Mangrove Cabanas overlooking river.

Cabin - Private room · Northern Hwy, San Antonio Rio Hondo, Orange Walk District, Belize

The Space

A cabana built on 8 foot concrete posts overlooking Rio Hondo is made from local materials including a thatched roof. It has two small apartments, each has a queen size bed and private bathroom with flush toilet and shower. It is decorated with wildlife and Mayan art. A room for two rents for $30/night ($20 off season), 7th night free,. Meals can be purchased from the host family or other families. The Host Family will let you use their kitchen. .Local activities include bird watching, canoeing, fishing, geology, archeology, bicycling to the cenotas and through the jungle, dining on a river boat, and getting to know the villagers who speak Spanish and English. There is an internet cafe nearby. There are no bars or discos in the small village of 110 families. This is for down to earth culture and nature lovers or artists who want a quiet retreat. A big meal can be bought for $3-4. Bicycles and horseback riding are available at low cost. To reduce travel expenses, some people travel via Cancun and bus on down to Belize. There is regular bus service to Orange Walk Town M-Sat. A canoe ride or use of a canoe is included in the rental fee.
Expect to have a wonderful interaction with the villagers, quiet time, swimming, biking, horseback riding, hiking, nature watching, etc.

Room type: Private room
Bed type: Real Bed
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Price: $150 /week
Monthly Price: $380 /month
Cancellation: Moderate
Pet Owner: Dog(s)

Overall Guest Satisfaction

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  • Thanks a lot ,Rod !! For the day of fishing,no fishes but a lot of fun!! For helping us to discover the neighbourhood of the village!! We had a great time at the mangrove cabana, the owners are so friendly , explaining the life in the village and the Maya medecine. We miss you!!

    February 2014
    Response from Rod:

    Thank you so much for coming. I do hope you will return for another great visit. You are wonderful people that I cherish friendship with. Jose and Carmen are very appreciative of you staying in the cabana so they are able to send their kids to school. Have great travels.

  • Rod is a wonderful and kind human being with loads of experiences and stories to enlighten his guests with. He made sure my stay would be one to remember and was eager to share experiences, conversation, food, and laughs! Thanks, Rod it was great!

    January 2014
  • Rob is a wonderful person, he has helped so much with this community and continues to promote tourism to improve the lives of the people in the village. We were very grateful to have met him. thanks again Mr. Rod.

    December 2013
  • I was only a weekend, but I could rest and live great experiences. Rod is a great person with a big heart. Carmen and José family´s are very friendly and genuine. Also I met more friends through Rod. Beautiful memories on the river with the family of Tim & Rhoda, who are Mennonites, the beautiful voice of Emma and the fun times on the farm with Tammy, goats and goose-snake. I hope to return again. A highly recommended experience.

    Sólo estuve por un fin de semana, pero pude descansar y vivir excelentes experiencias. Rod es una gran persona, con gran corazón. La familia de Carmen y José son muy amables y auténticos. Además pude conocer más amigos por medio de Rod. Hermosos recuerdos en el río con la familia de Tim & Rhoda, que son menonitas, la bella voz de Emma y los momentos divertidos en la granja con Tammy, las cabras y el ganso-serpiente. Espero volver otra vez. Una experiencia altamente recomendable.

    February 2013
  • Myself and my wife originally booked to stay in the Cabana for 4 days and ended up staying for a week. It would have been longer if we didn't have time restrictions. if you want a real experience of Belize this is the place to stay! Rod is the most lovely person with a huge amount of time and patience. We very much enjoyed listening to his stories and local knowledge. He took us on a canoe trip down the river which was amazing and also arranged a trip to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai which was fantastic. He has goats, geese and ducks which you can feed and a lovely garden with a library made from an old bus. The family who own the Cabana with Rod are the warmest, kindest people you will meet. We were treated as part of the family, provided with delicious food - thank you Carmen- and treated to the company of their adorable children. We highly recommend this place and hope you enjoy it as much as we did. We have already discussed when we can go back! Muchas gracias Rod and the Jones family!

    January 2013
  • OMG, if you want to get off the beaten path this Rod & Jose's abode in San Antonio Rio Hondo, Belize is the place for you. Don't expect 5 star accommodations but do expect 5-star friends and family. What an interesting village and what stories Rod and others will have for you. Not to mention just plain home cooked meals. :-) Bring your smiles and leave with a very warm heart!

    December 2012
  • I had a big mixup with my plans and unfortunately could only stay one day. It was worth it, this area is very beautiful and Rod is a great guide as it is easy to get lost. Communication was key as this is a remote village and you need to know a little about the bus schedules to get out there. Everyone takes the bus and its super cheap so I would recommend that over driving which was my original plan. There is a community here and I felt welcomed and safe. I really wanted to see the local mayan ruins but the canoe ride up the river made my trip. Id love to come visit again and highly recommend for someone in the area!


    December 2012
  • This is a lovely village with true untouched beauty. Located west of orange walk 15 mins, it's a place where everyone is greeted with a smile and a nod. The family you will live beside are truly the nicest and most genuine people you will meet. Understand that this village is developing but the people are sincerely happy and above all will love you like you're one of their own.
    Rod is an incredible person and has a passion in helping the village that is easily empathized with. The stay easy, clean and one to remember. If you want to see some of the most laid back and kind hearted Belizians, here's the place to go! Thanks Rod!

    October 2012
  • We wanted an adventure and we loved it. San Antonio is off the beaten track, and the opportunities for birding were great. We felt welcome and secure and would recommend this to anyone who doesn't need bars,restaurants and toursit shops. I missed the bit about the cold showers, but the bed was comfortable and cabana breezy. From geckos to grackles, there is lots to see.

    March 2012
  • We had a great time at Rod's Cabana. It is a true experience! Yo creek is a village with Maja heritage. It is in a river/ jungle area called San Antonio.The area is very safe and non touristic.
    The people from the village in Yo creek are smiling, friendly, open and outgoing.Most speak english and spanish. They are very hospitable and like I said you don't need to fear any crime there!

    We went for dinner to Rosa's house.She and her husband with kids welcomed us warm and we had a fabulous home cooked dinner with handmade tortillas on a stove and local products(a lot of families live from there own great products, fruits, vegetables..) and a super yummy desert...hmmmm

    Very interesting to hear some stories and very warm friendly atmosphere.You can not buy this experience with any tourist tour I can tell you...

    Rod offers you a pick up for a reasonable price. That's the most convenient way to go and the cab drivers are friendly and reliable guys.And are open to talk about politic and local topics..
    Or you can take a bus to orange walk
    (one hour busride), were a local market is as well with local foods, friuts.. and switch to the Alamilla bus ( 20 more min, bus driver lets you out where ever you want( bus you get off before San Antonio, right there at the river( cabana on the R, Rod's boot on the L)

    You can take trips to great maja sites (Altun- ah....) or Rod provided us a canu for no extra charge and you are canuing along the river.
    There are interesting farms nearby and you can see how they do their own farming( self sustainable...)
    We walked to the education center which will be completed once hopefully....
    There are some local interesting animals around and if you have some time you even might see parots and monkeys...

    Rod and his work is great. I admire him for what he is doing. He is on a project to build an education center for the children. He tries to improve the life of people in 3rd world countries.He teaches and supports the community a lot.

    Thank you for this unique experience...

    January 2012
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Denton High School, University of North Texas, Goddard College
I am originally from Texas living in San Antonio Rio Hondo, OW District, in Belize. I am helping a village family to host visitors in their cabana. More information about me can be (email hidden) or (website hidden) "rod rylander".
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