Bird Island - Placencia(11 Reviews)
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Property type:Lodge
- Pets considered:Yes
- Wheel chair accessible:No
About the Property
Single island with main house (2 bedrooms) and cabana. Internet/phone service.
Bird Island is a unique experience, imagine having a truly private island all to your self. The island is best suited for the outdoor type and self-sufficient at heart, that will appreciate the opportunity of being truly left alone with your love one (or friends) and detached from the hustle and bustle of civilization at least for a few days. A communion with nature is its main emphasis, though it has all the modern comforts. Reading guest reviews should give you a very good idea what the island has to offer and what past guests have gotten out of their visits. It is not a 5-star resort per se, nor pretends to be, but it sure tends to be a 5-star experience as one can surmise from its reviews.
#1-Availability: As you can see from the calendar, Bird Island is booked well, well in advance and many assumed the calendar must be in error, it isn't. We do keep a waiting list, though cancellations have been quite rare.
#2 -Length of Stay: From experience we have found a stay of 4-5 days is about perfect to stay in Bird Island. If you notice our calendar is set in 4-day 'windows' (occasionally 5 days) and a blocked day in-between guests, making our preparations for your stay a lot better.
#3 -Extra Guests: You will always have the island to yourself regardless how many people come. Considering how far in advance Bird Island gets booked, we suggest to book two people from the outset if not sure how many extra guests you will have, and simply add extra guests about a month before your arrival. In this way, it puts no pressure on you to guess correctly how many people will eventually show up too far in advance.
#4- The trip from Placencia Village to Bird Island is included in the booking price. Check-out time is at 11:30am, and pick up (check in) is at 1:00pm. We meet at the M&M Hardware BOAT DOCK/gas station, which is way in the back of its large parking lot (lagoon side). Please note, pick up should be roughly 2 hrs before a scheduled flight out of Placencia however.
#5: Exclusivity. Yes, when you book the island, you (or group) will have the whole Island all to yourselves.
#6- Sun Tan Lotion and Bug Spray. Remember, it is the tropics; the best type of suntan lotion is one of high Block Factor, either lotion or spray type. As to bugs (i.e. sandflies), Bird Island just doesn't tend to have them, but on extremely-calm, still days some may come from other nearby islands.
#7- Wading slipper-type shoes. The island is surrounded by hard sand flats, further away by coral; bringing soft shoes that cover your toes and ankle are a good thing to have when exploring about. There are many pairs in the island that may fit you, but no guarantee to do so.
#8- Snorkeling equipment: Bring your own or you can rent them locally on the way to the island. Yes the island does have many sets, but no guarantee they will fit you. For divers, there is a local place for renting tanks, though most divers arrange a separate diving tour with a local outfit that can pick you up at the island.
#9- Fishing equipment: The island is usually surrounded by constant marauding schools of fish (jacks, snappers, etc) feeding around it. Best to bring (or rent) your own equipment and a few small (1") silver spoons if fishing. If want to do bottom fishing, should get shrimp bait when food shopping. There is a spear gun on the island.
#10- Food: Bird Island is a self-catering scenario so plan to bring enough meats, vegetable, drinks (and liquor) for your stay. The island however, does have a very well-stocked kitchen with a myriad of condiments such as cake mixes, flour, rice, spices, oils, paper towels, garbage bags, etc., so you don't have to be required to think of every little thing. Near where we take off for the island, there are excellent food stores and vegetable stands. Food shopping is a very simple step in Placencia Village and should be left for last.
#11- Refrigeration: The island has a new propane refrigerator with a fair-size freezer. It has ice trays.
#12- Water: The island has a well-filtered rain-water system, for all uses including cooking and even drinking water. Nonetheless, we still provide purified drinking water for drinking; meaning no need to worry about drinking water. Overall water conservation is extremely appreciated, an island after all is like being in the middle of a desert.
#13- Communication. A local phone is at the island so you can call local numbers, or us, at any time. The island has very good and reliable WiFi.
#14- Power. The island is solar-powered and has a wind generator; so no noisy generator.
#15- Boating. Two single-person kayaks, knee boards and inner tubes to cruise the atoll that surrounds it.
#16- Sleeping accommodations: The island's main house has a master bedroom with a double bed and a double sofa/bed. The main house also has a separate, small back bedroom. There is also a separate Cabana, with a double-size bed, Sirius radio, desk, etc. The island can accommodate up to four (4) persons perfectly, (6) depending on group composition.
#17- Places to stay in mainland: Right on the Placencia beach we suggest Cozy Corner, Sea Spray or the fancier Nirvana hotels. More up-scale resort types well outside of the village are: Robert's Grove or Laru Beya.
#18- General weather pattern:
January-June 15th is considered the 'dry season'. (January-March is nicest; April & May warmer and still).
June 15th-July 15th the first seasonal rains tend to occur.
July 1st-September 15th usually very nice weather, interrupted by the occasional passing thunderstorm.
September 15th-October 15th the second seasonal rains tend to occur.
October 15th-December 30th daily scattered thunderstorms here and there but great weather in between them.
Please note that weather in Belize tends to be pleasant, specially at Bird Island which is inside an atoll, so its waters stay clear even when windy. Perfect weather however we could never guarantee; the above is a rough guide only.
#19- Getting to Placencia from Belize City:
By Air: (Maya or Tropic Air) $235 USD round trip per person / 40 minute flight. Fastest way.
By Car: Rental Car; roughly 3.5 hour drive. Cost could range between $50 - $125 USD a day.
By Taxi: About $150 USD each way, up to 4 people, or more.
By Shuttle: Start at roughly $75 USD each way per person; 5 runs a day. Nice, relaxing scenic drive but long.
#20-Please Note: Bird Island is always undergoing improvements each year. Last year (2016) we added new decks, a fishing dock and the new observatory overlooking the atoll, which guests simple have loved. A new 30ft boat (see picture) for day cruises for snorkeling new waters and touring other islands; we are still working on that new program. During this year (2017), we will expand the island so it will have a true beach by the Fall. For 2018 we will add many more pleasant surprises.
Member since: 2015
- 940 sq. ft.
- Max. occupancy 6
- Events Allowed
- Children Welcome
- Pets Considered
- Smoking Allowed
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Long-Term Renters Welcome
- Wheelchair Inaccessible
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6, Beds for 4-6
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
- Full bathroom (hot/cold water)
- DVD Player
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Away From It All
- Sports & Activities
- Bird Watching
- Wildlife Viewing
- Ocean View
- Water View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Dining Room
- Seating for 6 people
- Linens Provided
- Living Room
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
|Dates||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 1 - Dec 31, 2019
4 night min stay
My Standard Rate
4 night min stay
Rates are based on 2 guests; add $100 per night, per additional guest
Additional information about rental rates
- Tax Rate 10%
Bring your own food, just the basics, items such as meats, vegetables and drinks. Everything else is on the island. There are many places to shop for food on the mainland, quite close to where we take off for the island.
Owner's cancellation policy:
100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
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Year Purchased: 2011
About the owner: Retired not from work, but from the maddening crowd. Came to Belize in 2010. Started Bird Island in 2013. Military Service: Vietnam Era. Then traveled throughout Central and South America for 2 years, always thought I would be back. Went to Cornell University for 5 years. Lived in Sun Valley, ID area for 7 years and then in Prescott, AZ for 23 years until 2010. My two main hobbies have been fly fishing and bird hunting with my beloved English Setters which I had the supreme honor of having for three generations encompassing 37 years.
Why the Owner Chose Belize:
A unique experience. Where else can you find the experience of staying in your own island, at such an affordable price.
The Unique Benefits at this Lodge:
No need to go on special tours, you can snorkel or fish right out your door.
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Bird Island atoll
Cabana and new Lookout Deck
Bird Island boat
Bird's eye view of nearby uninhabited islands.
Bird Island atoll
Picnic area & main house
Inside Cabana (comfort in any weather)
Called Bird Island for a reason
This listing was first published here in 2015.
Date last modified - Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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