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Casa Paradise, NewWaikiki Coastal Island. Access by Taxi Boat

Bedrooms 6
Space 3,000 sq. ft.
Property type chateau / country house
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

House, 6 Bedrooms, 4 Baths, (Sleeps 20)

Summer Never Ends at my private resort style Beach House on New Waikiki, a tropical Pacific Coastal Island near Iztapa, Guatemala. Armando will pilot you in his taxi boat to this private secure island paradise.

*The private beach is just a five minute walk from the casa.

*At the front of the property is a quiet lagoon, perfect for swimming, canoeing, small-catch fishing.

*The adjoining natural Channel hosts jet skiing, power boating, sailing, water skiing, and magnificent views of the mangrove ecosystem.

*This well established home is located on more than 3/4 acres of land, and has two large grass-lawn areas for children to play. Coconut palms shade the entire property, front to back. Mango trees produce excellent fruits in season.

*The shaded second floor deck catches the pleasant sea breeze, any hour of the day or night. Nicely furnished, this shaded deck provides another area for dining, card playing, conversation, reading, or a quiet nap.

*The shaded first floor deck is excellent for large gatherings, taking meals, dancing, hammocking, or just a time to read that book you brought with you.

*One bedroom on the first floor provides convenience for those who do not wish to climb climb stairs.

*Five bedrooms on the second floor provide four private bedrooms, and one large dormatory-style bedroom. This room is large, allows a play area, and has a dining room set for taking meals.

*Three 'Cabanas'--(Palm branch roofed areas providing shade) are located conveniently :

1. Above the cove end of the swimming pool, which provides a shaded card table in the pool, with seating in the water. It's also a great place for a Mai Tai, or maybe a beer? Cervasa!!

2. Adjoins the patio/barbeque area. This elevated, shaded room is equipted with tables and chairs for meals and games. Nice sea breezes.

3. At the front of the property, on a spacious raised deck, overlooking the ever-changing quiet lagoon is a tranquil shaded cabana. Perfect for watching tropical the sun set.

*The roof of the home allows very private sunbatheing, for that all-over tan. It's the highest roof in the area.

*Edwin, our security guard (speaks only Spanish) and his family are on the property at all times.

*A cell phone is provided to contact the English/Spanish speaking property manager when you have questions and need to translate your wishes to the employees.

*An excellent sea food restaurant is just a ten minute taxi boat ride away. Many other restaurants, and other shopping are only a few minutes away by car on the nearby mainland.

*The long volcanic sand beach is just a five minute walk from the house. Private beach. Great views, wonderful sun batheing, and swimming in the Pacific Ocean. Please See Facebook page 'Casa Paradise' for more information.

Keywords: Large two story Beach House, 2 hours by car from Guatemala's International Airport, to Puerto Iztapa. Armando will taxiboat you to Casa Paradise.

More Details

Gene Cetrone
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, Spanish using the 'Phone 2' Information
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
August 31, 2017

About Gene Cetrone

This Retired High Plains Drifter from Wyoming/Montana just couldn't take the dark of winter in the North anymore, so I became a Supercharged Snow Bird (Drifter) and landed in Guatemala, in 2006. Seeking at least 12 hours of daily sunlight, and wanting to shovel no more snow, ever, I headed for Guatemala, the Land of the Rainbow of Colors. Worth it. I spend six months a year in Guatemala. My second home here is my second Paradise. The native people here are friendly and welcoming. Many native cultures still flourish. My old teflon brain resists learning eSpanole', but I get along well with the people here, even if they don't speak English. My Border Collie 'Tinker' travels with me. This landlubber dog was at first terrified of riding the taxi boat to our island home, but he has gotten used to the sea spray, and he looks forward to swimming in the quiet lagoon. We've made good friends here, and I am accepted as a friend who talks kinda funny. Oh well. Edwin, the security guard, is helpful to my guests, and is a patient, quiet man. His wife and child also share the property, in a staff home at the back if the property. Don't get me wrong. I still love my mountain cabin in Montana and spend six summer months above Red Lodge, very near Yellowstone National Park. Tinker loves the freedom of the Montana mountainside, and all the wild critters that live in the Beartooth Mountains, but only in Guatelama can he try to catch a gecko. ( Nope, he's just not quick enough.) In my most humble opinion: Montana and Guatemala are the 'Last Best Places.'

Please see Facebook page 'Casa Paradise' for more information.

Gene Cetrone purchased this chateau / country house in 2008

Why Gene Cetrone chose Guatemala

I like slightly remote places, --- close enough IN to be convenient. Far enough OUT to be private, secure, and tranquil. This large home on New Waikiki, a Pacific Coastal Island, accessible only by boat----well, it 'sings to me,' I guess. Privacy, security, tranquility. I know absolutely one else in Montana who owns a tropical Pacific Coast Island Beach House. That's remote enough for me. A vacation on a lush tropical island? That's more than a little romantic. The area is a get-away destination for both Guatemalans and visitors from other nations. The location is very convenient to services, even for this landlubber. Moist Sea Air is so soothing and sooo different from the dry, high plains air. A welcome change. While winter winds are shuffeling the snow around in Montana, I regale in the tropical climate and verdant green beauty of Mangrove Country. More Information on Facebook page 'Casa Paradise.'

What makes this chateau / country house unique

Located in the heart of 'The Sailfish Capital of the World,' this unique home offers just about everything any vacationer could desire. For me, an early morning walk on volcanic beach sands with my dog Tinker gets me in the mood for a fresh hot cup of Guatemalan Mountain Grown Coffee, from farms only a few miles away. Activities? Mucho Energy?--try Deep sea Sport Fishing. The quiet type?--Enjoy the safe lagoon and private pool swimming, canoeing, small catch fishing. A little more adventuresome? Consider renting a jet ski, or power boat. The natural Channel offers protected space for excellent water skiing, and net fishing. On the wilder side, the Pacific Ocean affords a safe beach for beginners' surf boarding, (lessons available), and Ocean sailing. The volcanic sands welcome sunbathers on our private beach. Just want to relax and watch the clouds float by? Wile away some hours resting in a hammock strung between two of Casa Paradise's many coconut palm trees. Take your meals on home's lanai, or the 1st floor deck, or the 2nd floor deck, or at the swimming pool's table with submerged seating. There's a Barbeque for brazing your fresh-caught deep sea mahi mahi. Prefer a dinner out? El Capitan Restaurante', an excellent seafood &Guatemalan native food restaurant is just ten minutes away by taxi boat. Their Italian menu items are excellent, too. Ask for a menu in English. Some of the waiter-persons are even learning English ! By car, Monterrico is just 20 minutes away from Iztapa, for more restaurants, tourist shopping, and services. Our friendly bi-lingual staff will help you arrange for your charters and rentals. Please see the latitude/longitude designations on my location description. Google Earth maps will take you to the home's location ! 13*55'42.26 N, 90*43'39.70' W Please See Facebook page 'Casa Paradise' for more information.


Puerto Quetzal Chateau / Country House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • chateau / country house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 3000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 20
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Rural ...
  • Ski-In ...
  • Water View ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Computer Available ...
  • Covered Parking ...
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Room / Equipment ...
  • Garage ...
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking ...
  • Parking Off Street ...
  • Parking for RV/Boat/Trailer ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Wood Fireplace ...
  • Catering Available
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 19 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , lavatory
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , lavatory
    Bathroom 4 - toilet , shower , lavatory
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , shower , Lavatory
    Outdoor Sand Showers (4) -
  • Lavatory, Water Closet, and roomy shower is each of the four indoor bathrooms.
  • 6 Bedrooms, Sleeps 20
  • Bedroom 1 - 2 double
    Bedroom 2 - 2 double
    Bedroom 3 - 3 twin/ single
    Bedroom 4 - 1 double , 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 5 - 1 double , 1 twin/ single
    Bedroom 6 - 2 twin/ single
    Lanai - 3 hammocks for overflow emergencies.
  • Double Beds (4), Twin or Single Beds (9), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) One short sofa. No futon. This is the tropics ! Three weather-protected Hammocks are always available. Or, 'Go Native !' We will hang hammocks between the coconut palm trees for you.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player ...
  • Games ...
  • Pool Table ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Boat ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Gazebo ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Private Chef
  • marina
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • whale watching
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • mountaineering
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Puerto Iztapa is in the heart of 'The SAILFISHING Capitol of the World.' (sometimes called 'swordfish.') We can help you arrange a deepsea charter--fishing or nature tour--or both together. Rent a Jet Ski, or a powerboat for water skiing. Pole fish in the lagoon, the channel, or the ocean. Rent a rowboat to go to the nearby freshwater streams to fish for trout !! Beachcombing. Surf diving. Snorkeling. An Island Paradise.


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Casa Paradise, NewWaikiki Coastal Island. Access by Taxi Boat
average rating of 4.866667 based on 15 reviews

Guests from Raleigh, NC & Guatemala City

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful Getaway! This was our first time booking online, site unseen and we were a little nervous about doing so, however, we are glad we did. The accommodations were as advertised and everyone (owner, boat operator & caretaker) was very helpful & responsive to our questions & needs. We had 16 people ranging from 11 to 70 for a three-day stay and we were very comfortable. Island was very peaceful and relaxing. Every member of our party enjoyed the stay and would gladly some back in future if circumstances allow! Gene, thank you so much for taking the time to reply to my initial online queries & helping me get over my trepidation about online bookings! We definitely will book with you in future!

  • Submitted: Jan 30, 2017
  • Stayed: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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This is our THIRD time staying here.

  • 5 of 5

We've lived in Guatemala for 4 1/2 years now. Once a year we get a chance get away to rest and recharge. WE LOVE IT HERE! It's quiet. It's beautiful. It's everything you would hope for. It's our little piece of paradise. Gene, the owner, is family now. Thank you sir!

  • Submitted: Dec 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Wabasha, MN

Wonderful Beach Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We spent 2 beautiful weeks at this little slice of heaven. We had a group of 9 and we had plenty of room. We loved the outdoor spaces, especially the big kitchen area where we could prepare and share meals. The pool was awesome, and a great place to cool down on hot, humid days. The beach was a treasure, the waves were amazing, and it was like we had the place to ourselves. We even had the chance to release baby sea turtles to the sea...priceless! The best thing about our vacation though, was the people. From the caretaker, to the boat driver, to the staff at El Capitain, and the owner we were always treated like royalty. This location is remote, very safe, and the weather is warm! There is plenty of room for a large group.

  • Submitted: Dec 8, 2015
  • Stayed: Nov 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Deborah, my people and I are happy you enjoyed your stay in Paradise ! Thanks for your high praise. You and your family were thoughtful and considerate guests, and are welcome back any time ! Gene
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Nice place to stay

  • 4 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at the house. Armando was prompt on the pickup to the island.

The overall atmosphere of the house was good. Everything was very spacious. The pool was clean and loved the multiple outdoor showers. The owner was very helpful before we arrived to answer our questions. We loved the hammocks!!

  • Submitted: Oct 30, 2015
  • Stayed: Oct 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for writing this review, Anita. My people and I are happy you enjoyed your time at Casa Paradise----and we always strive for your mini-vacation to be a delight. Is there something we could have done to make your time on New Waikiki Island more enjoyable? Again, thanks for your review.
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Beyond our expectations!

  • 5 of 5

This was the perfect place for a private family get-away! (Though we schemed the whole time about who we would bring next time to fill the place up!) Quiet, relaxing, well...........just incredible! We had not only the pool to ourselves, but shared the beach with very few as well. Enjoyed the badminton, grill, pool and the hammocks!! If we don't get to go back we'll be very disappointed but so thankful for this wonderful experience!

We appreciated the excellent communication and instructions from the owner prior to our visit and the on-site staff was very pleasant and helpful!

  • Submitted: Mar 24, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Anita. My people and I are so happy your family enjoyed your stay on Nuevo Waikiki Island at Casa Paradise. And thanks for your excellent review. Correct: the casa does truly sleep 20 people comfortably, and we cordially invite you back again. Welcome anytime
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guatemala city

the best weekend

  • 5 of 5

We had a great week end at the house, loved everything and my dog enjoyed it the most. we didn't wanted to go back to the city after the relaxing weekend and the great pool which by the way stays surprisingly fresh during the whole day. Thank for everything we will Be back for sure.

  • Submitted: Feb 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Feb 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Muchas Gracias Joaquin, My staff and I are happy you enjoyed our beach house, and that your dog, like my dog Tinker, loved the casa. We agree--the swimming pool is great. Our caretaker Edwin reports you and your group were excellent guests, and I am happy to invite you back anytime. Gene
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
San Jose
Nearest Ferry
0.01 Miles
In the Channel to the casa
Nearest Golf
5 Miles
5 miles
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Nearest Town---Iztapa
Nearest Motorway
3 Miles
Guatemala #C9A
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
El Capitan Restaurant, a 5 minute taxi boat ride
Nearest Ski
0.01 Miles
Water skiing on the Channel
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
5 minutes walk away
Car: recommended

The Beach House is in the 'SAILFISHING CAPITOL OF THE WORLD !' (also called swordfish). Deep Sea Fishing charter boats are nearby. Charter Ocean Nature Tours featuring whales, dolphins, sea turtles, coastal and sea birds, and all the wonders the ocean provides, can be seen in season.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning $50

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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