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Playa Del Sol
the world's only ray shaped pool
Tropic Setting
Free Private Boat and Guide
Walk in shower
Master Bedroom
2nd Bedroom
Double Sink
Barracuda, Grouper, Trigger, Snapper
Bone fish from our shore
Spare fishing
Start a day on your very private pier
Have fun at our tiki bar
Kayak to the reef
North, moonrise, sunrise and reef view
Beach Volleyball
Kids love pier fishing
Tropical Setting
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2 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

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Emily B
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Invaluable & Private Dream-Like Experience”
Reviewed May 17, 2016 for a stay in May 2016
3
people found this review helpful

It’s hard to believe just a week ago we were swimming with sharks, spear fishing, and lounging in hammocks while drinking from coconuts in Belize. The memory is already feeling dreamlike because it was just that surreal of an experience.

Iz and Shea were the most gracious of hosts we’ve ever encountered on airbnb, homeaway, vrbo, etc. Iz was always incredibly responsive via email before we arrived, and provided us with tips about packing, flights to Ambergris Caye, and generally what we should expect. He picked us up from the airport and took us grocery shopping in his golf cart before hopping in his boat with Captain Adam to take us to his property. The house is about a 10-15 minute boat ride from San Pedro. We were greeted by his lovely cook, Kenya, and complimentary rum punch at his idyllic beachside tiki bar “El Norte”.

Iz popped by regularly for brief but informative “meetings” where he drew maps and made excellent recommendations for activities and restaurants that were authentic Belize experiences—our favorites were Coral Gardens, Mexico Rocks, Caye Caulker, and Shark Alley. We appreciated that he worked to make the most of our short visit, and that his recommendations weren’t crawling with tourists. We had the experience of a lifetime and it felt so private and remote.

I’ve never stayed at a place that included a boat captain and cook onsite. The boat and captain are available every other day throughout your stay. Captain Adam is a local who we all enjoyed spending our days with. He has an incredible knowledge of the sea life and became fast friends with my husband who was there primarily to fish. He taught us how to spear fish, guided us on our visit with the sharks, cleaned and grilled the fish we caught, and shared so many stories with us that we’ll never forget. We spent hours snorkeling and saw just about every ocean creature I can think of. On the days you don’t have access to the boat you are able to use the golf cart to take into San Pedro (about 40 minutes) or Secret Beach (about 30 minutes). There are also kayaks and bikes at your disposal.

Because the location is so remote, we could have easily been taken advantage of. Although the cook and meals are an extra charge, and you pay your own gas for the boat, we were shocked at how low our bill was at the end of our 4 day stay. Iz is an honest guy (and quite a character), who is working hard to make sure his guests are 100% satisfied with their stay. The amount of money we saved on things like tours and restaurants is truly unbeatable. You won’t find a deal like this anywhere else.

We joked while we were there that we felt like we were in the witness protection program—we really didn’t see many other people, although we were kept safe by their always friendly “guard dogs” which greeted us with wagging tails every time we pulled into the dock. It was similar to a complete off the grid camping adventure (including some primitive things you should be ready for like the inability to flush toilet paper, low water pressure, and weak wifi signals), but with more amenities than we could ever dream of. We left with t-shirts from Shea, conch shells from the floor of the ocean, and a promise to return again someday.

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Your age range 25-34
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Jessica S
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7 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Unforgettable vacation!”
Reviewed April 8, 2016 for a stay in April 2016
5
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Iz the owner of Playa Del Sol is a World traveler who came from cypress and lived many years in California. We were so impressed by the house that he intelligently designed. He was always available to us if we needed anything. Everything you could possible need on this island was provided. He picked us up directly from the water taxi when we arrived in San Pedro.

Adam the boat captain was one of the most experienced guides we encountered during the entire trip. Very knowledgeable of the ocean. He knows the water inside and out and can take you snorkeling, fishing, hunting for conch and knows all the best places. He is a licensed guide for all the reserves. Adam took us to different locations where we could see many varieties of coral. At the end of our day Adam even filleted all our fish we cought.

Helen is one of the best bartenders on Ambergris Caye and creates delicious drinks. She also cooks amazing Belizean food. She's always available whenever you need that afternoon delight. The El Norte bar on the grounds which means the bar of the north is well equipped and a very enjoyable place to sit and relax.

BOAT:
The Playa Del Sol boat was amazing, very large and spacious and could travel quite fast from place to place. Easily one can get to all the sight seeing locations. We left at around 7:30 or 8am and were the first people on the Hol Chan and Shark Alley Ray reserves which was quite a treat.
Adam was so the best guide, feeding the animals of the reserve so they came right up to our boat as we jumped into the water. Also there is another reserve right next to playe del sol called Mexican rocks with so many fish for the eye to see and if you are lucky you can see sea turtles. We were also able to see beautiful conch everywhere (when in season) that made an amazing cerviche if you are up for the eating challenge.
Along with that, you an go up 4 miles to Tranquility Bay beach to snorkel directly off the shore and eat a delightful dinner at their restaurant.

HOUSE:
I must say, we loved everything about the house. It was perfect, classy, stylish and cozy. All the furniture is hand crafted local hardwoods that Iz had personally designed. The kitchen had one of everything we needed and it was very easy to cook our freshly caught fish each night.

DOCK:
Playa Del Sol built an amazing dock that extends into the beautiful ocean with hammocks to relax with at the end. There's never a bad time to sit and soak up the Caribbean life on this dock, watching the water birds swoop in and out of the water catching fish. At night you can walk down to the end of the dock to watch the tarpon in the water with a stunning array of stars above.

GROUNDS:
On the grounds of Playa Del Sol there are countless things to do. There's a sizable beach front, coconut trees, volleyball court, bikes to explore the island, and kayaks!
In the morning, more then 20 species of birds too! (a great morning activity for the early risers)

Coming to Playa Del Sol was worth every penny spent, we forgot about our stresses of work and got lost in amazing island life. Without hesitation, we would recommend coming here again and again!

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Liked best: Boat, coral, house... Everything!
Traveling group: Other
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stellka_i...
Evora, Portugal
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
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“One of the best vacations”
Reviewed April 5, 2016 for a stay in March 2016
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Our family of 4 just returned from Ambergris Caye where we spent 10 wonderful days. The villa itself was large enough for our family and had everything we needed. Iz, Shay, Adam and Helen were very nice and always helpful. Helen is a great cook and our dinner was always tasty and promptly prepared. Adam is a great boat captain and our hero fisherman who really made our trip very special.

Some tips:
Even though on Iz's advice we did not bring a lot of clothing with us, we could really do with much less stuff. I think one pair of shorts, long pants, long sleeved t-shirt (bug bite prevention) and couple of regular t-shirts was more than enough. Iz has a washing machine, so everything can be easily washed as often as needed.

When it's not windy, mosquito and sand flies will make your life a hell. Don't forget to take mosquito repellent with you.

Since villa is a fair distance from the town of San Pedro, plan to buy everything that you need on a day of your arrival.

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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641Sabrin...
Certaldo, Italy
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Balance Restored”
Reviewed March 7, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
6
people found this review helpful

We spent a week at Playa Del Sol with our 10 year old daughter and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. We snorkeled, fished, relaxed, and had great food (mostly prepared onsite by Helen). The accommodations were well appointed and comfortable providing all the necessary creature comforts (including a few bonuses--air conditioning and wifi--supported by an advanced, off grid power supply). Iz and Shay are knowledgeable and fun hosts. Our days were optimized by the boat and experienced captain, Adam. We explored neighboring coves and San Pedro; snorkeled the reef with rays, sharks and beautiful fish; fly fished the lagoon and the northern flats; and boated to Caye Caulker. Our evenings were spent relaxing with the host team, rolling dice, and reveling in the splendor of the beach side Tiki bar. The scene is ideal, mixing a remote paradise with access to all one could ask for from an island get away.

Traveling group: Young Children
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Rhonda N
Choteau, Montana
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Secluded Island Paradise”
Reviewed February 27, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
5
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This Place is every thing we were hoping for and more! A real local home feeling right down to the kids and dogs. House was clean and new, equipped with everything that we needed. If you don't want to cook, they will do it for you. Go out and explore the reef, bring back the catch of the day and Helen will cook it for you adding local flair. The Bar restaurant isn't fancy, bur it produces some of the best meals,and drinks around and people come from up and down the beach for it. The Boat is a real extra benefit and it comes with your personal guide Adam to take you and do whatever you want.
The reef here is phenomenal and we had unlimited access to it. We also went to Caye Caulker and San Perdo. Caye Caulker is a must to see, a real laid back Island!
We hope to be back to Playa Del Sol Soon!

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Liked best: The People
Liked least: I had a bout with sand flies
Traveling group: Spouse/Partner
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Recommended for:
Friends getaway Older travelers
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George D
Texas
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Doctor's Owner”
Reviewed February 26, 2016 for a stay in February 2016

After we booked the property the owner, Iz, sent us information on additional services we could purchase, including diving and mainland tours.We arranged to have Iz and the Captain, Adam pick us up at the airport, and that is a great option. Iz stopped at the market so we could purchase supplies, and he pointed out local attractions and introduced us to the Island during the boat ride to the property. It great to have the chance to relax after the long trip, purchase supplies, get introduced to the Island, and ask questions.
The house itself was great. It is a duplex. Our unit was large, clean, and well-maintained. The property has a private beach, dock, a deck by the water with a gazebo for sitting in the shade. Another great feature is that kayaks are provided for guests to use. We have two teenagers and a 5-year-old, and the property provided lots to do for everyone. Our 5-year-old enjoyed playing in the sand on the beach, swimming, and going out in the 2-person Kayak with me.
Adam is a great tour guide guide and fisherman. Spear fishing is fun and safe with him.
Helen, is great coo and bartender. She cooks daily specials. Grilled Shrimp was the best.
Our hosts Shea and Iz were helpful and they made our vacation unforgettable!

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Traveling group: Extended Family
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Mark C
New York City, New York
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful Stay in Playa Del Sol”
Reviewed February 13, 2016 for a stay in February 2016
2
people found this review helpful

My small family of three(wife,daughter and I)wanted to have a relaxing vacation.After a lot of research my wife suggested San Pedro Island(Yes it's the Island in Madonna's song)
And we've found this Beautiful place Playa Del Sol to stay which is built by a couple who also live on the property.
Very Private and Relaxing place,right on the beautiful private beach,Palm trees,Tiki Hut Bar,Pier with your own Boat/captain ready to take you anywhere you like...Very Enjoyable.
Even before we arrived Shea was so helpful answering all our questions about the Island and the place.From picking us up and our entire stay both Iz (the husband)and Shea was so Gracious and helpful.
The place was very clean,with a kitchen that had everything you need even if you like to cook.
We were very lucky with the weather and had a great relaxing time.The highlight for my daughter in this paradise was Lion the Dog!
Adam the Captain is very easy going and takes you any direction you would like.You just need to pay for gas/tip.
A Snorkeling day at Mexico Rocks is great and off course the Coral Reef.
Catching our own Lobsters for dinner was an experience I will never forget.
Beautiful afternoons by the Tiki Hut Bar with Helen's Pina Coladas.
Iz is a cool guy and very helpful with things,it just takes a day or two to get his jokes.
We had a Lovely time at Playa Del Sol and my wife is already talking about going back again.

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