4 BR sleeps 8. Optional Suite sleeps 2 more. Perfect for multi-families!
My husband and I live along the Kenai River in Alaska, surrounded by beautiful mountains, soaring eagles, splashing salmon and of course the occasional wandering moose and bear. We travel with our loving companions, Kenai and Willie, our two dogs. Kenai is our black labrador/coonhound mix and Willie is our lovable Tijuana 'potlicker' that we rescued in Alaska. We live in a backyard apartment at El Gran Castillo de Arena during the winter months and look forward to meeting many of you during your stay.
Carolyn purchased this Villa in 2002
Why Carolyn chose San Pedro
We took our honeymoon to Ambergris Caye, Belize in March 2001 to get away from the cold arctic winter. Once there we instantly fell in love with Belize...the weather, the people, the beauty of the rainforest, the spectacular reef, etc. We instantly bought property and started building our retirement vacation home that year. We decided to share our wonderful home to fellow nature lovers who appreciate adventure and fun.
Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 10:00 am
Minimum age of primary renter:21
100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
What an amazing Trip!
We are group of nine friends in our 30’s on a No Kids Trip in early June. This place was amazing!
Carolyn was kind enough to make or assist in making almost all of the arrangements from how to get to the island, golf cart rentals, excursions etc. It was so easy and seamless you would think we were on an official tour.
We flew Mayan airlines- a quick 15 minute flight from Belize City and you don’t even need to leave the international airport- just go through customs with your bags and boom you’re ready to board the next flight to the Island.
El Castillo de Arena: The photos do not do this home justice! It is split up almost like three separate living spaces. We spent most of our time in the large second floor kitchen area and the rooftop pool.
We were able to use the rental equipment such as kayaks, snorkels ad even coolers for the boat trips Carolyn helped us arrange.
William and Marvin- the caretakers were amazing and so helpful and we enjoyed spending a little time getting to know them. In fact Marvin knocks on the door one morning with US$100- he found under the garden hose on the side of the house- it turns out it had fallen out of my brother’s pocket the day before.
The gentleman selling tamales and burritos came down the beach every morning – super awesome!
There are plenty of bars and beaches a short- bumpy but very fun golf cart ride away. Be sure to bring a portable speaker to have tunes while you cruise the island- just don’t forget the bug spray.
Every restaurant we went to had amazing food- the closer you get to the town center of San Pedro the less expensive it becomes.
Everyone on the island is so friendly and take a lot of pride in their home and are happy to share all of their knowledge and love of Belize.
We arranged tow boating days with Genie from Coral Reef divers- had an amazing time! Don’t miss the Catamaran sailing! I could go on and on about how wonderful our stay was. Thank you Carolyn for making El Castillo de Arena the obvious choice for us! Its really was an UnBelizeable experience.
50th Birthday Bash
Everything about the house was awesome!! William and Marvin met us on the dock the evening we arrived to help with our luggage. They are a true asset to this property. We can't say enough good things about them! They also have the cutest and well-behaved dogs (Soldier and Lady). There was plenty of room for all 11 of us. The house is air-conditioned throughout with nice ceiling fans to help circulate the air. The kitchen is well stocked. The pool was very refreshing but small. The rooftop has AMAZING views! It's a nice golf cart ride into town but beware of the mosquitoes! They are everywhere! Another thing I will add, is the restaurants close around 9 PM. You won't be disappointed with your stay here. We will be back to San Pedro - you better "Belize It."
Returned to our previous destination and were as happy as before. Love staying in this house. Its wonderful for many people with a fully stocked kitchen and rentals and the dock. William and Martin are also awesome and extremely helpful. Thank you!
Fun in paradise
We just returned after a great week... Carolyn was outstanding to work with along with Melvin and Marvin... My wife cried that she wasn’t able to take the dogs with her they are amazingly sweet! Very relaxing week... Thank you and we hope to come back soon.
The Perfect Place!!!
We had an absolutely wonderful time at El Castillo de Arena. From the time we arrived, to the 6 am departure, we were treated wonderfully and enjoyed every moment at the property. We were a party of 11 (3 separate families) and there was plenty of space for the entire crew without feeling like we were cramped. The top floor was the main residence where we fixed most of our meals together, but there were two other residences (a one bedroom and another two bedroom) which provided the necessary solitude, so we didn't get too much "relative humidity". The backyard was the perfect oasis for the littles to play in the sand, or the adults to bask in the sun on the loungers, with the entire area fenced. Carolyn and Ted truly have a beautiful rental with all of the conveniences of home. The golf cart rental, which Carolyn set up for us, was a must if you plan on traveling into town on occasion. They provided us with snorkeling equipment and kayaks to explore the reef. Last, but certainly not least, was Marvin, our caretaker. He was absolutely the best!! He helped us with everything and answered any questions that we had. He helped the men spear fish and lobster at the reef, and showed the kids how to fish off the dock. It was an absolutely wonderful vacation, and with any luck, we will be able to return in the near future.
Wonderful home for our family
Being our first time in Belize we really appreciated the guidance and expertise that came from the home owners. Carolyn had a great guide for us and answered all our many questions. She arranged for taxi service to & from the airport for our group of 7 (5 adults and 2 kids) and we were warmly greeted by the house's caretaker William and his sweet dogs. The house was well equipped for our group and we LOVED the soft sandy beach in the fenced in backyard. It was so easy for our kids to play outside! Every day we took advantage of the kayaks (Marvin was wonderful to help us out with those) and the rooftop pool. Both Marvin & William were so friendly and professional and having them on site made us feel at ease. William gave us a presentation on Coconuts. We loved it! Having coffee in the mornings and Rum Punches in the evening on the pier and patio while enjoying the breathtaking view never got old. We loved having golf carts to explore the island and venture out for dinners. We really enjoyed the quiet of the area we were in but also liked the opportunity to drive to the busier areas. We loved the location, food and reasonable cost of the Dive Bar. Our favorite adventure was spending the day out with Lucky Devil (Tony's guys) where we speared lobster, snorkeled and they prepared a WONDERFUL meal with our catch on a private beach area. By far our favorite memories. We were sorry when our week came to an end and hope to return again.
El Gran Castillo de Arena has a grocery store and 4 restaurants/bars within a 10-min walk. It also has complimentary beach equipment rentals on the property. It is also located near Secret Beach.