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Private Lagoon-Side Paradise Close to Town

Bedrooms 1
Space 450 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

1 Bdrm Loaded Apt on Lagoon: Privacy, Space and Peace 5 minutes from Town

Heron's Rest is a small, well-appointed apartment inside a walled, owner-occupied residence about 1 1/2 miles north of San Pedro center. Some of the most beautiful views of la Isla Bonita can be seen from this lovely coastal location. The lagoon shallows dance in the tradewind breezes. Our black soil gardens and mangrove borders support birdwatching and birdsong from dawn to dusk. Fireflies in the woodlands follow spectacular lagoon sunsets.

Your accommodations offer every comfort and convenience, with a Pillow-top Queen bed in the bedroom and a Double Sofa-bed in the living room. The galley kitchen is fully equipped with refrigerator, 2 burner stove, microwave, coffeemaker, blender, toaster, china, cutlery, pots and pans and essential staples. There is a flatscreen TV in the living area, the dining table serves 4, and garden patio is lovingly landscaped with local fruits, flowers and vegetables. The property is fenced, with secure parking for rental vehicles.

Imported luxuries (500-count linens and towels, technology and appliances) are combined with beautiful local hardwoods, textiles and crafts. Everything you could want for total relaxation is assembled for you: books, maps and guides, A/C, games, beach towels, hammocks, bicycles and kayaks ... if I've forgotten anything just ask.

There are a dozen bars and restaurants within walking distance ranging from BBQ to fine dining; our guests can enjoy sunning, swimming and snorkeling at the Ak'bol Yoga Eco-Resort pool, beach and pier across the street, which also has daily yoga classes and some of the best local food on the island. Sailboat and paddle-board rentals are steps away and pick-ups for fishing, diving, and adventure trips, as well as the coastal ferry to town are across the street.

This vacation home is best suited for a couple or two friends but can accommodate 3 with permission, for short stays. I look forward to introducing you to the many joys and activities of Ambergris Caye, and to arranging sports, cultural and leisure activities suited to your particular taste.

More Details

Diana Snyder
Member since: 2014
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 2 days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 15, 2017

About Diana Snyder

I first fell in love with Belize as a visiting anthropology student over 30 years ago. I was drawn back again and again by the perfect combination of sun, sand and sea; by the positive Mayan energy; and by the friendliness and laidback lifestyle of the residents. Ambergris Caye became my permanent home in 2010.

Diana Snyder purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Diana Snyder chose Ambergris Caye

Building a place that suited the Belizean weather and lifestyle, and celebrated the local materials and plants has been a dream come true. The private rental apartment on the first floor also serves as guest quarters for family and friends, and it is personally maintained.

What makes this apartment unique

As onsite hostess I am almost always available for any questions - grocery stores, gas, where to eat, which tour to take, etc. And as a lifelong sailor and diver I am happy to share what I've learned so far, of the magical spots and amazing opportunities among the islands, in the water and on the mainland.


San Pedro Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 450 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets considered ...
  • children welcome ...
  • smoking allowed ...
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Hot and cold, high pressure, pure rainwater showers
  • Imported oversize turkish towels
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 queen , 1 sleep sofa /futon , BDRM: new Pillow-top Qu. Mattress. LR: new Dbl. Sleep Sofa
  • High count imported linens. Air Conditioned, ceiling fans in every room. Locking drawer for valuables.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Bicycles ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • 1 bicycles
  • wheelchair accessible ...
Pool / Spa:
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • marina
  • playground
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • gambling casinos
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • shelling
  • shopping
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • equestrian events
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • kayaking
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • sound/bay fishing
  • spelunking
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
Private and semi-private yoga instruction, massage and reiki treatments now offered on-site.


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(23 traveler reviews)

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Private Lagoon-Side Paradise Close to Town
average rating of 4.869565 based on 23 reviews

Nice clean rental, great location!

  • 5 of 5

We had a great vacation at Diana’s place. She arranged our golf cart rental, met us at the airport and escorted us back to the Heron’s Rest. Accommodations were just as described and had everything we needed. Although we went to town almost every day, it is in a perfect location with plenty to do on the North side of the bridge. Ak’bol is right across the street with excellent food, several great spots within walking distance for food, drinks and recreation. Diana was a perfect host - highly recommend her place!

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Feb 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: So glad you chose Heron's' Rest, it was a pleasure meeting you both!
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Peaceful Haven

  • 5 of 5

Diana has created a peaceful garden, comfortable lodging with many amenities including AC! This VRBO has a hospitable atmosphere. Diana was so kind to pick us up from the airport nearby and give us a tour of the island on the way to her abode! She provided many tips to make our experience wonderful. Diana was never intrusive of our need for rest and privacy, but was often available when we had a question. The environment and restaurant at Ak Bol Yoga Retreat center across the road was terrific! We even did a little snorkeling there off the dock! But Searious Adventures took us on some of the best snorkeling adventures we have ever had! A golf cart rental gave us a lot of freedom to explore the area and go into town. But we were thrilled to be lodging away from the bustle and the resorts! Diana also gives amazing massages if you have the time and dollars. We highly recommend Heron's Rest and location!

  • Submitted: Jun 12, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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girard, ohio

Just Perfect, Clean, airy and convenient

  • 5 of 5

Diane was an excellent host from start to finish, meeting us at the ferry boat with a golf cart ready and waiting. The property is an a great location, convenient to many nice restaurants, bars, wine bar. If not for my health, so much was in walking distance. Do not use air conditioner here----no need to! The breeze were so pleasant and the ceiling fans cooling that you absolutely don't need air. All the amenities as described are there and everything is clean and in order. The bed was comfortable and fresh. Diane checked in on us, recommended whatever we needed, and even did a personal errand for me to the post office---thanks again so much!!! Ak'bol is directly across the street with a lovely pool, beach, restaurant and bar. We love vacation in owner rentals like this but it was convenient to have this small quaint resort across the road. This was our first time to the island and staying here and didn't quite know what to expect but you cannot go wrong with this choice of accommodations!

  • Submitted: Apr 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Aw shucks, thanks so much guys! Hoping to see you again next year.
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Lakewood CO


  • 5 of 5

Very sweet cottage with view of lagoon. And right across the road the yoga retreat and good food.

Diane will do all she can to make your stay just what you need.

  • Submitted: Mar 7, 2017
  • Stayed: Mar 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing stay

  • 5 of 5

Diana was a wonderful host! Going out of her way to give us a ride to/from the home. She made sure we had all we needed during our stay. The home was very comfortable and convenient to all the activities we had planned. Thanks again for a great week!!! Brenda and Sarah

  • Submitted: Feb 10, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Ideal place for some intense R&R

  • 5 of 5

Stayed at Heron's Rest for two weeks over Christmas and the New Year. We were looking for a place to seriously relax and recover from a difficult year. We were not disappointed. Our ground floor apartment was just as described by Diana on the VRBO website. It was simply but comfortably furnished, and had everything one might require.

The two main rooms were spacious and airy, both with ceiling fans, which we used, and the bedroom had an A/C unit which we did not. Comfortable bed and our bed-linen was changed twice while we were there. Living room had a very comfortable sofa and a well-equipped kitchen area. No stove-top, but there was a double hotplate if needed. Microwave, decent-size refrigerator, coffee maker etc. We needed nothing else. There was a TV, but we didn't use it, so don't know what entertainment it provided. Good wi-fi service, which of course is indispensable these days, even on R&R.

Bathroom was small, but the walk-in shower had plenty of hot water at all times. Toilet paper etc. put in the waste basket, but that's normal without regular sewage systems.

We spent a lot of time relaxing on our little patio, or in one of the two good quality hammocks - a great place to watch and listen to all the varied bird life.

Diana was a wonderful host. She picked us up from the San Pedro airport after a journey with many delays, and also took us back for our return journey as she was going to town anyway. She recommended places to eat and drink in the neighbourhood, and made reservations for a snorkeling trip, as well as a wonderful all-day visit to the Mayan ruins of Lamenai. And it was little things like giving me a battery for my toothbrush and making sure we knew in advance when the maid was coming that really made a difference.

Some general Ambergris thoughts - most people rent a golf cart for some or all of their stay. We decided not to, and rarely ventured more than a mile or so away from "home". We thought about bicycles, but the only ones available are usually coasters (no hand brakes), and we didn't want that much excitement. Depending on the time of the year, you will experience mosquitoes or sand flies - a couple of sprays of OFF! should do the trick, but be prepared. Aqbol Yoga resort is just over the road and a good place for breakfast or lunch, and there are several other good eating places within walking distance.

We achieved our relaxation goal and didn't even mind returning to a snowbound Colorado.

  • Submitted: Jan 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Car: not necessary

This home was built on the narrowest part of the island, where lagoon and beach are only meters apart. Prevailing winds keep us comfortable and bug-free most of the time. The surrounding jungle, shining lagoon, crashing surf on the reef and endless beach offer peace and space in all directions while town is just a 5 minute ferry ride, 15 minute bike ride or 30 minute stroll down the beach.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Tax Rate 9.0%

A 25% nonrefundable deposit reserves your dates. Balance in full is due thirty days prior to arrival to avoid cancellation. No refund for unused dates.
Check In: 4:00PM Check Out 11:00AM
US$25/day surcharge for 3rd person. US$200 refundable deposit for visiting pets.
Weekly cleaning service included, extra towels/linens upon request. Additional cleaning/laundry services US$25/day w/24 hrs notice.
Private and semi-private yoga classes, massage and reiki available on-site. Ask for details and rates.
Arrival and departure transportation, vehicle rentals can be arranged with advance notice.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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