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Martz Farm Treehouses and Cabanas Ltd.
Ranked #10 of 62 Cayo B&B and Inns
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Wilmington, North Carolina
1 review
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“Authentic Experience”
Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stayed at Martz Farm for 4 nights and had the best of times. Our stay with Joe, Miriam, Laz, Evan, and the kids was as genuine and hospitable as I've ever had upon my travels. Miriam seems to always conjure up awesome meals in a very raw kitchen. Joe is busy maintaining the farm but always has knowledge and words of wisdom to share. Be sure to go on the pontoon lake cruise with Laz, you won't regret it. Martz farm is at the top of the list for places to stay on a return trip to Belize. Thanks for the memories and keep doing what your doing.
All the Best,
Sam & Leslie

Room Tip: Bring a flashlight and bug spray. If you want a genuine experience with locals, go to Martz farm...
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Portland, Oregon
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

Miriam, Joe and their family are some of the kindest, most generous and welcoming hosts we have ever had the pleasure of staying with. They happily opened their home to us and treated us as though we were part of the family, making our stay with them a truly memorable experience. The farm's treehouse is the quintessential treehouse experience, truly straight out of fiction in the best way possible. Falling asleep (and waking up to) the sounds of the jungle and the waterfall underneath is the perfect way to bookend your day. Don't let the need for flashlights and bug spray scare you off; staying at Martz Farm really is an experience you'll never forget.

Room Tip: The treehouse is totally worth the adventure! The other facilities are so great as well!
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed June 28, 2014

During my stay next door at 'Better in Belize Eco Community', where I bought a lot for my new home, I spent a beautiful and relaxing afternoon with Joe Martinez on a 3 hour scenic ride through his property. Being a former horse woman it was nice to see how well taken care of and behaved his horses were. Joe was a wonderful guide and so knowledgeable about everything around him. We took a tour all the way on top of the hills where you can see across miles and miles of rainforest. We stopped at his favorite spot overlooking the unspoiled Macal river. When we returned just before dark, I was invited by his family to a delicious meal by candle light.
And yes, Joe does fly over that horrible road, which, by the way will be fixed in the near future, so don't let that deter you.
I'll be back this September, when I'll get a chance to go for a boat ride with Laz on the river, where my lot will be.
Can't wait to see y'all again soon!!!

Till then, Susanne

Stayed June 2014
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Reviewed June 24, 2014

Julian the driver, our eyes and our guide.
Deep in the Cayo District, his car, our ride
Through the flats to the jungle we go
Down a dirt road, left at Benque Viejo.

Further from civilization with each turn,
at the Martz Farm there is no need for concern.
Tortillas a la mano, wood fire cooking
Miriam la maestra she handles the booking.

The main lodge sturdy, private and clean.
Beds are all comforty, you will have nice dreams.
If its your pleasure they have a treehouse
back where the Holler monkeys likes to hangout.

Australian cattle dogs run the grounds
to keep the chickens from leaps and bounds.
Horses will take you to the Martz family trees,
over ancient Maya terraces, to the beautiful vistas of Belize.

Spoken word on a mountain crest
Joe relates the truth, the river does the rest.
Their sons are there to lend extra hands.
Young Joshua, Lukas, but Evans the man.

Dinner without Wifi or internet
Candle light is what to expect
Plates of delicious food to end the day
Ever once in a while Uncle Joe has his say.

Day trips to destinations, lands to explore
the hum of cicada, a chorus of nature--nothing more.
Xunantunich and Maya ruins surround
The Martz Family Farm is fertile ground.

Feligson and Barrelli

  • Stayed June 2014, traveled with friends
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Madison, Wisconsin
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed June 3, 2014

Thank you to the Martinez family for taking great care of us. After our first night we had planned to drive to Tikal but had a flat a mile from the farm. Joe and Miriam helped arrange to get a new tire from the rental company. Joe went into town early the next morning to get the tire and put it on the car for me. The day was not lost, however--Laz took us on his boat to a beautiful waterfall. It is the kind of spot that elsewhere would have crowds of tourists, but we had it all to ourselves. If you want a peaceful and remote setting, and feel like you are part of the family, Martz Farm is for you. Where else do you get a hug goodbye when it is time to check out? We are already planning a return trip with our kids. A couple of notes: the farm is located 8 miles down the worst dirt road I have ever driven on (and I have driven quite a bit in Central America)--allow at least 45-60 minutes (Joe does it in 20). Also, if you want to have a beer after your day in the jungle, bring it in with you.

Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2014

Dear Curious Traveler,

Often in life we see these opportunities and think we should go for them. If you are contemplating a trip to Belize, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Whatever it takes Make this a To-Do item. The reviews have it right. Miriam and Joe and their family are the best people to get to know. Warm and welcoming, patient and funny with a love for life and the experiences within. Miriam is an OUTSTANDING chef. I reluctantly left her table after each meal. Just let her cook for you and relish the culinary delights she offers. Book the treehouse if you can. Take your favorite cocktail with you. The warm sunset shining through the flowers and trees over the waterfall is magnificent. Just sit and hang your legs off the edge and be at peace. Do not miss the horseback ride!!! Trust Joe to know best what to show you and ask the questions you want!!! They are both a wealth of info!!! Take the boat tour!! Caesar and Justin have no equal when it comes to entertaining you, keeping you safe, and showing you a wonder that less than 250 ppl in the modern era have seen.

Others covered the basics...take a headlamp...make sure it has a red light, that will illuminate and not attract any bugs!!! Be sure to stop at the Long Lucky Market and grab anything you need before going up. And honestly, the road isn't that bad really. Just part of the adventure!!!

Now put down this review and go earn one of your own at Martz Farm!!!

Love, Casey

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with family
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Red Lake, Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed May 14, 2014

In the end I always ask myself, would I recommend this experience to my friends and family...most certainly! We were guests but felt like part of the family. We stayed in the treehouse which was everything we hoped it would be. Bugs - no, no matter where we went, not in the treehouse or our jungle walks or horseback rides. Thank you Joe for the cave tour, it was a highlight, as was climbing up the waterfall like little kids we once were. Another highlight was the smile on those two little kids faces when Joe gave them a treat on our way back from the cave. Those huge smiles reminded me of life's simple joys. They set us up with great guides for two ruins trips, another highlight, arranged transportation, all experiences were terrific. Miriam I don't know where you get the energy. I think I read in another review about your "magic" kitchen, I totally understand now, meals were great, better than great!
We very much hope to come back and do what we didn't have time for.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Martz Farm Treehouses and Cabanas Ltd.

Property: Martz Farm Treehouses and Cabanas Ltd.
Address: 8.5 Mls. Hydro Road, Belize
Location: Belize > Cayo
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 62 B&Bs / Inns in Cayo
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 8
Also Known As:
Martz Farm Treehouses And Cabanas Ltd. Belize/Cayo

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