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“Slice of Heaven in Maya Beach” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Joyce & Frank's Bed & Breakfast

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Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize   |  
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Ranked #13 of 25 Placencia B&B and Inns
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“Slice of Heaven in Maya Beach”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2012

Stayed at this lovely ,friendly B&B for 4 days, liked it so much, we came back within the same trip and stayed for 6 more!! The comfy shaded veranda, great pool, welcoming ambience, fantastic views from all rooms, made for a pleasurable stay. Josephines cooking, Virigilio's ability to read our minds,Frank's cold draft beer and Joyce's good humour, advice and helpfulness made us feel like we were visiting with friends!! We look forward to our next visit!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Langley, BC Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2012

We chose this B & B as our 3rd and final place to stay during our recent trip to Belize. What a great choice we made!! Joyce and Frank were very welcoming, their property is charming and peaceful. A wonderful pool to enjoy and cool off in on those hot afternoons, a lovely beach, cleaned daily by none other than the hard working Virgillio, and wonderful breakfasts made each morning by Josephine, especially enjoyed the Belizean Breakfast served with the cinnamon fryjacks!! They also have an "Honor System' where you can just select a cold beverage of your choice (Belikins or soft drinks) and record what you took! Really did feel like we were at a home away from home!!
Joyce was extremely helpful in helping us book excursions, we went for a day sailing trip with Belize Sailing Charters which was absolutely wonderful!! A group of dolphins decided to swim along with us for a while, breathtaking!! Also did the Monkey River tour, led by a very knowledgeable guide by the name of Alran...born in Monkey River, this man truly did go the extra mile to help us learn all about it! Went out of his way on the way home in search of the elusive Manatee....which we finally did see a group of them who breached several times, very cool!
This B & B is located in Maya Beach, there are several restaurants withing walking or golf-carting distance, you can rent a care from them or just take the bus in to Placencia Village, which we did a couple of times, and ended our stay visiting the "Tipsy Tuna" to see Josephine and others performing traditional Garifuna drumming, dancing and song, so neat!!!
Thank you for having us, you helped to make our stay in Belize a memorable one and we would definitely revisit if given the chance!!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Red Lodge, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2012

We certainly would return and recommend Joyce and Frank's Bed & Breakfast. While planning our trip they were so helpful, telling us the best way to go and what to do and not to do, Quiet place and loved having breakfast every morning made by Josephine (I truly fell in love with her). Great places to walk to for Dinner and drinks or just stay there and enjoy right at Joyce and Franks. Best pool in the area, loved spending our afternoons reading, visiting or sleeping in the great hammocks. Joyce booked all of our tours. They were great and was with the locals and very personable. We really enjoyed Alloran, he was born and raised in Monkey River and truly went the extra mile. Great not having to rent a car, just rented Joyce and Franks car twice to go into Placencia for the day for much cheaper than car rentals. Room was cleaned everyday and Virillio was up early every morning cleaning the beach area. They all worked well together to make our stay the best possible. I enjoyed our visits with Joyce and Frank and hope they come to visit us in Montana. I don't usually write on reviews but hopefully this will help one chose a wonderful place to visit. NBegley's review is right on.

Room Tip: We stayed in the Cabana and loved it. Very private and right on the beach.
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Jupiter, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

We loved this place and recommend it to anyone who loves the tropics and a great time! We can't tell you enough about how helpful and friendly Joyce and Frank were...always wanted everything to be perfect for us. The food was great and was all made from scratch. The local fruits are fabulous and all the eggs are free range; you can certainly taste the difference. All the breads are local and hand made. Other guests told us about the special guide that Joyce and Frank have for the Monkey River Tour, so we went on it and we saw 3 different groups of monkeys and were within 30 feet of them, not to mention the crocodiles, birds galore and even some wild parrots. Even the elevated beds, like you see in England and in the Bahamas are so practical. You can put all of your junk under the bed and not have to worry about it. We left our windows open and you could hear the sound of the surf lapping on the shore all night, to give you that island feeling. Joyce and Frank have spared no expense; as the rooms even have safes, cable TV and air conditioning (which we didn't need) . The beach was uncrowded and we walked the beach daily without running into any obstacles or many people. The view from our bedroom was breathtaking as we overlooked the pool and the beautiful ocean. Our favorite place was in the hammock on the pier. We felt like we were on a boat minus the sea sickness. This paradise and all it's extras rate number 1 in our book.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Parker, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

I can't give this B&B five stars because, in my book, that would indicate that everything was absolutely perfect. While our stay wasn't "perfect," it was absolutely wonderful. Joyce & Frank's B&B is located on the beautiful stretch of Maya Beach in Placencia, Belize. The grounds are extremely well kept, the pool is amazing, the views are spectacular, the private pier with lounge chairs and hammocks is a perfect, romantic little hideaway, and the B&B is walking distance from some of the best food around.

From our first phone call inquiring about staying at Joyce & Frank's, Joyce was extremely helpful and informative. She was courteous and eager to answer any questions we had, even via email after we booked our stay. We stayed in B-2 and, for less than $100 per night, we felt that we got quite a bargain. The room was very small but comfortable, and, yes, the bed was high off the ground, but given the location of the safe (excellent feature), the height was required. In response to one of the reviews around the same time as our stay, we experienced absolutely no sewage smell. The screened-in porch is a perfect way to spend an evening sipping a Belikin beer (provided at the B&B for $1.50US) and watching the sun pass over the peninsula.

The bathroom is small (3/4 bath), but it was everything we needed. Our room was cleaned daily, and was equipped with a mini fridge, microwave, tv with cable, wireless internet, coffee maker, etc. While no shampoos or soaps were provided, it didn't make one bit of difference in my mind - we always pack travel sizes of those items in our carry-on.

Josephine, the housekeeper and cook is incredible! Everything was prepared to order (including the delicious flour tortillas for her burritos and quesadillas). Josephine was the first person we met at the property, and she greeted us with a wonderfully friendly attitude and was extremely helpful and accommodating throughout our stay.

Virgilio, the groundskeeper/maintenance was also very helpful. Being a native, he was able to give us tips on where to go and how to get there, without busting the budget. He was more than accommodating throughout our stay, and made everything extremely easy - including our transportation to and from the airport and many of our tours.

Booking tours through Joyce did seem to be required, but it did make sense because the rates were slightly lower than had we booked something separately. I'm sure there is a commission paid to any booking agency, but, quite honestly, that's business, right, and, in all seriousness, Joyce took wonderful care of us with every tour we booked - it was so easy!

There were kayaks, paddle boats, and snorkel gear available 24/7 at no charge for guests, which was an awesome added feature - we have stayed at several places that require you to rent this gear by the hour. I was very pleased that we did not have to pay to use the equipment.

The Volkswagen available to rent at the B&B is expensive and, unless you have difficulty walking short distances, not totally necessary. While the rental is expensive, it is not out of line based on how much it would be to rent a car anywhere in Belize - the only difference is you can't take the Volkswagen off the peninsula - slight drawback if you want to explore the country. Nevertheless, this is such a minor issue. If you want to get in to Placencia Village, renting the Volkswagen for 1/2 day, taking a taxi, or taking the local bus are your best options. We chose to take the bus every time ($1US per person each way), which was a bargain.

Overall, we would absolutely stay at Joyce & Frank's again! Relaxing by the pool, walking on the beautiful, white sand beach, riding bikes (provided at no charge) up and down the peninsula, eating delicious food, and getting some great rest is all anyone could ask for in a vacation, and we got just that!

Room Tip: B-2 is great - it's quiet and very relaxing. It is not right on the beach, but it is less than...
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

A beautiful place and great hostesses that are very helpful! Just wish they had better, softer beds :) Then I'd be able to give it a better rating.

Room Tip: Lower floor bungalow had recently been remodeled and had new a/c that was nicer.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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h2odanzer, Owner at Joyce & Frank's Bed & Breakfast, responded to this review, January 29, 2012
Mary, thank you for taking the time to post a review! I remember your husband commenting how great the beds are at the Marriott. Please remember that Belize is still a third world country! One cannot obtain that caliber of mattress here; they must be shipped in and are subject to import duty. Your $95 room at the Marriott had a view of the freeway, and Golden Arches! Whereas our $95 room views the Carribbean Sea. How can you compare them to us? We are proud to report, however, that we currently have a container on it's way with new mattresses! Next time you visit, you will give us 5 stars.
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florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

Another visit to a little paradise ,Joyce & Franks B&B in Maya beach,Belize. I look forward to it every year after the hectic holidays. Love the long soulful walks on the beach,just stay at the B&B as everything I need is there. Latest is beautiful new pool to sit by and pier I love to read and take naps on the hanging hammock. Rooms decor is tropical,gets you in the mood for Belize food which is made by Joyces cook,yummy,wish I could bring Josephine home with me! Talking to Joyce & Frank by the pool or just passing them daily make you envious,they are so lucky to live there most of the year. You know they work hard sometime,I don't know when as the place is beautiful,tranquil,relaxing , my little get away every year for last 4 years,why stay at a stuffy hotel?Highly recommend for a getaway in Belize.Joyce &Frank know everything about Maya beach,the greatest restaurants and tour places,get discounts.

Room Tip: Tell Joyce you want to be on the beach overlooking ocean so you can hear the waves lap on shore.
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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Joyce & Frank's Bed & Breakfast

Address: Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize
Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #13 of 25 B&Bs / Inns in Placencia
Number of rooms: 8
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We offer a wonderful beach front B & B, with various room styles and suites, free wifi, pool, private pier and dock, on beach palapas and lounge chairs, bird watching tower, home made breakfast, lunch for purchase, free use of kayaks, fishing gear, snorkeling gear, and day trip planning. We hope you come and stay! ... more   less 
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Joyce And Frank`s Bed & Breakfast
Joyce & Frank's Bed & Breakfast Belize/Placencia

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