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“Your Own Private Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows

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Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows
Chico, Texas
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28 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Your Own Private Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2012

I spent a week at Barnacle Bill's in January 2012 and can't say enough good things. Bill, Adriane and Scurvy are the greatest hosts on the planet. Maya Beach is a wonderful little village filled with friendly people and several wonderful eateries. If you want to venture further, they will arrange a rental car to come get you. But why would you want to leave your own private beach heaven?

Both bungalows have a kitchen and they will have the fridge stocked on arrival per request.

Room Tip: There are only 2 bungalows and they are identical. Both have undergone recent renovations. Be sure...
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  • Stayed January 2012, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank RPM371
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Helena, Montana
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61 reviews
22 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 March 2012

We can't say enough about Barnacle Bill's! The accommodations were all that we had hoped for- everything we needed was right there. If we wanted to venture out, there were 2 small groceries and several restaurants within easy walking distance. Bikes were available for bigger trips and kayaks were there to head out into the water. Adriane and Bill are a great help with any tours and trips and are ready to do whatever they can to make the adventure at their wonderful place the best it can be. Scurvey the dog adds to the at-home feel of the bungalows. The beach and the cabins can't be beat!

  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank raven010
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Pearl River, New York
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13 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2012

This was the second leg of an 11 day trip to Belize. What an unexpected little gem this was. We were just feet from the water and the bungalow was stocked with whatever we needed and if we needed something else Bill and Adrianne sure knew where to get it. Short walk to many great restaurants, bars and bodegas. Kayaks available for an early morning paddle to the island across the way or a festive Adirondack chair for a beach read with Scurvy. Can't wait to go back! Jeanette and Billy Madden

Room Tip: Only 2 Bungalows available and they are identical so take your pick.
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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Jeanette C
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Pittsboro, NC
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2011

Just ask Bill. He knows the neighborhood and the neighbors. Need to rent a vehicle? Check with Bill. Want to go to the outer reef? Check with Bill. Need the refrigerator stocked when you get there? Need a delicious home cooked meal the first night you get there? Check with Bill. During our stay in May 2011, Bill wandered by every day. Not intrusive, just walking down to the beach and available if we wanted to holler out. Anything we decided to do, we would just tell Bill. His reply? "I'm on it." And in every case Bill knew the local service providers, their costs, and matched them to our desires. Prior to our arrival, we dealt with Bill's wife Adrianne who helped with all our pre-trip arrangements including booking our flight from Belize City to Placencia. Once we got there, Bill met us at the airport and became our primary contact - a division of labor that plays on their individual strengths. The house was great - I don't think we ever had to ask for anything on that score. It was a beautiful place with louvered windows and wide overhanging eaves on all sides. Breezes from any direction keep the place cool and comfortable. The kitchen was well stocked with routine amenities such as salt & pepper, mustard, jams, etc, not to mention the local Marie Sharps Hot Sauce. And the complimentary bag of Belizan grown coffee was unexpectedly good - that from folks who bring our own beans and grinder with us. They also stocked the local rum on our request. There are two grocery stores and a restaurant/bar in walking distance. One is a well stocked grocery, the other more a quick stop with an upstairs restaurant - but better supplied than American quick stops. 20 yards from our cottage was a private thatched palapa with chairs about another 2-3 yards from the sea. What a great place for morning coffee (with sunrise) and evening rum. Bill will join you with a Belikan beer if you like and is sensitive enough to retreat if you prefer privacy. Privacy was never a problem - besides Bill and his wife, they have one other cottage and no other neighbors. During our stay we enjoyed sitting by the sea and watching the water, sky, birds, and the occasional passerby. If we had not needed any adventure, we could have stayed there all week and never wanted for anything. But we had to take a couple of snorkel trips out to the outer reef. Bill made the arrangements and had the dive shops pick us up. In both cases a guide went in the water with us and guided us around the reef pointing out things we wouldn't have noticed. And we wanted to rent a car one day - Bill had Candy Power pick us up - so that we could spend a day exploring up around St. Herman's Cave and the Blue Hole - refreshingly cold swimming with the locals spending a weekend "day at the park." When we wanted a bike for a quick run to the store - Bill had it (no charge). When we wanted to kayak out to False Key, Bill has everything. All in all - we've spend 20 years booking rental houses from the Bahamas to Bonaire; and Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows rates among the best accommodations ever. Bill himself is one of the greatest amenities. A combination proprietor and local travel agent at no extra charge! Would we go again? Absolutely! We would go just to while away the days at Bill's.

  • Stayed May 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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6 Thank MizChill
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Seattle, Washington
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2010

Bill's is the type a place i really like in a get away vacation. I'm just not really into the sterility and the closed off concrete of hotels. Give me a good condo or bungalow and I'm happier then I'll ever be in a Four Seasons. Don't get me wrong, luxury accommodations have upsides and value comes at a cost. i.e. I do enjoy a good nights kip and that's were value is usually felt.

Bill's gives you a chance to be on the beach in a land that is remote and still largely unspoilt by mainstream tourism. Bill's is not in Placencia but a little north on Maya Beach. This gives a nice feel of seclusion, right on the beach with no built up resorts in eye shot.

During our stay we were the only visitors on the property. This is a nice rarity for me and not one you'll come across in hotels. So everything on this vacation seemed privately catered for, including guided tours and some unplanned bat feeding photography. It was like staying with friends of friends. Bill has a nice awareness of privacy but is always theire when you need him, and having the owner right there, in a bungalow nearby, gives a good sense of security.

Staying at Bill's is like going to the beach and not going home to sleep. You are right on the beach and it's really rather pleasant. It's really a great way to relax fast, bungalows are easy in and easy out, open a Belkin from fridge and read a book in the hammock. It does not get much better unless you decide to head out on an adventure. The adventures in southeirn Belize are pretty good and not all ultra-safety-annoying-guide stuff. Bill's is a snap for free pick up/drop off by the guides.

Adventure 1, Kayak Snorkel - Right on the door step, Bill owns two, not to shabby, sit-on-top Kayaks. Paddle out to the Key and the snorkeling is surprisingly quite good. I say this as an experienced Kayak diver who has done this in more then a few oceans. I was so happy to do this with such ease, no group sign-up, no goofy guide and best of all, no cost. This sort of thing will run you $50 a person in Hawaii.

Adventure 2, Ruins/Cave Tubing, This is an adventure I highly recommend, it may leave a few more bruises then Disney but the memories will be of really cool real things and whole lot more insightful. Bill made bookings to fit our schedule, guides were just awesome.

Adventure 3, Diving, could not get on a Blue Hole charter or Whale Shark boat but I did get to Glover's reef and that really beat all expectations. First class atol (i'll target some accommodations off-coast here next time) and great diving with Avadon. Getting down to these Atolls requires some travel and this makes Placencia/Bill's a good value rest stop to relax and bleed off gas. The ruins and cave tubing are worth making this the extra day/s place to stay before flying.

This is special part of the world for now, were you feel off the beaten tourist trap. The people in this really beautiful country are fun and easy going, easy place to fall in love with. Bill's fit's in here and makes the stay feel sort of less obtrusive to the culture.

  • Stayed May 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Mountaintop-seaside
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Charleston, SC, USA
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4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2010

From the time we got there, Adrian and Bill proved themselves to be the
ideal hosts. The cabana was exactly as described in their literature and
was a great place to hang out for a week or a month. They were more than
cordial and LISTENED to what you said you were interested in doing, then
made excellent recommendations on where to go. We listened to Bill and
asked him to hook us up with guides for sightseeing and fishing and all his
recommendations were dead on the money and, I believe, cheaper than if
you tried to set them up through other sources. They also have a tremendous
amount of local knowledge and to say that everyone who lives in the area
knows and likes them is an understatement. There are 2 or 3 excellent
places to eat nearby and with,basically, your own private piece of the sea at
your door, what more could you ask for ?

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank MelodyandRob
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Costa Mesa, California
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2010

My wife and I stayed here for the second half of our 10 day honeymoon. We were there in early Oct, so it was the low season--we were practically the only tourists in the area. Going in the low season was great because we got a more "real" experience. Everywhere we went, we met locals who wanted to talk and buy us beers and chill out. This is a great place for people who want to experience real culture without taking a big risk or sacrificing safety.
Bill and Adriane were really helpful and gave us lots of good recommendations--they didn't try to squeeze money out of us, they recommended the kinds of cool places you would tell your friends from out of town about. The free kayaks were a big plus. You can paddle to a mangrove island (False Caye) in 20 minutes for incredible snorkeling.
My wife and I highly recommend renting a car and driving across the Mayan Mountains for a day or two. We drove to San Ignacio, almost to the Guatemalan border. We hiked to a jungle waterfall (Billy Barquedier's) and through a cave (St. Herman's) and to some amazing mayan ruins (Cahal Pech). I found St. Herman's to be a little disappointing though, because they don't let you go in past a few hundred feet. Still cool. I wish we had rafted through one of the caves.

  • Stayed October 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank TravisWheeland
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Property: Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows
Address: 23 Maya Beach Way, Placencia, Belize
Region: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette
Hotel Style:
Ranked #23 of 28 Speciality Lodging in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 2
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Barnacle Bill's has two bungalows on the beach, fully screened, queen size bed, sleeper sofa, two ceiling fans, floor fan, and full kitchens. Both bungalows are on stilts to help catch the sea breeze and enjoy the view of the Caribbean Sea. Our bungalows are self-accommodating. We provide you with all your needed supplies like sheets, towels and beach towels. Your kitchen comes equipped with refrigerator, microwave, toaster, two-burner stove, coffee maker, complimentary coffee, blender, cooking utensils, sugar, salt, pepper, and spices. ... more   less 
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Barnacle Bill's Beach Bungalows Belize/Placencia

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