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An opportunity to truly embrace solitude rather than try to avoid or escape it. This felt like a unique trip right from the point that we arrived at Belize City International Airport which was a welcome contrast to the huge airports previously stopped at en route in USA.We flew with Tropic Air to Placencia and from there boarded the boat which took us to Sabal Beach. This journey through the mangroves was a beautiful introduction to the region and the two weeks that lay ahead. We found the cabana had everything we needed for a comfortable stay and catered well for all of our needs.Being this close to nature was a very special experience and the opportunity to go out daily on the sea kayaks to the reef which was only 20 minutes from the shore was an additional treat. We saw an eagle ray, nurse sharks ,dolphins and a variety of fish that we also saw further out at the barrier reef. Keep your eyes open for osprey, parrots and humming birds.We also saw a very healthy population of pelicans and it was a pleasure to observe them in flight and diving for fish.David and Wayne were excellent hosts and we very much enjoy the opportunity to meet with them on the dock each evening for banter and conversation. Their passion and knowledge for the area was invaluable and every recommendation that they made was spot on and contributed to an overall fantastic experience. The snorkeling trip to the reef and Monkey River, the fishing trip with Suzette and eating at the local village where Paula cooked us some delicious authentic food.Thank you for a truly unique and amazing trip. We hope to be back in the not too distant future !!!!!
We absolutely enjoyed our New Years stay at Sabal Beach, it was wonderful and just what we needed. We stayed 3 nights and could have easily stayed a few extra days at Sabal Beach. The beach was ours entirely, we read books in the hammocks by the beach while listening to the sound of the ocean and birds. This place is heaven!!The accommodation was perfect and we had everything we needed and if there would have been anything missing Wayne and David would have organised any extras right away.We have been looked after well by David, Wayne and little Sofia. And it was a pleasure meeting everyone. Thank you for having us!
This is a very special place and worth the trip. The boat ride from Placencia is a great adventure through the mangroves and might be thought of as a sightseeing tour of the region. David and Wayne (and Sofia) are all a pleasure. They are very attentive to the needs of their guests and dress extremely nice (we'd expect no less, and Wayne always has on nice cologne) for being in the middle of nowhere. ;-) We look forward to seeing them again and it will become one of our go to places during cold Pacific Northwest winters.Sitting on the beach with french-press coffee every morning, laying in bed or the hammock listening to the surrounding birds and watching pelicans dive for fish, basking in the short deluges of rain mixed with beaming sun-rays rapidly cycle were the highlights of the trip.Random bits that might be useful: Their ocean kayak is super fun. There were fewer bugs than I anticipated there - I don't think I got any mosquito bites but I did get a few sandflea bites (they come out when it's not windy) so bugspray is still good. Bring your own coffee/tea.
What can be said about Sabal Beach that hasn't already been stated numerous times over? Sabal Beach is a very unique location. Situated just 45 minutes from Placencia by boat and 45 minutes from the second largest barrier reef in the world, this place is secluded, peaceful, and breathtaking. David and Wayne were great hosts, making sure we had a local tour guide for each exclusion (Jason) and also allowing us space to unwind from our busy, city lives. David also helped us coordinate things to do and places to stay outside of our stay at Sabal Beach, and his recommendations were on point. We would definitely recommend you staying here if you want something unlike any other. Tons of wildlife and the freedom to just be. My wife did not leave the hammock willingly. Bring plenty of bug spray, leave the makeup and hair dryer at home (seriously), and be willing to have an open mind about nature.
We were lucky enough to get to spend a weekend at Sabal Beach (just wish I could have been a lot longer!). Having spent 9 months travelling our expectations were really high, but this place completely exceeded them in every way.The beach itself is beautiful, peaceful and gloriously windswept. There are hammocks to chill on and great kayaks for exploring. The cabana was really lovely - it had everything you could need and more. David and Wayne (and little Sofia!) are exceptional hosts. They are exactly the right amount of attentive and very charming :). Nothing is too much bother.This is the perfect place to just relax and enjoy your own little piece of paradise. One of my many lasting memories of this weekend will be the amazing feeling of falling asleep with Caribbean sea breeze on your face. Absolutely incredible.Thank you so much, guys!
We enjoyed our stay at Sabal Beach. We celebrated our 25th anniversary at this remote location. David and Wayne are great at providing a laid back get away. They will teach you to open coconuts and help out if you wound yourself in the process (oops). David kindly arranges trips and offers information to guests. The Monkey River tour is great fun. Snorkeling on the reef is a great memory and meeting a few of the local residents of Punta Negra is a joy. As others have said, this is not a location for those wanting crowds, parties or swim up bars. It is remote and wild. It is stunning and photogenic. If you stay at Sabal Beach you will remember it for a lifetime.
This review is long overdue. We had booked our stay at Sabal Beach as part of a two week trip with our sons. Due to some last minute complications on our end, we were not able to complete that part of our itinerary. David, who had helped line us out in the months leading up to our trip - including sharing knowledge and information on anything and everything we asked - was incredibly considerate. I cannot thank him (and Wayne) enough!
The minute we hopped on the boat in Placencia we entered a different world. Sun, sea, animals, nature, beach, birds, fish, manatees. For one week the only things to decide were choosing a hammock, when to swim, kayak or snorkel, the proportion of rum and juice from a freshly cracked coconut in the evening drink, or how long to stay up at night on the deckchairs, starring into the sky full of stars. David and Wayne are terrific hosts: there to help but always careful not to impose. They love the place and you can tell.
New reviews are always a good thing but nothing has changed from the reviews that have been posted previously.
I don't really want to tell the world about this place so I can keep it for myself. (2 weeks goes by so fast!) I dibs next February! :)
My partner and I spent an AMAZING week here at the end of 2014. It is everything that you've already read it is, and more. David and Wayne are great hosts - one of the things I miss most is the evening cocktail hour on the dock.
Much of what I could say here, has already been said. None of the reviews you'll read here has been exaggerated or overstated. Seriously. This is the type of trip that most folks would call a once-in-a-lifetime thing - except, once you get back, you wonder why you'd limit yourself to once in a lifetime.
My greatest praise is this: My partner and I can't wait to visit again.