5bd Luxurious Beach House with Pool & Caring Staff

Front of BajaMar viewed from beachAnother fabulous day at BajaMar: Pool and HammockView from downstairs room & poolView : lower veranda over the pool towards the Caribbean sea and the reef beyondCrystal clear fresh water pool at BajaMarA nice cool spot under the palapa with bar and beverage cooler at handSunrise at BajaMar - view from upper verandaThe sitting room - looking to the WestThe sitting room - looking to the EastThe main kitchen- fully equipped with granite topGuest pick-up at BajaMar dock for a snorkelling tripMiddle suite lower at beach levelKitchenettes in beach level suitesBathrooms in beach level suitesSouth Suite - beach levelKitchenette - Beach Level South SuiteBathroom - South Beach Level SuiteRear veranda - looking SouthRear veranda - looking NorthBedroom upper floorMaster bedroomview from Master BedroomEnsuite bathroom - Master bedroomNorth Beach Level SuiteKitchenette in middle beach level suiteEnsuite Bathroom in North Beach Level Suite2nd Bedroom on upper floorBathroom -upper floorAlfred & Dianie serving guests at dinnerDianie's delicious food!Pickup:BajaMar dock for days fishing with lunchbox prepared by Dianie of course!Farewell to guests - direct ferry to Int'l Airport from dock "They'll be back!"The lagoon at duskThe BajaMar Team - Left to right: Tony (Owner) with Dianie & Alfred
Pearl Street, San Pedro, undefined, Belize

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Overview

Bedrooms: 5
Bathrooms: 5
Sleeps: 10
Type: Villa
Per night: $525 - $750
Per week: $3,675 - $5,250
Pets allowed: No
Internet: Yes
Description of the San Pedro vacation villa rental
Welcome to BajaMar. Located in the select Mata Grande/Mata Chica neighborhood. Completed in 2010 this 5 bed, 5 bathroom home boasts wrap around decks, indoor and outdoor kitchens with bbq grill, wine fridge, 14' ceilings, 3 kayaks, private pool, palapa, unobstructed views of the reef against some of the nicest stretch of beach on the island. The 3 downstairs adjoining suites have their own kitchenettes and t.v./dvd players. Home is ideal for any family or friends reunion. The house has considerable flexibility in the bedding constellations that are possible - one queen bed and four king beds or up to eight twin/single beds. Enjoy this 4,500sq ft home nestled on 1 acre in one of the most sought after neighborhoods on the island!
Area Information
Baja Mar is located 5 miles north of San Pedro. Surrounded by private residences, vacation homes, boutique resorts and services such as grocery store with bike rentals and golf carts. This home is 200 feet from some of the best restaurants on the island as well as enjoying the peace and serenity of north island life. Fishing flats, barrier reef, beautiful beach are all at fingertips!

Availability Calendar

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Aug 30 2014 Nov 21 2014 $525 $525 $3,675 - 4 Nights
Nov 22 2014 Nov 30 2014 $650 $650 $4,550 - 6 Nights
Dec 01 2014 Dec 19 2014 $550 $550 $3,850 - 4 Nights
Dec 21 2014 Jan 03 2015 $700 $700 $4,900 - 4 Nights
Jan 04 2015 Jan 31 2015 $550 $550 $3,850 - 5 Nights
Feb 01 2015 May 29 2015 $600 $600 $4,200 - 5 Nights
May 30 2015 Aug 28 2015 $575 $575 $4,025 - 5 Nights
Jun 01 2015 Aug 29 2015 $550 $550 $3,850 - 5 Nights
Aug 29 2015 Nov 20 2015 $550 $550 $3,850 - 4 Nights
Nov 21 2015 Nov 28 2015 $650 $650 $4,550 - 6 Nights
Nov 29 2015 Dec 18 2015 $575 $575 $4,025 - 6 Nights
Dec 19 2015 Jan 03 2016 $750 $750 $5,250 - 4 Nights
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Check In: 3 p.m. Check Out: 10 a.m.
Lodging tax: 9%
Deposits: A 50% deposit is required to make a reservation. We have a cancellation policy that provides for a return of funds as follows: 60 days or more before check-in date: Full refund less processing fees
 59-31 days before check-in: 50% refund less processing fees
 30 days or less before check-in: No refund ***Processing fees include a USD 250 cancellation fee and any related bank or credit card fees incurred by BajaMar*
Payment Options: American Express, Discover, Mastercard, Money Order, Visa
Other Fees: None

Amenities

  • Beds

  • 4 King Beds
  • 1 Queen Bed
  • 6 Twin Beds
  • 1 Sofa Bed
  • Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Cook
  • Hardwood Floors
  • Oceanfront
  • Balcony
  • Daily Maid Service
  • High Speed Internet
  • Patio
  • Beach Chairs
  • Deck
  • Housekeeper
  • Private Pool
  • Beach Towels
  • Dock/Boat Slip
  • Kayak
  • Waterfront
  • Beachfront
  • Full Kitchen
  • Linens Provided
  • Appliances

  • Alarm Clock
  • Dishwasher
  • Microwave
  • TV (Cable/Satellite)
  • Blender
  • Gas Grill
  • Oven
  • Telephone
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator (Full)
  • Toaster
  • Coffee Maker
  • Ice Maker
  • Refrigerator (Mini)
  • Washer/Dryer
  • DVD Player
  • Iron
  • Stove
  • Activities

  • Beach
    (onsite)
  • Ocean
    (onsite)
  • Deep Sea Fishing
    (<1 mile)
  • Scuba Diving
    (<1 mile)
  • Fishing
    (onsite)
  • Pool
    (onsite)
  • Grocery Store
    (<1 mile)
  • Snorkeling
    (<1 mile)
  • Kayaking
    (onsite)
  • Bicycling
    (<1 mile)
  • Restaurant
    (<1 mile)
  • Windsurfing
    (<1 mile)
Other Vacation Rental Amenities
Some of the best restaurants on the island are just 5-10 minutes stroll down the beach but Dianie's home cooking and eating under BajaMar's Palapa or on the veranda, with cool beverages close to hand, are hard to beat.

Reviews for this vacation villa rental in San Pedro, Belize

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KY Rlnee

Nyc

Perfect 5 days

Place is about 20 min boat ride a way from san pedro. We only went to town twice. The area where the house is along the same beach as several other hotels so you will have plenty of bars and restaurants to choose from. Some of them close during the weekdays so check before you walk over. House was just what we needed. 3 Big bedrooms on first level and a smaller room with queen bed upstairs and the smallest room with two twins, about 150 sq. ft upstairs. Main living area, kitchen & large deck where we hung out every evening was wonderful!

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Owner's reply:

Thanks for taking the time to write us a review. We appreciate it. Hope to see you again at BajaMar sometime!

Toni Cross Craig Garrison

Oklahoma

Perfect for our family

I don't know how much more I can add to other reviews. The house was better than it appears in the pictures. The layout of the house was perfect for our family of 6 which included my husband and I, our daughter and her husband and two teenage grandchildren. My husband and I took the upstairs with the living area and the kitchen and my daughter and her family took the downstairs. The downstairs was perfect for them. They could open the inside doors and have one big area or close them and have private time. The outside spaces were perfect for relaxing. I can NOT say enough nice things about Alfred and Dianie!!!! Alfred treated the place like his own. He took care of everything. We had Dianie cook for us almost then whole time. We did go out 2 times but the food was not as good as what we had at the house. We are not picky eaters, so we visited with Dianie about her menus, told her what we would like to try and told her just to prepare as she wanted for breakfast and dinner. She also fixed cerviche so my granddaughter could taste it. We were so happy with it all! Alfred helped us with different arrangements including renting golf carts for two days so we could go to town. We didn't care for the water taxi experience very well. We read lots of other reviews so we took water shoes to play in the ocean. Grandkids snorkeled from the shore, walked the beach to pick up shells, used the kayak, loved the pool. You can walk for miles along the beach, there are a couple of bars and eating places within walking distance and the store is about a 5 minute walk. There are other places along the beaches close by the vegetation along the property lines give you privacy. They views from the balcony are priceless. We loved having Po (the dog) around. He is so well behaved and such a sweet little dog. Thank you Anthony for sharing your house and thank you Alfred and Dianie for making our experience so enjoyable.

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Owner's reply:

Thank you for taking the time to write this review. Your family clearly enjoyed the house exactly as it was designed to be enjoyed. This positive and up-to-date feedback really helps us in letting other potential guests know that the BajaMar team continues to do its absolute best to ensure a perfect family vacation. The warmth and beauty of "Isla Bonita" does the rest.

Lance Holt

Thousand Oaks, CA USA

Amazing time in Belize

The week was fantastic. It started with the owner, Tony and the live in care keepers (Alfred & Dianie) They were quick to contact me with helpful information, which made our first trip to Belize easy. The house is perfect for a group of ten people, just the right size so you are not stepping on each other. Alfred and Dianie are the best, they can set up everything for you, from dinner reservations, home cooked meals to catamaran trips. I suggest using Tropic Ferry for the trip from the mainland to the private dock. The house is beautiful, the people of Belize, friendly and welcoming.

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Owner's reply:

Lance, Thanks so much for the review. Dianie, Alfred and I really appreciate it and look forward to seeing you all back at BajaMar sometime soon. Tony

Pam Dolvin Poldiak

Roanoke, VA

One of our best family vacations ever!

We just returned from a Spring Break trip to Casa BajaMar with another family, and it was amazing. Pictures can not do justice to how beautiful the setting is at this house. I think I took 20 pictures just of the view from the lower patio, looking out at the ocean over the infinity pool. It's a very secluded setting, your own personal paradise - yet still walking distance to a small grocery store and several nice restaurants. You can also take a water taxi into San Pedro anytime you want - it will pick you up directly from the house's pier. The best part of all is Alfred and Dianie - the caretaker and his wife. They catered to our every need, Alfred helping to arrange our airport transportation and excursions, and Dianie cooking all of our breakfasts and dinner and buying us groceries before we arrived. Having her cook for us was so much less expensive than eating out, and we got to try all of her delicious Belizean dishes. She has a menu she can send you before you come, so you can pick the meals you want. It was so sad to leave, not only because our vacation in paradise was over but because Alfred and Dianie had become our friends. And their dogs too - Po and Sparky, such cute little dogs with great personalities. We can't wait to go back!! The only downside I can think of is the seagrass in the ocean, as others have mentioned. But this is an issue in all of Belize, something you just need to be prepared for if you go there. These are not the perfect sugar sand beaches that you see in places like Bermuda or Aruba. There is actually less seagrass in front of this house than in most other places there. But you will want to bring water shoes, especially if you want to swim in the ocean right off of the beach. Taking the kayaks out to the reef is another great activity, something we did several times. It takes 15-20 minutes to kayak to the reef, and the snorkeling there is great. So definitely bring a snorkel and mask. Walking on the beach is also fun - you can walk for miles in either direction. People will occasionally try to sell you stuff on the beach - bracelets, wood carvings, even food (a guy biked by the house every morning selling tamales). But they were all very polite to us, always leaving when we said no and never pestering us to buy anything. All in all, it was one of the best family trips we have ever taken. I don't think I have ever been so sad for a vacation to end!

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Owner's reply:

Thanks for taking the time to make a thorough review. Alfred & Dianie loved having you all stay and we all look forward to seeing you again at BajaMar.

Linda Ehret

Colorado Springs, CO

Beautiful Home in Belize

We just spent a wonderful week at Baja Mar!! This beachfront home is perfect for large groups, five separate bedrooms with private baths. You can also just rent one floor for smaller groups. There are three large covered decks on either side of the home, perfect for watching sunrises and sunsets or getting some quiet shaded time away. Even with renting one floor, you would have the beauty of a private deck. Plenty of room for our group of 7 adults to be together as a family and also have private space. The house and grounds are very clean. The home is just a few years old and the owner and caretaker are continually maintaining, updating and improving the property and house....the tropical air and humidity can be rough on homes. Alfred and Dianie are the caretakers as well as the heart and soul of the home. They also provide wonderful information about the island. Dianie's meals were wonderful and so reasonably priced. It was so nice to come "home" after a long day to a wonderful cooked meal just waiting for you! The house also had a local cell phone so that when we left the property we could make calls or call Alfred with questions. The area is very quiet and safe, although we were advised to lock up the house and be mindful just in case? Town is 5 miles away, there are no paved roads so you can make the trip in about 30-45 minutes via golf cart. I read many reviews about the condition of the roads, yes, they are dirt, it's all about attitude, we made the golf cart rides an adventure. Some reviews talked about the condition of the beaches, they are beautiful, but it is an island and seaweed and careless vacationer's trash can wash up on shore. The water is shallow all the way to the reef, we used the kayaks on site to visit and swim on the reef. We spent time in San Pedro, shopping isn't great, restaurants and tours were fun. Lots of information available at the house and Alfred will guide you. There are several restaurants in walking distance, Rojo:great bar and food, Mata Chica Resort: great affordable breakfast, great dinner but $$. Portofino is a bit farther walk but worth it, we went twice. We took the glass bottom boat snorkeling as we had family that wasn't interested in getting wet! Swimming with the sharks a MUST! We were interested in the ruins and cave tours, but didn't realize it was a bit of a long trip to get back to the mainland for a day? Would recommend this home and hope to return some day.

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Owner's reply:

Thanks for taking the time to make such a thorough review.
We hope to see you all again sometime at BajaMar.
Tony

Angi Fuller

Colorado, USA

AMAZING

My family and I rented this property for a family vacation there were 9 adults and 1 child. The house was the perfect size for us, big enough that we all had our own space but small enough that we still felt together and could hang out in the common spaces. The pool was a very nice addition as it was nice to cool off, I noticed not a lot of the other houses had a pool. The location of the house is nice, far enough from San Pedro that you feel a little secluded, but close enough that you can take the golf cart if you want to explore town. Would highly recommend Wild Mangos, it was excellent! The caretaker Alfred and his wife (great cook, you have to have her fix you some meals!!) were amazing! They made the trip so much better, always there when you needed them. Very helpful and considerate. I would go back in a heart beat!!! The only things that I thought were missing from the house would be a small boat. It would be nice to have a small motor boat to get around and go to the reef for those not able to kayak over there. Other than that it was perfect! I highly recommend it!!!!

Tom Chumbley

Chicago, IL

Baja Mar-velous

We were in Belize for a family vacation (including our 2 year old boy) and stayed at Baja Mar for 7 nights. The experience was absolutely perfect. Alfred and Dianie were incredibly helpful with dinners at the house, helping us book reservations, making recommendations, and caring for the property. As parents, we were especially appreciative of Alfred's genuine concern for our son's well being - they became fast friends! We had the house stocked with groceries upon our arrival and just made quick store runs for anything extra. If you stay here - be sure to have a golf cart to get to the store - it would be a very long walk. Bring bug spray for those journey's as mosquitos are thick if you are not along the beach front. Take advantage of the Kayak's and go out near the reef to snorkel - great way to start the day! Enjoy, Tom, Briana, and Walker

Nicole Bennett

Martinez, CA

Best Stay Ever

We just got back from 10 wonderful days in Belize at this house. Alfred and Dianie were the best caretakers ever, always there to answer any questions, cook, and get you whatever you needed. Mandy's store is super close for most anything you need, if it was not there, she found it for us, and the girl who works for her is charming. The location of the house is great, with restaurants and bars within walking distance as well as Mandy's store. 10 people fit very comfortably into the 5 rooms and having 5 bathrooms as well was a bonus. Alfred and Dianie cooked wonderful dinners for us. Having the pool just steps out the back door was the really great. I would highly recommend this house and we are absolutely going to return again.

shelly rhodes

Concord, CA USA

Best Vacation Yet

This house is amazing but what made it so good is the caretakers Alfred and Danny. They became part of the family and there was not a dry eye on anybody the day we left. They cooked us several meals that were awesome and were always around when we needed something. The house is set up so everybody has their own apartment almost. We had 10 people and there was plenty of space. I can't wait to go back again.

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Owner's reply:

This was a wonderful group and we hope to have them back!

Cynthia Borland

Dorchester, Ontario Canada

Loved this house and setting

When you arrive via water taxi and approach the dock, the view of the home is stunning. It does not stop there. The grounds are well maintained, the house clean and well appointed. We had a group of 10 adults and the space was perfect. Both front and back decks added the ability to slip away for a peaceful read or opportunity to enjoy everyone’s company with plenty of room to spare. The caretakers Alfred and Diane could not do enough to help us enjoy our stay and were very good at offering advice for travelers. We enjoyed their offers to cook dinner with local cuisine. Mornings on the deck overlooking the pool and the water are so beautiful it is difficult to capture in words. Accommodate for the need for a water taxi or be happy to wander the beaches enjoying the resorts and restaurants close by. We highly recommend this property and the management group is very good. Enjoy. A must stay if you are looking for a place to unwind while enjoying upscale home stay accommodations.

VS

NY, CT and Washington DC

Rent this house.....full stop.

Just got back from San Pedro (inspiration of the famous Madonna song - La isla bonita) for a family reunioin where 7 of us (5 adults and 2 kids) rented Casa Baja Mar. WOW WOW WOW. There's really no other way to describe this place. This house is perfect - private (but not in the middle of nowhere), well equpped (we cooked a LOT and had our cable for early mornign cartoons!), fun (pool/beach/walks) and luxurious. The kids loved the pool which is much bigger than the pictures depict, we enjoyed sitting on the porch and reading and the family yoga on the beach is something we will remember forever. The caretaker and his family were extremely kind and helpful and made our stay so pleasant. They even helped book our snorkeiling trips. The kayaks are great as the reef is close and the laughs and memories will last forever. When we go back to Belize, we will stay at Casa Baja Mar again.

Kevin

Missouri

Great House

Just got home from 10 days at Baja Mar with 2 other couples for a total of 6 adults. What a great place to stay, far enough from town for quiet but close enough to get there for some shopping. Nice places to eat are within walking distance, White Sands Dive shop very close by and they will pick you from your dock. The pool is awsome and this house is RIGHT on the beach! The caretakers Alfred and Diane and just great, very helpful with anything you ask. We rented a golf cart for our stay and had a good time getting around the island on it but beware, the roads are rough. You can also use the water taxi if you don't get a cart. Mata Grande Grocery will deliver items right to your house and is a short walk away. Mandy and her husband Jason own the grocery and also manage this property, they are great to work with and take care of everything for you as far as getting to the house and back to town. We will be back again to Baja Mar! Belize It!

Gabriel Varvaro

Barbados

Best beach holiday ever

We stayed at Casa Bajamar for a unforgettable week in July 2010. The place is amazing, with unobstructed views of the reef, cool breeze, a great plunge pool to chill out, hammocks, etc, etc. The house has a a great layout, upstairs has a main apartment with two decks for dinners "al fresco" or just to relax on a chair to read a book, the kitchen is fully equipped and the two bedrooms are breezy with very comfortable beds. The suites downstairs (we stayed in one of them) are great too, with a spacious bathroom and a kitchenette each. Perfect for couples. Alfred the caretaker was always happy to help and makes sure the property is on mint condition all the time. Also, Mandy from Mata Chica groceries can make sure you receive any food or drink supplies even before arrival... just great service. We also made good use of the kayaks available that can get you to the reef in no time for fantastic snorkeling. Diving can also be arranged nearby. I'd definitely recommend staying at Casa Bajamar.

Corso's

Miami, FL

Best Vacation Ever - amazing view

My family and I (6 adults) stayed at Baja Mara for 5 nights for a family vacation. Location could not have been better; right by local restaurants and just a boat trip from town...and an amazing view! The house was perfectly set up for a group with mixed singles and couples. We got excellent help and service to and from the house, town or any excursion. We we were always picked up at our dock with no problems. While there we had a cell phone to make quick local reservations and have any questions answered that we may have had. House had a folder with all necessary contacts that we may need. Alfred the care taker of the house was amazing! He was always very friendly and always eager to help in any way he could. The owners of Mata Grande Grocery (Mandy & Jason) helped us a lot by being able to fully stock the house with food, snacks and drinks before and during the visit. The visit could not have been any better!

Vickie krebs

Salt lake city, utah

Awesome home rental

We stayed at This home for a week, four friends,three from california and one from Utah.we had an excellent stay. The home is beautiful we had a true belizian meal prepared for us and served on the back patio. The pool was wonderful and the caretaker cleaned it every morning. The oceanfront views were gorgeous. Mandy and Jason made sure we got everything we needed . We met a lot of locals and just had an awesome time. The snorkeling at the barrier reef was absolutely fantastic. We hope to visit again.

Alan Long

Fayetteville, AR USA

Ambergris Caye-STAY HERE

This is not just a vacation home-this is a little bit of heaven! The location on the island is perfect. Not only are you on the best end of the island, but you are also just a short water taxi ride ($9.00) from San Pedro Town. The restaurants on this end of the island are amazing! Close by are Mata Chica resort (3 mins walk on the beach), Portofino resort and Rendezvous. Each of these resorts and restaurants are priced well and have a great atmosphere. One thing many homes lack that this home does not is service! Baja Mar features the most convenience that a vacation home could want. The onsite grounds keeper arranged meals, water taxi service, prepared our kayaks, cleaned our pool daily and even arranged our snorkeling excursions. He lives directly behind the house, so he is always a few steps away. I went with 5 other people, and the house is very well equipped to handle multiple guests. Each downstairs bedroom features a private bathroom and small kitchen. Laundry service was also onsite. I have mentioned that the house was close dining, but in addition to close restaurants there is also an onsite chef for those meals that you would like to eat in and grocery delivery was a phone call away. This is by far the best location on the island. If you are thinking about a resort, reconsider! The Baja Mar house offers more than a resort ever could! This is most definitely on my list of places to return to.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do we get to BajaMar from the International Airport in Belize?
A: To get to BajaMar from the International Airport in Belize we recommend that you take Tropic Ferry: They meet you directly as you come through the arrivals door of the airport, they look after your luggage and they will bring you directly to the BajaMar Dock where Alfred will be waiting to welcome and take care of you. Their services to-date have proved reliable and punctual. Our guests generally find their service more relaxing than taking the little island hopper planes. It usually works out cheaper and can be quicker too. (The journey usually takes 1hr 20 minutes and takes you through some beautiful small island studded marine areas all within the reef – so the journey is generally smooth). Taking Tropic Ferry also has the advantage that we know better where you are and when you will arrive at the house because we may have VHF radio or cell phone contact with the captain – so if there are any delays or complications in your flight we know about it.

Just book Tropic Ferry on-line and tell them you are going BajaMar – they know us. The cost is USD 135/per person return.
Q: How do we get around once we are at the house?
A: All the tour operators that we use will pick you up directly at BajaMar dock and bring you back to the house – so it’s really easy.

If you are not taking a tour but just would like to go into town: The water taxis will pick you up and bring you back to BajaMar's dock, right in front of the house.
Water Taxis:
a) There is a scheduled run with Coastal Xpress that runs about every two hours: It takes between 20 minutes and half an hour to get to town depending on how many stops they make a long the way. The cost is USD 10 each way per person.
b) We work mostly however with a private water taxi - Armando Gonzales - so his private run to town takes - say 15-20 minutes. He charges USD 30 for a trip of up to 4 passengers and then usually USD 7.50 for each additional passenger - these are all one-way prices. (We also have other private water taxis with whom we work if one of Armando's boats is not available).

Golf Carts:

Golf carts can be fun and offer you a sense of independence getting around. You should be aware however that the road north to BajaMar is a rough bumpy dirt track. Some see the journey as an adventure others (myself included) find it a grind and prefer to take a boat.

Cost of a four seat golf cart, including insurance, is a little over USD 300 plus whatever you spend in gas for a week’s hire:
It’s essential that you hire a gas powered golf cart and not an electric one and that the company agrees to deliver and pick-up the cart again after hire to BajaMar

We generally recommend that guests wait until they get here before hiring a golf cart and Alfred will be happy to take care of this for you.
(The cheapest deal is not always the best deal – you need a reliable cart). It may also be best to try out the hire for a couple of days first to see whether it suits you. The hire can usually be extended without a problem.
Q: How do we get to BajaMar from the International Airport in Belize?
A: To get to BajaMar from the International Airport in Belize we recommend that you take Tropic Ferry: They meet you directly as you come through the arrivals door of the airport, they look after your luggage and they will bring you directly to the BajaMar Dock where Alfred will be waiting to welcome and take care of you. Their services to-date have proved reliable and punctual. Our guests generally find their service more relaxing than taking the little island hopper planes. It usually works out cheaper and can be quicker too. (The journey usually takes 1hr 20 minutes and takes you through some beautiful small island studded marine areas all within the reef – so the journey is generally smooth). Taking Tropic Ferry also has the advantage that we know better where you are and when you will arrive at the house because we may have VHF radio or cell phone contact with the captain – so if there are any delays or complications in your flight we know about it.

Just book Tropic Ferry on-line and tell them you are going BajaMar – they know us. The cost is USD 135/per person return.
Q: How do we get around once we are at the house?
A: All the tour operators that we use will pick you up directly at BajaMar dock and bring you back to the house – so it’s really easy.

If you are not taking a tour but just would like to go into town: The water taxis will pick you up and bring you back to BajaMar's dock, right in front of the house.
Water Taxis:
a) There is a scheduled run with Coastal Xpress that runs about every two hours: It takes between 20 minutes and half an hour to get to town depending on how many stops they make a long the way. The cost is USD 10 each way per person.
b) We work mostly however with a private water taxi - Armando Gonzales - so his private run to town takes - say 15-20 minutes. He charges USD 30 for a trip of up to 4 passengers and then usually USD 7.50 for each additional passenger - these are all one-way prices. (We also have other private water taxis with whom we work if one of Armando's boats is not available).

Golf Carts:

Golf carts can be fun and offer you a sense of independence getting around. You should be aware however that the road north to BajaMar is a rough bumpy dirt track. Some see the journey as an adventure others (myself included) find it a grind and prefer to take a boat.

Cost of a four seat golf cart, including insurance, is a little over USD 300 plus whatever you spend in gas for a week’s hire:
It’s essential that you hire a gas powered golf cart and not an electric one and that the company agrees to deliver and pick-up the cart again after hire to BajaMar

We generally recommend that guests wait until they get here before hiring a golf cart and Alfred will be happy to take care of this for you.
(The cheapest deal is not always the best deal – you need a reliable cart). It may also be best to try out the hire for a couple of days first to see whether it suits you. The hire can usually be extended without a problem.
Q: How do we organise Grocery Shopping & Provisioning of the house for when we arrive?
A: For beers and sodas, the local grocery store, Mata Grande Grocery, ten minutes walk from the house, is hard to beat because they offer a delivery service – so no need to carry anything heavy. You can order on-line basic provisions so that your move into the house is comfortable and stress free: We work well with the store and Alfred will coordinates with them – so if for instance you ask them to deliver early the day of your arrival the food and beverages that need to be cold will be placed in the refrigerators and beverage coolers – so are ready and cool when you arrive.

In our opinion, the best choice in grocery shopping in San Pedro is “The Green House”. If you would like to take a look yourself to see what is available they are on middle street (Pescador Drive. Tel: 226-2084). If you order a welcome lunch or dinner from Dianie she is also usually prepared to do some shopping for basic provisions for you while she is in town buying the groceries for the meal and that will definitely work out less expensive for you.
Q: Are wines & spirits expensive on the island?
A: Local rum is reasonably priced. If you like to drink any imported spirits and wines however be aware that they will be expensive on Ambergris Caye. For example, a simple bottle of red wine will cost at least USD 15.00
It is usually worth checking out the prices in the duty-free shop in the airport arrivals area – next to the luggage carousel. Sometimes they have good offers that will save you a lot of money.
Q: Are there restaurants nearby? What are they like?
A: This home is only a very short walk from some of the finest restaurants on the island:
Rojo Lounge & Mambo Restaurant are both within five minutes walk along the beach
Within reasonably easy reach are also: Rendezvous Restaurant & Winery and Portofino (which provides a free water taxi pick-up from BajaMar dock)

For the more budget minded and those guests with smaller children the following eateries are within walking distance from the house:
Driftwood Restaurant at Ambergris Divers Resort; Jambel Jerk
& Aurora’s BBQ at Mata Grande Grocery
Q: May we have meals cooked for us whenever we feel like it?
A: Yes: breakfast, lunch, dinner, whatever you choose. We highly recommend Dianie's cooking to you, we particularly advise you to take a welcome dinner. It just makes settling in at the house so easy. Dianie charges the cost of the groceries plus USD5-USD8/per head for the lunch or dinner preparation depending on the number of courses you take. We try our best to get fresh fish and lobster from the local fishermen if that appeals to you. We need a days notice to organise a meal.
Q: What activities are available nearby?
A: The house lies directly on the beach and overlooks turquoise waters of the Caribbean towards the reef. Accordingly, the immediate activities are marine related: kayaking, snorkeling, fishing, diving etc. A bicycle tour or simple walk along the beach is also be very pleasant with lots of fish and other marine life clearly visible even from the shore. The tropical birdlife, sometimes fabulously and vividly colored, can be wonderful to watch –pelicans plunging into the sea to catch fish, ospreys sawing above, frigate birds – fish catchers of all descriptions.

Catamaran tours can also be a wonderful way to experience the enchanting quiet waters inside the reef. For larger groups (6 or more) hiring your own catamaran for the day is a possibility and not as expensive as you might imagine.

All the tour operators that we use will pick you up directly at BajaMar dock and bring you back to the house – so it’s really easy.

An example of mainland tours offered are:
Lamanai Mayan ruins,
Xunantunich Mayan ruins,
Altun Ha Mayan ruins,
Belize Zoo,
Zip-lining,
Cave tubing.
(Often the last five tours are made in some combination with each other).

(The mainland tours are full day tours – sometimes 10 or 11 hours – their costs depends on whether you decide to go by boat or plane to the mainland but most guests find that fitting in at least one such tour during a weeks vacation adds some treasured memories to the vacation).

The above is just to give you a flavor of what is possible. If we know your particular interests we can make specific suggestions.

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