About the property
- House3200 sqft
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 - 5 nights
2 level villa, 4 Bed rms, 4 Baths, sleeps 8-10, Large ocean facing porch
Habaru House is a terrific home base for all your Belize adventures. Ideal for families, a gentle sloping beach with little or no walk by traffic on the beach. We are located on one of the nicest beaches in then country. Enjoy the beautiful oceanfront from the white sand beach or second floor-covered patio with its exotic cane ceiling. On the beach for your use are beach chairs under a Mayan palapa, a lazy day hammock, and an outside charcoal grill.
South of the Village of Hopkins proper the Habaru House is 12-20 minute walk to 10 outstanding oceanfront restaurants and several road side eateries. I call this area “South Hopkins”. Email me for a 'map of Doug’s favorites'. The Village of Hopkins proper is a short bicycle ride away on one of our owner supplied bicycles or rent a golf cart from us.
An cell phone is provided. Additional minutes can be purchased at Diversity Cafe.
The Habaru House living area is on the second and third floor (see floor plans in picture area). Local artwork and wall hangings enhance the atmosphere. If you choose to cook in you will enjoy the fully equipped kitchen with mahogany cabinets adjacent to the dining and living areas. Or have our housekeeper cook for you- she is an independent contractor.
The Habaru House also has a Deluxe ground floor Apartment for 2, Habaru 31G (VRBO.com/455442); Rented separately. The deluxe one bedroom unit is connected with an internal lockable stairwell and maybe rented in addition to the Habaru House for expanding the total capacity of the rental.
The flooring in the living area is Italian marble; bedroom floors are barbajalote, all exterior and interior trim are Belize mahogany and vaulted ceilings a mixture of exotic hardwoods. Doors are hand made from local “poison wood”, known for its outstanding wood grain. The spacious master bedroom suite has exotic cane ceilings and a large master bathroom.
The Habaru House, Hopkins is centrally located to reach many of Belize’s exciting activities.
Water based activities:
Fishing; drop fishing, trolling, river and lagoon
Mayflower Waterfall Hike
Mayflower Bocawina waterfall repelling
Jaguar Preserve in the Cockscomb Basin
Jungle horse back riding
Monkey River trip
Xunatunich Mayan Ruins
Southern Ruins trip
Marie Sharps factory- HOT sauce
Guided bird watching
Work with our tour partner to plan your week.
The fishing is wonderful! If fresh lobster and conch are something you are looking for, you have come to the right place! Best restaurants in Belize. Or go into the village and eat at one of the local restaurants and enjoy a local cultural “Garifuna” dish.
The 4-bedroom house has a second level common reading area with a queen size pull out sofa that can accommodate 2 people in the winter season. This home features all of the comforts of home; flat screen TV, cd player, iPod player, appliances, reading materials. We have dust to dawn neighborhood security. You will not be roughing it on this Belize adventure! Check out the photos.
Don’t feel like cleaning, cooking, or doing the laundry on vacation? We can arrange all of these for an additional charge. Make your vacation a true vacation!. Transportation to and from Dangriga airport or from BZE International can be arranged.
A full time crew maintains our properties. They rake the beaches, arrange for the kayaks, and handle any of your concerns. Just ask!! We also have a river side property Bocatura Bank , nature preserve, that you are welcome to visit and kayak the river. Co-ordiante with Anthony and Gil. see VRBO 464737 for an overview.
How to get here: Major airlines fly into Belize International Airport (BZE). From there you have two options: rent a car and drive down to Hopkins or take one of the regional carriers (Tropic Air or Maya Air) to the Dangriga Airport where we can arrange to pick you up.
Let us help you have a vacation to remember!
Individuals/groups looking for a "party house" should look elsewhere, this a quiet beach front area, and if there are complaints we will evict.
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- Calendar last updated:
- May 23, 2018
About Doug Barber
Saltwater fly fishing was the addiction that brought my family to Hopkins, Belize but it was the laid back atmosphere and warm, friendly people of Hopkins that made our decision to build a home an easy one.
Doug Barber purchased this House in 2008
Why Doug Barber chose Hopkins
Hopkins was a natural choice for me. The flats are a quick panga ride away and the local restaurants are just down the beach. If you are looking for a relaxed, laid back town, Hopkins fits the bill perfectly.
What makes this House unique
The rooms in the Habaru House are spacious, no need to be on top of one another. The huge back deck is a perfect place for your morning coffee or gather with family and friends as you gaze over the Caribbean Sea. Our beaches and water north of the False Sitte River point have easy access and sandy bottoms. The Habaru House is set on a double lot for added privacy. House is prefect for family gatherings. For family members of all ages. Rent the ground floor “Deluxe apartment for for 2” for Grandma and Grandpa, the newly weds to get away. see VRBO 455442. Bicycles and kayaks included. We are 10-15 minute walk from 10 restaurant with very different fares. Contact us for additional details. And check out our reviews!
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Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 4:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Great house and a perfect location !!
We were a group of 6 adults and the house was perfect for us !! The kayaks and bicycles were put to good use and chilling on the back porch and beach was exactly what we wanted for our vacation. Hopkins is a charming little beach town with great restaurants and lots of water and inland activities to do. Thank you Doug for sharing your beautiful house with us.
Beautiful Home and Even Better Vibes
From the moment we booked this house to the moment we left, Doug and his crew were outstanding. I was able to talk to Doug over VRBO messenger and ask him questions about our upcoming visit and he was able to help out in every way possible.
He set us up with Charlton and that was the last thing we had to worry about during our time in Hopkins. Doug and Charlton treated me, and my party of 6, like family. They made our brief stay in the village a memorable one.
Pictures can’t do the house justice. The house was stunning and right on the water! You can go there and just hang out at the house and get a perfect Belize experience. There are multiple docks surrounding the house for fishing, there are plenty of kayaks to go explore the water, and if you do want to venture out of the house there were enough bikes for 6 of us.
We had such an amazing time and hopefully one day we can make it back and stay even longer. I would go back and book this house in a heart beat.
Final note: If you are worried about spotty Wi-Fi, paved roads, and bugs you need to look into visiting a different country, not a different house. This place is truly a Belizean gem.
Clean, spacious, well furnished house.
Great location, nice house, great house managers.
Great place, great people!
Our family of 6, two seniors, two adults and two teens, stayed for 9 days at Habaru House. Everything was considered by Doug, Anthony and Dana. Doug provided lots of information including how to get to the house and the layout of Hopkins. Once you arrive the kitchen is supplied with all the amenities including a first aid kit and the beds are very comfortable. There are books and games as well as bikes and kayaks. We arranged to have Dana cook a meal, which was fantastic, and there were enough leftovers for a couple more. The wifi is pretty unreliable but the Oasis Gym down the road has free wifi and good coffee. Anthony came by a couple of times to make sure everything was good and made arrangements for a snorkeling trip. Two thumbs up for the house, location and great service. I would recommend this place to anyone!
Thank you for your review. Our Belzian property managers do a great job for our guests. Dana and Anthony can easily be reached with the Preprogrammed cell phone we provid.
Wi-fi, it’s Belize! We changed wi-fi providers to the same one the Oasis Cafe has but the signal deteriorates in the short distance between the Oasis and our house :(
Pleased you enjoyed and took advantage of the bikes and kayaks, this is a great place for families to vacation.
Absolutely perfect family location.
This trip was planned as a family celebration for my wife’s milestone 40th birthday and my mother’s 70th birthday. The house is truly beautiful. Options and amenities keep you with a first world lifestyle in a third world country. We were 11 people, so we rented the house and the lower apartment 31G. The care takers, Anthony and Dana, will make sure nothing is wrong with your stay. Dana will also cook for you if you schedule her in advance (highly recommended). There are kayaks on site that you can use to explore the local coastline which we throughly enjoyed. We also did a local snorkeling tour (Anthony organized) at 60 USD per person, that was breathtaking. This is a great place if you are here for a short period of time (one week) and wanting to stay local. Why? It is about a 3 hour drive through very degraded roads filled with potholes and a few one way bridges. We were unfortunate to arrive after a heavy rain and Hopkins roads are all dirt. This eqiviliates to your last ten minutes of driving to be quite unpleasant. The day we left they were regrading it. Some reviews complain about the bugs. We had very little until the last day. It will be luck of the draw based on current weather conditions. Recommendations: Do use Dana for a few or more meals. Don’t do the coastal highway as it is not paved or recommended by anyone. Some Canadians I met took that road and expressed a deep regret for trying it. While it is shorter on paper it will cost you dearly on time.
Bottom line: this is a great place to recharge and unplug from the rat race. If you expect this to be an office getaway with connectivity...don’t. The internet is spotty at best and you will be lucky to get an occasional email update. That was one of my favorite parts:)
We have done Grand Cayman, St. Lucia, St. Martin, St Croix, North Eleuthera (Bahamas), Puerto Rico, and Maui. Our Belieze trip is one of the few we may consider repeating mostly due to these accommodations.
Pleased you enjoyed the house and beach.
We keep switching back and forth between the two internet providers in the village but continue to have poor service. If you need to move a larger document the Oasis Cafe is located right next to the internet booster station and gets good wi-fi.
I find the roads very good, but not up to US standard. All the main roads are paved and over half have been rebuilt to US standards. The single lane bridges are old railway trestles and are slowly being replaced with two lane bridges. Ask me for detailed driving instructions if you plan to drive down from the airport.
A trip to Belize is always a happy “adventure”.
Great home for our family vacation
There are so many things to list on what made this home great for our first extended family vacation. We loved the location in a quiet area. The beach area was great for lounging, bird watching, seeing the sunrise, and throwing the frisbee. The house is very spacious. The four bathrooms were a must for our family when we were picking a place. The kitchen was well equipped with all the essentials. The kayaks an bicycles on site were awesome as we used them several times during our stay. We enjoyed getting to know Anthony. He was very friendly and shared his knowledge about the area with us. My husband engaged in a lot of shop talk with him about construction in the area. We really enjoyed our time in Hopkins and look forward to going back!
Thank you for the positive review. Anthony and Dana, our Belize Property Managers, do an outstanding job. Need something.. just ask them! Something broken or not working properly.. just ask them. Anthony and Dana have tools, supplies and authority to solve problems for our guests. Use the cell phone we provid in the unit to reach them.
They are a wealth of information of local happenings.. contact Anthony when you arrive at the house to book snorkeling or land tours with local families that have proven to give a great value, safely. We make no commission on a tour booked with Anthony’s help. .
Habaru House is a great location from which to base all of your Belize adventures! We are about 2 hours away from Belize's famous cave tubing and zip-lining. About the same from Belize's best Mayan ruins. Local Birding and Wildlife tours can be arranged for privately or through the near by resorts. Habaru House is located just a short beach walk away from some of Hopkins best eateries. Best of all the beautiful Caribbean Ocean is only steps away from your back door.