Home of a marine biologist (Turtleman) for over 20 years.
Built by hand with beachcombed 2 inch thick tropical hardwood lumber and a handcut coconut palm leaf thatched roof.
Decorated with unique treasures found beachcombing and diving such as Portuguese glass fishing floats and notes in a bottle that crossed the Atlantic, old bottles from an 18th Century wreck, shells of sea creatures (found empty on the reef), and tropical orchids and palms collected from our land.
Cabana has a king size bed (or twins) with a sleeping loft that kids love! You will be amazed by the numbers of stars and lights in the water you see at night from the veranda.
Because the house is located over the water in a World Heritage Site, it was built with protection of the environment a foremost concern and features composting toilet, solar shower, and solar powered fan (which is seldom used because the wind over the water and the open design keeps the house cool naturally).
This is a nature lover’s paradise with over 120 species of coral reef fish, over 150 species of birds, and over 30 species of mammals. At times, the sky is absolutely filled with migrating birds and butterflies and dragonflies and the sea filled with huge schools of migrating snapper. There are endangered Nassau Grouper and Goliath Grouper, Hawksbill , Green, and Loggerhead sea turtles, and even manatee on the reef in front of the cabana and on land there are peccary, deer, fox, ocelot, anteaters, agouti, gibnut, opossums, raccoons, and much more.
The house is located at the northern end of Ambergris Caye within the Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, one of seven marine protected areas in Belize that were declared a World Heritage Site in 2000.
The barrier reef comes very close to the island in front of the cabana and you can snorkel from shore without the need of costly daytrips, when you want and for as long or short as you like!
This is particularly good for a family that has young beginners that may just want to play in the tidal pools that surround the cabana and avid snorkelers that want to be in the water all day!!!
For the beachcomber inside us all there are miles of beach to explore, including the only green sea turtle nesting beach in Belize just one mile north and Rocky Point where you can walk to where the barrier reef ends then begins again!
Also, there are miles of grass flats where the avid bone fisherman can stalk bonefish from dusk to dawn! You will probably even see bonefish from the cabana if you watch for their tailing!
The children can play in the tidal pools while Dad stalks bonefish on the high tide!
But it is not only the ocean we have to offer, we also have the most remote part of the island with jungle trails that can lead you to undisturbed areas where the peccary, deer, fox, ocelot, agouti, gibnut, anteaters, raccoons, opossums, iguanas and much, much more may never have seen a human!
In addition we offer some unique personalized tours exclusively for our guests.
You can go with the Turtleman to encounter manatee under the water! He is an experienced guide, researcher, and naturalist who will train and supervise you in the proper conduct when viewing manatees in the water! This is an experience that you will remember and tell others about forever; because the manatee comes to you in the clear waters of the barrier reef.
Because we are located at the northern end of Ambergris Caye; the area has been very undisturbed and in the jungle there are animals like the white- lipped peccary, the collared peccary, ocelot, anteater, whitetail deer, and even puma! You can go with the Turtleman to areas where no others go and search for peccary, deer, fox, iguanas, Yucatan jays, and more! He will guide you on paths only he uses and teach you about the habitats and wildlife.
Have you ever wanted to see a yellow-headed jawfish or go on a night snorkel? Other specialized trips are possible depending on your individual interests ask us about seeing things that particularly interest you!
His manatee research was featured on “Wildthings” and “National Geographic” Cable programs. His Sea Turtle Protection efforts were shown on a Belize Channel 5 program and won best Caribbean environmental news story and was shown on CNN. He has conducted studies on Sea Turtles, Manatees, Crocodiles, Hicatee River Turtles, Coral Bleaching, Coral die-offs, Commercial species of Bacalar Chico Marine Reserve, and Reptiles and Mammals of Bacalar Chico National Park.
Rosemary loves guests. She loves to cook and entertain and she will definitely try to spoil you. Our sons, Daniel and Tellen love the water and will gladly take you on the beach and into the tidal pools to show you what lives there.
We guarantee a unique experience with quality personal service!
Contact us for reservations or more information at [email protected], or phone 501-6149661
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