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Doug Barber

Member since: 2010
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Speaks: english

Deluxe Ocean Front Apartment For 2

29 Reviews
Sleeps2
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights

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Overview

Belize Apartment Rental Photos and Description

Deluxe Ground Floor Ocean Front On The Beach, Full Size Apt For 2

Habaru House apartment 31 G is a ground floor "ocean facing" apartment of the Habaru House. It is deluxe apartment with a queen size bedroom for up to two people.

South of the Village proper the Habaru House is a 12-20 minute walk to outstanding oceanfront restaurants and several road side eateries in an area I call “South Hopkins”. Email me for a 'map of Doug’s favorites'. The Village proper is a short bicycle ride away on one of our owner supplied bicycles or rent a golf cart from us.

It is a terrific home base for all your Belize adventures. We are located on one of the nicest beaches in the country. Enjoy the beautiful oceanfront from the white sand beach or ground 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.

Perfect for the “honeymoon” or anniversary couple!

The Habaru House 31G is an open living area on the ground floor with 3 sets ocean facing French doors. Local artwork and wall hangings enhance the atmosphere. If you choose to cook in you will enjoy the fully equipped kitchen with exotic wood cabinets adjacent to the dining and living areas.

The flooring is Mexican tile, all exterior and interior trim is Belize mahogany. The interior doors are hand made from local “poison wood”, known for its outstanding wood grain. The spacious master bedroom has walk-in shower with glass surround and a unique hand craved stone sink.

31G is the ground floor unit with its entrance and lock box facing the ocean. Above it Is the Habaru House a 4 bedroom 4 bath on the 2nd and 3rd floor, rented separately some families rent top and bottom (31G) and take advantage of the internal connecting / locked off stair well. See vrbo 316692 to see the Habaru House.

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 our tour partners to plan your week on the water or inland.

The fishing is wonderful! If fresh lobster and conch are something you are looking for, you have come to the right place!?We are half mile south of three of the best ocean front restaurants in Belize. Or go into the village and eat at one of the local restaurants and enjoy a local cultural “Garifuna” dish.

This apartment features all of the comforts of home; flat screen TV, cd player, iPod player, high end appliances, reading materials. 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 is also available.?

A full time crew maintains our properties. They rake the beaches, arrange for the kayaks, bicycles 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: Four 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!

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • wheelchair accessible
Doug Barber (Property Manager)
Member since: 2010
Call Manager
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 apartment in 2012

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 apartment unique

Tranquility and comfort; the Habaru House is set on a double lot for added privacy. The huge back deck is a perfect place for you 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 manager

Review #12170311 “My Getaway!”

I switched my reservation to Habaru House from Bocatura Cabin. The best decision of my entire vacation. Excellent facility, easy on the budget, clean, fully well-equipped including washer & dryer. No iron though! Other amenities kayaks, bikes, golf cart & the best staff. Tony (property mgr), Chef Dana (pronounced Donna) Tony's wife & Gilbert were very attentive & considerate of their clients. I couldn't have asked for better accommodations. Habaru House is close to fine dining & many tours can be arranged through Tony or the tour companies located in the area. There are many hiking & exploratory adventures within an hour or two of Hopkins. Doug provided excellent driving directions from Belize City but the house is about 4 miles South from the right turn onto Main Street in Hopkins not 2 miles. It is a pretty pink 2 story house, on the right. The rental unit was beautifully well appointed. Wonderful dining can be found at Chef Rob's, Barracuda Grill & Loggerheads (burgers). In addition, the Curve bar on the Sittee River marina has delicious food & drinks. For an extra treat have Chef Dana cook for you. Fantastic! Take one of the kayaks & travel from the house to the Sittee River Marina. Tie up at the dock & enjoy your day. I tried one local eatery, Innie's & was pleasantly surprised the food was delicious & inexpensive. I didn't get a chance to try a Smoothie from the smoothie shop or eating at Sunrise Cafe & I wish I had tried the Butterflies Spa before my vacation ended. I loved being able to walk out of the door of the apartment & step onto the beautiful clean, sandy beach. The house is in walking distance to Chef Rob's & the Barracuda Grill. I drove to Placencia for the Lobster Fest & Tutti Fruitti's fabulous gelato. The Pickled Parrot was also a good gathering place for tourists and expats. A great day of fun. Dangriga is close by for additional explorations & has an airport if don't want to drive from Belize City. There are 2 grocers & E&A's fruit & vegetable vendor in Hopkins village if cooking for yourself. There were several local vendors of local art, colorful cloth, hammocks which are absolutely beautiful, one vendor, Alex is quite a character. Great places to shop for gifts for family & friends. I absolutely loved Hopkins, Belize, there's lots to do. For a more rugged experience try Bocatura Cabin but bring lots & lots of mosquito spray. I'm planning next year's visit. Give Habaru House a try, believe me, you won'
Jun 2015
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Deluxe Ocean Front Apartment For 2
average rating of 4.7586207 based on 43 reviews
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24 days in paradise

  • 5 of 5

It is only a vacation if you leave... almost didn't. Anyone can buy a house and rent it out to tourists, but Doug and family have created a experience that far surpasses your expectations. All the pre-trip information is invaluable for planning and it continues once you arrive. Anthony and Dana were there almost every day to see if there was anything we needed, and if we did they were so pleasant and helpful. I can repeat the accolades about how nice it is and what an amazing place is to stay because it is all true and then some; however, the real difference between renting this from Doug and any other property is the experience Doug provides. We found ourselves saying "tonight when we get home" or "do we have any milk at home" the first week.

His recommendation to stop by and join Tony and Angela at Beaches and Dreams (Barracuda Bar & Grill) for dinner was spot on. The food is amazing, the prices are very fair, the views are breathtaking, and the owners make you feel like family. I am a seafood LOVER and Tony makes lobster to die for... best I have ever had.

Hint: Milk comes on Friday and fresh fruit is Tuesday and Friday to the grocery store. Bring lots of Back Woods Off and you will have a blast... even in the off-season.

  • Submitted: Jul 9, 2013
  • Stayed: Jun 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Fantastic and very beach/ocean accessible

  • 5 of 5

The perfect accommodation for a couple. Kitchen cum living space, bedroom and large bathroom. 50ft or so from the ocean with beach in between.

House was fully stocked with refrigerator, stove, toaster, coffee machine, kitchen utensils, pots, washer and dryer.

Plenty of chairs at the water front and a hammock.

Several kayaks on the patio available for use.

We were there during hurricane Earl and the owner management staff could not have been better. They helped us with preparations to ensure our safety as the hurricane approached, were constantly in touch with us all night up to 2am when the hurricane passed and were on sight first thing in the morning to check on us again and help with property clean up. Anthony, Gil & Dana are AMAZING people.

In addtion the owner offered us the opportunity to extend our stay by three days (until the next guests arrived) at no extra cost to make up for the time lost due to the hurricane. Fantastic customer service.

  • Submitted: Aug 8, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Habaru 31G

  • 5 of 5

We recently spent a week at Habaru House 31G. It is a 1BR-1 bath, that is downstairs. The accommodations we more than we could have expected. They were clean and well kept. It has everything you need for your stay in Hopkins. All of the appliances were new and kept clean. The shower is awesome. Our only wish was that the bed was a bit firmer.

We had access to the beach just steps away. Anthony and Gil checked on us daily and made sure we had everything we needed. They also suggested things to do and see. They will even call the tour guides to set up your trip. Also, Charlton (Charlie) picked us up at the airport and showed us around. You will enjoy him as he is a very knowledgeable guide. Use Dougs favorites that he will send you as they are spot on.

I recommend renting the golf cart if it is available. We used it daily as we went into the village every day. Most days more than once. We also drove to the marina twice. Some of the restaurants are walkable, but the village and markets are about 3 miles.

Overall we had a great experience and we would stay here again.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
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Habaru House Apartment for 2 - Hopkins, BZE - AWESOME!

  • 5 of 5

Don't know where to start, but will try to keep it short and sweet. Our stay at Doug Barber's Habaru House in Hopkins, BZE, was INCREDIBLE. The home itself was beautiful, well appointed, and immaculately clean. It was literally RIGHT ON THE BEACH and we spent most of our week right there in our own back yard, lazing on the hammock and enjoying the beauty all around. Anthony, Gil and Dana could not have been more friendly, helpful and accommodating. We felt well cared for and safe the entire stay. And, to top it all off, Charlton Castillo, recommended by Doug, was our driver and tour guide - and he was wonderful! We went to the Mayan ruins and cave tubing, then snorkeled at the reefs another day. Charlton stopped us by a local grocery store on the way in and helped us out both coming and going. The entire trip was a dream come true, and we will most definitely return! Thank you again, Doug, Anthony, Gil, Dana and Charlton - we love you guys!

Kellie Guerra and Katharine Edwards

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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30th Anniversary Retreat

  • 5 of 5

This property was everything we expected from the listing and all we hoped for. Everything we needed was provided as well as kayaks and bikes, which we really enjoyed using. Especially loved having the ocean outside our door. We enjoyed a beautiful sunrise over the ocean. Doug was was very helpful as well as his staff. He suggested using Charlton "Charlie" Castillo as a tour guide and he was fantastic and we highly recommend him! He took us to the Mayan Ruins, cave tubing, zip lining, Mayflower water fall, and arranged a wonderful snorkeling trip. Since we went during off-season, most of our tours were private tours, which was awesome! Our favorite restaurant was the Jaguar Reef Restaurant, less than a 5 minute walk from the house, but we also enjoyed traditional Belizean cooking at Tina's Kitchen restaurant in downtown Hopkins. We also recommend renting the golf cart so that you can explore all of Hopkins. Thank you, Doug, for a wonderful anniversary celebration! If we return to Hopkins, we will definitely consider renting from Doug.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
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Habaru House is Fantastic

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in the ground floor apartment of Habaru House least 3 times and we will be back again. It is simply fantastic - a great, quiet location with everything you need. Also, the staff - Anthony and Gil - are very friendly and helpful if you need anything; we have not met Anthony's wife Dana, but all others report she will cook fabulous meals if you want. This is our favorite VRBO place anywhere. We greatly appreciate all that Doug has done to make this place special and to make stays here enjoyable.

  • Submitted: Apr 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
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Map

Nearest Airport
20 Miles
Dangriga regional
Nearest Barpub
0.7 Miles
Barrcuda Bar and Grill
Nearest Restaurant
0.7 Miles
Barrcuda Bar and Grill
Nearest Beach
Out front of apartment
Car: not necessary

Habaru House is a great location from which to base all of your Belize adventures. We are about 1-2 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 Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Xmas 2016
Dec 17 2016 - Jan 4 2017
5 night minimum stay
$165
$1,050
 
 
easter 2017
Apr 8 2017 - Apr 22 2017
5 night minimum stay
$165
$1,050
 
 
Christmas 2017
Dec 16 2017 - Jan 6 2018
5 night minimum stay
$165
$1,050
 
 
Christmas 2108
Dec 22 2018 - Jan 5 2019
5 night minimum stay
$165
$1,050
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$155
$994
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $65 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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

Belize Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Full size bath with hardwood vanity and hand carved stone sink. Shower with 2 walls field stone and two walls glass.. easy access.
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • Queen size bed looks over the beach and water; end tables with table lamps, full size dresser; suitcase table, overhead fan and light.
Entertainment:
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
Outside:
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • wheelchair accessible
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
Attractions:
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Notes:
Apartment 31 G is on the ground floor of the Habaru House; VRBO 316692. It is connected by a locked off internal stair case. The apartment can be rented in conjunction with the Habaru House if more space is needed for a large family gathering. ask the owner for rates.

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