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Last updated: 10/28/2016
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  • Minimum stay:3-7 nights
  • Sleeps:12
  • Bedrooms:5
  • Bathrooms:4.5
  • Property type:House
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

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Property description

Villa Tipsy Gecko is a magnificent large very open two story private waterfront beach house located directly on the Caribbean Sea in Placencia, Belize. Outstanding features radiate luxury and beauty throughout this exquisite 5+ Bedroom, 4.5 Bath residence. (5th bedroom does not have its own bath, but a half bath across the hall)

Construction of the home was completed in late 2008. Home is meticulously maintained by full time onsite staff and very active owners that continue to invest in property and make improvements like the private pool on beach and large covered private ocean pier with bar, hammocks, and lounge chairs.

The main home is two stories consisting of over 4,000 sq ft of living area and covered patios directly over looking a private beach, private covered ocean pier. A great view over the lagoon and the Mayan Mountains can also be had from upstairs living area and from the street side covered deck located on the front side of home.

Upstairs in the home you will find two master bedrooms suites each directly over looking the ocean that provide breathtaking views. Each master suite includes a large private bathroom, balcony and huge walk in showers. A large living area and full size walk around bar, complete with 50' flat screen TV and private covered balcony are located between the two master bedrooms making an ideal setting for two couples to use the home at the same time. Another bedroom with a full/twin bunk bed set up, is also located upstairs. This bedroom does not have its own bath but there is a half bath across the hall.

The two remaining bedrooms are located on the first floor, each with its own private bath.

Cook dinner on the large outside gas grill and enjoy a local drink while relaxing under the fans on the large covered patio steps from the ocean. After dinner, enjoy a quiet private walk on the beach with no one around or retire upstairs to enjoy a drink at the large full walk around bar, complete with 50' flat screen TV, or sit on the adjacent large covered 2nd floor balcony.

Located just 1 mile south from the Placencia Hotel and 1 mile north of Maya Beach. The home is uniquely located in upscale area that provides for a very private beach setting, yet it is close to fine dining and other upscale resorts in an exclusive section of Placencia, just 10 minutes from Placencia Village and air strip.

Calendar on VRBO is accurate and updated. If dates desired are not shown as available please check out our other 2 beach homes (VRBO Listing #502818 and 663419) located next door on beach. Home can sleep up to 36 when combined with listing 502818 and 663419 located next door on the beach.
Other features of the home include:
Privacy Fence with driveway gate.
Home is decorated, fully furnished and outfitted.
Custom high end construction and finish out, all high end natural stone flooring throughout with no carpet in home. Main living areas are on the first floor so ideally for those not wanting to navigate stairs to get to the kitchen or living area.

Home is complete with 150 foot covered ocean pier, private pool in back yard of home on beach, and large lagoon lot across the street with pier and garden.

Following items are INCLUDED with rental:
PRIVATE CHEF (3 days included with weekly rental after 6/1/2014)

Detached staff apartment, laundry room and storage lockers are located in separate building on the property.
Grocery shoping and conceirge service by onsite care taker. Prior to your arrival, you will be sent an email to plan your menu and the chef will offer to pre-purchase any groceries you might like.

Bedroom Setup:
Bedroom 1 First Floor - 1 Queen
Bedroom 2 First Floor - 1 Queen
Master Suite 1 Second Floor - 1 King
Master Suite 2 Second Floor - 1 Queen
Living Room First Floor - 1 Pull Out Sofa
Bedroom Second Floor - Full/Twin Bunk Bed

1 Pack and Play (crib) and 1 Portable High Chair Booster Seat

Keywords: Amazing Beach ocean front home, directly on Caribbean Sea with large private pier and incredible finishout, furniture and attention to detail, private pool, private beach

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Member since: 2008

Speaks: english
Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 10/28/2016

Property Type

  • House
  • 4000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Catering Available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff


  • Events Allowed
  • Children Welcome:

    Kids movies, pack and play, beach toys left in home by owner....moreless

  • Limited Accessibility:

    Only one step to get in home and first floor is flat...moreless

  • Non Smoking Only:

    Can smoke on outside patio or decks...moreless

  • Pets Not Allowed

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 10-12

Bathrooms: 4 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • Private Pier on lagoon and large covered pier on ocean. 3 new bicycles and 2-2 person ocean kayaks at home for use no charge. 6 seater gas golf cart also available with rental at no charge. CAN HAVE UP TO 36 GUESTS WHEN COMBINED WITH VRBO LISTING 502818 & 663419 LOCATED NEXT DOOR...moreless


  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library:

    Bring your iPod as docking station for stereo is provided....moreless

  • VCR
  • Video Game Console:


  • Video Games
  • Video Library


  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Restaurants
  • Ruins
  • Zoo

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Babysitter
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Massage Therapist
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Beachcombing
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shelling
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Whale Watching
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Beachfront:

    Private secluded beach, finding live starfish, live conch shells, and sand dollars very common in water directly in front of home very common....moreless

  • Mountain View:

    Views of Mayan mountains from upstairs living and small balcony as well as Lagoon lot owned by property owners located across street from home....moreless

  • Oceanfront:

    Directly on ocean with private beach and large pier ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cycling
  • Deepsea Fishing
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Pier Fishing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving Or Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • Spelunking
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Tubing


  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 12 people


  • Air Conditioning:

    Central A/C split system with separate unit for upstairs and downstairs....moreless

  • Broadband Access:

    free wi-fi in home...moreless

  • Clothes Dryer:

    Fulls size dryer located below staff quarters...moreless

  • Covered Parking
  • Free Long Distance:

    Majic Jack is at home for receiving and making free calls to US and Canada...moreless

  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet:

    free high speed internet...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    large down stairs and upstairs large living areas...moreless

  • Mobile Phone:

    Local cell phone is available for guests (will have to load prepaid minutes)...moreless

  • Parking:

    private behind gate...moreless

  • Parking Off Street
  • Telephone:

    Magic Jack internet free phone service to US and Canada...moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine:

    Full size washer located below staff quarters. Onsite staff does laudary...moreless

  • Wireless Internet:

    Internet service available at home....moreless


  • Catering Available:

    Full time private chef shared between the 3 Gecko homes located on the beach next door to each other. 3 days of chef services included with weekly rental....moreless

  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen:

    All Stainless steel built in appliances including under counter ice maker...moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Balcony:

    Large covered deck on both first and second floor overlooking ocean as well as small upstairs deck overlooking street and view of lagoon and Mayan Mountains....moreless

  • Bicycles:

    included with rental...moreless

  • Deck / Patio:

    back covered deck looks over lagoon and Mayan Mountains...moreless

  • Gazebo:

    covered Tiki hut on beach covered palapa on ocean and lagoon pier...moreless

  • Kayak / Canoe:

    2 - 2 person kayaks at home...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Porch / Veranda:

    large covered porch overlooking ocean on 2nd floor...moreless

  • Tennis:

    courts available at request at Placencia Hotel 1 mile north...moreless

  • Water Sports Gear:


Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    Use of resort pool located 1 mile from home is avaialable to guests staying at home...moreless

  • Private Pool:

    Private pool in back yard of home on beach...moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included


Write a review 4.9
from 51 traveler reviews
This is paradise in Belize!!! You will love it! 11/07/2015

VRBO Bear stayed here:

What is there to say about Villa Tipsy Gecko except, wow! From the moment we arrived in our Belizean paradise, until the minute we departed, the Tipsy Gecko staff made sure this bear was one happy cub! To begin, our cave was nothing short of spectacular. Every bear needs water, and this bear had not only a refreshing pool, but the entire Caribbean just outside the back door. The cave itself was perfect. As days tend to get hot in Belize, we appreciated the air conditioning. It made coming indoors for a bit of hibernation a great pleasure. Everyone knows bears love to eat…and this bear was never disappointed. Domingo and Manuel were our 5 star chefs. We were lucky, we had these two cooking for us on three separate days; breakfast, lunch and dinner. All were wonderful. Oh, and did I mention desserts? Ours were all home made! Domingo went out of his way to take grocery requests before he left for town. His communication before, during and after our stay was Bearrific!! The rest of the staff was just as outstanding. Javier was our ride to and from the airport (and even once into town) and delivered fishing rods. Mabel, our concierge, took care of our every whim. She was super helpful - including greeting us upon arrival, touring the home with us, and she immediately set us in the right direction by finding and booking our excursions. She arranged for massages to happen at the home, referred us to TOP NOTCH tour guides and checked in often in case we had a need. Mabel is a GEM, and a great resource for our time here. The staff took great care of us; keeping the cave clean and having our clothes freshly laundered every day. The pool and grounds were meticulously cared for; we often saw Tipsy Gecko staff quietly tending to the needs of the home and grounds to keep it pretty. To sum it all up, it takes a lot to make me a happy bear, but Villa Tipsy Gecko, you made a Belizer out of me!

The VRBO Bear
Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Sep 4 - Nov 11, 2016
3 night min stay
High 2
Nov 12 - Dec 16, 2016
6 night min stay
Holiday week 1
Dec 17 - Dec 23, 2016
7 night min stay

Holiday week 2
Dec 24 - Dec 30, 2016
7 night min stay

High 2017
Dec 31 - Aug 4, 2017
6 night min stay
Summer 2017
Aug 5 - Sep 8, 2017
4 night min stay
Fall 2017
Sep 9 - Nov 10, 2017
3 night min stay
High 2 2017
Nov 11 - Dec 15, 2017
6 night min stay
Holiday Week 1 2017
Dec 16 - Dec 22, 2017
7 night min stay

Holiday Week 2 2017
Dec 23 - Dec 29, 2017
7 night min stay

High 2018
Dec 30 - Aug 3, 2018
6 night min stay
Summer 2018
Aug 4 - Sep 7, 2018
4 night min stay
Fall 2018
Sep 8 - Nov 9, 2018
3 night min stay
High 2 2018
Nov 10 - Dec 14, 2018
6 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit $700
  • Tax Rate 9%


**weekly rate discount applies only to Saturday to Saturday stays**

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Owner's cancellation policy:

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Last updated: 10/28/2016
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7 Miles
Nearest Airport
1 Miles
Nearest Barpub
Placencia Hotel
8 Miles
Nearest Ferry
Honduras and Independence
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
Maya Beach Hotel

Car: Not Necessary

Private secluded beach with large ocean pier with covered palapa, close to three of the best restaurants on the Peninsula, fish or watch sun set over lagoon and mountains from dock on lot across street that goes with home also. New private pool just installed in backyard of home on beach November 2012.


Owner info

Vision Properties Belize

Year Purchased: 2008

About the owner: Property owned by familiy from Texas that built home and use it frequently. Home was designed with two master suites upstairs, a full large walk around bar and entertainment area and covered outside balcony. Specifically designed so two or more families with kids can spread out and enjoy their stay in a private beach setting and enjoy all Belize has to offer. On site staff are a very friendly young local couple that speak great English and make you feel at home. They are extremely trust worthy and guest can arrange for wife to baby sit, if they want to leave smaller children to go diving or enjoy a great meal out.

Why the Owner Chose Plantation, Belize:
Home is located in heart of some of the best saltwater fly fishing in the world as well as world class diving and snorkeling on the 2nd largest coral reef system in the world. The now fully paved 26 mile Placencia road makes getting on and off the peninsula by car a much more enjoyable and faster experience, thus making access to the rain forest, Mayan ruins, cave tubing and other attractions in the jungle easily accessible. While the continued improvements at the home like the large covered ocean pier and just finished pool on beach make leaving the home hard to do, PLACENCIA OFFERS THE WHOLE BELIZE EXPERIENCE!

The Unique Benefits at this House:
Large private home and beach can comfortable accommodate up to four couples. Was designed to accommodate two large families with children. With two large master bedroom suites upstairs other two bedrooms both with private baths on first floor. Daily maid service, and guest clothes laundry service provided with rental. THE GECKO VILLAS ARE THE ONLY VACATION RENTALS THAT I AM AWARE OF IN PLACENCIA THAT OFFERS ALL OF THE FOLLOWING - 4+ BEDROOMS ALL WITH PRIVATE LARGE BATHS, ONSITE STAFF, PRIVATE POOL, PRIVATE OCEAN PIER, CENTRAL A/C, PRIVATE BEACH, GOLF CART INCLUDED WITH RENTAL!

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Response time: Within 2 days
Response Rate: 80%
Calendar last updated: 10/28/2016

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Guestbook comments from the owner

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  • front of home from street gate

    front of home from street gate

  • view of pool from upstairs patio

    view of pool from upstairs patio

  • View from boat one morning last summer on way to go fly fishing. 
(before pier)

    View from boat one morning last summer on way to go fly fishing. (before pier)

  • Down living room and dinning table

    Down living room and dinning table

  • kitchen


  • South up master

    South up master

  • custom stair way in home

    custom stair way in home

  • back patio overlooking pool and ocean

    back patio overlooking pool and ocean

  • recent wedding under palapa on dock

    recent wedding under palapa on dock

  • view of pool and ocean from back patio

    view of pool and ocean from back patio

  • If you are looking to relax this is the spot.

    If you are looking to relax this is the spot.

  • Javier and Mabel - onsite staff

    Javier and Mabel - onsite staff

  • Sunrise over large 150 foot private pier with palapa and swim deck

    Sunrise over large 150 foot private pier with palapa and swim deck

  • back of home from ocean

    back of home from ocean

  • View as you walk in front door

    View as you walk in front door

  • Breakfast table and fully stocked kitchen

    Breakfast table and fully stocked kitchen

  • North up master

    North up master

  • up living area and bar

    up living area and bar

  • down bedroom

    down bedroom

  • Upstairs balcony

    Upstairs balcony

  • new pool at home

    new pool at home

  • Kayaks on beach at home

    Kayaks on beach at home

  • results of a good morning of beach combing on clear day

    results of a good morning of beach combing on clear day

  • Exploring cave in Maya Mountains

    Exploring cave in Maya Mountains

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This listing was first published here in 2010.

Date last modified - Friday, October 28, 2016

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