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Beach Front Rental, Casita Del Mar, Hopkins, Belize

Sleeps5
Bedrooms 2
Bathrooms1
Space 1,000 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

About the property

Two bedrooms, one bath and located right on the beach. The perfect getaway!

Our sea front home is located in the south part of the very quaint, friendly and safe Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins. It has excellent views of the sea, sunrises and the Cayes from the 300 sq ft balcony.

During the week, the village tends to be fairly quiet ( except for the occasional rooster!) while on weekends the the area comes alive with music and activity.

The house has an open design, with vaulted, cathedral, tropical hardwood ceilings and large windows to maximize the Caribbean Sea breeze. Both bedrooms have split air conditioner units. With one queen bed, two twin beds ( which can be converted to a king bed) and a full futon in the living room, Casita Del Mar will comfortably sleep five-six people. Ceiling fans in each bedroom and two in the main living space give you alternatives for air flow.

A multi-filter system provides drinking water to both kitchen and bathroom allowing our guests easy access to unlimited fresh water.

There is a safe in the house where you can keep small valuables and documents so that you can relax worry-free on the beach.

Our one neighbour is away working in the States most of the time while the other is a friendly, elder woman of the village who keeps to herself but always has a moment to wave or say hello.

A short walk will get you to local grocery stores and a variety of restaurants. The beach is sandy, the water is 83 F and the Cayes, for snorkeling or diving, are only 5 miles out. Tired after swimming all morning? Relax in a hammock in the shade on the deck. Or check out the many adventure tours offered in the village from zip lining to cave exploration. Something for everyone.

Laundry facilities are available minutes away on the main street. Internet services are also available.

Our Property Manager, Mirko, speaks English and German. He is a registered agent with Tropic Air and a licensed tour operator ready to meet any of your needs during your stay.

Casita del Mar is registered and licensed with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).

For more pictures and information visit our web page which can be accessed through the link below.

More Details

Property Manager
Mirko Bechstedt (Property Manager)
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english, german
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
January 21, 2018

About Mirko Bechstedt (Property Manager)

Mirko Bechstedt, our local Property Manager, and his partner Annett, manage Casita Del Mar. Mirko is a registered agent with Tropic Air and can assist you with air travel within Belize. He is also a licensed tour agent and can readily handle any of the activities, trips or adventures you may wish to try while you stay in a Hopkins. They live minutes from the house and are available to assist our guests.

As the owners of Casita Del Mar, we are retired Canadians who have decided that Canadian winters are no longer for us. Scuba diving enthusiasts since our honeymoon 30+ years ago, made Belize a natural spot to return to time and again. Now we have decided to 'own' a part of the dream.

Mirko Bechstedt (Property Manager) purchased this house in 2014

Why Mirko Bechstedt (Property Manager) chose Hopkins

The village of Hopkins is quaint and quiet but there is much to do. Everything from lounging on the beach (or hammock) to participating in the many adventure tours offered from the village. Visit ancient Mayan ruins, try zip lining, deep sea fishing, do the Black Hole drop or spend a day snorkelling or scuba diving- our personal favourite. And these are just a few of the things to do around the area.

What makes this house unique

We selected this home in Hopkins because we were taken with the quaintness of the village and the warmth of its people. As you walk down the streets of Hopkins, you feel safe as you hear the friendly greeting, from all you meet 'Morning, Miss', 'Hello, Miss'. The house itself is open, airy and has a wonderful porch for outdoor living and it is right on the beach. The sand is clean and the water's easy entrance is a benefit for young and the more mature alike to enjoy. We hope that you enjoy our home as much as we hope to for many years to come.

We are licensed with the Belize Tourism Board (BTB).

Guestbook comments from the manager

This is a great place! We are loving it so far and really appreciate the welcoming touches - the cold drinks in the fridge and the coffee filters already stocked. Mirko got us settled and gave us some tips about the town. Thanks! It's definitely more quiet than San Pedro, but we're fine with that. The breeze is balmy and we feel very comfortable.
Mar 2015
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Amenities

Hopkins House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1000 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • We do ask that guests smoke outside and dispose of butts safely in containers provided.
  • No candles, please.
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Village ...
Theme:
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , outdoor shower
  • Modern bathroom fixtures with large shower. The fresh water outdoor shower works for rinsing off salt water and sand.
Bedrooms:
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Closet for clothing
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , Twin can be converted to king. Armoire for clothing.
  • Two similar sized bedrooms. Both bedrooms have air conditioning. View from bedrooms to mountains. There is a full futon in the living area for additional sleeping space.
Entertainment:
  • Books ...
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Lawn / Garden ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • health/beauty spa
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shelling
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • kayaking
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • swimming
Notes:
Windows in the main living area are screened and shuttered. Bedroom windows have have glass and screens. We do try to be a 'green' establishment so we select environmentally friendly options as much as possible. Our "Go Green" Linen Exchange and Cleaning Service will provide you with enough linen and towels to last up to a week. Fresh linens and towels are provided on a weekly basis or more frequently upon request. We also provide a cleaning service on a weekly basis or more frequently if requested. This is included in your rental rate. There are alarm clocks in each bedroom as well as smoke detectors.

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Beach Front Rental, Casita Del Mar, Hopkins, Belize
average rating of 4.785714 based on 29 reviews
5

Great House with an even greater view!

  • 5 of 5

First off I would give this place a 10 star rating if I could. From booking to checking in the process was smooth. Mirko showed us the way to the house and showed us around the house and told us to call him with any needs we may have. The fact he took the time to not only leave a fresh fruit basket, but to have some good drinks in the fridge was such a thoughtful and wonderful gift to us. The house in it's self, could not be better. The bed was comfortable, bathroom large and the kitchen was equipped with anything you could want to fix a meal with. But the best part of this house is not only the breach location but the porch. We spent most of our time at the house on the porch and in the hammocks. To be able to sit and not only watch the waves, but to be able to hear them from anywhere in the house is so relaxing. This house is one we are looking forward to returning to. A person can not go wrong with staying here.

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Carol Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. We had just left the day you arrived and I am envious already! We are so pleased you enjoyed the house and yes, Mirko and Annett are treasures! Do come back!
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Poorly serviced and managed Too bad more space in comments is not provided as 7 more items remain.

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1.I was treated discourteously when a week before our occupancy while staying at a nearby property i went to your property manager's residence to pay all of my outstanding owed balance for the rental.

2. It was difficult to ensure the property manager would be onsite to assist us in gaining access to the property on the date of our arrival due to a non reply to an e-mail message. i wrote an e-mail message and had to proceed without an acknowledgement.

3.On arrival it was immediately apparent that there was no hot water available. This condition persisted from Friday the 17th until the following Wednesday. Had an inspection been done by the property manager prior to our occupancy this should have been known and remedied (and/or alternative accommodation should have been made available).To have 4 people in accommodations that had NO hot water for the bulk of their stay should not have been required to endure.

4. During the night the refrigerator stopped working and remained so until the evening of that day. We only became aware that it was acknowledged (message sent to the property manager early in the morning) when a refrigeration repair person showed up about 7pm. That very much affected our movement desires for that day. In addition due to my prior involvement with a refrigeration issue at my home domicile i was able to converse with some knowledge with the repair individual. It was confirmed that due to the refrigerator and freezer setting being at absolute maximum there was clearly an outstanding problem with the fridge from a time prior to our occupancy. This was born out by the property manager's statement that the fridge was going to be replaced (but not while we were there).

5. There are two separate lights on the upper verandah. Only one worked.

6. The metal shower drain had a protruding piece of hard metal on it and was an opportunity to severally injure one's foot.

7. If the argument re items 5 and 6 is "well they would have been attended to if they had been made known". My argument would be that if proper and thorough inspections were being done on a routine basis these would have been known to the property manager. Especially as one of them was a safety hazard.

8. No instructions were given as to how to close and lock up on the morning of our departure i was obliged to send an e-mail indicating what i would do. This even though i attempted to communicate with the property manager the day before.

7 more space limitations do not allow

  • Submitted: Dec 3, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am very disappointed that you had issues during your stay at our home. As you can see from our reviews, we have had only the highest ratings of our home and our service provision. I can appreciate that the hot water issue was frustrating but I can assure you that, as per factory recommendations, we have the unit serviced annually to make every attempt to ensure that our guests are not inconvenienced. The unit is unique and requires a speciality technician to do the servicing. As he lives 2 hours away, scheduling can be a challenge. As a result of your experience, we will changing to a regular hot water tank system which can be readily serviced locally. The fridge has never been an issue as previous reviews can attest. Our property manager has regular inspections and servicing done on all of our appliances in an effort to ensure against equipment failure as much as is possible. Our property management staff have always been diligent to ensure that the house is clean, safe and pleasant for our guests. I am at a loss to understand your perception of our staff. Our guests have repeatedly "raved" about the service and care they have received from our property manager and our house reviews reflect that. Further, I do know that the property management staff take great pride in the service they provide not only to our home but to all of the other homes for which they provide services in Hopkins. Not one home has a negative review about the care and service they provide. Their rating in Hopkins' rentals is stellar. Vacations are a special time and I regret that you left Hopkins unhappy with your experience. We would be pleased to have you return some day and give us another try.
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5

Amazing beach-front condo!

  • 5 of 5

from nokomis, florida November 20, 2016 at 8:56 pm:

Like everyone else, we had a fantastic stay at Casita Del Mar. We didn't want to leave. We have been home less than 24 hours and still hear the waves on the beach...the rustling of the coconut palms. I am so happy we had the opportunity to stay here. Mirko was fantastic and did an excellent job on our tour needs. We will definitely stay here again!

  • Submitted: Jan 2, 2017
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very pleased that you enjoyed our home on the sea. Those waves on the beach can be such a lovely sound, we quite agree. Please do plan to come back!
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5

Women's getaway to Belize.

  • 5 of 5

A lovely, well-located home right on the beach and walking distance to some restaurants and a grocery store gave us a superb base to explore Belize, take in some adventures such as scuba diving, snorkelling, cave tubing, boat trip, and to just kick back, walk the sand and listen to the surf. The efficient and friendly property manager looked after setting up our tours.

The home is modern, neat and tidy. Seemed to be outfitted with everything we needed. I appreciated the nice linens.

The porch is the best...morning coffee, hammocks for naps and reading, table and chairs for eating together, and cocktails before dinner. We lived on the porch. There is often a breeze and only when it really rained, did we move inside.

We did rent a golf cart so we could venture out to some restaurants a little further from the home. This worked out really well.

  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so pleased that you and your friends had such a good time. The porch is definitely a favourite spot for us as well. Hope you will come back!
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Canada
5

Casita Del Mar

  • 5 of 5

Neat, clean, comfortable, well-equipped, attractive, beach accommodation with a lovely view of the Caribbean. Within easy walking distance of a grocery store and a few restaurants. The rental of bikes or a golf cart makes it easy to explore the village and visit a variety of restaurants. Arrangements for sightseeing and adventure tours can be made through a very efficient property manager - reef snorkelling, cave tubing, zip lining, Mayan ruins, fishing, etc. Local residents are very friendly and helpful. The sound of the surf at night compensates for a rooster crowing and some canine yowling.

Recommended for a relaxing/adventure holiday in the sun.

  • Submitted: Nov 20, 2016
  • Stayed: November 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you enjoyed your stay. The proximity to amenities is a bonus all can enjoy. And yes, living in the village means you experience all of the local lifestyle including the ocassional rooster or dog.
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Roseneath, Ontario, Canada
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Casita Del Mar

  • 5 of 5

Just back from a wonderful women's vacation on the beach in Hopkins, Belize. The house was modern, clean and comfortable with all at home conveniences. Even though it was the end of rainy season, the rain was episodic and did not interfere with any acticities and we tried a lot - zip lining, cave tubing, snorkeling, scuba diving, visiting Mayan ruins. Was easy to walk to grocery shopping and lots of restaurants. It was also fun to rent a golf cart for slightly longer jaunts. Able to cook in when we wanted but we also tried lots of restaurants, from inexpensive local food to slightly more exotic (try Love on the Rocks). Arrangements for transportation and activities was taken care of by the very efficient property manager and all went smoothly. The air conditioner helps to blurr the sounds of neighbourhood dogs and roosters. Overall it is a wonderfully pleasant, casual, relaxing area to stay. Just can't beat a balconey, sea breezes and a surf sound. I would be very happy to return here.

  • Submitted: Nov 17, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Well, you had a busy time taking advantage of many of the locally based activities! And I hear there were massages on that deck as well! We will look forward to your return!
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Map

Nearest Airport
28 Miles
Dangriga
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Southern Highway
Car: not necessary

Photos

Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 14.0%

Rates are based on: 7 nights = 1 week, 28 nights = 1 month.
Guests may opt to pay the remainder of their balance in US $(cash) upon arrival and we will discount your balance owing by 5%!

The rates provided are house rates. In addition to this there is a 14% tax.
This is a non- smoking unit. Guests are asked to smoke outside.
During high season, maximum rental length will be one month.
Casita Del Mar Cancellation Policy:
To cancel your reservation and receive a refund of your deposit, you must notify us at least 60 days prior to your scheduled arrival date in Hopkins, and we will return your deposit, less a 5% transaction fee. Refunds cannot be issued if you cancel your reservation within 30 days prior to your arrival. Also, refunds cannot be issued if you decide to shorten your stay within the 30 days or once you arrive.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

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