Interior of one of the roomsLamanai Mayan ruins are half day excursion

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

Private room

2 Guests

1 Bedroom

1 Bed

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About this listing

Cabana is on stilts overlooking the quiet river in the quaint small village of San Antonio Rio Hondo. There is a canoe available for visitors. Mosquito netting is offered for added protection if needed and desired. Villagers are very friendly. Trips to the cenota and Mayan Lamanai Ruins can be arranged.

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bed type: Real Bed
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 1
Pet Owner: Dog(s)
Room type: Private room


Extra people: No Charge
Weekly Discount: 15%
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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.

Guest access

Guests have keys to the private room plus the gate to the grounds.

Interaction with guests

As a host family, we plan to friends with our guests but will respect their need for space and privacy.

The neighborhood

The small friendly village can be walked after dark without any fear. Swimming is available in the river and cenote. There are five shops and four eating establishments in the village.

Getting around

Regular bus service from Orange Walk to San Antonio except on Sundays and holidays. Las bus during the day is at 5:30 pm.

House Rules

No drugs, smoking or heavy drinking.



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35 Reviews

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Marissa User Profile
May 2017
San Antonio is about 20 min by bus from Orange Walk. The village is very small. We enjoyed going to the cenote with Nin and getting to know him. We swam and it was very refreshing. We ate at the yellow house near the cabana and it was fantastic food and very cheap. The cabana does have a mosquito net and would recommend bug spray for night time. There no longer is an option for horseback riding, but you can rent the canoe and paddle around in the river. We also stopped by Rod's sustainable farm and he gave us a tour. It was super interesting to learn about the local fruits and veggies he grows. Overall, a great stay to become acquainted with local Belizean life.

Alan User Profile
March 2017
Metal roof, therefore the room will be hot in the afternoon. Basic room and bath. The little house is on stilts so evening breezes should be nice.

Michael User Profile
March 2017
Rod's cabana was a great place for the "full Belize experience" as well as an excellent spot to get away from all the more touristy areas. Though a little hot at night, I got what I paid for (and a little more) with a slightly rundown cabana. Spent a day exploring the town and even went out to some ruins with local villagers, all of whom, especially Rod, were very nice and accommodating. If you are looking for a real adventure in Belize, this is the spot for you!

Judy User Profile
January 2017
Originally, this B&B caught my eye due to price. After reading other reviews, I decided to go there to get off the beaten tourist track. Our experience started when we got on the local bus in Orange Walk and the conductor asked us if we were going good to Mr. Rod's. The bus driver went out of his way to drop us off at the door. Jose and Carmen's daughter, Leydi, who speaks excellent English, showed us our room and made arrangements for us to take our meals with different villagers. Rod arranged for a local man to drive us to Lamanai. If anyone else goes to Lamanai with Consuela and her father, please buy Consuela a book about Lamanai, so that she may be better equipped to be an unofficial tour guide. So many of these kids can't afford an education. We spent an evening chatting with Rod who is proving that a person can grow all that the need and more on half an acre. I only wish that I had had more time to hear Rod's ideas and more time to see his garden in daylight. Yes, the cabana is rustic. The shower was cold, but the welcome we received in this village was very warm.

Sahara User Profile
January 2017
Rod was nice as pie, and he helped us arrange a very reasonable ride with a sweet local man and his daughter to visit the ruins at Lamanai, which we can't recommend enough. Off the beaten path for sure, but the bus from Orange Walk will take you right into the neighborhood. There is a nearby cenote that was beautiful, and delicious simple meals available at a few houses in town. The hosts are also happy to arrange dinner or breakfast for you for very cheap, and the food is filling and tasty.

Tim User Profile
January 2017
The cabana was clean and we didn't have any problems with mosquitoes (we were there in the dry season). It was also comfortable sleeping even without A/C. Rod books this place for Jose and Carmen, who live next door to the cabana, and are very accommodating and super nice. Rod is also super nice and will show you around his farm if you like. They took us to the cenote to go swimming, invited us to a traditional lunch, and gave us fresh coconut water while we were there. There is no WiFi at the cabana. Rod, who lives across the village, does have WiFi you can use, but you have to go there to use it. Yes, there were roosters and dogs, but they did not keep us up at night. It was a very peaceful location and the hardest part was finding it. Coming from Orange Walk, take a left on the first road once you cross the river. and then take a right at the second road you come to. As of 2017, there is an unfinished cement block building at the corner where you should turn. Jose and Carmen live in the purple house just beyond the cabana, and they can check you in.

Florian User Profile
January 2017
Nice village, Rod is cool and interesting and José and his family as well. I enjoyed my stay there, a bit of nature (river, cenote, nice birds) few miles away from the mexican border and Orange walk. People there are friendly and i recommand this place for all these reasons.

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San Antonio Rio Hondo, Belize, Central America, Belize · Joined in May 2011
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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.

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