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Take A Break From The World As You Know It - Welcome To Belize
The Compass Rose Guest House sits directly on the shore of the western Caribbean Sea at Sittee Point, Stann Creek District, between the lovely Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins and the exotic Sittee River. With the Compass Rose located half way down the coast line of Belize, a day trip in most any direction will take you to the most popular tourist attractions
The Compass Rose Guest House an open plan living cabana that is perfect for two people but can accommodate four. Japanese Shoji screens divide the cabin for privacy. Modern amenities include; phone, highspeed wireless internet, queen bed, full futon, air conditioning, ceiling fans, fully loaded kitchen w/microwave, fridge & range, bath w/ hot water shower, all linens & Towels. 2 beach Bicycles & one "Ocean" double sit on top Kayak. The CRGH provides just about all you will need while enjoying your vacation. Property Manager lives locally for any questions or needs.
Large wrap around veranda with a never ending view of the western Caribbean & cayes plus a 14'x16' wildlife viewing platform out over the water. Take your shoes off, kick back with your feet up on the railing, gaze out over the sea while letting the trade winds clear your mind.
A 30 minute boat ride will take you out to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and over 400 pristine cayes. The scuba diving, snorkeling & fishing is some of the best in the world. Enjoy a dip in the blue waters of the Caribbean & don't be surprised if a manatee or porpoise drops by to welcome you. On the mainland explore Mayan Ruins, take a hike in one of the jungle preserves, swim in the blue hole, Zip Line or repel a waterfall in Bocawina National Park, go explore a cave, bird watching, grab your camera and chase a butterfly, do some cave tubing down a river, kayaking in the sea or Sittee River, fish out front of the Compass Rose or just kick back in a hammock and relax.
Let The Adventurer Out - Explore Belize.
Capt'n Jack & I are explores with wanderlust hearts who love traveling the world & experiencing cultures from the inside out. Jack & Gayle have homes bases in Washington "The State" & Michigan in the USA, Salinas Grandes, Leon, Nicaragua along with the Compass Rose in Belize. Sailing is a huge passion along w/anything outdoors.
Gayle or Jack Kosydar purchased this house in 2006
We first came to Belize in 1999 and spent a month exploring. We were quite taken with the versatility of this little country. Totally surf & turf. We continued w/our travels & came full circle in 2006 to shop for a 'Base Camp' in Belize. We chose the Hopkins area for Location Location Location. It is in the most perfect location for day trips to anywhere Belize.
As mentioned Belize is a Surf & Turf country all wrapped up in a nice little package. You have the 2nd longest barrier reef in the world w/over 400 Cayes. The snorkeling, diving, fishing & boating are in the best in the world. The other side of the coin you have hiking, exploring many Maya Ruins, experiencing 5 different cultures, wild animal viewing, & the list continues. You can never run out of things to do in Belize.
Despite all the sand surrounding this home in the pictures, there isn't one… The sand was trucked in to surround the house! This property is located on the mangrove section of shoreline a few miles south of the Hopkins Beach... You'll need to hop in the car and drive toward town and look for an access seam between properties and "stake your claim" in the sand for any beach time. The nice "wildlife viewing platform" is surrounded by water only a few inches deep, with a floor of mud, crud & sea grass. At low tide it is surrounded by foul-smelling mud. Otherwise, it’s a pleasant place to set and stare out at the horizon after the sun has dropped behind the trees, and providing there is a breeze to keep the bugs at bay! Waterfowl frequent the area seeking feed in the shallow water.
We will remember this stay as the B&B in Hopkins... Barking dogs and Biting flies! Nearby properties are home to several dogs that make their presence known throughout the day. A couple "yappers" to the south went non-stop our first two days, but thankfully the property manager intervened (at our request) and it was only sporadic thereafter. In the absence of a significant ocean breeze, the Doctor Flies make enjoyment of the nice deck a challenge. They moved in within minutes of our going outdoors and were relentless. They are quite stealthy and inflict a nasty bite before you know they've landed. Repellent had little effect? We typically wrapped ourselves in towels or gave up the fight and moved inside. A screened porch would be a huge plus for this property! Oddly, we never encountered these annoying flies anywhere else in Belize? At one point during our 15 night stay we rented a room in Placencia, just to enjoy a couple days of quality beach time and take a break from battling flies.
The home was clean when we arrived, but I noted a slight scent of urine… It disappeared after a few days? The treats in the refrigerator were a welcome surprise! We expected a visit from the property manager upon our arrival to orient us to the property and area… We never received such and were basically “on our own” to figure things out. For instance: we discovered a Bose speaker to use with our i-pods at near the end of our stay… It was hidden in a lamp shade?? Likewise, we found the seat-backs for the kayak stuffed in a dark corner in time for our last float. The manager finally showed up on our final afternoon to inquire to what time we would be vacating the next morning...
Hopkins was the perfect location for us to do some snorkeling trips, take a day trip to Mayan ruins, and travel south to Maya Beach and Placencia. Since our last visit to this area, there has been extensive development. It was rather sad to see the destruction of the mangroves in order to build large resorts and mega homes with canals. This is what is beginning to happen on Sittee Point so visit now before this area is forever changed. Hopkins residents were helpful and friendly and we enjoyed many inexpensive local meals. Resort type restaurant fare was plentiful, if that's your preference.
We are self-sufficient travelers in our 60's. Compass Rose perfectly suited our needs and was cozy, very clean, and comfortable. We appreciated the welcome gift of Belikins, soda, a small bottle of rum, and some other goodies. The kitchen was well stocked for all our cooking needs plus there was a nice supply of spices, napkins, foil, ziplocks, etc. There was plenty of hot water for showers and we had no issues drinking the municipal water. We especially enjoyed our time on the deck and watching the sun rise from the (very firm) bed. The views of the water are fantastic, with lots of waterfowl. As noted by another reviewer, the water is VERY shallow in front of the house and you'll need to go the the Hopkins beach for swimming. We didn't use the bikes since the road to Hopkins was very dusty when we visited.
A word of caution for those of you who, like me, are bug magnets: In spite of plentiful breezes and being cautious about not going out too early in the mornings or too late in the evenings, the Belizean sand flies made a feast out of me and made it impossible for me enjoy the water platform. Skip the natural oils, the bug coils, the citronella incense sticks, the bug bracelets, etc., and stick with Deet.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Compass Rose and would recommend it for couples or a family with one or two small children.
... is what I almost enjoyed every night when I was getting back to the Compass Rose guest house just south of Hopkins. The place was the perfect hub for me to explore the Deep South of Belize, but also to enjoy some snorkeling with the boast leaving from the Sittee River marina .. just one mile down the road from the house. It's also close to Mayflower Bocawina National Park and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, both of which provide great hiking.
The place itself was spotless, providing everything you need. I very much enjoyed the welcome gifts, including two bottles of Belkin beer awaiting me in the fridge. As I am 6'8", the bike wasn't really made for me, but I had a rental car to get around or I just walked.
If you leave the blinds open at night, the sunrise will wake you up in the morning, and as I was there during full moon, I also had some spectacular lunar vista to watch from the hammock on the deck every night.
Hopkins and its people are lovely, providing some good places to eat, unless you want to cook for yourself. You will find all the necessary equipment in the house.
I highly recommend the Compass Rose guest house, but please don't go in February next year as that's when I plan to return :-)
We arrived on dec.30th ( my husband, myself and our daughter..she is 9).
This is a great place to be for small families, couples( no matter what age)and maybe families with 2 small children.
It is small, but very cozy it is extremely clean and well...it's just perfect.
If you like to go on adventures it is truly a perfect location,Hopkins village is great and I recommend you go and eat out every day.
The owners are very sweet and helpful with any questions you have.
The property manager is always there for you should you need him..also very helpful.
A great experience...we will go back..that we are sure of!!!
Upon arriving at the Compass Rose Guest House, we knew we had chosen the right place to stay on our first visit to Belize. Exceptionally clean, very well appointed and centrally located for the day tours we had chosen to experience. The "survival guide" was much appreciated and referred to on more than one occasion. We enjoyed sitting on the observation deck watching the sun rise, marine life and resident birds performing their morning rituals. The hammock on the back deck was my go to place in the evenings!
Gayle was so kind to share her knowledge of the country with me during a phone conversation even before securing my reservation. She was very prompt with emails leading up to our arrival. I highly recommend the CRGH for your stay in Hopkins.
I must add , the people of Hopkins are among the friendliest in the world! We enjoyed great conversations and outstanding meals. Already looking forward to a return visit.
I came to Hopkins after 3 weeks in a small village outside of Belize City. The Compass Rose Guest House was more than I could have hoped for. Gayle and Jack are exceptional 'hosts'. As others have written, it really is a treat to encounter their 'welcome package' after a long day of travel. The cabana or cottage is perfectly appointed for comfort and enjoyment. I've never seen such a well stocked kitchen with all the essentials for cooking in. That blender is the best for making a heavenly tropical smoothie. Boy, can it grind ice. The wildlife viewing deck is another treasure. Do heed Gayle's and Jack's advice about insects! Either lather on the repellent or put on long sleeves and pants. Doctor flies are vicious and I was one of the people who have a wicked reaction that can last for days. The available bike is a Godsend, though I would never recommend putting either eggs or Belikin in the basket if you are riding back to the guesthouse from the village, unless you want egg soup and/or exploding Belikin bottles. Plan your outings/tours carefully; try to avoid buyer's remorse There are many options and prices/enjoyment will vary. Mirko is the onsite (Hopkin's) manager; he is very courteous and helpful to the guests. I would not hesitate to recommend this great rental! One day, I hope to get back there.
Maya Ruins, Zoo, Zip Line, Waterfall repelling, Jaguar Preserve, National Parks, Culture, Drumming, Garifuna, Creole, Birding, Sailing, Paddle Boarding, Cave Tubing, Cave exploring.
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7 night minimum stay
A full refund will be granted if cancellation is received 60 days or more prior to arrival at Compass Rose Guest House, 59 to 46 days prior to arrival 50% refund, 45 days or less the deposit is non-refundable.
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