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Private Beachfront Home Prime Area, Rooftop Pool, Full Staff, Free Beach Rentals

Bedrooms 5
Space 3,200 sq. ft.
Property type villa
Minimum Stay 4 - 7 nights


About the property

5 Bedroom, 4 bathroom, 3 separate living areas perfect for multi-families

Discover the tranquility of your own Caribbean villa with its panoramic view of the sea. Relax in the privacy of your own swimming pool. Relax under your palapa to the rustling sound of the palm trees swaying above in the gentle breezes. Measure time…by sunrise and sunset.

Because of the beautiful and peaceful location of El Castillo de Arena, its thoughtful and handsome design and décor, and its overall commitment to excellence, the “Sandcastle” is regarded as one of Belize’s finest 4 or 5 bedroom oceanfront villas. This private home is located 5 miles north of San Pedro town in the sought-after Mata Grande area on beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize.

By day, El Castillo de Arena is drenched in sunshine and the view from your villa and rooftop patio is of turquoise sea and the second largest barrier reef in the world. Take a quiet stroll down the beach, fish or snorkel off your own private pier or take a refreshing dip in your own pool on your 3rd-floor patio after sunbathing.

At dusk, as the sun sets and the lights slowly fade, the villa undergoes a magical transformation. Relax on the rooftop and watch some of the most beautiful flaming sunsets you will ever see. Further into the evening, have a romantic dinner while gazing at the stars that seem impossibly bright and close in the clear night sky or watch the passing cruise ships on the horizon.


Winter months- 4 Bedrooms are available (Nov-Mar)

Summer months- 5 Bedrooms are available (Apr-Oct)

Inside this private home are 5 air conditioned bedrooms and sleeps up to 10 adults. The unique design of this villa features 3 separate units with 3 fully equipped kitchens and air conditioned living and dining areas for ultimate privacy for your multi-family vacation. Each unit is equipped with WiFi.

The upstairs unit features a spacious air conditioned great room with soaring ceilings. It is tastefully decorated with an earthy Mayan theme in rich jewel tones with comfortable rattan furniture and locally carved mahogany tables. For your entertainment, there is a 55" HD TV with over 100 cable channels, a DVD player, and a Bose sound system. The beautifully designed fully-equipped kitchen has a dining and bar area that seats up to 10. The master bedroom with king bed and en-suite bathroom has its own HD television and DVD player. The 2nd bedroom has a king bed that can be converted to two twins for versatility. There is also a second full bathroom in the upstairs unit.

The downstairs unit features a living area decorated in tasteful casual elegance with ceiling fans, ceramic tiled floors and honey rattan furniture. Included is a 36” HD TV with local cable and DVD player. There is also an ever-growing video, book and game library. The dining table, along with the kitchen peninsula/bar that separates the kitchen from the living area, provide seating for seven. Each of the two cheerfully decorated air conditioned bedrooms features large closets, ceiling fans and a king bed with under-bed drawer space that can be separated into two twin beds if desired. The full bath has brilliant white and cobalt blue ceramic tile decorated in bright “coral reef” colors.

Both kitchens have beautiful ceramic tile counter tops and are fully equipped with electric stove/oven, dishwasher, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, toaster, coffeemaker and a blender for those luscious tropical drinks. The Belizean Mahogany cupboards are filled with a tasteful collection of china, dinnerware, cooking supplies, utensils, linens and kitchen implements.

The third private unit is the honeymoon suite connected to the south side of the house. This newly constructed suite was just added for that extra needed bedroom. It features lofty ceilings and air conditioning. The great room has a living/dining area with HD TV with cable, and a kitchenette. The large air conditioned bedroom includes a queen bed and large closet. There is also a full bath. All kitchen amenities are included. During the winter months, the owners reside in this suite.

All towels, linens, iron/ironing board and a hairdryer are provided for your convenience. A washer/dryer is also available for use with a 7-night stay or longer.


The 'Sunset Tower' is the third-floor patio with a 360-degree view of paradise. Rejuvenate your body after soaking up the Caribbean sun with a refreshing plunge in the 4' deep dip pool. The patio furniture and table offer a wonderful spot for dining while viewing the beautiful turquoise Caribbean waters or breathtaking sunsets.

Large French doors from the living areas open to reveal beautiful views from the outdoor covered verandas with table and chairs where you can watch the sunrise over morning coffee. Enjoy direct access to the beach right out the door. Across the white sandy beach lies your private pier with swim deck, perfect for snorkeling, sunbathing or to try your luck at reeling in your fish dinner.

Also right on the beach is your own private thatch-roof palapa to keep you cool and shaded while sipping your favorite libation at the “Carpe Diem” bar. A warm-water shower to rinse off after your day’s excursions is conveniently located right outside your front door. Located in the tropically landscaped backyard is a BBQ grill to cook that fresh catch of the day.


And to make an amazing vacation even better, all guests at El Castillo de Arena have complimentary use of all beach equipment provided by Beach Bums Rental Hut. Included are bicycles, kayaks, snorkel gear, beach games including cornhole and volleyball, beach toys, baby needs and much more.

During the winter months, the owners reside on the property and can offer a wealth of information during your stay. They look forward to being your hosts.

Although you come for relaxation and solitude, the quaint town of San Pedro, with its shops and nightlife is only a 15-minute boat ride. There are also a couple fabulous restaurants and a grocery store within a 10-minute walk. Belize offers world class scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and jungle tours. Visit an ancient Mayan temple, float on an inner tube through miles of caves, dive the amazing Blue Hole or get close and personal with the creatures of the sea at the marine park. We are happy to assist you in any way to make your vacation memorable. Whether you are searching for the adventure of a lifetime or a private romantic getaway, we invite you to paradise...

Keywords: Belize, Caribbean, oceanfront, beach, villa, tropical, romantic, fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, private, Mayan ruins, rainforest, jungle, paradise, air conditioned, private pool, WiFi,

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Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
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Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

About Carolyn

My husband and I live along the Kenai River in Alaska, surrounded by beautiful mountains, soaring eagles, splashing salmon and of course the occasional wandering moose and bear. We travel with our loving companions, Kenai and Moochez, our two dogs. Kenai is our black labrador/coonhound mix and Moochez is our Belizean 'potlicker' that we rescued from Belize. We live either upstairs or in the side suite of El Castillo de Arena during the winter months and look forward to meeting many of you during your stay.

Carolyn purchased this villa in 2002

Why Carolyn chose San Pedro

We took our honeymoon to Ambergris Caye, Belize in March 2001 to get away from the cold arctic winter. Once there we instantly fell in love with Belize...the weather, the people, the beauty of the rainforest, the spectacular reef, etc. We instantly bought property and started building our retirement vacation home that year. We decided to share our wonderful home to fellow nature lovers who appreciate adventure and fun.

Guestbook comments from the owner

"After a long, snowy winter it has been amazing being here in Belize. Warm water, warm people and cold beer! The views from the roof were fantastic - night or day, and the pool was great.

The snorkeling at Hol Chan/Shark Ray Alley was superb. There is so much to see and the coral, fish, sharks and eel dazzled!

From kayaking, snorkeling, drinking, dining and relaxing we had a wonderful and wonderfully warm trip. And last but not least - William - What an asset! He's helpful, warm and friendly and his easy laugh made us feel so welcome. We really loved his ceviche conche and can't wait to see him in Alaska to take him salmon fishing.

Thank you for making your home available to us! Back to the mud, slush and rain of "breakup"."
Apr 2012
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San Pedro Villa Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • villa
  • Catering available
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 3200 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 10
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Catering Available ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1- Master Bath - toilet , shower , This bathroom is en suite to the Master Bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is located upstairs
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is located downstairs
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , This bathroom is located in the private suite.
    Outside shower - outdoor shower , Warm shower to rinse off the day's adventures
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10
  • Bedroom 1- Master Bedroom - 1 king , Located upstairs. Has en suite master bathroom.
    Bedroom 2 - 1 king , Located upstairs. The king bed can be split into 2 twins.
    Bedroom 3 - 1 king , Located downstairs. King bed can be made into twin beds.
    Bedroom 4 - 1 king , Located downstairs. King bed can be made into two twin beds
    Bedroom 5- Private Suite - 1 queen , This BR is a private suite including kitchen/living room
  • There is flexibility sleeping in 3 bedrooms that can be made up as twin beds or kings. All bedrooms have large closets and are beautifully decorated.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Games ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 10 bicycles
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • shelling
  • shopping
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • wind-surfing
Private Pier, Private Roof Top Pool, Caretaker and Housekeeper, Owner available to arrange tours, activities and rentals.


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average rating of 4.975 based on 45 reviews

Fantastic Villa!

  • 5 of 5

Beautiful villa inside and out. The views are awesome! We enjoyed sitting on the patio every night. The rooms are so comfortable and spacious. We also loved the rooftop dip pool and patio for sunbathing, almost everyday! The guys enjoyed fishing off the dock. The house is also stocked with a quite few staples and a wonderful gift basket upon arrival. William and Marvin, the caretakers, are fantastic. They helped us with anything we needed, including setting up complementary taxi pick up and drop off at the airport and golf carts at the house when we arrived. We also enjoyed Lady and Tonester, Williams dogs. They would come visit a lot and they are so sweet. We had a blast... so much fun! Thanks Carolyn it was a wonderful place to stay!

  • Submitted: Dec 30, 2017
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Your kind words are greatly appreciated, Kim. I am always thrilled to get a 5-star review, and even happier that you had an amazing stay with us. I will surely pass the word onto William and Marvin how you were pleased with their service. Come on back someday. We would love to host you again! Xoxo Carolyn
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Byron Illinois

Great place to stay

  • 5 of 5

We rented this house for 2 weeks. I had read other reviews and I have to agree with the 5 star ratings. I will try not to repeat the other comments. I had 10 people the first week and 8 the second. Carolyn was very helpful in making sure we had everything we needed, starting with having the taxis at the airport and the golf carts at the house. The taxi drivers were very friendly and stopped at the grocery store in town so we could get some things for Monday. The first night (Sunday) we had Aurora cater dinner for everyone since our arrival was late afternoon. The meal was excellent and she and Evan even did the dishes. The weather during our stay was fantastic. Most days were windy enough to cool us off and we didn't even notice any bugs. William and Marvin were around most of the time to help with anything we needed. We did several day snorkel trips costing from $75 to $125 per person. The best snorkeling was to Mexico Rocks. The roads out of San Pedro are very rough and getting to places take a little time. Some of our group would bike into town or over to secret beach. Most of the time they would beat the golf cart. Having the snorkel gear and kayaks available was very nice. We would take the kayaks out to the reef (about .5 miles) and snorkel anytime we wanted. All in all everyone in our group had a great time.

  • Submitted: Mar 12, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Couldn't have been more perfect

  • 5 of 5

From the on time reception at the airport to our reluctant, but smooth, departure, we had a perfect week on Ambergris Caye. The property is well maintained and fit our group of 8 perfectly...young adults in the lower suite and the adults upstairs. William, the caretaker, was readily available everyday ensuring that everything ran smoothly and was never intrusive. As mentioned in several reviews, there are two dogs living on the property that clearly enjoyed our company as much as we did theirs.

The location is about the right distance from San Pedro and not too close to any of the major resorts so it was very quiet during the day and into the evening...just a moderate amount of music from the restaurant/bar next door. The roads were rough but what you would expect on an island with this level of development.

We did work with Carolyn, our hostess, to arrange for two trips while we were here and arranged for diving on our own. One day was spent on one of Capt Tony's boats where the kids got to spear some lobsters (in season) with fishing at another location. This turned into a wonderful lunch on a quiet, man made island. The second trip was to the mainland for a visit to one of the Mayan ruin sites in Belize...a little rougher time at sea but still worthwhile.

All in all we had a great time, made some new friends, and got our batteries recharged for a few months.

  • Submitted: Jan 19, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words, Tom. It was wonderful meeting you and your crew! It is always great to hear when our guests have lots of fun and appreciate all our property offers. You definitely planned a perfect vacation with a fantastic array of activity from diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, river/jungle adventures to ancient ruins and of course bonding with friends and family! Please come back again someday! We would love to host you again. And BTW~ Thanks so much or the bottled leftovers! They will be put to good use!! ;-) Thanks again, Carolyn
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belizapalooza2017 was a great succes

  • 5 of 5

The house and grounds were beautiful! William was fantastic and very helpful. We fell in love with Edward (his name for the week) and Lady and the house. The house had everything you needed for cooking and activities. We had a great time kayaking 6 miles up the coast to El Norte bar with a stop in at Temple beachbar, first time ever kayaking in the ocean! Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. We will be returning next time with the our sons!

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent stay in Ambergris Caye

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time at Castillo de Arena. We were traveling with 11 people including two families with older children and one toddler. The house was perfect for our group. Plenty of room to spread out inside and outside. The inside was well equipped with everything we needed from all kitchen items to bath towels and board games. The outside amenities were what made our trip so amazing. The views from the rooftop patio and pool were beautiful as were the views from the dock which was equipped with lounge chairs. We took advantage of the kayaks, large raft that was attached to the dock, volleyball net, palopa bar, snorkel gear, various beach games, sand toys, and more. All this was included and truly added to our vacation experience. This property wouldn't be the same without the caretaker William. He took such good care of us and was there when we had questions or to make arrangements. We all loved him and his two dogs Tonester and Lady! The owner also was so helpful in providing information about everything we needed for our vacation as well as to schedule all of our excursions for us. The time that was saved in not having to research this and schedule was invaluable. I would highly recommend this rental and we look forward to coming back to Belize and Castillo de Arena!

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great trip

  • 5 of 5

The property is beautiful and a great place to stay.

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rojo Lounge
Azul Resort
Matachica Beach Resort Ambergris Caye
El Castillo de Arena
Oceanfront 2BR villa in Mata Grande Area 5 miles north of San Pedro
Ambergris Divers Resort
Nearest Barpub
0.25 Miles
Rojo Beach Bar and Restaurant at Azul Resort
Nearest Restaurant
0.33 Miles
Mata Chica Resort
Car: not necessary

El Castillo de Arena has a grocery store and 4 restaurants/bars within a 10-min walk. It also has complimentary beach equipment rentals on the property.




Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $59
Tax Rate 9.0%

Rates are subject to change until reservation is confirmed.
Under certain circumstances, the maximum occupancy may be reconsidered with prior authorization for an added fee of
$50/per person per night.
The unique design of this private home features 3 separate units with 3 fully equipped kitchens and air conditioned living and dining areas for ultimate privacy for your multi-family vacation. During the winter months, the owners reside in the side suite and can offer a wealth of information during your stay. They look forward to being your hosts.
NOTE: This listing is priced to include the lower 2-bedroom unit, the upper 2-bedroom unit and when the owners are away, the 1-bedroom side suite as well. Each unit is equipped with WiFi.

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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