Constructed from Belizean hardwoods the two self-catering studio cabanas were designed to blend into the environment. Both units run off clean solar energy, use a rain water collection system and are equipped with on-demand water heaters.
To ensure that our guests are able to appreciate the privacy and quiet of Sabal Beach we only rent the first floor cabana if more than two people are traveling together. You will not have a neighbor unless you are traveling with others.
The studios are fully furnished and kitchens are equipped with everything needed. Each studio has a queen size bed, full bathroom with hot and cold running water, table and chairs for two and an outdoor seating/hammock area on the deck. Large windows on all sides, multi-speed ceiling fans and insulated roofs maximize the natural ocean breezes to keep the units cool.
The village of Punta Negra (population 20) lies 1.25 miles south. You can walk for 5 miles north along the beach and encounter nothing man-made or 7 miles south and pass only a handful of houses. If walking is not your style we also have 2 ocean kayaks freely available for guest use.
If you enjoy being part of nature this is a unique opportunity but it is not for everyone. If you need TV, hairdryer, dishwasher or other niceties that do not do well on solar, or nightlife beyond what you bring to the party yourself, this may not be the place for you.
If, however, the idea of a cocktail on the dock or from your hammock under the palms without other tourists around appeals to your sense of travel then you will love Sabal Beach.
Pricing & Policies
|Rates:||$95 to $115 US per night + 9% hotel tax.
Premiums may apply for major holidays.
|Minimum Booking:||3 nights standard.
5 nights around major holidays.
|Occupancy:||2 people max per cabana. Registered guests only in cabanas.|
|Deposit:||50% due upon reservation with balance due 30 days prior to arrival.|
|Note:||Our caretaker may stay in a separate unit on the first floor. There is no internal connection between the units.|
|Property Type:||Self-catering cabana on private beach.|
|Location & View:||Directly on the beach / oceanfront.|
|Bed:||1 queen size bed. Two person max occupancy.|
|Bathroom:||Full en-suite bathroom with walk in shower and hot water throughout.|
|Kitchen & Dining:||Refrigerator, 24" gas stove, double sink, full compliment of cooking utensils, pots, pans, dishes etc. and dining area for two indoors.|
|Amenities:||Quality imported linens & towels provided, ceiling fan, hammock, outdoor seating area on deck.|
|Communications:||Free wireless broadband internet available in common area.|
|Suitability:||Non Smoking Indoors||No Pets|
|Activities:||12 miles of beach to walk|
Birding / Wildlife viewing
Kayaking (2 kayaks provided)
Peace to do nothing at all
|Outdoor Features:||Deck with hammock|
Large dock with swim ladder
All the coconuts you can eat
Private Manicured Beach
|Additional Services:||Transport to/from Placencia, Punta Gorda or Monkey River and sight seeing tours can all be arranged for additional fees.|
We concluded our 11-day adventure to southern Belize with 3 nights at Sabal Beach. Wish it was 3 weeks… While there are many options for activities, we chose to just chill. We did take the kayaks out every day and we walked to Punta Negra for a fine lunch with Suzette (uh, she caught the fish HERSELF that morning). Otherwise, our stay was simply relax/refresh/ renew in our new-found piece of paradise. Evenings were spent with Wayne and David for happy hour, which included native libations, and engaging conversations.
We were a bit concerned about scheduling our trip towards the tail-end of the rainy season (late October), but seriously, it was not an issue. We experienced a little rain here and there – mostly at night.
As hosts, David and Wayne “get it.” They are intelligent, professional, kind, and yet laid back. They ensured we had privacy, but were there when needed for such things as kayaking, and coconut cracking lessons. My husband and I are innkeepers, and we set the bar pretty high when it comes to our own lodging experiences. Sabal Beach nailed it. 🙂
My wife and I chose Sabal Beach for our honeymoon and it was absolutely perfect. My only complaint is that we couldn’t stay longer. Spending a day in the hammock under the palm trees listening to the ocean with a good book was exquisite. There were no noises other than nature and no tourists other than us. David and Wayne are fantastic hosts and took care of everything.
I highly recommend the Monkey River Tour and Snorkeling at the Barrier Reef. Jason is a fantastic guide – incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Lunch down at the point in Punta Negra with Paula and Suzette is well worth the walk and is quite possibly one of our favorite parts of the trip. The powder buns are delicious and fun to watch being made in the stone hearth with a coconut husk fire. Paula and Suzette are incredibly interesting and friendly women and just fun to get to know. We also got to spend some time playing games with their children while we were down there and ended up just making a day of it.
As a final note, staying at Sabal Beach isn’t for everyone. This is not a 5-star hotel with a restaurant and Starbucks. It is a place to get away from it all in an absolutely beautiful setting and meet some very interesting people in the process.
We can’t wait to go back.
None of these glowing reviews are hyperbole and neither is this one. Sabal Beach is worth the travel to reach it, stunning in it’s beauty, and a very unique experience all around.
David and Wayne were impeccable hosts, they walked the fine line of being available without being obsequious impeccably. Of special note is how knowledgeable and engaged with local issues they are – very concerned with the overall health of the area from an environmental, economical, educational, and community oriented point of view. And they extend the same kind of engaged care to their guests.
Jason, our guide on the excursions we took, grew up nearby in Monkey River Town and was an excellent source of scientific as well as anecdotal information.
The natural beauty of Sabal Beach is beyond words – my advice – buy the local rum, turn off any glowing screens, and go with someone you adore. You will have an amazing experience.