last year, the pier has been made an even more comfortable refuge with a long bench and additional chaise lounges, a broad and sturdy swim platform---all sheltered under a shady thatch. Running water and a fish-cleaning "counter" have been added as well as lights along the length of the 300-ft--for our nocturnal guests (big fish and dolphin come up at night!). One great thing about Casa Ixchel is that everyone involved is always seeking ways to make it better!
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Map

Casa Ixchel is only a short distance from the Marco Gonzales archaeological site. Guided tours are available from park volunteers and staff. Contact person is Jan Brown.

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Rates & Availability

San Pedro Condo Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
High Season rate
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 17 2016
4 night minimum stay
$225
$1,575
 
 
Christmas rate
Dec 18 2016 - Jan 8 2017
4 night minimum stay
$250
$1,750
 
 
High Season rate
Jan 9 2017 - Apr 30 2017
4 night minimum stay
$225
$1,575
 
 
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
$200
$1,400
 

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

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Amenities

San Pedro Condo Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • condo
  • floor 2
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , jetted tub , Over size area with extra large double sink
  • 2
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Large Master Bedroom
    Bedroom 2 - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Fold-out queen size sleep sofa in living room
  • King size beds (1) Master bedroom, Queen size Beds (1) Guest bedroom, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) Fold-out queen sleeper sofa in living room
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 6 beach chairs
Suitability:
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • jetted tub ...
Attractions:
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • luaus
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Onsite Safe for valuables; 24-hour onsite security and maintenance; Landscaping and groundskeeper; Enhanced privacy: only 9 condo units; Restaurant across street; Transportation to and from San Pedro airport provided; Complimentary maid service once a week--additional maid and laundry service available upon request for additional nominal fee; Beach and pool towels; Pool floaties; Ceiling fans in every room; Growing collection of books, DVDs and board games; Blow dryer; Ironing board and iron; Digital radio/alarm clocks; Screened door and windows for sea breeze; Closets in both bedrooms; Beautiful art! Casa Ixchel is only a short distance from the Marco Gonzales archaeological site. Guided tours are available from park volunteers and staff.

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