- Reviews: 1
Maine Stay Cabanas: Crime in the Placencia Village area of Belize
Our cabana was broken into in the early morning hours while we were sleeping during our vacation to Belize in May and June, 2010. The thief entered though the french doors facing the beach. The locks on the doors were not explained to us - we thought the doors were locked (dead-bolt engaged), but were easily opened without additional locks engaged. I woke up and saw the thief in our cabana. He left as soon as he realized we were awake. He took our laptop, nikon camera and some cash. The police and owner came over right after the crime and then we made a formal report at the police station in Placencia later that morning. A tip from a local fisherman on the beach next to the cabanas led to the name and location of the criminal. The officer told us he would arrest him the night that we got the tip. Later he told us he held him for 8 hours and let him go due to lack of evidence (his home was not searched). A few days later, the fisherman told us that the criminal was related to the police officer. I then contacted the US embassy in Belize for help. They called me once and since then, there has been no communication or help from them. We tried to get the police report but were led on a wild goose chase from one station to another, each claiming that the other station had the report. A report promised from the officer was never provided, nor did the owner offer any compensation other than a free lunch at a nice restaurant. A security guard was put in place after the crime and the owner planned to upgrade the security of the french doors by painting the slide locks red (they were white on a white frame). We were told that similar crimes were committed by the same criminal on at least 3 prior occasions to guests at the Maine Stay and other local vacation rentals. We were warned about leaving things outside and locking up valuables when we were away from the cabanas, but were not told that there was a history of break-ins while guests were in the units.
Accommodations: 2 Cabins, 2 Bedrooms, deck, 2 Baths (Sleeps 6-8)
Two cabana rentals... each rental includes two units (cabanas) king beds and a kitchen/dining cabana (with sleeping area) and a bedroom cabana (with laundry).
There is a 100 foot lighted pier, on the beach.
- Reviews: 1
singing sands in , Maya Beach: Great Food, Great location !
The Singing Sands Inn went through a major rennovation in 2008, the outcome is impressive. From doing research on hotels/resorts up and down the pennisula, SSI is a beautiful and great priced paradise. Cabanas are the perfect space, clean and newly furnished. There is nothing better than falling asleep to the sound of the ocean. Propriters, Maya, Michael, Huyan and Jean-Marc are the best hosts. The restaurant has inventive and truely homemade culinary dishes, it didn't make me miss NYC so much. The new pier is a great spot to relax or kayak to the false key for some fantastic snorkeling. Or, if you want adventure, the staff helps to arrange an outting. I will definitely be back and would absolutely recommend this spot to all my friends and family. It was the perfect vacation. The website, which hasn't been updated, doesn't do it justice. Trust me! You'll be happy with your stay.
- Reviews: 1758
The South Water Resort: An Overpriced Resort
My guidebook made this hotel sound alot better than it was. To be honest there was nothing exactly wrong with the South Water except that it was probably the priciest place in the village of Placencia itself. For that it should be exceptional and it was not. What I will say was the furniture was very nice and the room was spacious and well maintained. Still there was no extra frills here. Since it rained through most of one of my days in Placencia I would have had at least appreciated a TV for the price of this room. (not that you came here to watch television but there really is nothing else to do here if it rains).
The hotel rooms have large fridges inside. There is also a good if not exactly busy restaurant bar here called the Crow's Nest.
- Reviews: 268
Ponderosa Apartments: INSANE OWNER:DO NOT STAY AT "PONDEROSA" APARTMENTS
I have no clue how we ended up at this place with rude, annoying, and hostile owner. As we got off the boat in the port, he gave us his visit cards (practice not recommended here). We were 4 (one couple and 2 singles) so it was hard to find anything appropriate and as it was getting late we decided to stay at this horrible guy's place. He was around all the time, coming up the stairs to check on us, threatening, and in short annoying us with his unpleasant presence. We moved the next day....
Horrible and insane owner - do not stay here!
- Reviews: 2
The MaineStay: Private Cabanas
Two private cabanas connected by a shared deck, located on your own private beach with your own private dock. Drew and Karen Travers have built the most beautiful cabana rentals on the peninsula. The location is just north of Placencia Village in Seine Bight, which makes is that much nicer since it is more private with fewer tourists. The lighted deck and pier add ambience that was unexpected. We had a great time with our floats tied to the dock and sun bathing like we were royalty, basking in the privacy of our own little slice of heaven. The owners live across the street and supply walkie-talkies that connect to their home in case we needed anything at all. They were perfect hosts, inviting us over one late afternoon to welcome us to Placencia and share helpful tips. The cabanas are perfect for 4ppl. We stayed in the main cabana with the kitchen. My nieces stayed in the other cabana that looked like a honeymoon suite complete with mosquito netting above the bed, dresser for their clothes, washer & dryer. There was also a storage closet with lots of fun things for our use: bikes, kites, fishing poles, floats for the water, beach chairs, games... if we never left the cabanas, we still would've had the time of our lives. I could not have imagined staying anywhere else and having all the we had there. I felt safe, pampered, like a millionaire. If I ever return, I will rent these cabanas again. I found them on VRBO.com $1300/week... WELL WORTH EVERY DOLLAR
Everything about these accomodations was perfect. Two beach cabanas w/ our own private beach and lighted pier. The cabanas were beautiful in every way, from the landscaping to the location. The pier was my absolute favorite.
- Reviews: 1171
Cozy corner hotel
We stayed at a hotel right on the beach front and very central. There is a great bar and restaurant literally on the beach and there are chairs on the beach for you to use. The rooms are dark, some cream paint wouldn’t go amiss. This is made up for by the fact that it is clean, has TV and is reasonably priced. The toilet does make a strange gurgling sound now and then! If you speak to the cleaners nicely they may do your laundry for a small fee (we found the laundries in Placencia to be very expensive (BZ$25 a load)
- Reviews: 3
Ranguana Hotel: Romantic Ranguana Beach Cabanas
Quiet, beautiful cabanas amid plentiful hibisus located on a private section of beach close to everything. Clean and comfy, cold a/c. Your own hammock and front porch furniture to enjoy the ocean view, and lounge chairs and palapas in the sand as well. We received a fresh bouquet every morning. Very nice!
- Reviews: 104
Zeboz: relaxing in style
The pool is amazing!! It felt like we spent days in this pool, the bar is full service and offers an interesting side menu with a full array of rum drinks and of course Belikin, the main Belizean beer. It was in the process of being built when we were there but I imagine the end result to be spectacular. Kayaking, diving (full dive master) snorkeling and fine dining. I think they are also offering villa's for sale. The owners are Italian so of course the wine cellar is first class.
The pool which is right on the beach, excellent wine bar, fairly remote.
- Reviews: 104
Raguana is located right next to the Seaspray and most of the rooms have been rebuilt since much of it was lost during Hurricane Iris. The Cabins are painted happy bright colours and each have their own patio with hammocks. The sea is literally footsteps away. One downside (or not so downside for staggering home on a dark night) is the Tispy Tuna a popular bar/club is right down the beach though I doubt you would be able to hear anything unless it was a weekend night.
Very cute Cabana's right on the sea, beautiful gardens.
- Reviews: 104
Seaspray and Detatch Restaurant: Seaspray
Clean with a varitey of choices. Budget rooms, mid-range and a cool cabin right on the beach.
Jodie and Norman, the owners, are friendly and helpful.
The Detatch is right next door and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a good selection of drinks.
Home of the Detatch grill and bar
- Reviews: 483
Westwind Hotel: Cheap Digs on the Beach
When we arrived in town, we parked the car at the dock and strolled up the sidewalk to find a place to stay. Our first and last stop was at the Westwind. As we walked up to the place, the woman cleaning the rooms spotted us and asked, "You looking for George?" We shrugged and said we were looking for a room. She nodded and pointed to a thatched shelter on the beach, which turned out to support six hammocks and one snoring inn-keeper.
We hated to wake him up, but were sweating and in need of a change into bathing suits. George was quite alright with it, said we could have any room for $40 USD per night and invited us to go take a look. We looked and saw that almost all of the doors were wide open. There were 2 floors with 4 rooms on each floor. The upstairs rooms have bay windows with cafe tables. All rooms have ceiling fans, mini-refrigerators and private toilet & shower. We chose a room upstairs and then got George up off the hammock to sign in.
George is an interesting guy. He worked in the US and Mexico for a large US-based company and decided to go back home to Placencia when the company had lay-offs. He's got some land south of Placencia and an island on the reef that he likes to talk about. He also loves to talk politics and economics whilst swinging on a hammock.
- Reviews: 6578
Trade Winds: On the water at the very end of the penninsula
We arrived late and were put in the Queen Conch cabin. I think this was probably a better cabin than we should have had, as it had a nice kitchen with stove, sink, and refrigerator, utensils, etc. It was really nice to be able to put water into the refrigerator and make ice out of bottled water. The cabin also had two double beds (each with a bookcase headboard), and a rack for hanging. There was also a standing fan. There was a private bathroom with a shower. On the porch outside was a table, chairs and a hammock. There were four or five other cabins on the beach. Disadvantages: You have to walk in about a half block through deep sand, which is hard with suitcases especially. Next door is a policeman with a pet rooster who starts crowing on and off at about 2 or 3 a.m. Sheets were a stiff scratchy chiffon- like material. Advantages: Cabins are cleaned every day, and Janice is very nice and helpful.
Bob picked up a coconut off the sand, and split it for the meat. he also collected some and left them on the porch. Apparently all the coconuts off the trees are spoken for though. When we asked where to park, we were told to park anywhere, so we parked in front of the fish market co-op. Apparently we were blocking an access point, but no one said anything to us about it.
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