We spent a week at Casa Beya and had a wonderful time. The ocean is just steps from the house! There are so many features that I loved.... the hanging bed was my favorite though. Awesome place to just lay there and listen to the waves and take a nap! The location of the house is perfect, in my opinion. There are restaurants close enough to walk or go into Placencia for more choices.
Booking Casa Beya was a breeze. Very good communication from Midge! We didn't get to meet Diana, one of the caretakers, but we did meet her husband, Martin. Very friendly and helpful. The house was spotless and very comfortable.
Just FYI, one week is not long enough! Next time we will definitely stay longer.
If you want a taste of Belize, stay at Casa Beya. You will love the eclectic beach house, with the best ocean front you could imagine. Amazing restaurants close by...within walking distance, who all care about visitors. The breeze off the ocean is a definite plus. It gets hot in Belize, but never at Casa Beya! Every morning we took an early morning walk to the dock & were lucky enough to see stingrays all settled in under the sand but have no fear, they will be gone as soon as the water turns a bit wavy, usually by 9:30 or so, when we were there. Then you can jump in and enjoy the warmest natural body of water I have ever swam in, and the softest sand. Don't forget to bring sunscreen & bug spray for the sand fleas. Diana & Martin were amazing & most helpful.
Wow, we just lucked out with this place. Couldn't have asked for a better location and when do you ever get your own private beach??? We traveled with two teenage boys and they were non-stop paddle boarding, playing beach games or visiting the four-lane bowling alley across the street for a pizza.
Super comfortable everything (my favorite part was the outdoor hanging bed). Nicely stocked kitchen (although many restaurants within walking distance, including our favorite -- The Bistro). Staff onsite was fabulous. Communication in advance was very timely and informative. Nothing but positive to say about Casa Beya!
We chose Maya Beach as the first leg of a three part trip in Belize. Since my kids are too young to really snorkel, I wanted to find something off the beaten path a bit. The house is groovy with plenty of space. We dined outdoors most nights in the cool ocean breeze. Mosquitos were really not a problem at the house. But it is definitely buggy. There are sandfleas. But I would just cover myself in coconut oil at night and they left me alone. Bring Coconut Oil. Also there was quite a bit of wind when we went which isn't always the case. The water is bath warm so not refreshing and there were jellyfish. So we just walked up to the Maya Beach HOtel and had pina coladas and swam in the pool. It was great! We paddleboarded, we kayaked, we went into the town of Placencia where there is a nice bay, shallow enough for small children to swim.
Placencia was beautiful. I love that the house was beach front and there weren't many people around. The people that live there and take care of the place, were great.
We went in July, so it rained the entire time we were there. Kind of a bummer. We were told the rainy season last about 6 months, so I would definitely avoid booking a vacation during that time. There were an insane amount of bugs, both inside and outside the house. There is a gear room, under the house, that has several floaties, wetsuits, snorkeling gear, bikes, kayaks and paddle boards available. We thought that was pretty cool. 2 huge roaches, fell out of their wetsuits, so make sure you shake everything out before using it... lol
We did rent a car since the house is about 3 hours from the airport, this allowed us to do some exploring. We visited bocawina park, about 45 miles away. It was $10 us per adult. Totally worth it. I personally could have spent several days exploring this park. We also visited Altun Ha Ruins about 30 minutes north of Belize City Airport $5 pp. Lots of fun.
If your are the type to rent a beach house and spend your entire vacation at the house, then I would definitely recommend this house. If you like to explore, I would recommend renting a car and staying at several places instead of spending your entire time at one rental home. Belize is pretty big and there are a lot of amazing things to see. For example, the huge Mayan Ruins are 4 hrs away. You can see monkeys (monkey river) 1 and 1/2 hours away. The zoo was 2 and 1/2 hours away. Everything was so far away....
Wonderful rental and place to celebrate my wife's 50th birthday! Private dock and big shady porches to watch the sunrise. We will be back.
I'm hoping to get back to Placencia just so I can stay here again, the house was amazing and the experience we had there was beyond belief. The caretaker Martin and his wife went above and beyond to make us comfortable. The Bowling Alley just across the street is a great place to get a pineapple and basil pizza.