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Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows - a Little Piece of Paradise

Bedrooms Studio
Space 320 sq. ft.
Property type bungalow
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Bungalow, Studio + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

Enjoy your own little piece of paradise in Maya Beach. Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows are up on stilts, designed to capture the refreshing sea breeze. Enjoy the view of the Caribbean Sea while swinging in your hammock on your covered front deck, overlooking a beautiful stretch of beach. Your kitchen is well-equipped and you find all the comforts needed for cozy self-sufficiency. Coffee, sea kayaks, bicycles, wireless internet, and airport transfers are all included in the price. We have a 5 night minimum and three week maximum stay. We do not accommodate children under 12. We do not have TV's nor air conditioning.

Maya Beach is located midway down the 16 mile Placencia Peninsula in Southern Belize. Along the east side of the peninsula is the white sandy beaches and the Caribbean Sea. The west side is a mangrove filled lagoon with the majestic Maya Mountains rising in the background. Maya Beach is located 3 miles north of the Garifuna village of Seine Bight, 5 miles north of the Placencia airstrip, and 8 miles north of Placencia village. Maya Beach is two miles long, and we are located in the middle, with several restaurants, two grocery stores, and a couple of beach bars located within walking distance. We are far enough away though that you can still enjoy peace and quiet, while enjoying the sounds of the lapping water and the many different exotic bird sounds.

We have two bungalows ideal for couples and honeymooners, but will sleep 3 people comfortably. Your bungalow has a queen size bed and full size sleeper sofa. Inside is fully varnished hardwood with locking dresser, two ceiling fans, a floor fan, private bath, and hot water. Our fully screened bungalow is self-accommodating. We provide you with all your needed supplies like sheets, towels, beach towels, kitchen towels. Your kitchen comes equipped with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, two-burner stove, coffee maker, complimentary coffee, blender, cooking utensils, sugar, salt, pepper, and spices. We will stop at a grocery store after picking you up from the airstrip so you can buy your own supplies.

Your hosts, Bill and Adriane are on site, and can help set up any adventures or activities you might be interested in such as Monkey River, Cockscomb/Jaguar Reserve, Maya Ruins, snorkeling, diving, sailing, fishing, and caving. We can also call you a taxi so you can explore the peninsula. There is also a local car rental if you'd like to go off on your own adventure to perhaps see a waterfall.

Belize has a 66 foot 'Queens Land' along the beach, which gives the public access to walk the beach along the whole peninsula. Enjoy walking our sandy beaches to nearby bars and restaurants. Or swim off our shore in the shallow safe water. On calm days, snorkel coral heads off our beach. It takes about 20 minutes to kayak out to False Caye with our complimentary sea kayaks. False Caye is a small mangrove filled island surrounded by coral beds providing excellent free snorkeling. Maybe you'll be the lucky one to see the dolphins playing and the rays jumping. Or you can take the kayaks over to the lagoon, and enjoy exploring for manatee and crocodiles.

Keywords: Bungalows, Beach, Kitchen, Privacy, Paradise

More Details

Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 17, 2017

About The Owner

Bill and Adriane Taylor bought this property in 1998. We decided to leave the fast-paced rat race of the states, for a slower-paced life here in Maya Beach. We hope you will enjoy our little piece of paradise.

The Owner purchased this bungalow in 1998


Placencia Bungalow Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • bungalow
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 320 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • One bathroom with hot water.
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • One Queen size bed pillow top mattress, One sleep sofa with 4 inch foam
  • Books ...
  • Games ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • 2 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible ...
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • snorkeling/diving
  • spelunking
  • swimming
Placencia airstrip transfer included if you allow us to book your Maya Island Air tickets from Belize City to Placencia.


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Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows - a Little Piece of Paradise
average rating of 5.0 based on 7 reviews
Ottawa, Canada

Enjoyed Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows So Much We Returned

  • 5 of 5

Looking for a stress free vacation in the tropics? Look no further! As a “repeat offender”, (12 nights in January 2014 and 12 nights in January 2015) it is with great pleasure that I write this review. Barnacle Bill’s Beach Bungalows is the most relaxing place I have ever had the privilege to stay. Imagine waking to a spectacular sunrise, listening to the waves, enjoying a coffee on your ocean front balcony, while watching pelicans and many other birds as you plan your day. Their comfortable one bedroom bungalows are equipped with everything you need and are only steps from the ocean. The two palapas on the beach, with ample seating, (where you do not have to get up early to reserve a chair like so many “all –inclusive” resorts), are waiting for you. Need to connect? No problem! Wifi is available both in your cabin and on the beach. Bill and Adrianne have gone to great lengths landscaping their property to ensure that each bungalow is very private. Everything, including a charcoal bbq, is available if you want to cook your own meals, however, there are several wonderful restaurants within walking distance. Bill and Adrianne are available to make arrangements and recommendations for escorted tours, car and golf cart rentals, taxis as well as flights within Belize. We enjoyed excursions to Monkey River, Cockscomb Jaguar Reserve, a banana farm tour, Mayan ruins and a guided fishing charter. Heading to Placencia? Here you will find a quaint village filled with friendly restaurants and bars where you will be able to enjoy great food and often there is live music. Staying home? Two kayaks, two bicycles and virtually a private beach where you can snorkel or float on an inflatable chair all afternoon are available to you. Thank you both for another fantastic holiday in paradise!

  • Submitted: Mar 3, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Windsor, Ontario

A perfect week!

  • 5 of 5

We had an incredibly relaxing and enjoyable week at Barnacle Bills. We spent most of our time eating, drinking and hanging out under our very own beach huts. Some great restaurants, bars and a bowling alley within walking distance. The way the bungalos are built make for a perfect breeze flowing through the house. Not to mention waking up to the gorgeous sunrise. We enjoyed our daily morning coffees chatting with Bill. Bill and Adriane were very helpful hosts and we hope to go back!

  • Submitted: Feb 23, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Barnacle bills

  • 5 of 5

We had a excellent time spent at barnacle bills at maya beach. Laid back very quiet great snorkeling warm water ...beach to ourselves. Great restaurants and bars close by. Used the kayaks and the bikes. Bill is great for reservations ,advice and visiting.

Small convenient rustic bungalow. We loved our visit.

  • Submitted: Feb 20, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Burney, CA USA

Best Place in Maya Beach

  • 5 of 5

The place looks even better in person than it does in the pictures, and it looks great in the pictures. It is comfortable, private, relaxing, and just what we were looking for. It is not the Marriott, but that is not what we came for. The facilities are nicely furnished, and the service from the owners is friendly without being intrusive. The location is convenient for trips to Mayan ruins, exploring the Toledo and Stann Creek districts, and taking adventure trips from the peninsula. After two wonderful weeks of checking out the area, we knew that Maya Beach was the best spot on Placencia Peninsula, and Barnacle Bill's was the best spot in Maya Beach. We highly recommend a snorklel trip with Splash to Silk Caye, and a trip to Lubaantun. The Bistro, Mango's and Singing Sands are all nearby and are good places to eat. We chose our destination well and would return to this piece of paradise any time. If you want to vacation in a well-maintained, cute and clean cottage 40 steps across the white sand to the water, this is the place for you.

  • Submitted: Feb 28, 2013
  • Stayed: Feb 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for such a great response. Hope to see you again!
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Charlotte, North Carolina USA

We had a little slice of heaven, for eight short days.

  • 5 of 5

We spent eight days at Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalos and it went by way too fast. The location was much better than I expected. The way the property is set up feels so secluded but it is close by to anything we needed. I never felt like a tourist or the least bit crowded. Bill and Adriane are available and great for a chat yet not the least bit intrusive.

We took a few days to relax and unwind and then told Bill we wanted to go fishing, snorkeling and out to Xunantunich. Bill advised us and then made all the arrangements for us. Those are memories that we will never forget.

Our bungalo was perfect and exactly what the photos displayed. I went with the best intentions, to cook some of our meals but the nearby restuarants we so reasonable it didn't make sense. The 'Hungry Gecko' was by far our favorite and it was only across the street. Great food, great prices and felt more like home. Justin kept us entertained, Diane showed me how to make tortillas, Doris shared recipes and cooked our barracuda when we brought it to her after fishing.

Singing Sands was pricier and more pretensious, Mango's food was great and resonable. In Placencia we also tried 'Wendy's, Barefoot Bar and J-Dees for breakfast and got a great meal at all of them.

I was able to spend a couple afternoons out snorkeling right off the beach with the cheap gear I bought at Walmart. It was perfect, got some great pictures and so easy to access. We are hoping to go back next year so I would definately recommend it to anyone looking for thier own 'Little slice of Heaven'. However, next time I will know better to NOT over pack. The place is so laid back and comfortable that I didn't need half of what I brought. Just bring shorts, a few shirts some flip-flops and you are good to go.

See y'all next year!

  • Submitted: Apr 8, 2012
  • Stayed: Mar 2012
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks yall. Look forward to seeing you again next year.
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Beautiful Belize Beckons at Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows

  • 5 of 5

It had been a long winter when we boarded a plane from Canada to Belize in mid-April, and we gladly welcomed the sunny warmth upon our arrival. After picking up our rental vehicle, we had a short drive, and spent an enjoyable first night near the Belize Zoo (the night tour of the zoo is recommended). The following day, we enjoyed the scenic (though locally smoky, due to seasonal brush fires) drive down the Western, Hummingbird and Southern highways to Placenicia peninsula. We arrived at the Beach Bungalows before mid afternoon. Though early, Bill and Adriane, our hosts, were most helpful in getting us settled in. We had taken up on their offer to have the fridge stocked with some items before our arrival, and having cold beverages waiting was most welcome. We also took up the offer to sample Bill's fine cooking the first night, and highly recommend his enchiladas.

We found the accomodations much to our liking - simple, but well appointed, with large louvered screened windows making the most of the trade winds. The two bungalows on the property are about 60 ft from the shore, and as always, I found the crashing surf quite relaxing. The beach itself is stereotypically tropical and beautiful, the sand the color and texture of light brown sugar, studded with coconut palms, palmettos and sea grape. We spent much of our first afternoon (and good portions of those following) enjoying the view from the shore, coconut rum cocktail in hand, lounging in the adirondacks underneath one of the two palapas(and over Scurvy). It was relaxing to watch the pelicans, cormorants, gulls, egrets and vultures as they made there daily passes.

We found the Barnacle Bill's to be an excellent base, with several fine restaurants within walking distance, including Mango's (excellent beach view and food), the Maya Beach Hotel, the Hungry Gecko, and the Singing Sands, and a grocery for most needs. Other restaurants are a 10 to 15 minute drive away in Seine Bight and Placencia. The excellent Cockscomb Jaguar preserve and ecological reserve was only a 25 minute drive away, with excellent hikes and helpful staff. Good Maya sites we visited such as Nim Li Punit and Lubaantun were a 45 min drive south. We also highly recommend Splash Dive Center, and two terrific snorkelling trips to the Silky Cayes and Ranguana near the reef.

Bill and Adriane were always helpful with suggestions when asked, but never intrusive. We felt fortunate to share their piece of paradise for 13 days.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2011
  • Stayed: Apr 2011
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
0.5 Miles
Nearest Beach
20 Metres
our beach
Car: not necessary

4 lane bowling alley located less than a mile away.

Located within a two hour drive of property: Maya Ruins, jungle hiking, waterfalls and ziplining.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $25 per person per night

One night non-refundable deposit per week of stay required to confirm reservation. Full payment required 45 days prior to arrival. No refunds will be granted after 45 days if reservation is cancelled. If you are concerned about cancellations, we
recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.

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