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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

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pamelaf63...
Washington
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
“Very special family getaway”
Reviewed 19 February 2018 for a stay in February 2018

We spent a wonderful vacation on Ambergris Caye at Casa Rana with our family. The home offered many dining options - including outdoor grilling and a gourmet kitchen. We also requested on a couple of evenings the option for on-site staff preparation of tasty appetizers and excellent dinners. Kayaks available; golf cart rental for touring the area; walking distance to bars on the beach. The owners arranged a number of snorkeling and fishing trips for us. All-in-all a very amazing experience.

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Alan H
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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13 reviews
5 hotel reviews
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“Heaven on Earth”
Reviewed 19 April 2017 for a stay in April 2017

We enjoyed a week at Casa Rana last week and had one of the best vacations ever. We took 2 teenagers and two grandparents along with my wife and myself. The home is on a beautiful beach and has seaside pool and kayaks that we enjoyed immensely. The owners of the home Richard and Diana were great hosts and were wonderful setting up travel to the island and any other extras we chose to do while there. They were most helpful and always friendly. Their dog Hydro is also a great goodwill ambassador. The caretakers James and Bea were more than simply caretakers they became our friends over the week. Bea will make dinner for you if you wish and it was fabulous!!!! The snorkeling on the reef was the best I ever experience and I have snorkeled throughout the Caribbean. We also enjoyed eating in local restaurants, Wil Mango, Costa Blu, Coco Cabana, Rojo and Sundeck. This place was truly magical. Thank you Richard, Diana, James and Bea!!!

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kbengtson...
Macomb, Illinois
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Vacation To Remember”
Reviewed 12 December 2015 for a stay in November 2015
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If you are looking for a place to stay in Belize, look no further!
We just returned from a week stay at Casa Rana. We had never rented a home, but since we were traveling with our adult children and their spouses we decided a house was the way to go. I searched many properties before coming across Casa Rana. The photos were beautiful, however, the things you can't see in the photos are how comfortable the home is. Not only is it beautifully decorated and well stocked, everything is of great quality. The bedding was amazing! Our favorite part of Casa Rana was the homey atmosphere. Although we did enjoy the island and it's activities, the time we spent at the house were among our favorite. There really is no need to leave. We spent days by the pool, snorkeling off the pier, kayaking, and on rainy days playing games at the dining room table. At the pier we watched dolphins and stingrays in the crystal clear water.
Richard was so helpful. He checked in on us each day. He arranged everything for us from Snorkel trips, fishing and diving, to water taxis and dinner reservations. Any questions or concerns we had, Richard was there to help.
Richard arranged a fishing trip with Ricky. The fishing was great and they cleaned and filleted the fish for us to cook that night. It was delicious. We also took a snorkeling trip with Geraldo at El Gato tours. The snorkel trip was a highlight of the week. We saw shark, stingrays, numerous fish and even a sea turtle. If Richard recommends an activity or restaurant, you can expect it to be good. He really knows the area and has earned the respect of the local people.
James and Beatrice are the care takers for Casa Rana. They were so kind and helpful. James was so informative about the island. He pointed out different fish and wildlife on the island and showed us how to eat sugar cane and coconuts. He even gave us a gallon of coconut water to enjoy. Beatrice made dinner for us the night of our arrival. She made traditional Belizian food consisting of chicken with rice and beans. It was an amazing meal. After a full day of traveling it was a treat to have a meal delivered to us. Bea also delivered afternoon snacks to us. Always an unexpected treat.
We were a little nervous about renting a private home, however, all our concerns disappeared within minutes of our arrival. We loved the home, Richard, James and Bea so much, that it was sad to leave. Our family will always remember the week we spent in Belize at Casa Rana.

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Travelling group: Extended Family
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stan b
Denver, Colorado
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“Great Place to Say - Great Adventures to Experience”
Reviewed 4 July 2014 for a stay in June 2014
4
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When it comes to our family’s vacations, we have two simple, yet firm, requirements: a great place to stay and great activities to experience, and our recent stay at Casa Rana over-delivered on both.

A great place to stay.......
Casa Rana is a unique beachfront home on the north end of Ambergris Caye owned Richard and Diana. The grounds are immaculately maintained by Omar, and “friendly canine” services are provided by Hydro (Richard and Diana’s dog). The house is beautifully decorated and we made full use of the kitchen to work around some food allergy issues we have. There was more than enough room for the four of us and the media room was great for watching World Cup updates after a long day of diving or climbing ancient Mayan ruins. The bedrooms were awesome and the bath towels felt luxurious after long days on the water.

Richard and Diana offered great help planning our stay and great support during our stay. Just like waiters in a fine restaurant, they were there when you needed them and invisible when you did not. But, it was the little things that stand out like Richard getting us fresh lobster from one of his local contacts (lobster season had just opened), or Diana showing my daughter the best places to hunt for shells (later giving my daughter several beautiful conch shells).

And great adventures to experience......
Richard’s knowledge and network of contacts on Ambergris Caye made planning much easier than if I had to do it from scratch. With Richards help, I was able to put together a plan that included a fishing trip, a tour of the Lamanai ruins on the mainland, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing trips. I followed Richards’s recommendations on whom to engage with on all these activities, and each one was a pleasure:

Fishing with Ricky. Our kids (10 and 15) reeled in barracuda and snapper as my wife and I watched. A great time was had by all.

Tour of Lamanai. We had previously toured Chichen Itza and our kids wanted to see more with the opportunity to climb a pyramid. The trip was arranged by Suya and was fantastic. My son called this a land, sea, and air expedition because it included a water taxi from Casa Rana to the airport on Ambergris Caye, a short flight to Belize municipal airport, a van ride to Orange Walk, and a great boat ride to the ruins.

Scuba diving and snorkeling. We worked with Elbert at White Sands on arranging 3 days of diving and snorkeling. The water was warm, visibility great, and our dive master, Raul, attentive and helpful.

Day sail on El Gato. Geraldo and Eric made this a great final day for us as we sailed north stopping for snorkeling at two spots along the way. Lunch was prepared by Geraldo and cooked on his grill on the stern of the catamaran. I must say that I did not know what to expect, but the food was excellent - prepared with the freshest local ingredients (think freshly caught snapper and lobster), cooked simply, and served with tortillas, salsa, chips and steamed plantains!

Conclusion
I highly recommend Casa Rana as a family destination on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The house is perfect for families and you can easily use it as a base for all the activities you plan. Richard and Diana provide great, unobtrusive, on-site support, and the vendors they have built relationships with deliver quality tours and adventures.

A final thought for parents
Wake up an hour before your kids, have a cup of coffee on the front patio, and relax. The view is amazing.

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Liked best: The overall experience was above expectations.
Liked least: Having to leave
Travelling group: Teenagers
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway People with disabilities
Older travelers Large groups
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jjbird12
Verona, Wisconsin
1 review
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“You can stop searching now - you found Nirvana”
Reviewed 24 June 2014 for a stay in August 2013
4
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If I could only tell you only one thing about this place, it would be this: you will have the most relaxing, rejuvenating, and memorable time at Casa Rana. My wife and our friends will most certainly return.

At the risk of turning this into a review of a different service, the first thing I would tell anyone is to take the Tropic Ferry from Belize City to Casa Rana. We couldn't have started the week in a better way. Forget the puddle jumper airplane - take the ferry. Speeding across the Caribbean with rum punch in your hand is something you want. Trust me.

The beauty of Casa Rana is that you can make it into whatever kind of vacation you want it to be. Want more of an adventure vacation experience? Rich and Diane will make it happen. Want to spend most of the time around the house? No problem. Want weird, random crap? They can probably make that happen too.

The spirit of our trip landed somewhere in the middle - a bit of adventure, yet a lot of relaxing. Rich and Diane set us up with a fishing guide, a catamaran, and worked with the ferry service to take extra good care of us.

And I haven't even mentioned the house itself. You've seen the pictures by now. Believe it or not, the pictures don't do it justice. It's truly breathtaking. And then put a house that beautiful next to the ocean, with your own dock and palapa? It's the most beautiful place I've ever been.

My expectations were sky high. My expectations were exceeded. You won't regret booking Casa Rana.

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Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
Friends getaway Families with young children
  • Was the property as advertised?
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