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We recently returned from a stay at Sabal Beach and absolutely loved our time there. We were looking for a remote location to completely decompress and this place delivered! We woke up to the sounds of parrots each morning and listened to crashing waves each night.
While we were hoping to do more water-based activities (kayaks provided), the strong winds deterred us from entering the water. We were glad we packed several books as we spent most our time relaxing at the cabana, on the dock or in a hammock reading. The cabana provided more than we expected for such a remote solar powered property. Having a blender and ice to make smoothies was amazing! David and Wayne were excellent hosts and made the process of getting there very easy for us by arranging our in-country flights, driver and boat captain.
The detailed instructions provided were especially handy in terms of knowing what to expect. Sylvester the property caretaker who lives on site was very helpful and friendly. Overall, this is an amazing place to stay if you enjoy spending time in nature or camping and don’t require a lot of external entertainment or amenities.
Our trip to Sabal Beach was great. Everything was exactly like everyone said. David met us in Placencia and Sly met us on the dock at sambal beach. We had so much fun! Caught fish from the dock, strolled the beach and of course went to Punta Negra for lunch. The coconut fudge is fantastic. We totally enjoyed our stay, wish it had been a little longer.
This is one of the most gorgeous places I have ever been! Having an entire beach to yourself is breathtaking! Sylvester, the caretaker, was very kind, helpful, and good company. He showed me around and arranged a snorkeling tour, as well. Go snorkeling with Jason - it’s an amazing adventure!
David, one of the hosts, was great about answering all my questions and arranging transportation, also. As expected, this is definitely an Eco Retreat. You’re in a cabana near the jungles of Belize, so all the critters and humid heat you’d expect of that environment are present. The sunset over the palms makes it pretty worth it, though! Bring your sense of adventure!!
This beach is beautiful!! You will be the only one there with the care taker (Sly is a local has worked here and made this place beautiful for a long time, sweet man!) for some reason when I booked I imagined there would be multiple cabanas on the beach but there is only one and it’s all yours (other than the care takers cabins) WiFi is avalible a short walk away from your cabin.
Sunrises are worth getting up early for!!! Very peaceful. I had a mini detox yoga retreat for myself and loved every minute of it. Don’t be afraid to go in the rainy season, the sound of rain on the tin roof is soothing. Also even when it rains the sun comes out shortly after. Personally I LOVED the rain!
This is a MAGICAL spot. Well worth the 300$ round trip boat ride from town through the mangroves. I don’t usually go back places but I will go back here.
David was amazing in helping us arrange transport out to his place. Great communication. Pristine beach, soft sand, hammocks and daily coconuts all to yourself. We loved spending time alone with just our two kids. The cabana is very nice, fully screened in. Full size fridge and freezer was very helpful. We walked the ~30 min down the beach to Punta Negra twice during our stay to eat at the local restaurant, play with the kids and pick up some fresh fish. The caretaker Sylvester and his brother Junior were amazingly helpful and very friendly. We stayed at the beginning of rainy season so the bugs were just coming out. We had to do meticulous cleaning after each meal else we had quite the collection of fire ants in the house. Overall they were manageable with a bit of work. In summary, an amazing stay for those who are a inclined to be independent and adventurous.
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