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“Best option for a big group!”
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Playa Blanca Villa
Dallas, Texas
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35 reviews
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“Best option for a big group!”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Stayed for 5 nights for a girls trip with total of 9 women. It was one of the best vacations EVER! Tacio is the best - he is your boat driver, concierge, dive/snorkel master, and fishing guide and MORE! The property is beautiful. As others have mentioned in their reviews, Moraina cleans and does everyone's laundry daily. The property is beautifully maintained by her husband. There are restaurants w/in walking distance that all had great food! Tacio can plan a day for you meeting all of your expectations for any activity! Loved this place!

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Jersey City, NJ
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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Stayed at Playa Blanca with a group of 7 friends. We had a great time and would recommend to stay here.

Pros:
- Tacio and his boat are a huge plus! Tacio was fun and knowledgeable and did a great job getting us around and taking us to great spots.
- Moraina made amazing tortillas - you must ask her for them! Having the house cleaned is really nice and helps to make it a true vacation. Laundry is a plus as well.
- The grounds of the house are really beautiful. Esau does a great job maintaining the property
- The outdoor eating area and grill are perfect and make dinners much easier.
- Location - nice to be close to Hol Chan and somewhat close to San Pedro. Snorkeling at Hol Chan is amazing!
- Toucan's Nest is really cute and nice for people who may want a bit more privacy.

Cons:
- House setup is a bit misleading on the site. The two twin beds are in the middle of the house and not in rooms, so there are no doors, closets or privacy (there is a curtain to pull to get some privacy, but then no one can walk to the kitchen). The two bathrooms in the house are inside the two bedrooms, so if you are the person staying the the twin beds in the middle of the house, you need to go into other people's rooms to use the bathroom. Fine if you are a family with kids, but for a group of couples this was a bit strange.
- Accessibility - Tacio leaves at 4 or 5 each day so if you are having dinner in San Pedro you will need to take a water taxi home. The ferry stops running after 8 (I think), so if you are out later the private taxi is the best option. It was about $75-80 USD so with a large group of people it isn't too expensive per person.
- The dock does not have a covered palapa as shown.
- Bikes - there are only 3 bikes and one was broken. There was also only one kayak, so these weren't amenities that we used with our large group. The snorkeling gear was decent if you didn't have your own to use.

Overall, this place was amazing and the staff was excellent. I would recommend staying here and would love to go back!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with friends
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Northampton, Massachusetts
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 13 April 2014

Our family of 7 (our kids are all in their 20's) spent 5 days at Playa Blanca Villa and had a wonderful time. The house is beautiful, comfortable, extremely clean, well-appointed, with a very nice kitchen, and an outdoor grill and covered eating area. Set among private houses and resorts along the beach, approximately five miles north of San Pedro by boat (there are no roads or cars to speak of on this part of Ambergris Caye), it's right on the water, with a stunning eastward-facing view. There are only two separate bedrooms and a third sleeping area that is open to the living room, so there wasn't as much privacy as some might like. For us this was fine. The house had great Internet access and kayaks. The weather was absolutely awesome, with a breeze off the water. The color of the water was an amazing turquoise color that was almost surreal.

As noted in other reviews, the staff that takes care of the house and boat are absolutely wonderful - some of the nicest people we've met in our travels. Tacio, who runs the boat, was completely at our disposal during the day, took us fishing and snorkeling (all gear supplied), into town for groceries, etc. He seems to know just about everyone in Ambergris Caye! We had wonderful fun fishing, and twice had our catch for dinner that night - the freshest meal ever. Morena and Esau, who maintain the property, are also extremely friendly and helpful. Morena makes delicious fresh tortillas every day, and while we did our own cooking, she washed up after every meal.

Grocery shopping was a bit of a challenge, as that involved a trip into San Pedro where the grocery stores are fairly small and don't have a great selection. Fresh produce is not easy to come by, but the local beer (Belikin) is great. Next time, we'll try the online grocery order service. There's a very nice restaurant at the Matachica resort a five minute walk down the beach (where we also had drinks and availed ourselves of their beach); and a very laid back and delicious jerk restaurant a five minute walk up the beach.

Overall, we had a wonderful stay in this fantastic vacation spot. We recommend Playa Blanca wholeheartedly.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 14 February 2014

The most amazing and active 5 days with a group of 7 college friends. The home is even nicer than shown in the pictures and as everyone else has said, Tacio makes the trip memorable. We took the boat out everyday with him and his knowledge about the water and the island is amazing. Thank you so much for the best trip.

We would all go back in a heart beat and are working on our next trip to Playa Blanca!!

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with friends
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 29 January 2014

It a most memorable stay! Clean rooms, humble people and the owner made us feel like Home!!
We would like to come back and revisit next year. A great place for my kids. The outdoor activities were fun for them. Staff was nice and room service was prompt.

  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 5 December 2013

If you could imagine your perfect Caribbean beach vacation fantasy , then this would be a little better. All of the other comments are right on. It is one of the best vacations ever. Not enough good things to say about it.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with friends
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Plano, Texas
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Reviewed 2 September 2013

Tacio makes your trip unforgettable! He is your boat captain who takes you fishing and snorkeling everyday! He shares his wealth of experience and knowledge of the area that is invaluable. He made us an incredible fish dinner from our catch of the day that we slipped on the grill. The young couple that are caretakers keep the property pristine. Moraina cleans the house daily including the laundry. What a treat! She made us homemade tortillas the first morning that were the best. The snorkeling is the best snorkeling we have ever done. Tacio will swim with you and name all the coral and fish at the National Park. This is the most memorable experience your family will ever have. Everyone will be planning their trip back before they leave.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Property: Playa Blanca Villa
Address: 6 miles north of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Region: Belize > Belize Cayes > Ambergris Caye
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Ranked #21 of 37 Speciality Lodging in Ambergris Caye
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££££
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Luxurious villa, private boat with captain, personal fishing guide, unlimited fishing trips, snorkel trips, explore the islands, lagoon adventures, kayaks – bicycles, swimming pool. Our luxurious villas are situated on the oceanfront of Ambergris Caye, Belize, six miles north of the quaint town of San Pedro. Panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and the Great Belize Barrier Reef abound. Playa Blanca is private and secluded – yet within walking distance to the finest restaurants on Ambergris Caye. ... more   less 
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