About the property
- House1000 sq. ft.
- Half Baths0
- Minimum Stay3 nights
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.
Mirko Bechstedt (Property Manager)
- Response rate:
- Response time:
- within one day
- English, German
- Calendar last updated:
- May 14, 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).
Local Services & Businesses
Sports & Adventure Activities
Check-in: 3:00 PM
Check-out: 10:00 AM
100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.
Warning: you’ll leave a little piece of your heart in Hopkins.
We fell in love with the community of Hopkins and Casita Del Mar is the perfect home from which to enjoy it and the surrounding area.
Firstly, the photos do not do justice to the beautiful home. It is lovely, well appointed and in an ideal location in Hopkins. You should see the home flooded with warm sunlight first thing in the morning!
Mirko is the perfect manager. He is available to attend to your every need so don’t be shy to ask. Every detail was arranged perfectly to our satisfaction. From Tropic Air reservations to transfers and tours, all our needs were ideally met.
We will be back.
Thank you so much for that lovely review. We are so very pleased you enjoyed our home. We look forward to your return. And yes, Mirko and his team does a fabulous job!
Beautiful! Perfect property!
We had a wonderful time staying at Casita del Mar. The property is gorgeous, the house is lovely, comfortable and immaculate. Mirko was wonderful to deal with and answered all questions, gave great recommendations and was there to help whenever he was needed. We loved Hopkins! Every restaurant was delicious and we always felt safe. We loved visiting the Ixcacoa Plantation and would suggest it as a great tour! We would love to come back someday and bring our children to experience Belize!
We are very happy to know that you had a great stay at our home and that you enjoyed Hopkins! We quite agree, Mirko is great with our guests and an excellent support for those staying at Casita! We hope to see you back again very soon with your children.
BEAUTIFUL BEACH! It doesn't get much better than this beach ... the perfect mixture of sun and shade (provided by the beautiful palm trees throughout the beach). This beach is also fairly quiet as there are not a lot of people walking by.
One of my favorite things about this house is the large deck. If we weren't on the beach or out and about, we were sitting on the deck enjoying the sound of the waves and smelling the cool ocean breeze. Oh, and the hammock is dreamy ... there were definitely some naps taken there :).
We also cooked a lot of meals in the house and it was well equipped ... spices, plenty of dishes/containers, and great pots and pans!
I've rented from the property manager, Mirko, a couple times now. He's very accommodating and makes sure your stay in Hopkins is perfect!
We are so pleased that you had a good time at our home, Casita Del Mar. Sounds like you were able to advantage of many of the house amenities. We hope that you will consider coming back to for another stay soon!
Doesn't Get Any Better Than This!
This house is a great get away right on the beach. You can enjoy a quiet afternoon on the beach or the deck and while away the time in a hammock or go off exploring the village nearby. We had a great time swimming, watching for passing manatee or just enjoying the ocean breezes. The Property Manager, Mirko, was always available for questions about the area, where to eat or arranging trips. It was a great, carefree vacation and we can't wait to come back! Warm evenings, moonlight off the deck, waves lapping on the beach... The house itself is well equipped if you want to cook and very clean. It's obviously been recently painted and is well cared for. It's easy to get around to local restaurant or stores for basic provisions. We rented a motorcycle for a day just around the corner. Will recommend this house to my friends!
We are so glad you enjoyed your stay at our home. We’re pretty partial to enjoying the ocean from the deck as well. Be sure to come back!
Poorly serviced and managed Too bad more space in comments is not provided as 7 more items remain.
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
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.
Great central location
Nice little oasis in Hopkins. If you are looking for resort-style vacation with pools, restaurant, manicured grounds, private beach, room service all in a self-contained package, then Casita Del Mar is probably not for you. But if you seek adventure, have an open mind and want to see/experience how the local Belizeans live, then this is the place. Beautiful, clean and well-equipped Casita is centrally located in the country so access to the many beautiful areas of Belize is manageable via car. Sleeps 4 adults comfortably. Mayan ruins, zip-lining, hiking, excursions out to barrier reef for snorkeling, cave-tubing - all were fantastic and highly recommended. Merko took care of all our excursions when we arrived, relieving me of the leg work. The locals are exceptionally friendly (despite many having very little) and the various mom and pop restaurants around town are wonderful, and inexpensive! Highly recommend Casita Del Mar
I think you have captured the essence of our home! Thank you for your comments and we are so pleased that you enjoyed your stay. We would love to have you come again!
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.