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Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA

Sleeps6
Bedrooms 3
Bathrooms3
Property type house
Minimum Stay 5 nights

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Details
Property
house
Sleeps
6
Bedrooms
3
Bathrooms
3
Minimum Stay
5 nights

Description

San Pedro House Rental Photos and Description

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Iguana house narrative

May 26, 2014

Imagine a man who so loved his house that he brought it all the way from the mainland, across 35 miles of sea, risking complete disintegration of the structure, and, finally, planting it in a beautiful spot on the Isla Bonita, 4 ½ north of San Pedro, where it was eventually renovated by an American architect from whom the current owners bought it, amidst stories and legends that had arisen around the house over its long life.

This is a totally renovated, 3-bedroom, 3-bath house with a spacious living/dining room, and a modern kitchen. it can accommodate up to six people comfortably. It has over a thousand square feet of deck which faces the reef just beyond the front gate. The sea breeze makes it a great place to hang out and enjoy the sun and the sea; and the reef beckons one to kayak and snorkel and fish. The private pier has been rebuilt and a modest swimming feature has been added.

Fishing trips, tours to amazing snorkeling and diving sites as well as adventures to the mainland to visit Mayan ruins, can be taken right from the front door of the iguana house. Or you can take out a kayak and have your own adventure on the reef.

This is a neighborhood house and, although you are about four and a half miles from San Pedro, you’ll find friendly neighbors, great restaurants and a convenient grocery store within walking distance. If you need to go to town, there is a regular coastal ferry service which makes the run to and from town. Private water taxis are also available. Golf carts can be rented by the day or the week and, although the roads can be rough, are often the most convenient option. The most cost effective option will be determined by how many people are traveling together.

It’s private at the iguana house, but not remote.

Some of the rates you might anticipate are as follows:

Weekly rate for golf cart: $350.00us

Coastal express: $7.00us, one way, per person, to or from San Pedro

Private water taxi: $40us (up to six persons), one way to or from San Pedro

The owners, Jim and Nicky, are committed to providing you with the orientation, support and availability that will make your Caribbean vacation wonderful.

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Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Property Manager
Jim Benjamin
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
December 6, 2016
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About Jim Benjamin

The Iguana House is a team effort: Christina does the bookings, sends out the rental agreements and directs the payment options. She works for CNF Catering, a lovely company owned by my sister, and her main love is fashion. We (Jim and Nicky) are on the island and make sure our guests are properly oriented and settled in.

Nicky is from Rugby, England ("...where the game was invented") and I'm from Santa Fe, New Mexico. We met in Santa Fe 10 years ago while Nicky was visiting. Between us, we have 6 grown kids and four grandchildren (and counting).

I bought this house in 2008 when Nicky and I were visiting. We looked at condos and apartments, but wanted something with more character and possibilities, and also a fence for our dogs. Only a free standing home could offer that and the Iguana House was perfect.

We discovered how much it sucked to be without water and we added a fifty thousand gallon cistern which provides filtered rainwater year round. And as the Iguana House became more popular, we added an owner's cottage at the rear of the property.

Nicky is happiest when engaged with people and she offers our quests information with charm and humor. In fact, our guests often mention her in the reviews. She makes the guests feel as though they were the only ones to ever visit the Iguana House. She is well-loved and well connected on the island.

Together, we want to provide our guests the best Caribbean vacation possible.

Jim Benjamin purchased this house in 2008

Why Jim Benjamin chose Ambergris Caye

Have a real, home from home caribbean vacation.

Reviews

Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(17 traveler reviews)

Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
average rating of 4.7058825 based on 17 reviews
5

Beautiful, romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week on honeymoon, and could not have been happier. It was just the two of us, but the house was big enough for many more to stay comfortably. The property is about four miles north of San Pedro, away from the bulk of people, but there are plenty of beach bars and restaurants to discover close by. Secret Beach is a short golf-cart ride away, and is an absolute must!

The house itself is beautiful, spacious, and well-equipped. There is even a barbecue on the back porch, and the neighbor will sell you fresh-caught fish and lobster if you ask. The view is incredible! Beautiful tropical beach just outside the front door, and as far as you can see in either direction. The dock is lovely, and a small staircase allows you easy entrance into the warm and glorious waters. The ocean breeze is wonderful and really kept the mosquitoes at bay. We really couldn't have been happier.

There is a water taxi that will take you into town from the pier just up the beach, but we recommend renting a golf cart to get around. There is so much to explore nearby down little dirt roads, you'll be happy to have it. The roads have improved since some of the earlier reviews, with only a few really bumpy stretches between here and town.

Jim was the most gracious host, and you'll be in really good hands. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome, and was available whenever we had questions.

This place is incredible. You'll love it here!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is always a great pleasure to host a honeymoon couple; it's even greater to know they had a wonderful time. I'm grateful for the kind words from the Honeymoon Couple. And I wish them all the best as they make a life together. Jim
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5

Beautiful, romantic getaway!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here for a week on honeymoon, and could not have been happier. It was just the two of us, but the house was big enough for many more to stay comfortably. The property is about four miles north of San Pedro, away from the bulk of people, but there are plenty of beach bars and restaurants to discover close by. Secret Beach is a short golf-cart ride away, and is an absolute must!

The house itself is beautiful, spacious, and well-equipped. There is even a barbecue on the back porch, and the neighbor will sell you fresh-caught fish and lobster if you ask. The view is incredible! Beautiful tropical beach just outside the front door, and as far as you can see in either direction. The dock is lovely, and a small staircase allows you easy entrance into the warm and glorious waters. The ocean breeze is wonderful and really kept the mosquitoes at bay. We really couldn't have been happier.

There is a water taxi that will take you into town from the pier just up the beach, but we recommend renting a golf cart to get around. There is so much to explore nearby down little dirt roads, you'll be happy to have it. The roads have improved since some of the earlier reviews, with only a few really bumpy stretches between here and town.

Jim was the most gracious host, and you'll be in really good hands. He went out of his way to make us feel welcome, and was available whenever we had questions.

This place is incredible. You'll love it here!

  • Submitted: Jul 18, 2016
  • Stayed: Jul 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rancho Palos Verdes CA USA
5

Iguana House on Ambergris Caye

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I have traveled extensively around the world and I can say: Iguana House is quite simply the best experience we have had with a vacation rental house. All amenities, ie: paper products, towels, linens, etc were more than adequately provided for. There was even coffee, tea and a well stocked spice cabinet! The owner, who is SUPER nice, was accommodating to all requests/questions before our arrival and throughout the duration of our stay. He arranged our transportation from San Pedro to Iguana House and for a golf cart to be delivered to us.The front of the house is on the Caribbean Sea and has spectacular views (there are also ocean views from all three bedrooms). The house has its own dock where we were picked up by Genie of Coral Divers Belize whose operation is located conveniently next door! We were able to snorkel, scuba dive, tour the mainland, and tube through caves, all professionally arranged by Coral Divers. The country of Belize is magnificently beautiful, the diving on the reef is spectacular, and Iguana House is a fantastic place to stay while enjoying this amazing place!

  • Submitted: Jul 12, 2016
  • Stayed: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am always grateful for the kind words that attest to the guests of the Iguana House having a terrific time. Thank you very much. It means everything to us.
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5

Beautiful Sun rises and Sunsets

  • 5 of 5

For everyone considering the Iguana house for their vacation destination, keep in mind that this is an older home that is well maintained and just an awesome place to stay.We enjoyed our stay at Iguana House. It was decorated nicely enough room for the 3 couples , we stayed in the small room and it was so neat to listen to the Ocean and Coconut tress swaying in the wind all night . The only thing is the swim area is not so neat . A couple local guys swung by the house every morning selling burritos and tamales ,and they are amazing! The house is right next door to Coral Divers, which made arranging snorkeling, scuba, and fishing outings super convenient for everything and all our travel was arrange through Coral Divers Genie and his crew were awesome (right next door highly recommend beach BBQ"S Genie is a great Chef. They also arranged our transport to/from the San Pedro water taxi stop. Everything was super easy and relaxing. Amazing place for a vacation, and Iguana House is a great place for a family or group! Many thanks to Jim . The beaches have a lot of trash, but the view (sunrise and sunsets) were beautiful. I got awesome pictures. The house is 4-5 miles north of the city. We rented a gulf cart.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Mar 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your kind words about your stay at the Iguana House. I know I speak for the nieghborhood when I say we really enjoyed your being here and look forward to seeing you all down here again. The beaches demand constant attention and those of us who are here do our best to keep it clean in our immediate area, but it is an overwhelming task and there is just so much one can do. In spite of this, I glad you had a great time. All the best.
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5

Perfect Home Away From Home

  • 5 of 5

For everyone considering the Iguana house for their vacation destination, keep in mind that this is an older home that is well maintained and just an awesome place to stay. Jim met us at the San Pedro airport upon our late arrival with a golf cart in the darkness hours, however, he recommended we take a water taxi to the house because the roads were muddy and bumpy especially during the darkness of night while he commuted the treacherous trek all the way to Iguana House. Overall the house was what we expected for Belize, however, we did have issues with the windy conditions rattling the hurricane shutters all night long, but then again we stayed here 12/20/2015 - 12/24/2015. Other than the rattley shutters we do recommend the iguana house. (Note: Jim has a fix for the shutters and is currently solving this issue)

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Oh yes, the winds were brutal. Not only rattled our shutters, but damaged some plants as well. The guests were gracious about it, but you can imagine how that could drive a person crazy. My "fix" was to wedge them open with doorstops; I had been using wine bottle corks as wedges, but they couldn't deal with the wind we were experiencing. Actually, the week these folks stayed could have been a beautiful week weather-wise; we just happened to have had severe winds. It actually changed the coastline: some of us wound up with more beach (us), and some with less beach. Anyway, I'm grateful these guests took the time to write a review. And I thank them for their forbearance.
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4

Nice place

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Iguana House. It was decorated nicely and all our travel was arrange through Coral Divers(right next door). The beaches have a lot of trash, but the view (sunrise and sunsets) were beautiful. I got awesome pictures. The house is 4-5 miles north of the city. We rented a gulf cart. There are a few restaurants just north of the house. Highly recommend Rojo Bar and Mamba's. DO NOT go to John's Escape. Waste of money, terrible food and drinks, and the owners were very rude. The Rojo bar had great food and drinks.

  • Submitted: Dec 27, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
SAN PEDRO
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
MAYA BAR
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
RENDEZVOUS RESTAURANT
Car: not necessary

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Rates & Availability

San Pedro House Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
per property
Manager accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
 
Christmas 2016
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 2 2017
5 night minimum stay
$450
 
 
Peak Season 2017
Jan 3 2017 - May 31 2017
5 night minimum stay
$350
 
 
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay
$275
 

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $125
Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation Policy In the event the Guest requests a cancellation of this Agreement for any reason, the Owners will undertake reasonable efforts to re-rent the property. If the property is re-rented in-full to a third party, the deposit less 15% of the gross rental amount, will be returned to the defaulting party. If the property is re-rented for less than the original amount, the deposit less 15

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Amenities

San Pedro House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
Theme:
  • Family
  • Romantic
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
Bathrooms:
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower
    Full 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower
Bedrooms:
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library
Outside:
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs
Suitability:
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

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