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Casa Santa Maria - Jungle River Retreat, Off-The-Grid, Seclude Get Away.

Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize
  • House
  • Bedrooms4
  • Sleeps8
  • Bathrooms3
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay3 nights

4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 8

The Casa Santa Maria is a 3,000 sq. ft. retreat, located in an Eco-village on the Macal River features 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, full kitchen, including daily breakfast with the option of a full meal plan. The house is powered by solar energy and has eco friendly water and septic systems. The property requires 4 wheel drive vehicle to access, but our manager can coordinate all local tours including ruins, horseback riding, Pontoon Boat excursions, etc.

Bedrooms include a Master (queen), Main Floor (queen), and two lower floor hotel rooms (double & Bunk bed). The house features two outdoor covered decks and a jungle view to the Macal River.

The Eco-village features a number of trails, gardens and look out locations of the Mayan Mountains.


Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez

Member Since 2015
Response rate:
Response time:
within one hour
Calendar last updated:
Apr 19, 2018
About Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez

I'm a professional photographer in Canada. I'm a retired Sports Administrator/Marketing Director which included professional sports, university and the amateur sporting world.

Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez purchased this House in 2012

Why Jim Hagen - Owner, On-site Manager - Lucy Martinez chose Cayo

I have developed the property as a "Creative Retreat" for artists, photographers and writers. Once construction was completed we had rental demands from many friends and visitors, thus we started to rent.

What makes this House unique

The property is located in the Belizean Rainforest and is truly off the grid. We are located in the Cayo District and have several excellent activities for guests. Our neighbour provides guided horseback riding tours and also day trips on the Macal River on a Pontoon Boat. The Macal River offers three waterfalls and swimming holes, etc. We also have a groomed trail from the house to the Macal River, were we also have a 16' canoe.


    • Internet
    • Pets Welcome
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • Parking
    • No Smoking


      • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8
      • Mahogany Suite
        1 queen
      • Santa Maria Suite
        1 queen, Master Suite
      • Negusta Suite
        1 double
      • Cedar Suite
        1 bunk bed


        • 3 Bathrooms
        • Santa Maria Private
          toilet, shower, Double sink
        • Lower Room - Shared
          toilet, shower, outdoor shower


            • Adventure
            • Away From It All
            • Historic
            • Romantic
            • Tourist Attractions


                • Catering available


                    • Clothes Dryer
                      Same as wash machine
                    • Internet
                      Satellite - wifi. Limited bandwidth
                    • Iron & Board
                    • Linens Provided
                    • Living Room
                      Furniture currently being built. Coming soon.
                    • Parking
                    • Telephone
                      No cell connection, except iPhone FaceTime and Skype
                    • Towels Provided
                    • Washing Machine
                      As we are on solar any washing requirements are coordinated via our manager.


                        • Coffee Maker
                        • Dishes & Utensils
                        • Kitchen
                          Full supplied kitchen, coffee maker, sink, gas fridge, full range, utensils, plates, glassware, cook wear, etc. Catering option available - all meals.
                        • Oven
                        • Pantry Items
                          Some basics, coffee filters, etc.
                        • Refrigerator
                          Gas fridge
                        • Stove
                          Full gas range
                        • Toaster


                            • Dining
                              Outdoor eating area - 8 plus, indoor table and chairs on request.
                            • Dining Area
                            • comfy seating for 10 people


                                • Stereo
                                  Boom box with Blue tooth and cd player


                                    • Balcony
                                    • Deck / Patio
                                      Two decks (upper/lower) for outdoor living with chairs
                                    • Kayak / Canoe
                                      16' canoe
                                    • Lawn / Garden
                                      Trail to water, featuring bananas, coffee, ginger, etc.
                                    • Outdoor Grill


                                        • wheelchair inaccessible

                                          Onsite Services

                                            • Concierge
                                            • Private Chef
                                            • Staff


                                                • Meal Plans, Tour coordination, ground transportation service available, etc. Tour and meal reservations available at www.CSMbelize.com

                                                  House Rules

                                                  Check-in: Flexible

                                                  Check-out: 1:00 PM

                                                  Cancellation Policy

                                                  100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                  3 Reviews


                                                  Latest reviews

                                                  Simply beautiful!

                                                  Tamara M.

                                                  Casa Santa Maria was the quiet escape that we needed. The pictures do not do it justice. It's a beautiful cabin, tastefully decorated and nestled quite perfectly into the jungle landscape. Although our vacation got off to a rocky start, Millie made every care disappear. She took such great care of us - helping us plan and reserve activities, preparing delicious meals, helping with delivery of our lost luggage and washing our clothes so that we were clean. Jim was also the most gracious host. He made sure we had everything we needed and then some. I would highly recommend Casa Santa Maria to friends and look forward to returning in a couple of years.

                                                  Owner's Response:


                                                  It was a pleasure hosting your family! Millie was thrilled working you. I know you had a rough start, but I'm happy that we were able to assist you in turning it around!

                                                  I have had similar experiences with missed connections and lost baggage, it can really deflate your vacation!

                                                  All the BEST hope to host your family again in the future!

                                                  Jim Hagen


                                                  David D.

                                                  This was a fabulous property the views are amazing. Lucy made you feel at home and a great resource for things to do places to go .

                                                  Beautiful place, just beautiful

                                                  masha s.

                                                  This is just dream come thru, place is gorgeous, i would say its even better than photos.

                                                  Everything was very clean.

                                                  We ordered dinners for all nights we stayed there, and Millie was absolutely great taking care of us, thank you so much!

                                                  Food was delicious , the only regret, we only stayed 3 nights:(

                                                  I miss Millie and the place.

                                                  Jim, the owner, was very helpful and answered all my multiple emails with a few minutes of me sending them, even though some of them were not about the property, he helped with car rental recommendation, stores, etc

                                                  Just a wonderful break from reality.

                                                  Thank you !


                                                  Benque Viejo Del Carmen, Belize

                                                  Rates & Availability

                                                  Taxes and fees are additional

                                                  Additional information about rental rates

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                                                  Additional Guest Fee
                                                  Tax Rate

                                                  Guests are off-the-grid and will be required to follow our Eco rules and regulations to maintain our eco-systems in place. Solar storage must not fall below 60%, conservation of water, no paper products in the septic system, etc.

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                                                  For booking assistance, call 888-640-7927

                                                  Property # 786048