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The only B&B ON THE WATER on Ambergris Caye

Bedrooms 1
Property type studio
Minimum Stay 7 nights


About the property

Full Breakfast daily and many extras included.

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A little known vacation getaway in one of the most beautiful locations in the world. Located 4.5 miles north of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye - A private and quiet location with a sandy beach and restaurants nearby.

Your accommodations include a large, comfortable, private room and bathroom with a private entrance in a warm and welcoming house located on 100 feet of ocean front over looking the world's second largest barrier reef.

When you arrive in San Pedro, we will pick you up and whisk you away to our unique B&B where you can spend your days relaxing, playing, and exploring to your hearts content.

Your vacation package includes:

- Transportation from San Pedro.

- Rum punch welcome.

- Dinner on your arrival date so you can just relax, get settled in, ask questions, and start planning your week.

- A full breakfast each morning to start your day.

- Fresh coconut water/bottled water daily.

- Free and unlimited Paddle-board rentals.

- Free and unlimited Kayak rentals.

- Free and unlimited Bicycle rentals.

- On-Site high speed internet.

- Cable television and movies.

- Ping Pong, Foosball, Darts, Horse Shoes, Croquet, and Bocce Ball

- Board Games, Card Games, Books, and Puzzles

- Guitar, and Piano (occasional jam sessions with owner!)

- Transportation back to San Pedro on your departure date.

Additional Options (not included):

- Diving, snorkeling, fishing, parasailing, jet skis, sky diving, kite boarding, and windsurfing.

- Mainland excursions (Zip-lines, Mayan Temples, Cave Tubing, Belize Zoo, and more)

- Massages (single and couples)

When you want to relax, you can sit under the coconut trees on our private sandy beach or swim in the tropical waters. Explore the ocean in kayaks or paddle boards or hang out at the house for a game of Ping-Pong, Foosball, or Darts. There are restaurants and beach bars within walking distance, and you can complete your evening by sitting at the end of the dock looking up at the endless stars.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We have one well behaved dog as well as a cat that are only allowed in common areas, never in a guest room. Our backyard chickens will provide the fresh eggs for your breakfast.

As your hosts, it is our honor to serve you and to do everything we can to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as we can so please be our guests for a memorable vacation of your dreams!

More Details

John and Linda Shelley
Member since: 2014
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 8, 2018

About John and Linda Shelley

Linda and I are a friendly, fun loving, and dedicated couple. We have been happily married for 27 years with 4 children and 3 grandchildren. We grew up in New England and decided we really wanted to get away from the cold. We were attracted to Belize for a number of reasons: English is the national language, currency is based on the US dollar, (1US=2Bzd) the weather is tropical with little threat of hurricanes. We fell in love with Ambergris Caye. It's one of the most delightful places in the world. The people are so friendly, the scenery is beautiful, and the diving and snorkeling is spectacular.

John and Linda Shelley purchased this studio in 2014

Why John and Linda Shelley chose San Pedro

We bought this house because it is one of very few private oceanfront homes that does not share the beach or lot with any other houses. This is a house you can simply feel at home in. It is not stuffy or pretentious yet it has all of the conveniences you would want. It is designed for comfort and fun.

What makes this studio unique

This house is located in a perfect location. 4.5 miles from town is far enough to be peaceful and quiet yet close enough for quick trips to town when you want more things to do.


San Pedro Studio Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • studio
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Included in Price
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM / Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Near The Ocean ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Serenity - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Serenity - 1 king , 1 sleep sofa /futon
  • Separate entrance with attached private bathroom with sink, shower, toilet, and closets. Refrigerator, microwave, coffee pot, TV, VCR, fans, air conditioning.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Games ...
  • Music Library ...
  • Ping Pong Table
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Toys ...
  • Video Games
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 4 bicycles
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Staff
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • marina
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • horseshoes
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • paragliding
  • parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • wind-surfing


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(36 traveler reviews)

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The only B&B ON THE WATER on Ambergris Caye
average rating of 5.0 based on 36 reviews

Fantastic bed and breakfast experience. Fantasic

  • 5 of 5

John, Linda, Pablo groundskeeper, Betty housekeeper, Noel snorkel guide, and Sam/Joe scuba guides made the week all about our family. Breakfasts were outstanding. Location was away from the main area so we did not have as much street and boat traffic so it was relaxing. Close enough to town to cart in. Near the “Truckstop” restaurant for food and especially entertainment for adults and teenagers. Also near Secret beach.

Took the arrival day off and then did the all day “Spectacular” snorkel trip with Noel, John and Linda as guides. Stopped at four sights and Caye Caulker for lunch. Great family experience. Fed 50 pound tarpon by hand. Our son had his go pro at shark ray alley. About 10 boats there so wasnt expecting to see much. Then Noel pulled out his chum and we were instantly surrounded by about 25 nurse sharks, countless fish and many rays. Our son got tremendous shots. Linda was hand feeding some large rays. What more? Noel locates a large manatee and we got to snorkel there. We scuba’d, did the Blue hole, toured the island; but this “All Day Spectacular” snorkel trip was the best experience and value.

Betty cooked a Mayan dinner. Pablo showed my son how to pick and open a coconut. Got to see John play at a restaurant. Got Noel to do a special cart tour of the island.

Thank you John and Linda for a great vacation.

  • Submitted: Mar 13, 2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Can’t Be Beat in Belize

  • 5 of 5

Wow! Shell Ease is just about as perfect a B&B as you can find. My wife and I just spent 2 fabulous weeks with John and Linda staying in the Serenity Room. Super clean and very private room but with access to a very open and spacious home and property right on the beach. Plenty of toys to use free of charge that we took full advantage of to incl snorkeling and fishing right off the dock. John’s breakfasts were delicious and huge with Linda providing the fresh fruit and juices daily. Enough fuel for a very active day with little need for lunch. John even got up with us at 5am the day of our mainland tour and sent us off with 6 breakfast burritos - (and drove us to the ferry) wow! Speaking of tours, John and Linda set us up with all tours picking only the best for the things we wanted to see/do. Kudos to Noel for fantastic snorkeling and Albert for the personal tour of Xuantanich and cave tubing (the best!). And dont forget Betty the housekeeper extrordinaire (loved her daily towel animals) and Mayan fish chef, and Pablo the groundskeeper keeping the property and the lush tropical gardens in impeccable condition while helping guests with bikes, floats, lounges, ping pong etc etc. John and Linda are simply fabulous hosts that go all the way towards making for a very enjoyable stay. I would highly recommend a stay at Shell Ease to all friends and family and plan to return soonest. Oh, and John is a very accomplished musician who plays the local watering holes and will jam with other musician guests (me) - total fun!

  • Submitted: Mar 9, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Absolutely fabulous experience

  • 5 of 5

Linda and John were the most fabulous hosts you could ever imagine. The website does not do the property justice, we were blown away by the beauty of the property, and the condition it is kept. Betty and Pablo were at our beckon call for any needs, no matter how often we relied on them. We had Betty cook an authentic Mayan fish dish cooked in a huge banana leaf and grilled on the BBQ. The experience and taste was out of this world. We traveled to town with Linda or Pablo a few times, including watching John perform as a musician at a couple of local bars, in their Honda open seated 4 seater off road vehicle. On our final day John and Pablo took us to the reef (5 minutes away) to enjoy snorkeling for an hour, after the charter boat went mechanical at last minute. Breakfasts every day were fabulous, changing daily, and catering to any dietary requests that were made. I HIGHLY recommend enjoying the hospitality and great experience called Shell-ease by the sea.

  • Submitted: Feb 11, 2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rest and Relaxation at Shell-Ease by the Sea

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I stayed at John and Linda's "Shell-Ease by the Sea" for 9 days and couldn't have felt anymore relaxed and welcomed as we did at their oasis. From the Groundkeeper Pablo to the housekeeper Betty, everyone made us feel comfortable and welcomed.

The breakfasts that John prepared were amazing and you never left the table hungry. We even had Betty the housekeeper prepare us a few suppers and they were delicious as well.

John and Linda's B & B is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of San Pedro, but yet close enough to get to by water taxi if need be. It really is the perfect location to just sit back and relax on the beach or sit on the dock and watch the happenings in the sea all around you. There is snorkel equipment to use as well as kayaks and floating chairs to lounge in. The water is as clear as imaginable and is teeming with life. A long walk up the beach every morning always produced something different to look at and everyone you pass was very friendly.

We booked a couple of snorkeling trips with Noel as our guide and to say the least he is absolutely amazing. From swimming with Sharks, Rays and giant Turtles to feeding Tarpon we did it all and the personal experience gained from his expertise and joining everyone in the water is unmatched. The day long trip to snorkel and a visit to Caye Caulker is a must. You will not be disappointed.

Even Gypsy the watch dog and Tigger the cat were friendly and always up for a petting.

If you are looking for a place to sit back and relax and be pampered, this is the place for you. We truly had a wonderful time and left there fully recharged.

Thanks John and Linda for being who you are.

John and Anita

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2018
  • Stayed: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location, wonderful property, amazing hosts and staff!

  • 5 of 5

This is one of the best vacation we have had for fishing and snorkeling! Shell-Ease By The Sea is perfect on the beach, 4.5 miles north of San Pedro, so you are away from town, but still able to hop on the water taxi to town. Linda and John are great hosts and we left thinking of how we miss them as friends! John cooked amazing breakfast for us and was accommodating on the breakfast times since we had early morning departures on our fishing trips. Linda was amazing with planning our excursions and they were all great! The staff - Isabelle and Pablo - were always there to help us with luggage, laundry etc, and always with a smile. We also miss Gypsy, the Australian Shepherd. Linda and John even invited us to join us for Christmas dinner!

For our snorkeling trips, we were thrilled with our guide Noel who is the friendliest guy as well as knowledgeable about the reef and fish. We thoroughly enjoyed his company. The 2 snorkeling trips were simply amazing - water clarity, beautiful reef and lots of fish, and perfect weather and water temperature.

For fishing, we went flats fishing with Omar, deep sea fishing with Sea Star, reef fishing with Noel, and night fishing with Daniel. We caught a total of 125 fish, 21 species in all. The best are the wahoo, bone fish, queen triggerfish, barracuda, dog snapper, cubera snapper, horseside jack and tarpon! Lots of snappers, and groupers for dinner!

We plan to return in the future!

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Last night I dreamt of San Pedro...

  • 5 of 5

Shell-Ease by the Sea is truly a slice of paradise! First off, you are scooped up at the airport and transported to the villa where you are greeted by Linda with a rum punch in a fresh coconut. John and Linda Shelley are very warm and friendly people that make you feel at home the moment you get there. Our suite was very comfortable and nicely decorated with many little extras such as Belizean snacks, fresh flowers, towel sculptures, toiletries, and more. We appreciated the AC at night because we are spoiled :) The staff, Pedro and Isabel, are so sweet and keep the grounds and house immaculate. They're always handy for anything you might need...coconut anyone? Isabel cooked Mayan fish for us one night that was awesome! John is a first rate chef and served up daily breakfast feasts which were different everyday but always delicious and kept us full for a long time! He also prepared a fresh lobster dinner that we all enjoyed, so good! There are kayaks, paddle boards, snorkel gear, and floats at your disposal. We can't say enough about how far the Shelley's go to make your stay special and worry free, from arranging golf cart rentals to helping us with our other travel plans; they go the extra mile and have thought of everything. Linda was always offering us fresh smoothies and iced coffee and bringing us snacks from town. She has more energy than both of us, lol. John is also an accomplished musician and we had a lot of fun catching one of his gigs at the Dive Bar. Now for the snorkeling trips we took with Under da Sea Adventures, also arranged and operated by the Shelley's and their amazing guide Noel...of all the places around the world we've snorkeled like, Hawaii, Tahiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia, and the Virgin Islands, Belize is the BEST!!! If you snorkel or dive Belize is the place for you. Noel is a very gifted guide with a crazy ability of spotting sea life no one else can see. Thanks to him we swam closely with a manatee, loggerhead turtle, nurse sharks, rays, morays, and a huge variety of fish and coral. He gets in the water with you and points out many things you would miss otherwise. We've never had a guide do that before. Don't miss Hol Chan, Shark Ray Alley, Mexico Rocks, and feeding the tarpon on Caye Caulker! We had a late flight out and the Shelley's welcomed us to stay past check out and then took us to the airport. We’ve stayed at many places on VRBO and other sites but Shell-Ease is by far the very best! We look forward to returning!

  • Submitted: Nov 16, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
San Pedro
Nearest Barpub
0.3 Miles
Nearest Ferry
0.1 Miles
Coastal Express
Nearest Restaurant
0.25 Miles
Jon's Escape
Nearest Beach
Caribbean Sea

There are a couple nice restaurants nearby and the Mata Grande grocery store is a stone's throw away and has a nice variety of items. Going into town is a great way to meet the locals and do some shopping in the square where many vendors set up their wares. Amazing snorkeling sites are just a few minutes away.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Setup Fee $59 + Tax
Tax Rate 9.0%

August special is a rental of the whole house main level, 2 bedrooms with en-suite baths, full kitchen, dining, living area with additional screened porch. Includes use of paddle boards, kayaks, yard games, etc. Housekeeper and full time care taker included. Linens and towels included.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.