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The Maine Stay Suite- Gorgeous Beach Cabanas

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Cabin, 2 Bedrooms + Convertible bed(s), 2 Baths, (Sleeps 6-8)

Our Cabana suite includes two king beds and a kitchen/dining cabana (with sleeping area) and a bedroom cabana (with laundry). The suite in this unique Belize vacation rental has two cabanas connected by a pergola covered deck… perfect for al fresco dining and barbequing. The suite has two bathrooms. Although very affordable for one couple, the cabana suite will comfortably sleep six-eight. Perfect for two couples traveling together or for children in a separate cabana. The Maine Stay Suite is very kid and toddler friendly... with enclosed spacious deck and fenced beach yard with 12 foot wading pool. High chair, Pak N Play crib, video baby monitor and car seat available. Check out the full list of amenities.

Cabana Suite with king beds, double futon,

2 baths, laundry, full kitchen, large deck, porch and patio, right on the beach.

The cabana suite is located on the beautiful sandy shore of the Placencia peninsula…just steps from the Caribbean shore… your beach faces east toward a stunning sunrise each morning. There is a 100 foot lighted pier (see photos) and palapa just steps from your deck.

Placencia has the reputation for the best beaches in Belize... right in your front yard! Toddlers, kids and adults all love it. Near our very swimmable 400 foot sandy beach, there is a beautiful stand of coral about 150 yards from our pier. Swim, snorkel and kayak right from the Cabanas. Of course, there is also world class snorkeling, diving and fishing along the nearby barrier reef... which is not to be missed.

Traveling is easy: Belize City is only two hours from Miami and Houston. Our cabanas are only three miles from Placencia airport, which is only a thirty minute flight from Belize City via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. From the US: Continental, American, US Airways, Delta and TACA fly in to Belize City.

Many guests rent a vehicle at Belize International Airport and drive to Belmopan and then down the Hummingbird Highway through the Maya Mountains to Placencia. It is just a stunning drive. It is also a great way to travel Belize.

'Passing through jungle and citrus orchard as it skirts the northern edges of the Maya Mountain range, Belize’s Hummingbird Highway offers a near constant procession of postcard-perfect vistas. There are also plenty of reasons to stop along the way, chief among these being a visit to Cave’s Branch for cave tubing and St Herman’s Cave, where, with a guide, you can explore its huge caverns and classic Maya ceremonial chambers containing calcified skeletons and artifacts. There’s also the Blue Hole, a 25ft-deep sapphire-blue swimming hole inside a 328ft-wide cenote that was formed when the roof caved in on one of the Sibun River’s underground tributaries.'

There are many available restaurants, complete tour services, massage centers, and spa offerings.

We will meet you when you arrive at The Maine Stay, whether you choose to rent a vehicle in Belize City and drive down, or if you fly, we will meet you at the Placencia Airport. Renting a vehicle in Belize City gives you a lot of flexibility, depending on your plans. Do you want to do Mayan Ruins, the Jaguar Preserve, Cave tubing, and other things? You can save money and do some or all of these yourself in your rental vehicle.

Tour can also arranged with local tour operators. Local taxis are readily available. Tours will pick you up at your Cabana Suite, our ocean front pier or at our lagoon Marina. There are many delightful shops with local arts and crafts. Included on the property is a 100 foot lighted pier (see photos) and palapa just steps from the cabanas with easy access to great snorkeling and night water viewing of the reef fish, crabs, rays, and schools of glowing tropical fish.

Other activities in the area:

Snorkeling as well as world class fly-fishing and scuba diving on the second longest barrier reef in the world. Spelunking. Fishing. Mayan ruins. Rain forest hikes.

You'll be delighted by:

The spectacular beaches. The sunrise and sunset. The herons in the

morning, the hummingbirds, the lush gardens and flowers, the fresh

seafood, the Maya Mountains, the friendly people... and so much more.


Call us! See the FAQ link below for tons more information and STUNNING panorama photos!

The Maine Stay does not accept responsibility or

assume any liability for failure to provide services due to delays or

changes by airline, illness, weather or any other act over which we

have no control.

Keywords: beach, cabana, cottage, cabin

More Details
  • children welcome
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed

Karen Travers
Member since: 2005
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
September 9, 2014
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About Karen Travers

In the spring of 2001, my husband, Drew, spent 4 months on sabbatical leave working as a volunteer in a clinic in Punta Gorda, Belize.

He had been to Belize very briefly in 1985, on his way to do relief work in El Salvador after a big earthquake. Since then he had always wanted to go back to Belize and really explore it... and this was the perfect opportunity. During his 4 months working in the Hillside Clinic in Punta Gorda, he had weekends free to travel around and check out this small Central American country.

Although we had no intention of doing ANYTHING of the sort, we ended up buying property on the Placencia Peninsula. For 3 years, we came down to our beach every few months and stayed in Cabanas we had built. These cabanas soon took on a 'life of their own,' and we started renting them out to friends & co-workers. So, The Maine Stay was born and continues to delight us and our guests. The Placencia Peninsula has continued to build infrastructure and amenities. Paving of the road between The Maine Stay and Placencia Village is now complete.

Drew officially 'retired' mid 2004 and we have been here full time since. I came down full time late in 2004 and although retired from full-time work, continues part-time consulting in health care. The wonders of high speed internet communications!

The lagoon land (that happened to come along with the purchase of our 415 feet of beach front) has become Kokomo... our 7 acre gated community with 28 lots, marina and canal. These are selling well and new construction is ongoing. The beach cabanas 'almost' take care of themselves, but it has been a very large expenditure in energy, time and money to get the Kokomo community developed. We just thought we were 'retired!'

Karen Travers purchased this cabin in 2001

Why Karen Travers chose Belize

Although life-changing and initially a challenge, moving to Belize has been one of the best decisions that Drew and I have made in our lives together. Living on the Placencia Peninsula of Belize is the stuff that peoples dreams are made of... especially if you like tropical ocean breezes, great beaches, superb snorkeling and diving and some of the best fishing in the western hemisphere.

'As one of the last unspoiled places on earth, Belize offers travelers the richly rewarding authenticity they seek in a Caribbean getaway. Just a two-hour flight from the U.S., this tropical paradise is nestled between Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. For generations, the English-speaking people of Belize have demonstrated a commitment to preserving the country’s unique charms. Belize offers a land rich in natural beauty and steep in the history and culture of its Maya past. Renowned for having the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize’s pristine waters, exotic marine and wildlife, lush unspoiled landscapes and superb diving truly make it Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret.'

What makes this cabin unique

Placencia is a 17 mile long peninsula half way down the coast of Belize. It is known for the best beaches in Belize, diving around the nearby barrier reef, snorkeling on the beaches and Cayes, whale shark and manatee encounters, world class fly-fishing, and regular 'rod and reel' ocean fishing, access to great Mayan Ruin tours, the fabulous hiking, tubing and waterfalls at the Jaguar Preserve where you will also hear and may see howler monkeys. Another popular day trip is Monkey River.

The central location of the peninsula is key to it's popularity. Although 'laid back,' Placencia has much to offer. There are many good places to enjoy restaurants and great food on the peninsula, from first class resorts, to funky beach bars. There are lots of restaurants and shops both in Placencia Village and elsewhere along the peninsula. All of these are easy to get to either by taxi, your own rental vehicle or our complimentary bicycles. You'll find tons of stuff to do. In fact it is usually hard for our guests to cram everything they want to do in a week! If you can mage it... schedule 9 or 10 days. All of our guests wish they had!

Guestbook comments from the owner

We were in Placencia from 1/15-1/25 and stayed at the mainstay II. It was an amazing trip, Drew picked us up at the airport, helped sort out some trouble with a missing bag, and recommended a place for dinner for the first night. Food on average in the different restaurants we ate at cost around 55 Belize for the two of us, so ~27 American for fresh fish and lobster. So basically a steal. Shopping for drinks and food could get expensive in the Chinese owned markets that are everywhere, but if you bought in bulk it was cheaper. So if you want some Belikin for the whole trip go by a crate of it then return the empties and the crate for a refund, instead of buying them as singles for 2-4 Blz each. The locals in Seine Bight were extremely nice, and we never had any trouble with anyone. Thank you everyone at the Maine Stay. Drew, Karen, Joyce, Jerome, Hector, and many more im forgetting for all the help
Jan 2011
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The Maine Stay Suite- Gorgeous Beach Cabanas
average rating of 4.9850745 based on 73 reviews
Sherwood , OR. USA

A Peaceful Oasis

  • 5 of 5

"We" are two couples who shared a cabana suite for nearly a week. The Maine Stay was perfect in every way especially the location. We felt as though we were away from the world but really had easy access to restaurants, town (we did have a car) and all the Belizian adventures one could want. We enjoyed our Monkey River Creole tour (Nite Wind tours) and our Cockscomb adventure with Doyle Gardiner. Although we could have cooked, we opted for dinners out after enjoying watching the sunset over the lagoon. Dawn's in town and the Bistro up the street were two favorites. The Green Parrot serves a delicious breakfast. But after our adventures, we could return to the calm and beauty of The Maine Stay to enjoy that beautiful property -.swimming, kayaking or simply relaxing in the wonderful ocean breezes. We hope to return.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Houston, Tx

Wonderful Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Had a great time at the Maine Stay Suite. Loved the layout of the cabanas--perfect for two couples. The cabanas are just as nice (or better) than pictured. Kitchen is well stocked with pots, pans, plates silver etc--we gave the blender a good workout! The air conditioners in both units work very well and are quiet. Our favorite activities were 1. drinking coffee on the deck and watching the sunrise, 2. snorkeling at the coral garden about 200 yards NE of the gazebo, and 3. Grilling fresh fish or lobster on our deck.

Karen is a pleasure to work with, there if you need her and quick to help out. We loved the location--right on the beach with lagoon access only a short walk away. We went to Placencia several times for tours or restaurants--but really liked the quieter location of the cabanas.

Did something fun every day: snorkeling/dive trip to Silk Cay. Snorkeling at Coral garden near cabana. Water fall and kayak trip with Dale (very nice guy) who works for Karen. Monkey River tour. Snorkel trip with Shane to False Cay (about 2 miles NE of cabanas.

Highly recommend Discounted Belize Shuttles if you need transportation from Belize City to Placencia--they are very easy to work with (Paul quickly responds to all emails) and bent over backward to make our drives more interesting. We stopped at Belize Zoo and Blue Hole on the way down and stopped at Bocawina Rainforest Resort on way back for awesome zipline ride.

Had a wonderful time, highly recommend Maine Stay Suites and Placencia.

  • Submitted: Mar 10, 2016
  • Stayed: Feb 2016
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Family Vacation

  • 5 of 5

Could not have been better. Karen and staff helpful and friendly. Swam each day off pier. Kayaks were fun and when we when we traveled way to far (all the way into town!) Karen sent the truck to pick us up. Safe. Secure.

Tons of fun. 5 adults and we had tons of space and lots to do and see. Local food good and safe to eat. Women selling fresh bread in the evening in town--sweet bread the best. Fruit and veggie truck comes outside gate each Thurs afternoon with bargain prices. Watch the sunrise each am and wondered across the street to watch sunset in the evening. Belize Zoo very fun stop. Fish market in town is hidden so ask locals.

"John the Bakerman" is a must for local tarts and yummy banana bread. Donna at the pier in Placencia (I think it is Night Winds Tours) has good prices. Enjoy!

  • Submitted: Jan 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
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Fort Morgan, CO, USA

Honeymoon Haven!

  • 5 of 5

Our experience with Karen and Maine Stay was nothing short of awesome! We stayed in the Sunrise Cabin which was wonderful. Solid mahogany everywhere, and equipped for comfort. We loved it. Tons of time spent on the front porch gazing at sunrises or fishermen paddling by a mere few feet from the water. Swimming, kayaking, canoeing; fresh fish from a young man on a bicycle; wandering Placencia; snorkeling a national park; eating out at some really fun and delicious places; it was relaxing, exciting, memorable, almost all at the same time! Then to top it off, we were treated to a trip to Secret Falls with the owner, Karen, and friends and neighbors from the Maine Stay. Our time here was "life-time-memory" status and we recommend it highly.

  • Submitted: Nov 24, 2014
  • Stayed: Sep 2014
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Amazing Beachfront Cabanas

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at The Maine Stay for almost 2 weeks and had the best vacation ever! Every morning we watched the sun rise over the Caribbean Sea and set over the lagoon across the way. The owner, Karen and her staff provided everything you could possibly need. They even got us some fresh coconuts one evening. We felt safe and knew that there was always security on site. Every morning the beach is raked smooth and beautiful. We spent many enjoyable hours watching the water and the birds from our beachfront lounge chairs. Karen met us just as we arrived and filled us in on great restaurants and places to see. The cabanas were better stocked than my own kitcen. The Maine Stay has lots of canoes, kayaks, bikes, and fun for free. The people of Belize were extreamly friendly and kind. The food is so delicious and cheap. We rented a car from Belize City, spent time in San Ignosio and drove down to Placencia. The beach was our favorite stay and The Maine Stay was fabulous! I'm ready to go back!

  • Submitted: Aug 2, 2014
  • Stayed: Jul 2014
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Louisville, Kentucky


  • 5 of 5

We just got home from a week's stay at The Maine Stay I. I must say that my eyes teared up the morning our family left, not wanting to leave and taking last-minute pictures of everything so we could remember every wonderful detail. First and foremost, the location is absolutely stunning and every time you come out of your cabana you have to pinch yourself that you are in such a beautiful place, enjoying the Caribbean sea right off the spacious deck at your leisure. Although the first 60 or so feet of beach in Placencia is mandated to be public, it is rare that anyone but guests or the occasional resident across the street came over to the beach, so it's like having your own private beach. We are a family of five, and felt we had plenty of room. The kids had their own cabana and we had ours. The hammocks and swinging chair were used often (who doesn't dream of relaxing in a hammock between two palm trees next to the ocean?!) Beach toys, floatie things, kayaks and bicycles are provided, which was very nice. The owner and the security guard on hand are always available to help with any advice on where to eat, what to see, etc.; and when we wanted a net to go crabbing or a specific pan to bake brownies in, we were graciously accommodated.

We are big nature lovers, so another plus for us was finding a living sea cucumber, sea star, and horse conch (pictures taken and then released), lots of sea urchins, iguanas and other lizards, ghost crabs at night, etc. Everyone we met in Belize was so kind, "real" and unpretentious. Such a wonderful melting pot of people from virtually every background and culture imaginable. We will definitely return someday! If you have the time and inclination, you may want to consider doing what we did---- flying into Cancun and renting a car, then driving to Belize (about 4 hours to the border). We stayed about a week in San Ignacio to enjoy the jungle and Spanish Lookout area before heading to the beach in Placencia. The airfare difference on five tickets to Cancun versus Belize City paid for the rental car (after playing around with various dates and times for departures). Everything you want to see in Belize is pretty spread out.... so having a car is so nice versus paying for a taxi or guide every time (or waiting for a bus).

Loved these cabanas, the beaches and the village of Placencia! Definitely hope to return.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2014
  • Stayed: Jun 2014
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Car: recommended

Cave Tubing, Zip-Line Tours, Maya Ruin tours, Butterfly farms, horseback riding, and tour the famous 'ATM' cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal) in San Ignacio.

Recent guests at The Maine Stay were kind enough to leave us with the following notes and comments on restaurants and activities in the area.

Our restaurant reviews (random order):

1. Quarterdeck - best fish, very nice staff

2. Mangos - great ribs, friendly place

3. Maya Hotel Bistro - best atmosphere, service

4. DeTatch - largest portions, best shrimp, great breakfast

5. Shak - best shakes, nice lunch and breakfast

6. Maya Center (Jag Preserve) - cheapest meal by far. Good food. Recommend their pineapple juice drink.

7. Wendys - another very good breakfast place

8. Cheers - good place to stop to/from airport

9. Singing Sands - best desserts

10. Barefoot bar - lively, friendly

11. Habaneros - nice atmosphere, but somewhat pricey for their buffet

12. Rumfish - very good fish, fun place

13. Tutti Frui


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Surfside Cabin Rental Rates

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

25% non refundable deposit on booking.
Cancellation Policy 45+ days prior to arrival--- 100% minus deposit
If cancellation is received by: 45-30 days prior to arrival--- 50% minus deposit
Less than 30 days prior to arrival--- no refund

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Surfside Cabin Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Free Long Distance ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
  • King size beds (2), Baby Cribs (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (2) Full size futon sofa and single convertible beds
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • children welcome ...
  • pets considered
  • smoking allowed
  • churches
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • horseshoes
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Complementary bicycles and kayaks including clear bottom kayak, horseshoe pit. The Maine Stay Suite is very kid and toddler friendly... with enclosed spacious deck and fenced beach yard with 12 foot wading pool. High chair, Pak N Play crib, video baby monitor and car seat available. Check out the full list of amenities.

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