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Our stay at Sabal Beach was the first 9 days of a 19 day vacation in Belize. It was a wonderful choice to unwind, unplug and just soak up the beauty of this country. David was instrumental with booking our island flight to Placencia and transportation to the resort. Also, a big thank you to David for his unending patience with my many emails and questions.
Our captain from Placencia to Sabal Beach was Jason, and he was incredible! We weren't even on the water for 10 minutes and were able to see almost a dozen manatee whales! He later took us for a tour up the Monkey River. We learned many herbals therapies from various plants, trees, leaves, etc., we saw a couple of tarantulas, a boa constrictor, and many howler monkeys just to name a few.
Our time at the resort was spent kayaking out for the sunrise, a quick snorkel and the local reef about 1/4 mile off shore, fishing, swimming, and sun bathing. We took a stroll up the beach to Suzette's for a most amazing fish lunch, and Paulette's homemade coconut fudge! Don took us to the reef for an extended snorkel/fishing day which was amazing! The grounds keeper,Sylvestre, was helpful and kind. He became a friend to us and we spent many sunset evenings visiting.
I highly recommend Sabal Beach, it's beauty and charm incomparable to any other. it will always be with me. Thank you Sabal Beach team!!
My husband and I recently spent an unforgettable week at Sabal Beach. To truly disconnect from busy lives is not easy to do, but this is a place where that happens effortlessly. How quickly life became blissfully simple astonished us both, and we reveled in it. David and Wayne are professionals, responding quickly to emails, answering questions graciously, and taking care of every detail that ensures an extraordinary experience. Everything worked just as they describe. The property is exquisitely beautiful and expertly maintained, the cabana spotlessly clean and with all that we needed (which turns out to be not all that much.) Sylvester, the on site supervisor, cared for us with kind attention, and helped us with the coconuts. The barrier reef trip, Snake Cays trip, Monkey River tour, and lunch with the bright light that is Miss Suzette are not to be missed. Morning coffee and evening cocktails on the dock, swimming and reading on the beach, napping in the hammock, and a planetarium of a sky are highlights. So yes- leave the makeup and hairdryer at home, put your phone on airplane mode, download special music, take a few LED tea lights, and reconnect with your favorite person. Thank you, David and Wayne, for creating this most special place. We loved every minute.
Sabal Beach is the perfect place to stay if you are looking for relaxation and solitude. There isn't a car, boat or plane and only a handful of people for miles. We stayed 4 nights and could have easily stayed many more. It's your own perfect private stretch of beach to do with what you want.
Let David take care of your transportation from Belize City and you will have virtually no stress for your entire stay. The Tropic Air flight, taxi, grocery shopping and boat transfer all went off without a hitch.
Having your basic meals planned out ahead of time will probably save you a bit of time at the grocery store. We found the chicken and shrimp to be better options then beef. You can't rally go wrong loading up with fruits and vegetables at the local stands.
The boat ride to Sabal Beach was actually quite interesting weaving through the mangroves. The captain, Jason, is quite knowledgeable about the area in general and everything Belize and was able to answer most of our questions. Jason also does guided trips for snorkeling and the Monkey River tour. We booked a snorkeling trip with Jason, however the wind didn't cooperate during our stay and we were unable to do it. I wouldn't hesitate to book either of these tours, as I have no doubt that Jason would make them interesting for you.
Having a stressful business at home, I loved being secluded in the peaceful, authentic feel of Sabal Beach. My husband had the opportunity to fish, with guidance from our hosts, and I could read a book swaying in a hammock or simply cook a meal and wait for my husband's fish tales as the sun set behind the cabana.
The sounds while sleeping were awesome as one clearly can hear as the waves crash gently to shore. The Birds and sunrise were nature's alarm clock. Again, gazing at the stars at night from the sturdy deck allowed us to see many constellations that almost seemed touchable.
Preparation is important as far as meal planning and any personal needs one might have. Sunscreen and insect control is a must as one would expect in the tropics. Great place to spend time with a significant other if you really want to enjoy each other in a beautiful atmosphere. I'm pleased to say that after 38 years with my husband it's still a pleasure to have him all to myself.
Most importantly our hosts were there to provide information, friendship and anything we found ourselves needing. They also offered to pick things up when they took a trip to a town by boat. I couldn't have asked for a more pleasurable experience! Many Thanks, Sandra
My husband and I spent three weeks in Belize and while we visited some spectacular sights and met some unforgettable and beautiful Belizeans, this was our favorite stop. We stayed five days and the seclusion and calm were so regenerative. The hosts are knowledgeable, kind, welcoming and very helpful.
My husband enjoyed fishing from the dock and actually caught (and released) quite a few fish. I would suggest a good supply of freeze dried food (we really like Mountain House) and that you make prior arrangements for the boat ride down from Monkey River.
Of all the places we stayed, this is the one we will return to.
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!