Charming and Colorful Ocean-Front House
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- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
San Pedro house description
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 water shuttle 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 our two person kayak out to explore the reef in front of the house
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. Vegetable waste is composted to fertilize the garden. Linens and towels are laundered in biodegradable soap and line dried.
Direct flights to Belize City International Airport leave from Miami, Dallas 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
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Included
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5, Beds for 4-5
- Queen size Beds (2), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Catering Available:
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- Coffee Maker:
- Dishes & Utensils
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Linens Provided
- Video Library:
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- DVD Player
- Broadband Access
- Lawn / Garden
- Outdoor Grill
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
- Fly Fishing
- Bird Watching
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Wildlife Viewing
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beautiful place to stay but don't expect to swim too much off the dock. The water is shallow with lots of sea grass. Swimming farther out is a bit dangerous because of water taxi's speeding by. Otherwise wonderful. Would have loved to have bikes available to use instead of the hassle of having to find and rent them, but having a kayak to use was a great start. Gave it 4 stars rather than 5 for these reasons.
- Guest swimmer (California)
- Date of stay 05/31/13
- Review Submitted 06/07/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway.
Manager response: So glad you enjoyed the house. Sorry there was so much sea grass at the end of the dock. At certain times of year it comes in, other times the area is clear enough to swim. But the best snorkeling and swimming is certainly off the kayak tied to a buoy. Thank you for the feedback about bicycles. I will look into it. I am always looking for ways to make the Tree House the perfect vacation destination. Best Lorna
Great Trip, Great House, Amazing People
Great Trip, Great House, Amazing People
My son, daughter and I just got back from Belize/The Tree House. We had a great time – diving, snorkeling, biking, and enjoying the local people and cuisine. It was the 1st time we have gotten together on a trip like this in quite a while and it could not have been better – we will definitely visit again! The “Tree House” is a spectacular place and right on the beach - beds were very comfortable, den & kitchen areas very well equipped. However, the views from the deck are so spectacular that we spent almost all our free time there. The proximity to the beach made morning breakfasts from the “Burrito Guy” very easy and convenient. We even met Joe the woodworker and his dog passing by on his bicycle. This saved me the trouble of going to town to find gifts for my wife. Joe carves amazing things using all local woods – I think we alone helped him meet his week’s sales target! Aurora’s had amazing food and Beverly at Mata Grande was extremely helpful with our shopping and making sure we had “minutes” on the phone. The natural features of Belize – the reef system, birds & animals – speak for themselves. What truly impressed me was how nice and helpful the Belizeans are. This was the case for the Bicycle guy who delivered and picked up the bikes, the dive crews for our dive trips, the folks at the restaurants we visited & even Armando the water taxi guy. The locals could not have been more helpful. I save the greatest praise for last. Rubio the care taker is a jewel. He, his wife, and son Louis are among the nicest people I’ve had the pleasure to meet. Rubio was quick to answer any questions we had about local customs, cuisine, activities, etc. He frequently gave us advice on issues from food, dive locations, kayaking to near-by reefs, security issues and we were always pleased with his recommendations. And then there are the coconuts. On our 1st day, we asked about determining ripeness, cracking the shell, eating, cooking, and coconut drinks. He immediately pulled out a ladder, climbed the tree and got a variety of coconuts. We got a crash course and ate and drank coconut all week! You are very lucky to have him and I’m sure you know this. He also thinks a great deal of you and his opinion convinces me that we were extremely lucky finding you and your “Tree House.” Thank you for a terrific week & and we hope to return very soon to the Tree House!
- Guest Pat (Knoxville, TN)
- Date of stay 03/01/13
- Review Submitted 03/08/13
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
A Month at the Tree House
A Month at the Tree House
recently returned from a vacation at the Tree House. It was great except the overall condition of the road into town. Went out snorkeling with Geni to Tranquility Bay and Mexico Rock. He made us a delicious lunch and the snorkeling was exxcellent. The house had modest amenities but had all the necessities. We were treated excellently by Rubio, the caretaker,who was extremely helpful for everything we needed. Thank you Rubio! All in all, we would recommend this vacation home. DF and BF...Dec. 30, 2012
- Guest Diane and Brian (Bahama, NC, USA)
- Date of stay 11/28/12
- Review Submitted 12/30/12
Recommended for: Age 55+, adventure seekers.
Manager response: Hi Diane Glad you enjoyed the Tree House. Yes, the road (if you could call it that) is terrible at the end of the rainy season, which is why I recommend using the Coastal Express boat shuttle to get into town rather than a golf cart for the over 40 crowd. I am happy to hear Rubio was helpful. I think he's great! Hope to see you again at the Tree House. Lorna
An amazing get away!
An amazing get away!
Before traveling, I always read the reviews, but I never write them. I wanted to do my part and write a review about our recent trip to The Treehouse. First of all, this is a different kind of trip, this is not a resort, and the Treehouse is not in the middle of all the “action.” Know that going in. Our trip was just my wife and I. You could go with another couple, but it could be a little tight. Caye Management was great. They had everything set up for our arrival and our arrival to Ambergris Caye was very smooth. The only issue we had was there was no one to greet us at the Treehouse. We got dropped off at the dock and kind of felt like we were dropped in the middle of nowhere. We got our bearings quick and had no problems. Also know that Ambergris Caye is not really for “beaching,” it is much more for relaxing, snorkeling and diving. The Treehouse was very clean and well maintained. It had great AC for sleeping at night, wifi, cable and all the other comforts. There was a 2 person kayak which we used to paddle to the reef for snorkeling. This was awesome! We also met Genie the neighbor who took us on a snorkel trip, also awesome. He is a bit more expensive than the outfits in town, but was much more convenient. You get picked up right at your dock. We also loved the “burrito guy” who comes by every morning at 9 with amazing food, and Esvin the jewelry guy who came by with very cool stuff. There were some restaurants close by which we walked to for dinner (bring a flashlight), and great places in town as well. In town, Lilly’s on the water was one of our favorites. We ate at the Matte Grande grocery a couple times. They have a BBQ outside daily and have a small but complete stock of stuff. This is very close to the Treehouse. We also loved the Ak’Bol yoga retreat! We did 9am yoga a couple times and then enjoyed their amazing food. They have the best coconut French toast ever! We also rented a golf cart for the week. This is a bit of an expense, but we thought it was worth it for the flexibility. The road to town (San Pedro) was extremely bumpy and took about 25 min one way. Calling it a road is a stretch. You would only want to make the trip once a day. All said this was an AMAZING vacation, we loved the Treehouse and Ambergris Caye, the people were incredibly friendly, everyone spoke English, we could use American money, and we always felt safe. It was truly unforgettable!
- Guest Marc N.
- Date of stay 07/25/12
- Review Submitted 08/10/12
Manager response: I am so glad you enjoyed the Tree House and our island. Sounds like you did a great job of exploring the neighborhood. So sorry you had the experience of just being dropped off on our dock. Turns out our regular guy Armando had a schedule conflict and the the guy who was filling in didn't know the drill. He does now, and the next guest will be properly escorted to the front door and shown around. Thank you for your feedback and I look forward to hosting you again at the Tree House. Lorna
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Dear Lorna, 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. Best regards. V.
- Guest Victor
- Date of stay 03/30/12
- Review Submitted 05/28/12
Just what we were looking for!
Just what we were looking for!
The Tree House was perfect for me and my new husband; we were on our honeymoon :) It is so much more secluded compared to a resort and was just what we were looking for. The house has everything you might need as far as kitchen utensils, linens, games, movies, extra snorkle gear, etc... Someone came to wash our dirty clothes and linens every other day; and someone would do lawn work, water our plants, and rake our beach on alternating days as well. When all the windows are open, there is a wonderful breeze throughout the house. My favorite part of the house was the view from the master bedroom. If you love sunrises, but don't like getting out of bed to see them, this is the place for you! You have an amazing view right from your bed and it is such an amazing way to wake up. There is such a beautiful part of the coral reef right in front of the house. We took the kayak out several times to snorkle and saw turtles, sting rays, a nurse shark, tons of fish and coral, and lobsters. The very first morning, while having coffee on the dock, we saw 2 dolphins playing right in front of us! There were there for like 30 minutes about 30 feet away :) We set up all of our diving trips and jungle trip through Genie with Coral Divers. He lives 2 houses over and got everything set up perfectly and easily. We will definitely be back to the tree house!
- Guest The Newlyweds (Austin, TX USA)
- Date of stay 03/11/12
- Review Submitted 03/26/12
Recommended for: Families with young children, romantic getaway, adventure seekers.
My friends and I were looking for something a bit off the beaten track, yet not too difficult to handle. Something ecotouristy without the jungle trekking. The Treehouse on Ambergris Cay was just the ticket. It's harder to get to than the Bahamas, but not too, and after years of being afraid of small planes, my ride from Belize City to San Pedro on Tropic Air was wonderful. The Treehouse management company arranged pick-up and we and our luggage speed-boated right to the private dock. Armando brought our luggage up, handed over keys and we were good to go. We loved the house, windows and porch all around with views to die for. The quiet and the ocean breezes made sleeping a joy. And the golf cart, snorkeling, diving (one friend, not me!), yoya, two gorgeous pools in walking distance -- the beach was a little shallow for swimming --, and wonderful food made every day an adventure. San Pedro can be kinda hot and exhausting, but there are great bargains to be had. Loved the multicultural mix of characters and authentic Caribbean food. .
- Guest Bonnie (Brooklyn, New York)
- Date of stay 11/12/11
- Review Submitted 11/19/11
Recommended for: Age 55+, pet owners, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Away from it all
Away from it all
The 'Treehouse' is a great time. It's 4 or 5 miles from San Pedro, which means it's very quiet and peaceful. There is a little grocery store a short walk away (the only store within walking distance) which has most of what you'll find in San Pedro (which isn't much). The house itself is comfortable, but not super plush. Which is to say that everything that you want is there, but it's not over done. There are two things to really consider when thinking about this place. First, getting to and from San Pedro can be a bit of a production. Your options are essentially to ride a bike (very hot and not recommended), rent a golf cart (could be cool, but kind of expensive), or take the water taxi (easy enough if you know the schedule and have a phone to call them). The phone in the house is pay as you go and you can buy some time at the nearby grocery store, and I would definitely recommend getting phone service if you plan to stay here so you can call the water taxi, caye management if you need to, etc. The second thing to consider is that the guy everyone else talks about in the reviews (Genie) is a tremendous resource. He is very nice and can get anything done for you without any hassle. He is not pushy at all and is really a pleasure to be around. It was the start of slow season when we were there, so my girlfriend had him to ourselves for the week. Awesome! The last thing to consider is who you would be renting from. We had an experience which I think tells pretty much the whole story. The house uses a cistern for fresh water and it ran out while we were there, and we didn't have phone service to call caye management, but we did have an iphone and the in house wifi, so we sent emails to caye management and the owner. Both called the house within an hour of pressing send! The issue took most of the day to solve (the pump ran dry for a while and burnt some of the pipe connections which needed replacement, the water needed filling which comes on a boat from San Pedro, etc.), but I don't think you could ask for anything more in the way help from the owner and management company, they were all over it. All things considered, if you want to have a quiet time with very little hassle and everything you need right there, this is a great choice.
- Guest Seth and Shanda (Denver)
- Date of stay 05/09/11
- Review Submitted 05/22/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Best views of Paradise
Best views of Paradise
It is hard to describe the amazing trip I took with my wife to the Tree House in Belize. San Pedro is easy to get to, being a quick flight from Miami to Belize City, and a 15 minute flight from Belize city to San Pedro. Instead of taking a water taxi to the house, we rented a golf cart for the week, and "drove" to the house. The house is about 4 miles from the airport, or a fun 30 minute golf cart ride. Other than being awesome to drive around in, the golf cart was fun to explore on and made getting groceries easy. The carts add to the charm of the island, and there are plenty of golf cart rental shops within blocks of the airport. The Tree House is as awesome as it is unique. Everyone in the area knows exactly what house you are talking about when you say "The Treehouse". It sits about 15' in the air and is red and round! It has an open floor plan, a full kitchen, and two nice sized bedrooms. The whole house is air-conditioned, but we never turned it on once because of the nice ocean breeze. Of course, the best feature of the house are its ocean views and proximity to the water. The house is only about 50' to water, and you can see the waves breaking over the reef while sipping your morning coffee from the wrap-around deck. We spent our time relaxing in the sun. We cooked most of our meals in the full kitchen, and did shopping at the nearby grocery, Mata Grande (the owners are really nice!). We booked a snorkeling and fishing trip with the neighbor who is a guide, and had one of our best days relaxing on a boat, casting lines and snorkeling at Mexico Rocks. At the end of the day, our guide cleaned the fish, and came back to the Tree House to cook us the best meal we had all week. San Pedro is paradise, and the Tree House is the best place to view it from. We spent the rest of our time walking along the beaches, kayaking out to the reef, and just soaking in the beauty and character of the island. There are also plenty of great restaurants and bars nearby. I cannot recommend this trip enough!
- Guest Josh (Boston, MA)
- Date of stay 02/09/11
- Review Submitted 02/27/11
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
AMAZING! Beautiful House - Relaxing Atmosphere!
AMAZING! Beautiful House - Relaxing Atmosphere!
A LOVELY STAY AT THE TREE HOUSE! The house was perfect - right on the water, nicely furnished, and equipped with everything we needed for a fun and relaxing vacation (kayak, snorkeling equipment, grill, blender, a dive master neighbor, and access to the water taxi). On top of all of this, we loved that it was a small private home that we could afford, not just another unit in a condo complex or resort. We are a young and active couple so access to the water was perfect for us - water activities for fun and THE VIEW for relaxation! We used the house kayak & snorkeling gear almost daily. We were even able to kayak all the way to the reef and see some amazing stuff out there! We hung out on the hammock under the house and watched the friendly people go by. On our first day there, we were hanging out under the house and bought burritos for lunch from "the burrito guy" who rides by on his bike. This turned out to be our daily ritual (he even brings delicious tamales upon request). What could be better? A major highlight of the trip was a fishing and snorkeling trip with the neighbor Dive Master, Genie. We caught a bunch of fish (Snapper, Grouper), had a great time snorkeling, and then grilled up our fish for dinner! The best fish I've ever eaten...it was truly an amazing day! Evenings we went on long walks at sunset and were escorted by dog friends, had a drink at nearby restaurants or grabbed food to grill for dinner at the Mata Grande store and even had at a BBQ there one afternoon. I could go on and on about how amazing this trip was and how we enjoyed the Tree House, but all I have left to say is... when we left we started planning next year's return to the Tree House!
- Guest Janelaine (Princeton, NJ)
- Date of stay 02/06/11
- Review Submitted 02/25/11
Recommended for: Families with young children, age 55+, romantic getaway, families with teenagers, girls getaway, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.
Manager response: I'm so glad you had a good time at the Tree House!
Nov 15-Apr 30 .. $195/night (5 night minimum) $240 a night for 3-4 guests May 01-Nov 14 .. $170/night (4 night minimum) $210 a night for 3-4 guests There is an additional 9% Belize Lodging Tax Until confirmed, rates are subject to change without notice.
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Year Purchased: 2010
About: 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.
The Unique Benefits at this House:
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.
- Primary: 617-734-5042 Massachusetts
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View of the Tree House from our beach
kitchen and living room
view from the veranda
2nd bedroom with queen bed
Dining area looking out over the ocean
our dock at sunset
Looking North from the house at the boat shuttle stop
evening in front of the house
Relaxing under the house
Caretaker's casita behind the houe
Mayan ruins at Lamanai
View from the verandah
master bedroom with queen bed
under the house. A shady spot to read a book
The owner diving at the reef in front of the house
Waiting for the water shuttle into town
egret at end of dock
View from the beach. 2 person kayak is perfect for snorkeling or swimming from
Rubio, the caretaker will pick coconuts for you
Downtown San Pedro
Sunrise from the master bedroom
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