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First Class Family Accommodations ... ocean front.. Quiet white sand beach

Bedrooms 4
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 5 nights


About the property

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 (; 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:

Snorkeling trips

Scuba diving

Fishing; drop fishing, trolling, river and lagoon


Inland Trips:

Mayflower Waterfall Hike

Mayflower Bocawina waterfall repelling

Jaguar Preserve in the Cockscomb Basin

Jungle horse back riding

Guided hikes

Cave tubing

Monkey River trip

Xunatunich Mayan Ruins

Southern Ruins trip

Zip line

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.

More Details

Doug Barber
Member since: 2010
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 26, 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!

Guestbook comments from the owner

Thank you so much for the house. Hopkins is such an amazing little village and made the perfect spot for our family vacation. We went hiking through the jungle, snorkelling out in the reef, kayaking, and tubing on the river and just longed about on the beach. A few more high lights included Driftwood pizza and Chef Robs, both highly recommended.

What a great places. Thanks again.
Aug 2013
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Hopkins House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront
  • Adventure
  • Family
  • Sports & Activities
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , in-suit master bath
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , adjacent bed 2 main level
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , adjacent Ocean front bedroom with 2 twin beds
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , in-suite bath bedroom number 4 second level
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , in-suite master bath
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , first level- road side
    Bedroom 3 ocean view - 2nd level - 2 twin/ single , adjacent bath
    Bedroom 4- second level - 1 queen , in-suite bath
    Loft - 1 sleep sofa /futon , queen size futon, to warm to use the summer months
  • King size beds (1), Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (4), Sleep Sofa/ Futons (1)
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • botanical garden
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • hiking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing


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First Class Family Accommodations ... ocean front.. Quiet white sand beach
average rating of 4.8333335 based on 63 reviews

Great home for our family vacation

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Feb 21, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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. .
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Absolutely perfect family location.

  • 5 of 5

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.

  • Submitted: Feb 15, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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”.
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It was a fabulous house in a delightful location! We had a fantastic time!

  • 5 of 5

Rarely do you rent someplace and it actually looks like it does in the pictures, but this house was spot on! Quaint town, lovely people helping us that are connected to the house, gorgeous view. Exactly what we were looking for on our Belize adventure!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Anthony and Dana, our Belize property managers, understand these vacations are family memories in the making. The house, house keeping and maintenance are the best in the area. Pleased you in enjoyed your Belize home. cheers, doug
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We could not have dreamed of a more perfect setting, home, and hosts!

  • 5 of 5

What a vacation! Three generations under one roof! Grandma and Bapa loved the apartment with their own entry-way to the main living room. The parents and three kids each had their own bedrooms and bathrooms! Dana prepared the most delicious meal our first night which lasted through the next couple of days. Anthony took care of everything we needed for fun and sun, and meeting Doug was a real treat. The house is spectacular and more beautiful than the pictures. We sailed to Bread and Butter Caye and again up the Sittee River (thank you, Bryan), snorkeled, fished, kayaked, rode bicycles, explored Mayan Temples, tubed through caves, hiked in the jungle, para-sailed, drank local rum from coconuts, joined the Garifuna holiday, and ate a lot! This was a truly special holiday that we will never forget. When you go, check out the ipod playlist - Very nice!!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Cristy for your review. Yes, the Habaru House is ideal for family groups as large as 10-12 when you add the ground floor apartment. Dana and Anthony do a fantastic job caroling for our property and tending to guest requests. Having our cell phone in the unit gives you easy access to either of them. thanks again, looking forward to your return. DJB
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well kept, easy living, all included, water front, excellent patio

  • 5 of 5

House is well equipped. Good seating indoors and out. Loved the patio on the second floor porch, all to myself early in the morning.

Anthony and Dana are great. Had a fantastic meal prepared by Dana one evening. Our tour guide Charlie was excellent and very knowledgeable, always pointing out birds and animals.

Hope to be back again.

  • Submitted: Aug 5, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Loved staying here!

  • 5 of 5

We brought our teens and toddler here for four nights on vacation. We truly enjoyed stepping out the back door right onto the beach. The golf cart came in handy to get to the grocery store and restaurants. Chef Dana and her husband were wonderful! We became instant friends and her food was very tasty. She's a wonder in the kitchen. They made our trip memorable and relaxing. Thank you for everything!

  • Submitted: Jul 22, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $100
Damage Deposit $500

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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