Cayo District, Cayo, Belize Accommodations

Accommodations in Cayo District

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1br Home/Apartment
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The SpaceChiquibul Ranch, pronounced Chickee-Bull, is nestled in a beautiful sunny valley of tropical jungle rainforest in the foothills of the Mayan Mountains. The surrounding area is remote and off the grid. It is my jungle home, not a resort or lodge. My full-time manager, Hugo, is also a tour guide. This allows you to have your own personal tour guide which provides ultimate flexibility since no advance booking is required. As a free lance licensed tour guide, Hugo is certified for all tours except Tikal (Guatemala) and ATM caves. If you stay at Chiquibul and use Hugo, you will get the BEST PRICING possible because there is no lodge owner adding their surcharge. If you're planning any of the following activites they're all within a 30 minute drive or less of Chiquibul, making this a perfect location for these adventures: horseback riding at MET, zip-lines at Calico Jack's or Mike's, Barton Creek Caves, Green Hill butterfly farm, Big Rock falls, bird-watching, jungle hikes, Macal river tubing, Cahal Pech or Xunantunich Mayan ruins, Blancaneaux. Chiquibul Ranch is a working ranch of 175 acres. The home itself is built among ancient Mayan house mounds. Nearest grocery stores and restaurants are in San Ignacio/Santa Elena, a 30 minute drive away (13 miles away but 6 miles of this is on rough mountain road.) As a result, you will want to cook while staying at the house. The house is a large, airy, 55ft. x 32.5 ft. elevated hardwood home with an artisan thatch roof, a veranda running along 3 sides, mahogany floors and ceramic-tiled bathroom and kitchen floors. There is hot and cold running water, full size gas range and oven, full size refrigerator with small freezer. The interior includes: Master Bedroom with 1 queen, Bathroom with shower, Loft with 1 double and 2 twins, and Open Living Area of Kitchen, Dining, and Living Space. The master bedroom and bathroom are fully enclosed rooms, while the rest of the space is exposed to the beauty of the hand-crafted thatch roof. The beautiful entrance to the property includes teak and mahogany crops on both sides of the gated driveway, with coconut, royal palm trees, and hibiscus lining the driveway up to the base of the valley where the main home resides. The groomed grounds have mango, sour sap, coconut, orange and cashew trees along with smaller flowering trees and shrubs such as flamboyant, copper, ginger and birds-of-paradise. Surrounding the groomed grounds is high jungle vegetation, which provides for a wide and abundant variety of birds and animals of the Mesoamerican Biological Corrider. Belize is a birders' paradise. One guest saw 65 varieties of birds on the property during her stay. Hugo will welcome you and introduce you to the home. Hugo is charming, personable, funny, and knowledgeable. If you're lucky, Hugo's adorable young son, Wesley, or beautiful wife, Jenny, will assist Hugo in showing you around. Amenities include: - Bedding, Linens, beach towels - Fully equipped, well appointed kitchen, full size stove and refrigerator - Bottled water in 5 gallon jugs - Mosquito nets for the loft beds which have the thatch roof overhead - Self-sustaining off-grid. Independent water and power supply. - Battery powered lanterns and lights - IMPORTANT NOTE: Chiquibul Ranch is NOT A RESORT/LODGE, it is MY HOME in the jungle, which I have opened up to you after 7 years of keeping it to myself! Please align your expectations with this and note the following: (a) The ranch is off the grid, so there is no air conditioner, no dishwasher, no microwave, no internet, no TV, no blender, no clothes washer or dryer, no hairdryer. (b) Cell coverage is spotty since it's in the mountains (c) The loft is preferred by bigger kids because it's adventurous. Young kids and adults aren't as comfortable with the loft because the pitched, natural thatch roof is close to the beds. The pictures show this clearly. (d) If you hear a gecko or small jungle creature at night, be pleasantly surprised that you were privileged to hear one! Instead of horrified that there was a jungle critter skittering around. (e) the final 6 mile road to Chiquibul is rough limestone mountain road and very bumpy. Logging trucks and orange harvesting trucks travel this road. One of my favorite things to do is spend a morning at Big Rock, swimming under the waterfall, then stopping at luxury resort Blancaneaux (9 miles away) to have ceviche for lunch. Blancaneaux was built by Francis Ford Coppola (Hollywood Academy award winning director, producer, and screen-writer) as a private residence which he subsequently expanded into a luxury resort. The distance from the airport is a 2 1/2 hour (or less) drive. It is all paved except for the final 6 miles, when you turn off the Western Highway onto the Mountain Pine Ridge/Georgeville Road. The distance to the twin towns of Santa Elena/San Ignacio is a 30 minute drive (13 miles) to San Ignacio. I use 3 car rental companies when I visit: Crystal, Panchos, or Hertz. They are all great to work with, honest, and fair, considering the extreme wear and tear vehicles are exposed to on the rough roads in mountain and jungle territory. Guest AccessThe whole property is available for you to explore. There is a road on the property that extends through the first 100 acres, concluding at the orange grove. You can see the teak and mahogany crops in addition to the orange grove. Pick some oranges yourself if they're ripe (they are juicing oranges.) All fruit you pick and eat from my property while at the ranch is free. The road on the property goes past a Cohune Palm forest which is a sight unto itself. You probably wouldn't be surprised to see a Tyrannosauras Rex crashing through it. Interaction with GuestsI will not be there. Manager, Hugo, will be there to meet you and show you the property. He checks in on you daily and is available for all questions and company or conversation! Hugo is a great conversationalist and always up to speed on world events, Belize politics, and local goings-on. Hugo is also the Vice-Chairman of 7 Mile village, the nearby village. If you're a soccer player, join in with Hugo and friends on their nightly soccer games. Talk with Hugo each evening about what tours you'd like to do the next day. Hugo also collects the 9% accommodation tax, to be paid in cash, and information required by the Belize Tourism Board (BTB) during your stay. The NeighborhoodChiquibul Ranch is on 175 acres in the most beautiful valley of the Mayan mountain pine ridge where medium and heavy jungle are still prevalent. It is located several miles before the higher mountain altitudes transform the landscape into principally pine forest. 7 Mile Village, or El Progresso, is 2 miles away (residential village only, with the exception of a very small grocery store) and the twin towns of Santa Elena and San Ignacio are 13 miles away. Some of the most desired tour activities are within the immediate vicinity of Chiquibul Ranch. Getting AroundRent a truck or SUV, not a car. Most of the Cayo's star attractions are on the unpaved rough limestone roads. Buses and taxis are available on main highways and in San Ignacio, but not on the Mountain Pine Ridge Road where adventure country is. After all, isn't that why you're coming to the Cayo district? Other Things to NotePLEASE NOTE: Belize charges 9% tax on every type of accommodation rental, even hostels for missionary housing. You will need to pay cash to Hugo when you're there. Airbnb does not facilitate the collection of local taxes. This 9% is charged on the room rate only (excludes housekeeping) and is an ADDITIONAL cost above the Airbnb listing.
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12br hotel
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  • Pets Allowed
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Situated in the mountains, this luxury lodge is within 9 mi (15 km) of Thousand Foot Falls, Butterfly Falls and Pool, and Five Sisters Falls. Bol's Cave Museum is 8.4 mi (13.6 km) away.
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12br hotel
  • Breakfast
  • Gym
  • Parking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Swimming Pool
  • Wifi
BLANCANEAUX LODGE BELIZE Tucked away in a pocket of the Maya Mountains Blancaneaux Lodge offers 20 guestrooms all individual dwellings with thatched roofs. Here waterfalls tumble into turquoise pools above the jungle canopy. Its remote mountain setting makes it a perfect place to relax rejuvenate and enjoy lifes simple pleasures and amenities including an onsite spa with outdoor hot pool a swimming pool two restaurants horse stables and an organic garden. Guests can also explore the ancient civilization of the Maya which still endures in the sacred sites throughout this magical region. Adventure travelers will not want to miss touring the ceremonial caves along the whitewater rivers of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve to stalactite caverns and the vast ruins of Caracol deep within the lush rainforest.
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The SpaceThe Cohune Camping Casita is a cozy and basic fully screened room in a young cohune grove. It has running water and a sink and toilet are in the room, but the property is off grid and the room does not have electricity. Guest AccessA shared shower is available for all guests, as well as a shared kitchenette. An onsite restaurant will also serve three meals a day with advance notice. Limited WiFi is available in the common area upon request. Electronic devices can be charge in the common area upon request. Interaction with GuestsThe lodge is managed by the owners, who will welcome you and make you feel like the friends you will be by the time you leave. Many of our guests say it feels more like a very comfortable home stay than a hotel experience. The NeighborhoodThe lodge is in the jungle, so you will get a good feel for how the local people live in rural Belize. Getting AroundThe nearest public transport is a bus to the village of San Antonio, three miles from the lodge. You can get to the lodge via taxi or with pre-arranged lodge transport from San Ignacio for $25US. Other Things to NoteThe room rate does not include the Belize Tourism Board's 9% hotel tax. This will be collected by the owners and is an additional charge not paid to Airbnb.
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  • Pets Allowed
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The SpaceCaracol, Barton Creek, Big Rock Falls, 1000 Foot Falls, and the entire MPR are easily accessible, plus Cayo tours such as ATM. Guest AccessA shared shower is available for all guests, as well as a shared kitchenette. An onsite restaurant will also serve three meals a day with advance notice. Limited WiFi is available in the common area upon request. Electronic devices can be charge in the common area upon request. Interaction with GuestsThe lodge is managed by the owners, who will welcome you and make you feel like the friends you will be by the time you leave. Many of our guests say it feels more like a very comfortable home stay than a hotel experience. The NeighborhoodThe lodge is located just outside the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, and sites such as Caracol, Barton Creek, Big Rock Falls, 1000 Foot Falls, and the entire MPR are easily accessible, as well as most of the Cayo tours such as ATM. The cabin is in the heart of the jungle, and off grid. Enjoy the romance of lantern light! However, you can still charge your devices. Many of our guests ask about fans and air conditioning prior to their stay...but usually end up requesting extra blankets since it is cooler in the hills! Getting AroundThe nearest public transport is a bus to the village of San Antonio, three miles from the lodge. You can get to the lodge via taxi or with pre-arranged lodge transport from San Ignacio for $25US. Other Things to NoteThe room rate does not include the Belize Tourism Board's 9% hotel tax. This will be collected by the owners and is an additional charge not paid to Airbnb.
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1br Home/Apartment
  • Wifi
  • Smoking Allowed
  • Breakfast
  • Parking
  • Swimming Pool
The SpaceCalico Jack's is situated in a natural habitat that abuts the Tapir Reserve which is a protected area in Belize. Accordingly, there is an abundance of flora and fauna, a creek, swimming hole and dry caves and many hiking trails to explore. The property boasts more than 250 varieties of birds including humming birds that you can see gathering nectar as you stroll from your room to the restaurant and bar area or lounge poolside. Our menu options include meat, poultry and fish and we specialize in vegetarian and local cuisine. And if you have a special meal you would like us to prepare we will do so. We grow many plants and fruit that we use in the preparation of delicious and fresh food and beverages including agave, mango, cassava, avocado, breadfruit, plantain, lime, oranges and tangerines. We host sports activities such as pool volley ball and football (soccer) and so please join the fun!!! Guest AccessWe offer a variety of tours on site that allow our guests to access most of our 365 acre property. These activities include early morning bird watching, biking through the village, hiking trails to the creek or to the dry caves used by the Maya for their sacred rituals, zip lining over and through the jungle canopy as well as night hikes and night zip lining. If you really like adventure take our CJV Extreme tour which combines zip lining with a rappel, cable walk, rope ladder challenge and gives you the option to return on our 500 foot run super(wo)man style or try El Columpio our jungle swing for a unique jungle view. Relax poolside and enjoy a Belikin beer or stout or join us in the restaurant to enjoy a freshly prepared meal or in the lounge area to catch up with the day's news or to email a friend to share your adventures. Interaction with GuestsMaria our manager, our dedicated and enthusiastic team, Mr. C and Dr. Ydahlia are available to assist you in planning your days and evenings. In addition to the tours that we offer on site, we can arrange visits for you to ATM, cave tubing and Mayan sites including Caracol, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech, the butterfly farm, horseback riding and to see the market in San Ignacio or visit the Iguana Project. The NeighborhoodWithin 2 miles or 10 minutes of the village is a butterfly farm and horseback riding farm. We are approximately a 45 minute drive to Barton Creek Cave a natural cave and archaeological. We are in proximity to several internationally recognized attractions including Caracol, one of the most spectacular Mayan sites, Big Rock Falls, Rio on the Pools and Rio Frio Cave. We are situated 45 minutes from San Ignacio and an hour from Belmopan which means that our guests have access to all of the attractions in these areas. Getting AroundDon Reynaldo runs a school bus from our village on Monday to Saturday at 6 am to San Antonio. The cost is about US$1 on way. From San Antonio there is a bus to San Ignacio Market terminal that cost US$2 one way. To return take the bus from San Ignacio no later than 3 pm to San Antonio. Don Reynaldo leaves at 4 pm from San Antonio to our village. We also offer transfers to Georgeville by vehicle for US$5 one way. From Georgeville there is a bus to San Ignacio (US$1, one way) or Belmopan ($3, one way). Other Things to NoteThe list prices do not include a 9% hotel tax in accordance with the laws of Belize as implemented by the Belize Tourism Board. This accommodations' tax will be paid directly upon check in and is not factored into the prices posted.