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Special Offer! ** 10% OFF SUMMER 2015 SPECIAL ** May 27 - August 1


Property Details

Updated: May 20, 2015
3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

Iguana house narrative

May 26, 2014

Imagine a man who so loved his house that he brought it all the way from the mainland, across 35 miles of sea, risking complete disintegration of the structure, and, finally, planting it in a beautiful spot on the Isla Bonita, 4 ½ north of San Pedro, where it was eventually renovated by an American architect from whom the current owners bought it, amidst stories and legends that had arisen around the house over its long life.

This is a totally renovated, 3-bedroom, 3-bath house with a spacious living/dining room, and a modern kitchen. it can accommodate up to six people comfortably. It has over a thousand square feet of deck which faces the reef just beyond the front gate. The sea breeze makes it a great place to hang out and enjoy the sun and the sea; and the reef beckons one to kayak and snorkel and fish. The private pier has been rebuilt and a modest swimming feature has been added.

Fishing trips, tours to amazing snorkeling and diving sites as well as adventures to the mainland to visit Mayan ruins, can be taken right from the front door of the iguana house. Or you can take out a kayak and have your own adventure on the reef.

This is a neighborhood house and, although you are about four and a half miles from San Pedro, you’ll find friendly neighbors, great restaurants and a convenient grocery store within walking distance. If you need to go to town, there is a regular coastal ferry service which makes the run to and from town. Private water taxis are also available. Golf carts can be rented by the day or the week and, although the roads can be rough, are often the most convenient option. The most cost effective option will be determined by how many people are traveling together.

It’s private at the iguana house, but not remote.

Some of the rates you might anticipate are as follows:

Weekly rate for golf cart: $350.00us

Coastal express: $7.00us, one way, per person, to or from San Pedro

Private water taxi: $40us (up to six persons), one way to or from San Pedro

The owners, Jim and Nicky, are committed to providing you with the orientation, support and availability that will make your Caribbean vacation wonderful.

More Details
  • Sleeps 6
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Parking
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Internet
  • Dish washer
  • Washing machine
  • Towels provided
  • Linens provided

Recent Review

About the Owner

The Iguana House is a team effort: Christina is in DC and does the bookings, sends out the rental agreements and directs the payment options. She works at the Well Dressed Buritto, a popular lunch restaurant owned by my sister, and her main love is fashion. We (Jim and Nicky)are on the island and make sure our guests are properly oriented and settled in.

Nicky is from Rugby, England ("...where the game was invented") and I'm from Santa Fe, New Mexico. We met in Santa Fe 10 years ago while Nicky was visiting. Between us, we have 6 grown kids and four grandchildren (and counting).

I bought this house in 2008 when Nicky and I were visiting. We looked at condos and apartments, but wanted something with more character and possibilities, and also a fence for our dogs. Only a free standing home could offer that and the Iguana House was perfect.

We discovered how much it sucked to be without water and we added a fifty thousand gallon cistern which provides filtered rainwater year round. And as the Iguana House became more popular, we added an owner's cottage at the rear of the property.

Nicky is happiest when engaged with people and she offers our quests information with charm and humor. In fact, our guests often mention her in the reviews. She makes the guests feel as though they were the only ones to ever visit the Iguana House. She is well-loved and well connected on the island.

Together, we want to provide our guests the best Caribbean vacation possible.

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Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
+202 -293-0515
Ambergris Caye Belize


  • 5 of 5
We had the best time at the Iguana house. The location is great, both Nicky and Jim were very helpful setting us up. Genie and the Coral Divers, who are just next door, arranged great trips for us. We went fishing, snorkeling, cave tubing, Mayan ruins, flew over the Blue hole. The house is not new but is clean, nicely decorated and has a character. Strongly recommended!
  • Submitted: May 13, 2015
  • Stayed: Apr 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We really enjoyed getting to know Tim and Anna. They both have interesting lives that've made them understanding and compassionate. We look forward to seeing them again. Jim
Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
+202 -293-0515
Ambergris Caye Belize

The Iguana House was perfect

  • 5 of 5
The Iguana House was the perfect house and location for our first trip to Belize. The house is very roomy with plenty of space for all six of us, and the patio made the ideal location for morning coffee and afternoon happy hour. The views from the front porch/patio are spectacular. The location, 4 miles outside of San Pedro, was is very quiet and relaxed and a welcome relief from the chaos that is San Pedro. Nicky was extremely helpful answering our questions, making recommendations, and getting us set up for our first, but not our last, trip to Belize.
  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I'm sorry that Nicky is not here to respond. She had a ball with this group or guests.

But the most gratifying thing for us is that our guests had a great time. And this group was delightful. We look forward to seeing them down here again to check out all the on-going improvements the Iguana House.

Part of the improvements here is the work that continues on the road, and, once that is done, the Iguana House will be even more of an oasis from the hustle and bustle of the town because all the traffic will be diverted to the finished road. There'll be very little sound out besides the sound of the surf, the breeze and the laughter.

God richly bless you and your families.
Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
+202 -293-0515
Ambergris Caye Belize

A perfect house and location

  • 5 of 5
Our first trip to Belize and the Iguana House was perfect. Very comfortable and charming, plenty of room and the views from the deck truly Chamber of Commerce quality. Nicky was very helpful (and fun) getting us set up and organized. Being out of town was great, close enough to anything we needed but away from the chaos which is San Pedro. Coral Divers and Genie were all we needed to plan and schedule any tours and excursions we wanted and since they are next door this was exceptionally convenient. I'd recommend Iguana house to anyone who has tried and likes the VRBO experience.
  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2015
  • Stayed: Mar 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Age 55+
Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
+202 -293-0515
Ambergris Caye Belize
Pueblo, Colorado

Great house and location

  • 5 of 5
My wife and I spent a truly relaxing week at the house. It is well maintained, landscaped, has a large deck and is stocked with all the necessary essentials. Jim was willing to help in any way to make it easy for us while we were there. He arranged our request for a weekly golf cart rental and had it at the house when we arrived. It is a fun way to explore the island and for trips to town. At his suggestion, Coral Divers met us at the San Pedro airport and took us to the house by boat which was nice after a long day of travel. Genie and his crew were great and we took two snorkeling trips with them. Rubio is the caretaker next door and he would go out on his boat to bring back lobster, crab and snapper. The house has a new BBQ grill which made for some delicious dinners. The Belize people were all very friendly. Would love to go back someday.
  • Submitted: Feb 4, 2015
  • Stayed: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Randy and Jane,

Thanks for taking a moment to review your stay at the Iguana House. I hope to see you here again sometime. All the best.
Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
+202 -293-0515
Ambergris Caye Belize

CHARMING! Perfect for 6 adults

  • 5 of 5
Loved the location. Out of town, but accessible by golf cart and water taxi. Beach -- and Coral Divers -- literally right in front of the house. Jim and Nicki Benjamin were extremely helpful. House was charming and perfect for 6 adults. Highly recommend!!
  • Submitted: Jan 26, 2015
  • Stayed: Dec 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for taking a moment to write a great review. It means a lot to us that you had a wonderful time and are willing to tell others about us.
Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
+202 -293-0515
Ambergris Caye Belize

The perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5
This property could not have been more perfect for our group. The house is beautiful and very comfortable, and had everything we needed. We bought most of our groceries in San Pedro (which Jim helped arrange upon arrival) and cooked most of our own meals. The house has a full kitchen, washer/dryer, and bottled water. There are also two 2-person kayaks, which we took out several times. A local guy swung by the house every morning selling burritos and tamales for $2.50/each--and they are amazing! The house is right next door to Coral Divers, which made arranging snorkeling, scuba, and fishing outings super convenient. They also arranged our transport to/from the San Pedro water taxi stop. Everything was super easy and relaxing. Amazing place for a vacation, and Iguana House is a great place for a family or group! Many thanks to Jim for everything :)
  • Submitted: Nov 29, 2014
  • Stayed: Nov 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your kind words. It was great having you here. Thanks, also, for the coconut carving.


From the Owner

Have a real, home from home caribbean vacation.

Activity and Interests

Nearest Airport : at 4.5 Miles Car: not necessary

Ocean Front 3b/3b House. Amazing views. 185 miles of barrier reef right on your doorstep. Restaurants, Beach Bar, swimming pool all in walking distance. Iguana House is not a condo or a resort but a home on the Caribbean.

Other Activities: parasailing, boating, shopping, kayaking, wildlife viewing, health/beauty spa


From $250 Per night

Special Offer! ** 10% OFF SUMMER 2015 SPECIAL **

Special Offer From:
Dates May 27, 2015 to Aug 1, 2015

Book any unreserved dates at the Iguana House through August 1, 2015 and receive 10% off your entire trip. Just say Summer Special 2015 in your inquiry.

*Minimum 5 night stay required

Rental rates

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event
Nov 19 2015 - Dec 1 2015
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Peak Season Holiday
Dec 2 2015 - Dec 19 2015
5 night minimum stay
Dec 20 2015 - Jan 4 2016
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Peak Season II
Jan 6 2016 - May 31 2016
5 night minimum stay
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Additional information about rental rates

  • Cleaning Fee $125.00
  • Tax Rate 9.0%

Cancellation Policy In the event the Guest requests a cancellation of this Agreement for any reason, the Owners will undertake reasonable efforts to re-rent the property. If the property is re-rented in-full to a third party, the deposit less 15% of the gross rental amount, will be returned to the defaulting party. If the property is re-rented for less than the original amount, the deposit less 15

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Property Type

  • house


  • Family
  • Romantic


  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet


  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster


  • Dining
  • Dining Area


  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • VCR
  • Video Library


  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Location Type

  • Beach View
  • Beachfront
  • Near The Ocean
  • Ocean View
  • Oceanfront


  • churches
  • marina
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins

Leisure Activities

  • bird watching
  • sight seeing
  • walking

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing

Floor Area

  • 2600 sq. ft.


  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet, shower
  • Full 2 - toilet, combination tub/shower
  • Full 3 - toilet, shower


  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen, 1 twin/ single
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double
  • Bedroom 3 - 1 double, 1 sleep sofa /futon


  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Bicycles ...
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • Patio
  • Porch / Veranda
  • Unscreened Porch / Veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • Wood Deck
  • 6 garden chairs


  • Guests provide their own meals


  • Ipod stations. (2) 2 person kayaks

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