My wife and I were very fortunate to spend 3 nights with "The Turtleman" at his house over the water north on Ambergris Caye this past December.
I would say the visit far exceeded our expectations!
As Greg will quickly highlight with any inquiry, you need to know what you are signing up for. This place is definitely for the independent-minded traveller looking to get away from it all and is not bound by many "typical creature comforts" that accompany many a vacation. It is a solid 45 minute + boat ride to get that far north on Ambergris, and it is amazing to be so close to the reef.
The house over the water was much larger and more comfortable than we had expected. It is simple living and there is no power - these are things needed to truly unplug and feel a part of this grand place. We really enjoyed making use of the solar shower bag when/if needed, and the there is no better view for a washroom in our opinion!! Sitting out on the back deck and watching the amazing sunrise and heron and other sea life all around you is a relaxing and treasured memory for us.
I think another highlight was just how wonderful and welcoming Greg and his wonderful and knowledgeable children were. We felt like part of the family and didn't want to leave this piece of paradise. The dining was perfect - fresh caught jack and snapper cooked simply and wonderfully! It was delicious. If you do need a quick drink or something else during the day, the short walk to Tranquility Bay is there, where you can watch tarpon and rays at night.
We loved the special opportunity to take some guided trips to reef patch and learn from the children all the things we were experiencing underwater. A highlight was how very lucky we were to have an unforgettable encounter with an Eagle Ray one morning.
This place is certainly not for everyone, but ask the right questions and be clear about your own needs and interests. If you do get an opportunity, it will be a treasured memory. I would recommend a minimum 4 night stay. We did 3 nights but it should have been at least 4.
Thank you to Greg (aka The Turtleman) and his family!
- Also Known As:
- Turtleman`s House Hotel Ambergris Caye
- Turtleman's House Belize/Ambergris Caye