About This Listing
If you are looking for a secluded and private place to unplug, watch nature, enjoy dark star filled skies, and relax next to Belize's most beautiful lagoon - come visit Honey Camp Ranch - where you will be the only tourist you see.
Bamboo used from our own property. Private bath, hammocks, wood louvered screen windows, and 2 full size beds.
Our Cabana is made from local hardwoods with thatch roof, floor to ceiling screen front to catch the breeze, two full size beds, two hammocks, and full tile private bathroom with hot water shower. Note: The review below that said we didn't have hot water may have not noticed that the shower controls are backwards. ;-)
If you have friends or family traveling with you we have more options available in addition to the Cabana. These are only available if you book this Cabana. At Honey Camp Ranch you will always have the entire 9 acre property for yourself. See our official site "Honey Camp Ranch" for more details on extra room for your friends.
We can accommodate to your diet. Vegetarian? Free range no hormone chicken eggs? Seafood? No problem. Meals range from $5us (breakfast) up to $10us max (steak or seafood). Drink are about $1us each. All your meals & drinks are paid for when you check-out. Luciano also loves to show people how to cook Belizean meals. Meals are made to order when you are hungry - There is no need to watch a clock when at Honey Camp!
There are plenty of activities to enjoy in and around Honey Camp.
Listed here are just a few of our favorites.
Hang-out at Honey Camp Lagoon!
• Bird watch
• Go fishing
• Joke around with Sandfly & Luciano
• Walk our boundary trail (¾ mile)
• Canoe to the Maya Island (½ mile)
• Ride bikes around the lagoon loop road (9 miles)
• Visit nearby Doubloon Bank Lagoon (3 miles)
• Visit some nearby hidden Maya ruins!
• Master the fine art of hammock napping
Other treks in our vicinity:
• Orange Walk Town
• Maya ruins of Lamanai
• Maya ruins of Cerros
• Banquitas House of Culture
• Maya ruins of Cuello and Cuello Rum Distillery
Interaction with Guests
Your caretaker Ernesto (also know as "Sandfly") and his son Luciano will fill your belly with their delicious Belizean cooking and help you with your every need.
We are in the Northern section of Belize - Orange Walk District - Off the beaten path! - About 1 hour from the Ocean on a large fresh water lake called Honey Camp Lagoon.
The name "Honey Camp" comes from pirate folklore. Pirates were rumored to hide gold here and neighboring Doubloon Bank Lagoon. While we haven't seen of any evidence of pirates, much has been found that suggests Maya had occupied the lake for over 500 years. Now the lake serves as a picnic spot for locals and a private vacation spot for you! You will be the only tourist you see and the locals are very welcoming and friendly.
Most our guest take the bus from Belize City and we pick them up at the Orange Walk Town bus station. The bus from Belize City takes about 1 hour and cost about 3 bucks. Some bus in from the Yucatan Peninsula area (Cancun and such). Many rent a car and drive themselves to Honey Camp. Driving in Belize is fun and easy. We can even arrange for a friends small local car rental business (Melo's Auto Rental) to pick you up at the airport, show you the ropes of driving in Belize, then turn the car over to you for your trip. Your current home country drivers license is valid to drive in Belize and all road signs are in English.
Wake up to a cacophony of birds, and let the sunset draw you into a peaceful slumber. Enjoy the natural beauty of Honey Camp Lagoon and the surrounding bush, visit the friendly community of Orange Walk, or take a trek to revel in some Mayan ruins.
Staying at Honey Camp Ranch you will have a unique and personal "off the path" and "off the grid" experience with a close connection to peace and nature.
We provide pick-up and drop-off for Free in Orange Walk Town at the beginning and end of your stay.
OWT To/From HCR: Each Way = $30bz ($15us)
Pick-up or drop-off between Orange Walk Town area and Honey Camp Ranch in our Land Rover.
Private ride anywhere else in our Land Rover for guest is $2bz ($1us) per kilometer (the odometer in our Rover is in kilometers).
For longer trips - We highly recommend taking advantage of the efficient bus system Belize has available - it's fast, cheap, and better for the environment.
Also, if you wish to have your own car, we can also assist in connecting you with a small family run locally owned business that does car rentals in Orange Walk Town. They can even pick you up at the BZE airport. If you plan to drive yourself, please ask about current road conditions to Honey Camp - The conditions can vary greatly depending on the season.
Other Things to Note
Please feel free to contact us or visit our official site "Honey Camp Ranch" for more info - but come back and book here - We love how neat and organized AirBnB makes things. Thank you!
No smoking or food inside the cabana. To avoid attracting insects and critters, please do not bring any foods into the cabana. You may store any food or beverage items you wish in our kitchen area.
Ahhh, Honey Camp! This place will forever have a very special place in our hearts!!! First, the space, so cool!!! Very clean and the pictures are very accurate, you are staying in a huge screened in tree house. You can lay in the hammocks in the space and see the wonders of the stars all night. And the stars... I have seen the sky from many vantage points around earth, and this was by far the clearest we had ever seen. Matt and his family are so kind and are great company. DEFINITELY get the meal plan!! (And be aware this will be the best food you will have in Belize, so everywhere after will not meet your expectations when you compare it). Luciano, his cook and right hand man, is lovely. We learned so much about the Mayan culture and really feel blessed to have stayed. We did the tour for Lamminai, very good! We also enjoyed the use of their canoe and bikes. Their dogs are AWESOME too!!
We had a super time at Honey Camp Ranch - a real highlight of our trip to Belize. The cabana is such a treat - wonderful views of a gorgeous lagoon, peace and quiet, and amazing food courtesy of Luciano (and Matt as sous chef!). We had a wonderful 4 days with Matt, Sharon and beautiful little Tetra, exploring, relaxing and enjoying all Honey Camp has to offer. Great place, great food, great hosts.
Our stay at Honey Camp was the experience of a lifetime. We visited Honey Camp for the first week of our honeymoon. It was the PERFECT place for my husband and I to disconnect from the world and bond with each other. Matt, Sharon and Tetra were fun to be around (the few times they popped up) and Luciano is the best around! He is probably the nicest person you could meet and his food was amazing . I think our mouths were watering with anticipation with each meal. The cabana is spacious and comfortable Even with the screened wall, it still feels very private because there is no one around.
Being at Honey Camp was heavenly. We enjoyed every single second of our trip. We usually have a "one and done" policy for visiting places but Honey Camp is going to be the exception to this rule! Friendly faces, comfortable and safe atmosphere, delicious, fresh food and the beautiful backdrop of the lagoon make this place a must visit!
If you are looking for something a bit off the beaten path, Honey Camp Ranch cant be beat! The cabana is fantastic, the people are amazing and the cooking is out of this world. a truly unique experience which i would highly recommend.
We spent a week here in the middle of our month in Belize and it was great to have a chance to just relax. Luciano is a great cook ( best fry jacks we had!) and Matt made wonderful ceviche. We really enjoyed getting to know Sharon, Matt and Tetra a little bit. We did the trip to Lamanai and Luciano took us to island bit mostly we just kicked back and enjoyed being there
We found that Honey Camp Ranch fulfilled all of the positive comments which led to our going there. The entire front of the cabana provides a 20' high panoramic view of the beautiful lake. It has comfortable beds, hardwood floors and a nice tiled bathroom. No electric lights. Just kerosene lamps and flashlights, so for us it was early to bed and wake with the birds...and we just loved it. Matt and Sharon are wonderful hosts. Fun, kind-hearted and very knowledgeable...to say the least, and their little daughter, Tetra is just adorable. All of your meals will be prepared and eaten at the lakeside cabana...delicious and varied food in an amazing setting, and they have good wi-fi right there so that you can check your e-mails, etc. with no problem. In case you're worried...bugs weren't a problem either. It was a very rich and rewarding experience for us.
We had a wonderful time staying with Matt, his wife Sharon, and their baby Tetra on HCR. To echo other reviews: the place is beautiful, the hosts are wonderful, and the food is delicious, and it was lots of fun to have a more authentic experience with Belize: Sandfly machete'd some sugarcane for us, we ate plenty of coconut, and Matt showed us his orchard, where we tried some interesting fruits.
The only negative (for me personally) was the lack of privacy - Matt and Sharon were really gracious and wonderful and left us to our own devices when we wanted (and we had lovely conversations when together to hang out or eat a meal), but in the evenings, or for intimate activities ... It was uncomfortable knowing that they were close enough to hear you. Also, Tetra is extremely cute and much calmer than most babies I know ... but if you don't want to be around a baby during your vacation, this probably isn't the place for you.
About the Host, Matt
Honey Camp Ranch is our home away from home and we are happy to share it with you. Come, slow down and hang-out at Honey Camp Ranch! Enjoy a slice of inland life that you can’t experience anywhere else.
If you are looking for a secluded and private place to unplug, watch nature, enjoy dark star filled skies, and relax next to Belize's most beautiful lagoon - come visit Honey Camp Ranch - where you will be the only tourist you see. Your caretaker Ernesto, also know as "Sandfly", will fill your belly with his delicious Belizian cooking and help you with your every need.
Visit our site for more info: honeycampranch
Enjoy canoeing and swimming in the high alkaline healing waters of this unique limestone based lagoon.
Canoe out to this island to see evidence of the Maya as studied in book "In the Realm of Nachan Kan: Postclassic Maya Archaeology at Laguna De On, Belize"
Hike to Doubloon Bank Lagoon for some great bird watching at this sanctuary. We also have a spot you can camp here if you really want to ruff it in some crazy jungle.
You can find just about all the provisions you may need here.
This is located next door to the Banquitas House of Culture - a donations only museum and cultural center located along the banks of the New River in Orange Walk Town.
The heart of Orange Walk Town - sit and watch the locals and eat some awesome street food nearby. Marci's Tacos just one block south (across from the fire station) is the best!
Shop this open air market with your cook - Luciano.
This is a "must see" adventures when traveling in Northern Belize. You can catch an awesome boat ride from Orange Walk to Lamanai and see lots of wildlife on the way. Luciano can help set you up.