The top level of the house - where you stay - sits above the palm tree level - therefore having extraordinary views. The living quarters have a wraparound porch on three sides - so you have a nearly 360 degree view of the sea, the surrounding islands, passing boats & truly incredible sunsets.
The living quarters has its own private entrance, bedroom, living room, bathroom (shower, sink & toilet), plus a large kitchen with refrigerator, stove and sink and plenty of counter space for cooking your own delicious Caribbean dishes if you so choose. We have an outdoor grill for fixing fresh lobster, crab, or whatever seafood or meat you choose. Enjoy relaxing in a hammock while enjoying the view - right on the shore of the lovely indigo colored waters of Indigo Bay, and within one mile of the stunning great barrier reef of the Caribbean Sea.
At the water's edge we have a private, very rustic pier -perfect for watching sunsets, birds, or for casting a line for delicious red snapper. Just recently, a brand new pier has been built 100 yards from our house. Most all of our guests bring fishing poles and have great luck catching fish.
Our large charcoal grill at the house is then perfect for grilling your catch .
Amenities: Clean-sheeted queen size bed in the bedroom. Also, two 4-drawer dressers are in the bedroom.
The Living Room has a couch, table & 4 chairs, and a comfortable reading chair next to our book/game shelf.
Bath towels & Beach towels are in the bathroom, plus a small safe in which to lock your valuables.
Recently upgraded solar panels & wind turbine on our roof provide on-demand heated water for showers, and electricity for the home.
The Indigo Pearl is a well built house at the S.W. tip of the island. If you look at the 'google map' (by clicking the 'Location tab'), we are located in the 'cutout' area at the southwest tip of the island. The "Purple House" is behind us.
Our home is simple and basic, yet very spacious, unique, private and with a view you can't get anywhere in town! We provide so much more than many other choices for rental:
*Fully furnished kitchen: 4-burner stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, blender, toaster, French Press coffeemaker, dishes, pots/pans, coffee grinder; The water is clean and filtered for drinking.
*Complimentary use of 2 (total) bikes,($20 USD/day value - each).
*Free wi-fi at the house.
*We supply the use of a cell phone. (for local calls -- to our caretaker, a golf cart taxi, etc.)
*Our location is our main value: we are right on the sea, in a gorgeous private location amidst the palms of the jungle. No, you are not right in town - our house is for people who do not want to be right in town:)
As you look at the photo of our house you can see that the top level is for guests, the middle level is unused, and the bottom level is storage.
Do not choose us if you want to be 'pampered' - choose our house if you love adventure and you want to live as Belizeans do. If you DON'T need A/C or a TV, and if you DO enjoy riding bikes, and you DON'T mind being a 15 min. bike ride from the edge of town, and if you DO like getting some exercise, and if you are NOT afraid of inadvertently crushing a crab with your bike tire, and you DO value peace, beauty, open spaces, and an unbelievable panoramic view over the sea, then we think you would LOVE our house. We personally live in 10 acres of secluded land in Illinois, and we love being away from crowds. We like the opportunity to go to town when we want to, but otherwise we value privacy. That is why we choose this location. It is exactly what we love, and we want to share it with others who enjoy peace and quiet and beauty also.
It's been a learning curve for us to realize that not everyone thinks like we do or values what we do. We want it to be perfectly clear that our house is not fancy - those places are on the nearby traffic jammed island of Ambergris Caye. Our house is simple and clean.
We have made HUGE improvements to our house since we first purchased it. Our daughter lived at the house for nearly a year after we purchased it, and she absolutely treasured her days there. Then, 2 years later she wanted to return to honeymoon long-term with her new husband. They got to enjoy living at the house for 8 months then in 2013-2014 and acted as our caretakers;
Caye Caulker is fabulous -- come with a sense of adventure! Don't expect life as in the U.S. and you will be pleasantly surprised. Caye Caulker is a very simple island. If you want the uniqueness of the sand streets and the no-cars atmosphere, then please don't expect luxury. Enjoy the little island for its simplicity and you will be happy. All you need are a few changes of clothes, croc shoes, sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent, (we are in a jungle in Central America!!) a swimsuit and a willingness to try something new and fun!
The restaurants are unique, amazing, and friendly - just like the locals here! You may eat out at the many quaint restaurants or, you may shop at one of the 5 local tiny grocery stores and cook back 'at home on our large charcoal grill.
The half-acre surrounding the house is sandy with a lovely assortment of palms and coconut trees, providing either sun or shade as you prefer.
Our caretakers will, upon your arrival, send a taxi to pick you up at the water taxi or local airport with a golf-cart (the local 'taxi') and get you and your luggage to our house. (Arrival and departure to the house via golf cart taxi is the guest's responsibility and is payable right to the taxi driver...)
The Indigo Pearl Guesthouse is peacefully located at the quiet south-end of the island, directly on the coastline overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, and offering absolutely stunning views of the Caribbean sea, AND gorgeous sunsets! Our location is large and secluded, directly on Indigo Bay.
Bike (15 minutes), walk (25 minutes), or golf-cart (rentals available in town) the 1 mile to the edge of the quaint, small local town via an authentic, rough and bumpy jungle path along the coast.
Enjoy a friendly, laidback, barefoot local scene of restaurants, stores, bars, beaches & dive shops, or, water-taxi to nearby Ambergris Caye Island (the busy town of San Pedro) or back to Belize City. Local snorkel trips are small groups, inexpensively priced, & STUNNING! (there is even a trip to swim with sharks & pet sting rays.) Local fishing trips offer to cook your catch! The opportunities for relaxation OR for fun are endless!!!
Caye Caulker is a very unique and quite laid-back little island. There are no resorts or such luxuries. Just the simple life. Few cars, no rush, just friendly locals and a slowed pace. The main reason people come to Caye Caulker are snorkeling off the barrier reef, fishing, diving, and just relaxing. We strongly recommend a trip out on a boat for a snorkel trip or a "booze cruise" or fishing. Such trips can be arranged once you get there, and are inexpensive and very memorable. Swimming and snorkeling off the edges of the island just do not compare to a trip out to the reef. Lots of people also go back to the mainland to tour the ruins, or, more popular to go Cave Tubing. We actually have never done either - we just prefer to stay on the island. We provide 2 bikes for your stay and I LOVE biking into town every day when we are there. Or, you can walk. Golf cart rental is available for $250 USD / week, but you won't get to town any faster, and it just seems like a hassle. We prefer the bikes or to walk. The location of the house itself is very relaxing. We love the ability to be secluded, or, to choose to go into the town. We have a large charcoal grill on the balcony, and it is WONDERFUL for grilling out suppers at the house, such as fresh red snapper, barracuda steaks or lobster. The fishing is very good from the 2 piers near our house. The swimming is not great at the house as the sea bottom all around the island tends to be "mucky" due to the proximity of the barrier reef. The water is very shallow for quite a ways out, and I prefer to rent a kayak to take out - even to go all around the island with it - than to swim there.
Beaches on Caye Caulker are all man-made and the beaches in town are not like in resorts where you can walk into the sandy water. Caye Caulker is not like that. "Beaches" are usually bordered by a seawall. Caye Caulker is a lot of simple, relaxed fun. The excursions are wonderful and the people are the real deal. Once you book a stay, I send you lots of informative emails about Caye Caulker, getting there, restaurants, FAQ, etc.
If you are adventurous and flexible and have no need to be "pampered" then you will love Caye Caulker. It is a unique place!
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