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“Jimmy Buffett wants to be Harry”

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Harry's Cozy Cabanas
Mystic, Connecticut
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6 reviews
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“Jimmy Buffett wants to be Harry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2012

This was my 6th or 7th trip to Belize although my first to Placencia it was also my current girlfriends first time so i was a little concerned she would not be able to adjust to the pace and no place in Belize personifies that pace more(or lack of it) than Harry's. Needless to say it turned into one of my best vacations ever. Harry is a fantastic and generous host and is full of great stories. We we rarely left the the "resort" except to make runs for supplies (rum steak beer and more rum) and cooked in the sand almost every night. Harry's is at the end of the peninsula so can be quite private, we lucked out as there were no other guests the week we stayed. The sand part of the beach is a short swim over some seaweed so bring your water shoes this will make sense when you get there.

Room Tip: Room one has a small kitchenette, plus the shade of a large tree with a hammock.
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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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San Francisco, California
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2011

I have a feeling that if we'd been able to stay at Harry's that we'd have thoroughly enjoyed it.

Alas... We did not.

We showed up, fresh off 2 airplanes and a taxi, on Christmas evening to Harry's Cabanas to find a small party going on - yay!, right? Wrong. As we walked up and announced our arrival it was like someone stopped the record player. Things got quiet and Harry reluctantly stood up and said, "Uh. It seems we have a problem..."

He walked us away from the party and immediately pawned us off on his girlfriend, Fern. Fern proceeded to explain that EVEN THOUGH we had booked 3 weeks in advance, already paid for 2 of our 4 nights, AND sent a confirmation email the day prior - they had no cabana for us. Turns out that the current inhabitants of our cabana had asked to extend their stay and Harry had said, "Sure." So when they later realized their mistake they neither kicked those inhabitants out nor contacted us. Instead, they waited for us to arrive and Harry took 30 seconds away from his party to say "We made a mistake. We found you another cabana elsewhere though," and then gave us over to his girlfriend to iron out the details. Luckily she was willing to help us. After recommending another cabana in the center of town (more expensive, more noisy), or an impersonal hotel next door (so so noisy AND double the price), we LUCKED OUT and were recommended (by a stranger) another quiet cabana where we ended up staying all 4 nights. It was slightly more expensive as well, but what can you do? Fern drove us there, refunded our 2 night deposit, and even offered us each a beer. Thank goodness for her.

So - Harry, please sort out your booking and try to be a bit more empathetic next time you kick a paid customer to the curb on Christmas evening.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Valparaiso
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

Beautiful wooden cabanas, great hammocks, very hospitable owners and just a great location for relaxation. The best place to stay in Placencia! I enjoyed the nicely build, very cozy and clean cabana. I prefer fans over aircons and hammocks and books over tv's, so to me Harry's place was paradise!
Can recommend everybody this place...would like to go back as soon as I can.

Room Tip: The cabana behind the wisdom tree has a kitchenette...
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  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 8, 2011

Harry's is a place like no other - escape the rigours of real life and kick back either alone or in the company of Harry and his guests. The conversation will flow along with the Blikin, and your waiting cabana is spotless and charming.

A very clever idea to have plastic water bowls at the bottom of the stairs so you don't walk sand ino your room.

Can't wait to be back,

Nick Symons
LONDON 8th April 2011

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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East Troy, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2011

My husband and I stayed three nites at Harry's and just loved it. First, the location is the best spot on the water. The water is calm and the sea life plentiful. While we were there we saw a five foot stingray, barracuta and beautiful star fish. Harry's cababna are really nice and very clean. They are right on the beach just a few feet from the water. The shower was hot and water pressure was awesome. There is also a wonderful restaurant with a great staff that we ate at frequently just 100 yards away called Paradise. Harry was a delightful host and we fully enjoyed our conversations each day. We were also happy to meet Kay who was instrumental in connecting us with Harry. If your looking for a great place to stay HARRY'S IS IT!

  • Stayed February 2011, traveled as a couple
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2010

Harry's place is 3 small cabins and a larger one with kitchenette. All simply furnished and close to the water. Paradise Hotel and Yoli's bars are a very short walk away along the beach. Back street will take you quickly to town center near the soccer field, Wallen's grocery. Quiet, rustic, peaceful. Harry can usually be found each morning cleaning up the outside & stopped and brought me a cup a coffee several times. He has a wealth of local information and history, an old local pirate gone inn-keeper you might say. Yoli's down the beach has a bar over the water....what more can I say?? Loved it.

If you want more action go up the Barefoot bar/Sea Spray way, Harrys is for people who want to get away and relax, with the party always nearby though. Good value! Good people!

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled solo
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Rogue River
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2009

The cabanas are rustic much like a cabin. The location is away from the busy part of the "village" but close enough to walk to. The bar/restaurant Yoli's is a short distance and is owned by Harry's neice wich adds to the family atmosphere of that part of the village. Harry was very responsive to any of our needs and is quite a character! It was nice to have a refrgerator and coffee maker in the room. If turn down service is what you are after this is not the place for you. But, if you like a rustic, peaceful and private cabana this is the place!

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled as a couple
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Property: Harry's Cozy Cabanas
Address: Sunset Pointe, Placencia, Belize
Location: Belize > Stann Creek > Placencia
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 28 Specialty Lodging in Placencia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Harry's Cozy Cabanas was built with the desire to share one man's home and all its quaintness, beauty and charm with all those who visit. In fact it is one of the few areas in the village where you still get that feeling of old Placencia. We have preserved the old fishing village feel while adding modern amenities such as WiFi and private parking. Our 4 cabanas "The Captains Quarters", "Main Deck", "Quarterdeck" and "Forecastle" are built from Belizean hardwood and are on stilts giving them that authentic old Belize cabin feeling. All the cabanas have full kitchens and queen or double beds sleeping two people comfortably. The Captains Quarters and Forecastle cabanas have futons that make into beds if you have more than two people in your party. You will find comfort on the large verandas with private hammocks, tables and chairs and amazing views of the Caribbean Sea. You can settle in your hammock or a chase lounge on the beach,and enjoy a good book or nap, snorkel and swim at your leisure. We are walking distance from the center of the village where you can find grocery stores, restaurants, gift shops and coffee shops. Depending on the time of year you visit, you can help yourself to the fruits from the many fruit baring trees around the property. Mangoes, Guavas, and Coco Plums just to name a few. We can't wait to share the tranquility and beauty of Harry's home with you here at Harry’s Cozy Cabanas and thanks in advance for making us your home away from home. Captains Quarter $150USD plus 9% tax Forecastle $130USD plus 9% tax Quarterdeck $120USD plus 9% tax Main Deck $95USD plus 9% tax ... more   less 
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