|Minimum Stay||5 nights|
This unique octagonal house sits atop a pedestal at tree top level right at the water’s edge on a quiet stretch of white sand beach 4 miles north of San Pedro; far from the tourist scene, but a short walk along the beach to wonderful restaurants, beach bars and a great little grocery store. The water shuttle will pick you up from a dock near the house and take you into town for shopping or a night out. This is the ultimate location for diving or snorkeling, or just relaxing on the veranda looking out at the crystal clear turquoise water.
Get up early and drink your coffee on the veranda as you watch the sunrise over the reef, and perhaps see an egret stand in the water watching for fish, or a spotted eagle ray swim lazily by. Then take a short bicycle or golf cart ride to a morning yoga class at the Ak’bol Yoga Retreat where classes are held on a platform built out over the ocean. Or take one of our kayaks out to explore the reef in front of the house. The kayaks are "sit-on-top" style. You can tie them to a buoy near the reef to snorkel and get back on board easily. We now have an ocean swim area off the end of the dock to protect swimmers from passing boats.
The Tree House is the ideal spot for a romantic getaway, or for two couples or a small family. You’ll be living in a house, not a hotel or condo, with all the comfort and privacy of home. The house is newly renovated. The fully equipped modern kitchen will inspire you to prepare fresh caught fish and tropical fruit as you enjoy the ocean view. Both bedrooms have queen size beds. The living room is a comfortable place to relax and look out at the ocean. It has a couch which folds out to a queen size bed. There is a 26 inch flat screen TV and DVD player, an iPod dock with speakers, and a land line. There is high speed Internet. There is weekly maid service (or more frequently upon request).
This unique eco-friendly house perched atop a 20 foot concrete pedestal was designed to withstand hurricanes and cause minimal impact on environmentally sensitive locations. Built of farm grown replenish able lumber, the octagonal design and floor to ceiling windows catch the ocean breezes so that our ceiling fans and air-conditioning are seldom needed. The wide veranda affords a spectacular view of the Great Barrier Reef. The vaulted ceilings and exposed beams create a sense of space. We are committed to providing a green environment. Our water supply comes from rain water stored in a cistern on the property. Linens and towels are laundered in biodegradable soap and line dried.
BOOKING: WE DO NOT USE VRBO'S NEW ON-LINE BOOKING SERVICE. They add a service charge of up to 10%.to guests. Our Inquiries go to Caye Management, a local management company which is extremely reliable. They will handle your reservations and answer any questions about the area. They are also available 24/7 in case of any problems with the house.
Direct flights to Belize City International Airport leave from Miami, Dallas, Houston and Atlanta. From there you can take a 15 minute flight to San Pedro airstrip on Mayan Air or Tropic Air. Or you can take a 30 minute taxi ride to the water taxi terminal and take the water shuttle to San Pedro, an hour and a half ride. A representative from Caye Management will meet you at San Pedro airstrip or the dock and take you up to the Tree House in his boat. The on-site caretaker, Rubio, will meet you at our dock and assist you with your luggage.
Keywords: Beach house
I live in Brookline, Massachusetts. I am a psychotherapist and teach at Boston University. I am a scuba diver. On my first trip to Ambergris Caye, I fell hopelessly in love with this part of the island. I came back two months later and bought this house. For me, this place is magical. I wish I could stay here year round, but since I can't, I am happy to share it with you and hope you love it as much as I do.
Caye Management purchased this house in 2010
Living at the Tree House is a completely different experience from staying at a resort or condo. You meet locals and ex-pats at the neighborhood store and restaurants, or just walking along the beach. So you can really get a feel for island life. In addition to its natural beauty and tranquility, it's a friendly and interesting neighborhood.
Just a brief message to thank you for our stay at your house in Belize. We had an amazing time and we look forward to our next stay in San Pedro. We will definitely return and make the Little Tree House our accommodation of choice.
Again, thank you very much for everything.
We had a fantastic holiday here! The Tree House is really cute and comfortable and the balcony covered to get away from the sun. The hammocks below are great for an afternoon siesta. The kayaks make the journey out to the reef accessible and the reef fish and turtles make great snorkelling. We never got to see a manitee which some people do apparently. Rubio, the caretaker, is a gem and he took me out spear-fishing on the reef getting a good haul for the BBQ.
All in all highly recommended.
We found this property perfectly located 20 minutes away from downtown San Pedro. Just a short water taxi ride away. The treehouse was furnished perfectly with an amazing balcony. We loved the house, we loved the care taker and his son, we loved the weather and the breeze, we loved the diving and snorkeling. I just cant find enough words to tell you how much we loved this vacation. One of my favorite things about the house was the water system, only provided by rainwater storage. I have never felt cleaner after a shower, and my hair has never felt healthier than it did with that water. We fished every other day and had wonderful dinners at the house. We also went out to dinner a few times, however the meals were quite expensive that way.
If I were to say anything negative about this location, it would only be that everything is quite a walk away, with very few options for meals. I loved the remoteness, however I would rent a golf cart next time for easier transportation.
We will be back!
The Red Treehouse was perfect for my wife’s and my stay in late April/early May 2014.. Once we landed and retrieved our luggage, Armando met us and took us to a market to get a few things for our stay and then delivered us by water taxi to Genie’s dock adjacent to the beach house. Rubio, the Treehouse caretaker was waiting on the dock with his wheelbarrow and delivered our luggage to the house and provided a brief overview of the property. After settling in, we decided to “explore” up the beach. A short walk away was a nice beach bar at a nearby resort. We enjoyed some delicious seafood ceviche and enjoyed our first taste of Belikin, the local beer! Our stay was wonderful in so many ways, with the tropical breeze always blowing, the lovely people we met, and the super food! Despite the many activities and excursions to chose from, our greatest enjoyment came from just relaxing on the deck enjoying the cool breeze, watching the hummingbirds feed and watching people traveling back and forth along the beach trail. We did follow others’ advice and utilized Coral Divers for our “destination” get-away. Snorkeling the Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley and touring the Mayan Ruins were two amazing trips. Genie, the owner of Coral Divers, and his great staff, were all so helpful and friendly.
The house is located about four miles north of San Pedro which challenged us a little, but overall beach bars/restaurants were within walking distance as was the Mata Grande grocery. We did rent bikes for the week but due to the sandy beach-side path we found it was easier in most instances to just walk to where we wanted to go. Like so many others have mentioned in previous reviews, we anxiously waited the call of the Burrito man out front in the mornings. What a great way to start the day! The house had everything we needed for our 10 day stay. Because of the dry season, it was necessary to use water conservatively but we followed the custom of others and only once was there a need to refill the cistern.
We were welcomed from day one by a great family with Rubio, Iris, and little Luis (what a charmer!). Rubio and Iris treated us to a freshly caught supper of grouper and ceviche (his is THE BEST) on our 2nd day! Iris, too, was a wonderful cook and we learned how to make the ceviche and coconut rice. Rubio is a huge asset to the Treehouse!!
We decided well before our departure that we would return to Belize, and if the timing is right, we are returning to the Treehouse.
My wife Julie and I thoroughly enjoyed our week at the "Tree House" on Ambergris Caye. The house was right on the beach with breathtaking views and a wonderful breeze off the ocean. This home is a bit off the beaten path, but accessible by water taxi, bicycle, or golf cart. A small grocery is only a 10 minute walk away. The caretaker, "Rubio" was very friendly and helpful. We could not have asked for a more relaxing spot to unwind and enjoy our vacation.
My favorite travel companions are my boyfriend and a couple friends we've been on one trip together with before. We aren't picky about privacy and are happy to share the chores of cooking and tidying, so the Red Treehouse was perfect for us. We landed in Belize City at 2:30pm and by 4:30 were on our water taxi to San Pedro, where Armando met us and took us, at our request, to an grocery store with excellent produce options (the Greenhouse) to stock up for our stay. Provisions in hand, Armando then delivered us to the Los Encantos dock (only because Geni, the neighbor, had his dock under construction) where Rubio's wheelbarrow awaited us for the luggage. The transfer was seamless. It turns out that the treehouse is located technically "in town," so close enough to bike, but far enough from town (4.5 miles) to be tranquil. I highly recommend Joe's bike rental in San Pedro, it's the best way to get around, as golf carts have to navigate an insane number of potholes. If you have any mobility issues, as one of our party did, the Coastal Express Water taxi will get you within a a minutes' walk of the property. In the mornings, the burrito/tamale guy rides by with vegetarian and meatatarian options alike, all for a very reasonable price of $5US for two. While we expected to make all our own food, the locally-made tortillas were amazing and we found ourselves looking forward to the call of "Burritos! Tamales!" somewhere between 8 and 8:30am. Be aware that the beach at the treehouse is not ideal for swimming: in fact NO beach we found on Ambergris Caye was ideal. The sea is quite shallow, the sand can suction a water shoe right off you, and the turtle grass is dense. Expect to swim off of a boat during a tour, not from the beach. The treehouse is well appointed, with Wifi and most necessary appliances, although we brought our own electric juicer because we love margaritas :) Also, know that produce is local and never imported, so if it's not in season, you're not going to be eating it--we lamented the lack of lemons and avocados but got over it. We actually brought a cooler of cheeses because I'd read it's hard to find on the island and that is true. The Mata Grande store is a short walk away and has eggs, milk, and alcohol, but not so much produce so plan accordingly. Use the compost bin, conserve water as best you can, and be prepared for power outages which happen with some frequency. A wonderful stay, and an unforgettable experience.
My wife and I stayed at the Tree House for 5 days during the first week of February this year. We were joined for 3 of the days by another couple. All of us agreed that this accommodation is well appointed and furnished, and it's view of the beach, ocean and reef was superb. Our transfer from San Pedro by 4 mile boat ride went smoothly and was a stunning way to initially experience the coast line. Rubio, the caretaker that lives on property with his family, was very helpful during our stay, even to the point of getting us fresh coconuts for our drinks. We did purchase some fillets of freshly caught red snapper from him that were delicious. The wrap around front deck was a wonderful place to relax and just gaze at the Caribbean blue waters below us, and watch the walkers, joggers and bike riders on the beach path right in front of the house. A vendor does arrive most mornings by bike selling delicious freshly made hot tamales and breakfast burritos. We did take advantage of the sea kayak to go out to the reef about 1/2 mile off shore to do some snorkeling. The water clarity and warmth were good, there were enough interesting fish and coral formations to view to make it worth our effort. The real underwater show was at Hol Chan and the Shark/Ray alley off the south east tip of the island. Spectacular snorkeling. We did book the tour with Geni, who runs a tour boat service right from the wharf/dock in front of the Tree House. His prices were competitive and the guide/boat driver that we had was great. Although lobster season ended on February 14th, we did get the chance to eat that succulent meat on two occasions. One of them was at Aurora's grill by The Mata Grande store just a 10 minute walk to the north of The Tree House.
The only "negative" we noted had to do with Ambergris Caye beaches, and not The Tree House. We do believe that it is important that travelers planning to come to this part of Belize realize that you cannot easily swim in these spectacular Caribbean waters. The water is very shallow with the bottom covered with Turtle grass near the shore. There are signs up all over, warning waders and swimmers not to venture past the end of the docks because of potential injuries from boats, engines, and water taxis. We did, on several occasions, cool off in the water at the end of the dock by sitting in it, and there were a few colorful fish under the dock to view.
Great place----4 1/2 out of 5, only knocked down for the Island-wide beach issue.
Tours to Mayan temples; rainforest wildlife and birdwatching tours. Our property manager at Caye Management can arrange these for you. Snorkeling, fishing and cave tubing trips can be arranged with our neighbor Geni.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Nov 20 2016 - Apr 30 2017
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $25 per night, per additional guest|
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
|Notes: Rates are based on 3 guests; add $30 per night, per additional guest|
Transportation by taxi and boat from San Pedro to The Tree House is included in the rental
Rates are subject to change until final payment is made
* Approximate monthly rate. Actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay.