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“A Perfect Home In Paradise” 4 of 5 stars
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Maya Beach, Placencia, Belize   |  
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Ranked #11 of 25 Placencia B&B and Inns
Long Beach, New York
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“A Perfect Home In Paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2013

After a long and tiring journey, we finally arrived in Placencia. We hopped in a cab from Placencia aiport and in about 15 minutes we arrived at the most beautiful entrance to Joyce and Franks Bed & Breakfast. The sea breeze was refreshing and the grounds were lush with vibrant green palm trees and beautiful tropical flowers. We were greeted by Joyce and her friendly smile. Virgilio, the caretaker/grounds keeper/tour guide and general good man, was always available and made sure that we didn't lift a finger as he guided us to our cottage. Our little coral house with its white picket fence and screened in portch was perfect! It was a cozy, romantic little piece of heaven. Maybe our little cabin wouldn't be for everyone but my husband and I couldn't have been happier sharing our studio bedroom and did I mention the screened in porch? The view was picturesque; something you see in travel magazines. With the door to the cottage open and past the swaying palm tree was the calm, crystal blue ocean. This was our home for our week in Placencia. The services were excellent! Josephine and Virgilio worked very hard to make sure we were comfortable. The blinds in the bathroom were stuck and would not shut. We decided not to complain but after we returned from our excursion, they were fixed! That's service! The pool was magical. It was a fantastic place to cool off from the tropical heat. The waterfall was relaxing and provided a great sound effect. Fishing from their private pier every day was always fun and interesting being that you never knew what you were going to catch...huge barracuda, snappers, jacks. The "old dock" across the street behind the hotel didn't disappointe either. The kayaks were especially fun! Virgilio helpped us get them to the mangroves which leads to the lagoon. Where the water was like an aquarium and many interesting creatures walked the shore line, we saw a coatimundi climbing the tree and a giant iguana! The birds were inumerable. Every morning we would enjoy Josephine's belizean breakfast but there were other tasty items you could choose from on the menu. I especially loved the cinammon fry jacks! Oh the fry jacks! Think hollow zepole. If you're feeling lazy, Josephine will also make you lunch. We had excellent chicken burritos! Eating in Placencia is an adventure in itself. Right next door to Joyce and Franks was Mango's, a great place to hang out and get the most awesome fried chicken and you must have the conch fritters (in season). A short walk down the road is Maya Bistro, a must! Two words...gourmet cuisine! Oscar makes this incredible cocktail, the muddled mind. This place could be dropped right in the middle of NYC and it would be a rave! The owners/Chef were warm and inviting. The Chef stopped by our table to make sure we were enjoying ourselves and when we visited the restaurant for the second time, we were remembered! Visits to Placencia town were an adventure and always a highlight of our trip. The cab drivers were friendly and knowledgeable; always providing good tips on restaurants and great places to get a drink. Make sure you visit Yoli's On Da Water! DON'T BE AFRAID! Just be real and casual and the pirates will be your friend. Barefoot bar is a must! The drink menu/book is extensive! The Secret Garden is a delicious haven in the middle of a lush garden. The romantic ambiance and lighting make it a perfect place for date night. Rumfish was special, with the most incredible ceviche and mango fizz cocktail I have ever tasted!
If you plan on going fishing or touring Monkey River, ask Joyce for Alrin. He was a great captain who put us on two awesome days of tarpon fishing and when the wind went bad, he took us on a personal tour of his home on the Monkey River. Having him fly down the river at top speed made us feel like we were in a scene from Apocalypse Now. AWESOME!
We attempted to snorkel with the whale sharks but they weren't on our schedule! The water was very rough and some even got sea sick so take your dramamine. The guides were very sympathetic though and took those who did not want to take the second snorkel trip after lunch, to calmer waters where we spent the rest of the day snorkeling on a pristine reef. Those who did snorkel for the second half of the day left with the divers on the larger boat. If you plan on booking excursions, schedule in advance, especially the fishing. Joyce was very helpful in making sure we got what we wanted!
We would recommend Joyce and Franks to anyone looking for a casual getaway!!

Room Tip: Choose cottage B1!!! It's private, has a screend in porch and is perfect..and a what view!
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • 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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English first
Dawson Creek, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2013

11 days of absolute bliss. Joyce, Josephine & Virgilio were available at all times to ensure nothing was amiss. Meals were awesome. Swimming in the pool after the bathtub temperature ocean was indeed pleasing. Local restaurants for suppers were outstanding and affordably priced. Would highly recommend this to anyone. Rooms of good size and quite comfortable especially the a/c during those hot nights. Star gazing was amazing as was the full moon coming up over the ocean. All the extras included are really nice to have available while staying at their lovely B&B. Thanks Joyce, hopefully we can get back and meet Frank. Would really like to sit and enjoy a cold one over some stories.

  • Stayed April 2013, 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013 via mobile

Phenomenal location, great rooms and the view, my god, the view. Perfect little get away on Maya Beach. Close enough to the village for a nice scooter ride, and a 50 minute kayak trip to False Caye for snorkeling.
Air conditioning in the beach house worked great, but the shower for the master bedroom needs work, not enough volume or pressure. The guest washroom had great pressure but slow drains.
Joyce and Frank have created a great place to get your feet wet in Belize.
Virgilio and Josephine wrap up the B&B with great personal service. Virgilio can make your arrangements and tell you all need to know about the area. Plus he's a great night watchmen, making sure you stumble into the right room when you come back a little tipsy. Josephine makes the best lunches and breakfasts. Her cheeseburger is simply the best I've ever had.
Definitely recommend this to anyone going to Belize.
Watch out for the biting cat though lol....

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

What a beautiful place. The rooms are inviting, clean, and given many personal touches. The beds comfy with super soft linens. The towels plentiful and cozy. What more could I ask for? Not much but was given so much more! The grounds are beautifully maintain by a local gardener named Flowers, who prides himself on creating a lush surrounding. The food is amazing and fresh. The Belizian breakfast is divine. Josephine the cook can whip you up anything you like. The ocean is just steps away. The beach and pool are maintained and cared for by Reheleo. Who does an excellent job. Joyce and Frank are gracious hosts who helped set up anything we needed. We will be staying here again, hopefully soon.

  • Stayed March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Pacific Northwest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

We stayed at Joyce & Frank's B & B for five days in late February. It was right on Maya Beach and just what we were hoping for. We stayed in the #2 Bungalow which was set up a bit in the trees where it was shaded and comfortable, but still just 10 meters from the sunny beach. Josephine & Vergilio made it the trip to remember. Josephine is a kind gentle person and a terrific cook, and Vergilio takes care of the maintenance work and is a delight to chat with. The location is fabulous and casual, we enjoyed kayaking, snorkeling and relaxing in the hammocks and under the shade on the beach.. There are plenty of inexpensive (and some expensive) places to dine nearby but in general it is inexpensive and a great value. A grocery store is nearby and very convenient. It was our first trip to Belize, we will be back.

  • Stayed February 2013, 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Nova Scotia, Canada
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67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

We stayed at Joyce and Franks 2 years ago and as soon as we decided to come back to Belize this year we stayed there again for our first 10 nights. It is a great place to unwind and you get to use the kayaks and bicycles to get around if you choose but there are many things to do within walking distance. It is right on the beach and we walked the beach every day, relaxed in thepool and hammocks and did some fishing right from the pier. Virigilio and Josephene are so helpful as are Frank and Joyce.Frank even sells a great draft there now, Great value overall

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I stayed for 2 wks and loved it. The staff is very helpful and food was great. No need to complain about the tv being to high on wall because didn't have time to watch it. Great place!! Virilio is the man and Josephine is the best cook and Joyce and frank vere very helpful.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 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 #11 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 
Also Known As:
Joyce And Frank`s Bed & Breakfast
Joyce & Frank`s Hotel Placencia
Joyce & Frank's Bed & Breakfast Belize/Placencia

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