The Sunrise House is one of three cabanas at The Maine Stay. Many additional guest reviews for The Maine Stay can be found at Property Listing #55689. Please see these.
The Sunrise House is our newest addition and includes a separate bedroom with king bed, closet and flat screen TV. There is a full kitchen, bathroom and washer and dryer. In the living area there is a full-size inner spring mattress sleeper sofa. The Sunrise House is very comfortable for a couple traveling with 1-2 children and is very kid and toddler friendly...
The Sunrise House is located on the beautiful sandy shore of the Placencia peninsula…just steps from the Caribbean shore… your beach faces east toward a stunning sunrise each morning. There is a 100 foot lighted pier (see photos) and palapa just steps from your deck.
Placencia has the reputation for the best beaches in Belize... right in your front yard! Toddlers, kids and adults all love it. Near our very swimmable 400 foot sandy beach, there is a beautiful stand of coral about 150 yards from our pier. Swim, snorkel and kayak right from the Cabanas. Of course, there is also world class snorkeling, diving and fishing along the nearby barrier reef... which is not to be missed.
Traveling is easy: Belize City is only two hours from Miami and Houston. Our cabanas are only three miles from Placencia airport, which is only a thirty minute flight from Belize City via Tropic Air or Maya Island Air. From the US: Continental, American, US Airways, Delta and TACA fly in to Belize City.
Many guests rent a vehicle at Belize International Airport and drive to Belmopan and then down the Hummingbird Highway through the Maya Mountains to Placencia. It is just a stunning drive. It is also a great way to travel Belize.
'Passing through jungle and citrus orchard as it skirts the northern edges of the Maya Mountain range, Belize’s Hummingbird Highway offers a near constant procession of postcard-perfect vistas. There are also plenty of reasons to stop along the way, chief among these being a visit to Cave’s Branch for cave tubing and St Herman’s Cave, where, with a guide, you can explore its huge caverns and classic Maya ceremonial chambers containing calcified skeletons and artifacts. There’s also the Blue Hole, a 25ft-deep sapphire-blue swimming hole inside a 328ft-wide cenote that was formed when the roof caved in on one of the Sibun River’s underground tributaries.'
There are many available restaurants, complete tour services, massage centers, and spa offerings.
We will meet you when you arrive at The Maine Stay, whether you choose to rent a vehicle in Belize City and drive down, or if you fly, we will meet you at the Placencia Airport. Renting a vehicle in Belize City gives you a lot of flexibility, depending on your plans. Do you want to do Mayan Ruins, the Jaguar Preserve, Cave tubing, and other things? You can save money and do some or all of these yourself in your rental vehicle.
Tour can also arranged with local tour operators. Local taxis are readily available. Tours will pick you up at your Cabana Suite, our ocean front pier or at our lagoon Marina. There are many delightful shops with local arts and crafts. Included on the property is a 100 foot lighted pier (see photos) and palapa just steps from the cabanas with easy access to great snorkeling and night water viewing of the reef fish, crabs, rays, and schools of glowing tropical fish.
Other activities in the area:
Snorkeling as well as world class fly-fishing and scuba diving on the
second longest barrier reef in the world. Spelunking. Fishing. Mayan
ruins. Rain forest hikes.
You'll be delighted by:
The spectacular beaches. The sunrise and sunset. The herons in the
morning, the hummingbirds, the lush gardens and flowers, the fresh
seafood, the Maya Mountains, the friendly people... and so much more.
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Keywords: beach, cabana, cottage, cabin
In the spring of 2001, my husband, Drew, spent 4 months on sabbatical leave working as a volunteer in a clinic in Punta Gorda, Belize.
He had been to Belize very briefly in 1985, on his way to do relief work in El Salvador after a big earthquake. Since then he had always wanted to go back to Belize and really explore it... and this was the perfect opportunity. During his 4 months working in the Hillside Clinic in Punta Gorda, he had weekends free to travel around and check out this small Central American country.
Although we had no intention of doing ANYTHING of the sort, we ended up buying property on the Placencia Peninsula. For 3 years, we came down to our beach every few months and stayed in Cabanas we had built. These cabanas soon took on a 'life of their own,' and we started renting them out to friends & co-workers. So, The Maine Stay was born and continues to delight us and our guests. The Placencia Peninsula has continued to build infrastructure and amenities. Paving of the road between The Maine Stay and Placencia Village is now complete.
Drew officially 'retired' mid 2004 and we have been here full time since. I came down full time late in 2004 and although retired from full-time work, continues part-time consulting in health care. The wonders of high speed internet communications!
The lagoon land (that happened to come along with the purchase of our 415 feet of beach front) has become Kokomo... our 7 acre gated community with 28 lots, marina and canal. These are selling well and new construction is ongoing. The beach cabanas 'almost' take care of themselves, but it has been a very large expenditure in energy, time and money to get the Kokomo community developed. We just thought we were 'retired!'
Karen Travers purchased this cabin in 2001
Although life-changing and initially a challenge, moving to Belize has been one of the best decisions that Drew and I have made in our lives together. Living on the Placencia Peninsula of Belize is the stuff that peoples dreams are made of... especially if you like tropical ocean breezes, great beaches, superb snorkeling and diving and some of the best fishing in the western hemisphere.
'As one of the last unspoiled places on earth, Belize offers travelers the richly rewarding authenticity they seek in a Caribbean getaway. Just a two-hour flight from the U.S., this tropical paradise is nestled between Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. For generations, the English-speaking people of Belize have demonstrated a commitment to preserving the country’s unique charms. Belize offers a land rich in natural beauty and steep in the history and culture of its Maya past. Renowned for having the second largest barrier reef in the world, Belize’s pristine waters, exotic marine and wildlife, lush unspoiled landscapes and superb diving truly make it Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret.'
Placencia is a 17 mile long peninsula half way down the coast of Belize. It is known for the best beaches in Belize, diving around the nearby barrier reef, snorkeling on the beaches and Cayes, whale shark and manatee encounters, world class fly-fishing, and regular 'rod and reel' ocean fishing, access to great Mayan Ruin tours, the fabulous hiking, tubing and waterfalls at the Jaguar Preserve where you will also hear and may see howler monkeys. Another popular day trip is Monkey River.
The central location of the peninsula is key to it's popularity. Although 'laid back,' Placencia has much to offer. There are many good places to enjoy restaurants and great food on the peninsula, from first class resorts, to funky beach bars. There are lots of restaurants and shops both in Placencia Village and elsewhere along the peninsula. All of these are easy to get to either by taxi, your own rental vehicle or our complimentary bicycles. You'll find tons of stuff to do. In fact it is usually hard for our guests to cram everything they want to do in a week! If you can mage it... schedule 9 or 10 days. All of our guests wish they had!
I debated if I should write a review or not but in the end I felt sharing our experiences may help others as they decide where to go and where to stay. First and foremost, hats off to Hector, the property "foreman" at the Maine Stay. He consistently went out of his way to insure our stay was enjoyable. A communication error left us stranded at the Placencia airport when we arrived and when we got to the Maine Stay in a taxi, Hector quickly came out and apologized and reimbursed us the taxi fare (Drew and Karen were not at the property the four nights we stayed). The security guards were also very helpful - thanks Orson!
Pros - the cabana (Sunrise House) was very comfortable (except the AC in the main living area was not working. Thankfully the AC in the bedroom was). Good Wi-Fi and a well equipped kitchen. Having the groceries we ordered already at the cabana was fantastic! Having a washer/dryer in the bathroom was a plus (there is no housekeeping).
Cons - Drew had told me that most guests have rental cars - I should have heeded his advice. Unless you want to peddle the bikes several miles for meals/activities or want to call a taxi every time you want to go somewhere, rent a car. The Maine Stay is 5-6 miles from Placencia Village. We flew in from Belize City and I wish we would have rented a car and driven to the MS. Seine Bight is within a mile but as others have stated, it is a very depressed village and not one you want to wander around in after it gets dark. There is a decent grocery store there. I was disappointed in the water quality at the beach. While the beach itself was nice (best maintained stretch around - they keep it raked and clean), the water had the same sea grass we experienced in San Pedro. Maybe we are just spoiled with what we have enjoyed in Hawaii and other Caribbean locations. Walking the beaches north or south of the MS was disappointing also - not much actual beach and lots of trash that has floated in. Pretty disgusting actually. Of course this isn't Drew's fault - but romantic strolls along the beach won't happen unless you have had a few too many of those fruity rum drinks. I was also disappointed that the snorkel trip Drew promised to arrange was not scheduled as expected. We hustled and made one happen but...
In closing, if being pretty far away from Placencia Village is what you are looking for and you don't mind swimming in sea grass or seeing trash when you walk the beach, then the Maine Stay may be what you are look
Cave Tubing, Zip-Line Tours, Maya Ruin tours, Butterfly farms, horseback riding, and tour the famous 'ATM' cave (Actun Tunichil Muknal) in San Ignacio. Recent guests at The Maine Stay were kind enough to leave us with the following notes and comments on restaurants and activities in the area. Our restaurant reviews (random order): 1. Quarterdeck - best fish, very nice staff 2. Mangos - great ribs, friendly place 3. Maya Hotel Bistro - best atmosphere, service 4. DeTatch - largest portions, best shrimp, great breakfast 5. Shak - best shakes, nice lunch and breakfast 6. Maya Center (Jag Preserve) - cheapest meal by far. Good food. Recommend their pineapple juice drink. 7. Wendys - another very good breakfast place 8. Cheers - good place to stop to/from airport 9. Singing Sands - best desserts 10. Barefoot bar - lively, friendly 11. Habaneros - nice atmosphere, but somewhat pricey for their buffet 12. Rumfish - very good fish, fun place 13. Tutti Frui
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25% non refundable deposit on booking.
Cancellation Policy 45+ days prior to arrival--- 100% minus deposit
If cancellation is received by: 45-30 days prior to arrival--- 50% minus deposit
Less than 30 days prior to arrival--- no refund