Sandy Bay Beachfront House in Diver's Paradise, Views, Deck... [#339122] | View Property
House, 3 Bedrooms + Other (See Description), 3 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)
From $425/wk to $920/wk for house
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Best Reef in Utila
Best Reef in Utila
We stayed in the home in May 2012 for one week. We went diving around the island looking for the whale shark (like looking for the Loch Ness Monster) which we never found. Diving around the island did not compare to the snorkeling right behind the home to the right where we saw rays,eels, turtles and so many different kinds of fish. So the last few days we just snorkeled and saved time and money on the scuba. JUST BRING LOTS OF BUG SPRAY !!!! or you will not have a good time the Mosquitos will eat you alive.
- Guest Anne (Discovery Bay, California)
- Date of stay 05/29/12
- Review Submitted 06/26/12
Recommended for: Adventure seekers, age 55+.
We stayed at the beach house the third week in September 08 and it was a great place to stay. Angel is very helpful and was always there in our time of need. We did a lot of snorkeling right off the porch and were not disappointed. Apparently there has been some reef reconstruction in this area and it is very obvious. We saw great sea life out front and highly recommend it. The house itself is well equipped - when we got there the hot water was being fixed (it was fixed by day two) but trust me you don't need it in the humidity of Sept. It was really brutal to sit out on the beach at this house in quiet seclusion staring at the ocean...tough indeed. Everything on Eli's website is true to word and Sandy Bay is definitely one of the nicer places on the island. Do not go to Utila without Deep Woods Off with deet - and some light long pants and shirt for the nights. We dove with Captain Morgan's and had a great time (even swam with a whale shark!). Be forewarned however that their official dive school is out of the cays so you leave in the morning and head to the cays, then out to dive, returning to Utila at 1ish. They only do two dives a day but we found the extra boat ride a good time to take a nap and that schedule kept our days relaxed. We did a night dive with Utila Watersports and would recommend them too. We found some good eats at La Piccola, Dave's Island Cafe (out front of Coco Loco's), Driftwood Cafe and whatever you do...hit the bakeries! Camillas bakery has the best bagels ever and Thompson's has gads of other good stuff (both have great cinnamon rolls). Be sure to have cash/traveller's cheques because we found that the ATM's are frequently out of money. If you find yourself needing medical supplies...be sure to check the grocery stores as well because other stores like the pharmacy are not always open when they claim...we ended up finding a needed prescription right there on the grocery shelf. Many places do take Visa but they will charge you another 7% or so. Utila is an interesting place and gave us a fun adventure and we were very glad to have stayed at Sandy Bay.
- Guest Kristy and Tony1 (Saginaw, MI)
- Date of stay 10/07/08
- Review Submitted 10/07/08
We were at Sandy Bay Beach House the third week in June. This house has an amazing view of the ocean and even more amazing snorkeling right out the backyard. After barely surviving a rough ferry ride with six feet swells covering the boat, it was indeed heavenly to be met by Angel. Our party consisted of me, my husband, my 20 year old daughter and her boyfriend. Our daughter and her boyfriend became dive certified through Cross Creek Dive Shop. They loved their teacher, Matthew from Montreal, Canada. My husband and I were more than satisfied with the colorful reefs and brilliant fish right outside our back door. The town is small, but we had some good breakfasts at Munchies and a delightful last night dinner at La Mariposa. Right down the street at Coral Beach Resort, breakfast was good and we were able to rent a kayak to explore the lagoon.We had some electrical outages, but Angel was the problem solver in each case. He was always there when we needed him. My biggest recommendation is to bring some insect repellant for the sand fleas (Ours was for mosquitos). Often you don't know you are even being bitten, they are so small. And they itch! Overall, Utila is charming and unique--definitely a memorable adventure. And Sandy Bay Beach House is an excellent place to stay.Penny Bernal
- Guest Penny Bernal (San Diego, CA)
- Date of stay 06/29/08
- Review Submitted 06/29/08
The Sandy Bay Beach house is a great location for a house rental on Utila. It is quiet and sort of "out of the way",but town is assessible. Angel the housekeeper is extremely helpful and kind,also has a lovely family whom we met. We found ourselves being probably the oldest divers on the island(ha,ha) and really enjoyed low-key diving with Rich at Coral Reef Resort just up the road. Most of the reefs were lovely and we avoided the crowds. He was great and it was easy to get there from Sandy Bay. We did find it to be "buggy" at the end of May and as mentioned not a good idea to drink the water! The Sheets ande Irons
- Guest Phin and Gregg Sheets (Atlantic Beach,NC)
- Date of stay 06/27/08
- Review Submitted 06/27/08
Sandy Bay Beach house was great. We had a wonderful time in Utila. The house is in a great location. Do rent the golfcart. ANGEL is fantasic. We loved him. He was always there to help. The house needs some new furniture but other than that it was perfect. The reef in front of the house was nice. Our 12,11,10 and 6 year old enjoyed it. Not too many bugs when it was windy. Delicious food. Very cool island.
- Guest Michelle Teal (Fort Mill, SC)
- Date of stay 06/17/08
- Review Submitted 06/17/08
The house was fantastic! Even better than the pictures. Angel was a wonderful care-taker and our experience on the island was wonderful. (The golf cart was also very helpful to get around the island in. Remember to turn the lights on at night.) And be sure to visit SkidRow! It's a fun very little place.
- Guest Liz83 (Austin, Tx)
- Date of stay 04/01/08
- Review Submitted 04/01/08
I would have been surprised to find any negative comments in the guestbook...what's not to like about a beautiful beach house in paradise? As others have noted, Angel was a great help and a great guy start to finish.Renting the golf cart made the trip to town a snap, and allowed us to explore the whole island. We found the people of Utila to be helpful and welcoming, and the laidback atmosphere of this island paradise to be exactly the escape we were looking for.
- Guest Jim Frazee (Gettysburg,Pa.)
- Date of stay 02/13/08
- Review Submitted 02/13/08
Sandy Bay Beach House was even more beautiful than the pictures on the web site and Angel was a big bonus to the house. He was very helpful and kind. After a morning of diving with BICD it was fun to return to just relax on the deck and watch the boats pass by. We brought our binoculars which I would recommend.The island, the people, the house and Angel all get a A++.
- Guest Karen Erickson1 (Shoreview, MN)
- Date of stay 05/16/07
- Review Submitted 05/16/07
What a great island!! (If you can get there). Had a little trouble with the airlines but once we got there it was paradise. My husband and I stayed in the apartment and it was very comfortable. Angelito was very helpful and thank goodness for the bikes! Snorkeling out front was awesome, a huge bonus for renting this house. Very quiet but only 10-15 minutes on the bike into town. Perfect! Highly recommend the company at the Driftwood Cafe, which is also very close to the house. Breakfast at the Bundu Cafe VERY good and they also air the football games on Sunday. Great food at Driftwood Cafe, RJ's BBQ and Bundu. A must see is the Jade Seahorse. Very unique and cool. Dove with the Bay Island College of Diving (BICD) and they were great (especially John). Saw nurse sharks, eel and fantastic coral. Also saw a group of dolphins skipping across the ocean by Rock Harbor. Very cool. Kayaked up the canal to rock harbor. A little scary going through the mangroves but worth the trip. This is a great island if you want to get back to the basics. The house is great and Eli was incredibly efficient in getting it arranged for us. Thanks!
- Guest Katy Vohs (Kansas City)
- Date of stay 11/07/06
- Review Submitted 11/07/06
Spent 5 days there in July and I consider the accomodations very comfortable and reasonably priced.
- Guest Bill Stuermer (Naples,FL)
- Date of stay 08/06/06
- Review Submitted 08/06/06
July 2006 -- Utila is an island unlike any other we have ever visited. My family ( myself, my husband and four kids ) loved it! The Sandy Bay Beach house was very up-to-date and in a great location! Angel, the caretaker, took care of every need and question and was always available! The island gave one the feel that they were truly "living" the island life. The diving was superb and very professional, in fact my 10 year old son was certified as junior diver by Gunter's (also highly recommended). We met some very interesting and diverse people and cannot wait to return. We would highly recommend Utila and Sandy Bay Beach House to anyone. We Have stayed in many villas and vacation properties throughout the Carribbean and Sandy Bay Beach House would rank among the best for location, best maintained and property caretaker! Thanks for introducing us to this great little island!Andrea and Chris Cox with familyHouston, Texas
- Guest Andrea and Chris Cox (Houston, Texas)
- Date of stay 07/26/06
- Review Submitted 07/25/06
We rented the main house and the apartment. The house is beautiful and the location is out of this world. There was a total of five of us staying for the week (4/15-4/22). We had a great time we loved Angel the grounds keeper he was very helpful with any questions we had. Xavier the taxi cab driver who lives a few houses away was wonderful he picked us up and took us everywhere we wanted to go. He as a wonderful family. We had the pleasure of Xavier and his family and Angel and his wife, Estella make dinner for us and we all had a traditional American/Honduran BBQ and we had great time. This was one of our best vactions yet. We will recommend everyone we know who is planning on visiting Utila to stay at the Sandy Bay Beach House!
- Guest Steve and Charity Miller (Columbus, OH)
- Date of stay 06/28/06
- Review Submitted 06/28/06
We stayed in the main house on April 3-10,2006. We took our twoo children ages 15 and 12, as well as our daughter and son-in-law. The place is beautiful, just the right distance from town to be peaceful, but not far enough to be inconvenient to go in for e-mails and groceries. It was very comfortable for the six of us , with the two kids sleeping in the living room. The wood floors and photos that hang on the walls are great, and it is very clean, both in and out. Angel is the best, and made sure we had everything we needed from advice to supplies. We were glad to have our wet suits, because they allowed us to stay in the water longer. You want to snorkel for a long time, as the reef in front of the house is gorgeous. Be sure to go far enough out to see the "wall' were the ocean floor drops down. We saw ray, barrcuda, eel, and lots of beautiful coral heads decorated with schools of fish darting this way and that. We recommen Mikey at the Coral Reef,just down the road, for diving. He certified our two children and accomodated everything from whale sharking to great dives.He was cheeful and upbeat. Eli was prompt and generous with the e-mails, when we asked our many questions. That helped us have a great time and were pre pared. Thanks!
- Guest lisa (silverthorne colorado)
- Date of stay 04/22/06
- Review Submitted 04/22/06
My wife and I stayed at the apartment in March 2006. We had a great time and just loved the location of the property. The snorkeling out in front is excellent with lots of coral and tropical fish! Angel was also very helpful during out stay. He arranged a whale shark snorkeling trip for us and swimming with the gigantic animals was an awesome experience. Also for getting supplies, my wife and I used the provided bikes and rode into town everyday. It was about a 10 minute ride to the center of town. We cooked several nights, but there are quite a few restaurants in town. The beachside bars are also fun!Thanks for a fun and relaxing vacation.
- Guest MIng3 (-)
- Date of stay 03/30/06
- Review Submitted 03/30/06
We are two couples from Canada and a seven month old baby. We just returned from a great trip to Utila. The Sandy Bay Beach House is a terrific place to stay. It's rare to find a lovely home in a Caribbean setting for an obtainable rental price with shore-snorkelling. You can either walk carefully out over the shallows with aqua shoes or your fins until it's deep enough to snorkel. Walk slowly and watch for spiny sea urchins and brain coral. You could swim at the public beach, but it’s also shallow. Best to snorkel everywhere! We found the people at Coral View Resort to be quite friendly about letting us use their dock for entry/exit. You can also go in for free at the boat launch at the end of the road and snorkel around back home, but if you go off the beach/dock past Coral View, they want 30 Lempiras (don't worry, there's a sign). We saw a couple small moray eels (evening, under the rocks by the flat stone) and a huge eagle ray (early morning) right off the property's wall. Along the wall, there are beautiful schooling fish, lots of parrotfish, angelfish, and cool corals and sponges. We went in May, and the winds kept the bugs away except for a few calm nights. At this time of the year, you just keep the fans and/or a/c on you, and put on a bit of repellant for going out to dinner. If you are bringing a baby, I'd also recommend that you lug a playpen for sleeping as Angel could not locate one for us, and be prepared to rig up something for naptime darkness. There is a lovely girl to babysit just across the road for 20-30 Lempiras/hour depending on number of kids and amount of work. There's also a daycare in town that is reputable and inexpensive. We just brought our Kolcraft stroller for walking into town, and it was fine on the hard packed road. We found everything we needed in the kitchen and around the house generally. I would recommend packing your own first aid kit with Advils, Pepto etc just in case, and also putting an ear solution in if you are snorkelling frequently to prevent swimmer's ear. The house is located a walk from town - bring the flashlights if you're going for dinner. The restaurants were all quite good and so reasonable but expect to wait a LONG time - the Mango Inn and the Treetanic Bar at the Jade Seahorse were favourites. There are three masseuses of different styles you can connect with through the Bay Islands College of Diving for around $35/hr but we found they spent more like 2 hours. Oh, and there is a safe in the closet o
- Guest Angela Verbrugge (Vancouver, BC)
- Date of stay 06/04/05
- Review Submitted 06/03/05
We spent a memorable week in Utila and the Sandy Bay Beach house. Everything was just as described. Angel meeet us as we pulled in and helped with any questions. Sit and visit with him over a cup of coffee. We had great night breezes and absolutely no bugs!. My 4 year old granddaughter played with other local kids at the Beach. All in all we had a first class vacation.
- Guest derald cox (flagstaff, arizona)
- Date of stay 04/26/05
- Review Submitted 04/26/05
We had a great time staying at Sandy Bay Beach House, and enjoyed the privacy of being away from town. As snorkelers, we found Utila Water Sports to be a friendly, inexpensive, and professional operation. We also got to swim with a couple of whale sharks thanks to the skills and knowledge of their boat captain Ryan. We recommend eating at Coral View Resort just a couple of minutes from the house toward Blue Bayou. Also, the pizza and lasagna at Cooper's Inn were very good, and we had a great meal cooked by our neighbor Estella. Angelito can arrange that for you. The taxi ride to the airport was also memorable, as Javier (Estella's husband) drove us early in the morning. We got to sit in the back of the pickup and talk with the boys on their way to school. What a nice family! We agree with others that Angelito is a gem! Night snorkeling was also fun and Coral View Resort was nice enough to let us go in the water at their bar. The house was very comfortable, and we spent a lot of time on the deck in the evening. Check out the stars on a clear night. The view is awesome.
- Guest Ron Anderson (Chesapeake, Virginia)
- Date of stay 04/13/05
- Review Submitted 04/13/05
Sandy Bay Beach House is a very nice way to visit Utila. It is just far enough away from the main town to be quiet and peaceful. Walking or bike riding to town is a nice activity in itself. The house is well equipped and comfortable with nice wooden floors and wraparound deck. Whatever special need you might have, it is likely that Angel, the caretaker, will provide a good solution. In addition to being concientious, he is friendly and easy-going. For the most part, all you hear at night is the ocean right out your window. We cooked alot while there, but also enjoyed very good food at La Piccola (homemade Italian pasta and delicious entrees), Jade Seahorse (seafood), and RJ's BBQ. We dove alot with various shops and found Utila Water Sports to have the nicest boats, great value and genuine, friendly and professional divemasters. By the way, the diving was great too.
- Guest Rick and Sharlyn (Juneau, Alaska)
- Date of stay 04/08/05
- Review Submitted 04/08/05
My wife and I brought our 2 boys (ages 12 and 14), and our visit to Utila was outstanding. We could not have chosen a better place to stay than Sandy Bay Beach House. The spacious island home is open and invites the beautiful scenery into your living room, certainly adding to a great vacation. We actually stayed in the home for a couple days and moved downstairs into the apartment for the remainder of our visit, and it worked quite well. The 5 bikes are handy and are all you really need to get anywhere on the island, although the walk into town is pleasant. Angel provides great support, and the across-the-street neighbor, Javier Cabrera, owns a taxi and is very helpful, and his friendly and fun kids speak perfect English. The water right behind Sandy Bay Beach House is warm and crystal clear, with the reef wall only a few hundred feet from shore. I suggest diving with the Utila Dive Center, eating at Mango Inn, climbing Pumpkin Hill (but you need to find the trail to avoid the dense overgrowth), body surfing in the waves just north of Pumpkin Hill (but be very careful of the rip tide in the late afternoon), and of course, staying at the Sandy Bay Beach House. Thanks for a wonderful 2005 spring break vacation!
- Guest Kim56 (Des Moines, Iowa USA)
- Date of stay 03/29/05
- Review Submitted 03/29/05
We totally recommend visiting Utila and staying at the Beachfront home. It was a true paradise for us.
- Guest Plainview Sherri (Plainview, Tx.)
- Date of stay 03/23/05
- Review Submitted 03/23/05
We stayed in the downstairs apartment for four nights and we had a great time.We definitely want to return. Snorkeling right in front of the house was just incredible and we loved the quaintness of the island, the friendly people and great food.We bought a few groceries so we could relax and not be on any time schedule, but the restaurants were really fun.We used the bikes, but walked a lot to savor every sight. Angelito was very helpful with every question or detail.
- Guest Anonymous
- Date of stay 02/27/05
- Review Submitted 02/27/05
I took my family to Utila in June 2004. We stayed in the sandy bay beach house and it was paradise. You would think it would be to hot in June but the ocean breeze made it very pleasant. The snorkling out in front of the house is phanominal! We saw all kinds of different fish, coral, an eagle ray, eels, and all the sea life that comes with the tropics. The bike ride to town was a pleasure, flat and right next to the ocean. Any food or drink we needed, the store would deliver right to the house.I got my diving certificate and the dives were incredable. The water is so clear, and with the white sand, the visibility is amazing. I can't wait to go back. The dives are very inexpensive too.
- Guest Andrew Myers (Ellsworth,ME)
- Date of stay 10/01/04
- Review Submitted 10/01/04
We had a great time at the Sandy Bay Beach House. An excellent location as expected, in a nice, quiet peaceful setting, just a short bike ride (or walk) into town. The view from the deck is spectacular, as is the snorkeling just off the beach a few hundred feet offshore. The caretaker, Angelito, is a champ! Although we had only a few minor kinks arise during our stay, Angel was right there to make sure everything was smooooth sailing... gracias mi amigo! ;-)
- Guest Tim and Cyndy (Texas)
- Date of stay 08/11/04
- Review Submitted 08/11/04
I stayed in the lower apartment at the Sandy Bay Beach House for 10 days in June 2004. Wow! The apartment was very comfortable, and the weather was perfect with plenty of ocean wind to keep the "bugettes" from biting and to keep the temperature comfortable. The setting of the house is incredibly quiet and peaceful, and I enjoyed riding a bike around town, snorkeling, sampling plenty of great food, getting a great tan, plenty of naps and reading several books while I was there. I would highly recommend this as a great destination for a quiet and inexpensive get-away!
- Guest Julie Olson (Colorado)
- Date of stay 07/24/04
- Review Submitted 07/24/04
We had an unbelievable anniversary weekend at the "house". How fun! We were able to catch over 200 fish right in front of the home - including a 985 pound marlin!!!! That one took a few Coronnas to pull in. One of the locals cleaned up the fish and we held a party for all of the island locals - over 400 people! Party Party Party!This is a great place. And that's no fish story!
- Guest Jan Horsfall (NY, NY)
- Date of stay 06/16/04
- Review Submitted 06/15/04
We spent Easter week at the house & apt. with a church group ofyoung adults. It was beautiful setting and we had a wonderful time. The sun and moon rose across the bay so that we could see it from the back balcony. We especially enjoyed our daily snorkling trips to the reef just yards away from the water-front "back yard". One Honduran young man who snorkled for the first time put it like this after he came-up wide-eyed, "Its like another galaxy!". Several times we snorkled with SCUBA divers as they went out through one of the numerous dive shops. For $5 you can experience a 1/2 day, 2 dive spot dive trip. Although, these trips offer different reef settings, we basically saw the same fish and corals as we saw behind the house. We enjoyed our 5 minute bike ride into town where we ate-out, bought groceries, checked our e-mail, or had some "home-made" italian ice-cream. One night at one of the restaurants I had for the first time "lobster ravioli"... pretty good. The weather can change in a moment. Three of the days were unusually hot and breezless (according to the locals too). To be prepared for this bring insect repellant, because the bugs that bite the worst are small enough to pass through window screens (remember this at night when the inside ligts are on). We callthese bugs "no see-ems"; the Hondurans call them "hehens". They are not unique to Utila, all caribbean areas have them. But, even the slightest breeze makes the temperature pleasant and the "hehens" disappear. We'll be going back. The apartment is perfect for me and my wife, a perfect"get-away" for us as we minister to youth in urban Tegucigalpa. Thank you so much for your accomodations,Rick BeckMissionary to HondurasYouth For Chist/World Outreach
- Guest Rick & Kim Beck (Tegucigalpa, Honduras)
- Date of stay 04/20/04
- Review Submitted 04/20/04