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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 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
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
January 17, 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 4.9736843 based on 43 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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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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Family paradise

  • 5 of 5

This home is exceptional inside and out. We were a group of 8 (3 couples with mom and niece.) Plenty of space for all during our 8 night stay. My favorite place to have coffee in the morning was looking out to sea. The house is within walking distance of several good restaurants .. we rented a golf cart for a few days as we needed to attend a wedding closer to downtown. The owner and her caretakers took great care of us and were always available if we had any questions.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Hands Down, THE BEST!!

  • 5 of 5

My group of 7 adults (in our 30's) recently stayed at the property for a week and absolutely LOVED IT! Everything from Carolyn's assistance with prepping for our trip and helping to plan our excursions, to the quality of the house and it's amenities to William the groundskeeper was nothing short of amazing! The house is unreal; so clean and has everything you could possibly want: fully stocked kitchen, comfortable beds, clean bathrooms, an outdoor palapa bar and private pier. The complimentary rentals were also great, and there are a handful of great restaurants and bars within walking distance to the property. Honestly, we really never had to go into town if we didn't want to. Jacks, Rojos, and Sundiver were all great places to eat, drink and soak in the views and engage with the hospitable locals. Also, despite the bumpy golf cart ride, be sure to go to Secret Beach. This was an amazing experience; swimming, dancing and drinking while on a secluded beach as the sun set. Truly surreal. I would recommend this property to anyone, especially groups of friends looking for a posh pad in secluded part of the island, but with easy access to nightlife and excursions. We are already wishing we never left. Thank you Carolyn!!!!

  • Submitted: May 1, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to write such a complimentary review! William and I truly appreciate it. It is always such a pleasure working with our guests to ensure a Belizean trip of a lifetime. I am so glad you enjoyed our special neighborhood, where there is so much to offer within a short walk. I would like to extend an invitation for you and your friends to return to paradise for another reunion some day real soon!! Thanks again! Carolyn Owner
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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.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Insurance $59

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.