About This Listing
Romantic luxury Tree House 12 ' high in the jungle canopy over the River. Howler monkeys, amazing bird watching, transportation available, 20 mins. from airport, central to Ruins, cave tubing, zip-linning, horseback riding, two bicycles and canoe
The howlers are curious and I swear they like Reggie music, but they don't come too close, they are shy and busy eating or sleeping, or howling!
This sweet little one bedroom house sits in the jungle canopy perched high on the edge of the Belize River. With Howler monkey families in the trees, crocodiles in the pond, butterflies and songbirds in the air, this is a unique piece of jungle paradise that offers you an amazing holiday destination. We have a beautiful new canoe and two new bicycles for you. The Howler House is just a short 5 min drive or 15 min walk down a lovely village road along the river to the Black Orchid resort where you are always welcome to enjoy their SWIMMING POOL and fantastic restaurant.
The house is brand spanking new with HIGH SPEED WIRELESS internet with (website hidden) and NETFLIX enabled. The bedroom has a majestic view over the river and a new queen size bed. The bathroom has a shower with HOT WATER - no tub. The kitchen is fully equipped with a new stove, fridge and double sinks and dishes and pots and pans and bowls enough to enjoy cooking.
As well, ALL your transportation and needs can be taken care of - if required. The international airport is just 20 min from the House and Tony will pick you up and provide transportation anywhere you might want to explore while in Belize -- he is also an amazing local full of knowledge -- and he has few unique ideas of his own on how to really experience what Belize has to offer the curious visitor. If you want to use Tony's services, I will send you his email when you book.
Burrell Boom is wonderfully central to Mayan ruins, caves, zip-lining, Hopkins beach -- which is a unique Garifuna village, remarkable diving sites and ocean fishing. I can help you arrange transportation and/or tours to any part of the country you may dream of exploring.
While the house is a perfect romantic getaway for two, if you want to bring along family or friends, they are welcome to hang hammocks on the two screened in decks and make use of an extra single bed -- I ask for an addition $10 per night for children, and $20 per night for adults. The outside deck is huge, and you will probably spend most of your time there.
While the Howler House is nestled on the riverbank high in the canopy and you feel like you are deep in the jungle — really, it is just a 10 -minute walk up to the sweetest little village. If you are using his transportation services Tony will be happy to give you a little tour of the village. But, most convenient, the Howler House is located centrally to all the activities you might want to enjoy while in Belize.
This is the perfect vacation spot for PHOTOGRAPHERS, BIRD WATCHERS, FISHERS, KAYAKERS, BICYCLISTS, WILD LIFE ENTHUSIAST, WRITERS, EXOTIC WINE ENTHUSIAST AND DAYDREAMERS and STAR-GAZERS. Burrell Boom is a small village centrally located as a perfect stepping off location for everything you might want to do while in Belize: GOLFERS, DEEP SEA FISHERS, DIVERS, SNORKELERS, SAILORS, SPELUNKERS, MAYAN RUINS EXPLORERS, CAVE-TUBERS, ZIP-LINERS, REGGIE LOVERS AND WANDERERS.
In the village you can paddle the river, go fishing and bicycling, the wildlife is amazing - birdwatchers are in heaven here; the Howler Monkeys live in the trees above us. Star-gazing and sipping on local wines is magical. CLOSE BY you will find the amazing Belize Zoo, the Howler Monkey Sanctuary, Mayan ruins, Cave-tubing and Zip-lining, local exotic wine makers, quiet sandy beach at Hopkins (an hours drive), 30 min. to the Cay Caulker Ferry, where you can spend a day with the laid back locals, rent a sail boat, go diving or snorkeling on the reef and be home before dark relaxing on the deck. Tony will take care of all your transportation.
Close to home, there is a grocery store that sells local wines, rum and cold beer and a few groceries. And, the village pub, a short walk or bicycle ride away, serves ice cold beers, homemade juicy hamburgers and a delicious fried chicken or fish dinner for five bucks at Miss Carol's.They also have a pool table if you want to hang around and meet some very sweet locals and perhaps hear a good story or two. There is also a great Chinese Food restaurant in the village. And, people are soooo friendly here, if you want to, you'll make friends with the locals with ease. On Friday evenings people gather in the park to watch the teenagers play soccer and they have music and snacks and cold drinks for sale. Later, if you are a night owl, there is always dancing at Henderson's Bank on Friday and Saturday nights, just a 5 min walk away. And, there is a huge horse race track, with races on Sundays and Holidays - people come from all over for the races -- it's exciting.
A wonderful day (or overnight) trip from the house is to Cay Caulker, 90 minutes away via Belize City. You can arrange a drive with Tony, catch the early ferry (45 mins) and spend a day exploring the Cay, or take one of the many snorkeling, diving, sailing or kayaking tours, and be back in time for dinner. Or, if you'd like to spend more time on the island, spend a night and Tony will pick you up the next day. We can help with arranging accommodations for you too.
If you want help with travel arrangements to Belize, just let me know.
Or, you may choose to just spend your time of the Howler House deck where you can take amazing photographs, bird-watch, wait for the crocodile(s) to surface and perhaps sun themselves on the bank, get to know the howler monkeys (they like Reggie music), sit still and a Blue Morpho butterfly with an 8-inch wingspan will eventually float by. Play the stock market on-line on high-speed Wi-Fi. Lie under a gentle fan, swing in the hammock and read a good book. Write a poem, a song, a book or a blog. Watch the sun rise and the river float by, caste a line and catch a fish – yes, right from the deck when the river is flooding. Make origami. Paint a picture. Star gaze while fire flies light up the sky. Sip on rich local organic coffee in the morning, and exotic local wines in the afternoon. Watch for manatees. (website hidden) your family, your boss, your best friend and show them the howlers in the trees. Stay cool and be prepared to wake up early because all the songbirds and parrots believe it is their daily duty to serenade the rising sun.
Be sure to check out all our reviews on Trip adviser as well! Everyone loves their time in this special piece of paradise.
The Howler House has a brand new canoe available to guests - the key to unlock the canoe is on your key chain. And, two new bicycles! You are welcome to swim at the local resort: 5 min down the road and lovely!
Interaction with Guests
I am available online daily - and once you arrive in Belize, I will give you my cell number. The house has a local manager who is available 24 hours, just up the road. And, my closest neighbors are also my land partners and best friends. Tony will provide all your transportation (for a fee) and the Black Orchid resort just down the road will provide special tours of any sort!
Burrell Boom is a lovely little rural village along the banks of the Old Belize river. The people here are extremely friendly. If you walk up to the village and stop for some food at Miss Carol's, a cold beer at Yellow Man's pub - right next door, you will be enchanted by this little village. If you want to do some Reggie dancing, head down to Henderson's Bank on Friday or Saturday night, just follow the music -- you can walk, but bring the flashlight! Everyone will welcome you. This is a small friendly village and I hope you will have the opportunity to meet and enjoy the company (and food) of the local people - they are wonderful. The Black Orchid is a 15 minute walk down a lovely rural road. Or, a to minute bike ride - the house has two new bikes, And, once you arrive, you can have a cool drink and slip into the pool: ahhhhhh. They will treat you like gold, slowly.
Most guest want some form of transportation while staying at the Howler House. I can assist you with hiring a local driver, Tony, who will provide all your transportation needs, pretty much at your whim. Or, you can arrange to use the Black Orchid resort for tours and guides. They will pick you up at the house. Or you can rent a vehicle at the airport upon arrival -- but for the rainy months, you must rent a 4 wheel drive. Or, you can do as I do, I do not have a vehicle, I take the local bus (limited times) to the city and walk to the Caye Caulker taxi terminal, and I canoe - the house has a brand new canoe with life jackets. The Black Orchid is a 15 minute walk down a lovely rural road. And, once you arrive, you can have a cool drink and slip into the pool: ahhhhhh. They will treat you like gold, slowly.
Other Things to Note
Once you are booked, I will email you the cell phone numbers of the house manage, Erlene, my best friend in the village, and my own cell as well. There is a complimentary cell phone in the house for your use!
There are not many rules in the Howler house: use the recycling boxes and compost bucket, be kind to the house, stay cool, relax -- breath deep and spend a least a day and a night on the deck doing nothing -- trust me, the jungle will entertain you!
Oh -- and No swimming in the crocodile pond -- they are very shy and private beings.
I wish I had at least a day or two more to hang out at the Howler House. I think that we booked too many activities to really appreciate our stay at this particular house. Erika was a very accommodating host and using her driver/guide Andrew made getting around a breeze.
The house is located in a very quiet nook of the town Burrell Boom. You owe it to yourself to enjoy a meal or two at the few local establishments like Miss Carol's House down the road from the Howler House.
We felt absolutely welcomed at the Howler House!
Erika was a fantastic host, arranging a ride from the airport, then meeting us a the house to give us a quick run down. She has the handiest little hand-drawn map of the village which is not only quaint but super helpful. We also loved reading her detailed notes of ideas and places to go as well as others comments and suggestions :)
The house is fabulous and is like one huge screened in porch in the best possible way. You are literally floating in the trees with the breeze and gorgeous river views - at perfect viewing level to see all kinds of wildlife! We loved seeing and hearing the crocodiles, iguanas, lizards, monkeys, and all kinds of birds...
The nearby village town of Burrell Boom gives the perfect glimpse of small town life that would not have been possible had we stayed on an island, in a hotel, or resort. We took the short bike ride into town daily for drinks, groceries, and small meals. We also borrowed the pool at the Black Orchid and they were absolutely accommodating as advertised..
Andrew gave us a ride to the water taxi so we could spend the day at Caye Caulker and it was the perfect getaway and super easy!
We also enjoyed canoeing the river...
The howler house is a 'must do' for any adventurous soul. You will be on the Belize River with access to a canoe and a nice 'put-in'. Yes the howlers howls! They are the jungle noise 'call' one hears yet they play above you with their infants unbothered by your presence.
Andrew was a gem to pick us up and deliver us to our first AirBnB in San Jose Succotz near Guatemala. After four days at that divine place Andrew came for us, as planned, and brought us to the lively Howler House. He is a true asset to Erika's operation along with Tinnie who will come by and offer suggestions and help or Dawson the gentleman who makes coconut water and delivers!! The bikes made Burrell Boom very accessible. The people made it home. We shall return.
Erika arranged to have me picked up, and the house was in perfect condition when I arrived. For the few times I needed to contact Erika, she was very responsive and helpful. Everything was as described, and in addition there were two hammock chairs in the living area that I used extensively. The location was magical, with continuous viewings of iguanas, howler monkeys, beautiful birds etc. The breezes coming in through all the screeded windows felt so gentle and revitalizing after a long hard winter in Canada! Val next door was also very friendly and accommodating, and took her guests and myself to the horse races on Easter Monday, loads of fun. I was here to be very solitary and reclusive and got exactly what I was looking for, so I really can't make any comment about the village which I did not visit. The crocodile in the pond came to the walkway pretty much every time I came by, and we had a manatee come by the canoe and circle us a few times while paddling on the river.
I would definitely recommend Howler House!
Hi Magdalena, thank you so much for your kind review! I am so pleased you enjoyed your visit and found exactly what you wanted. As you know, with each rental I make a few improvements. I was going to give the house a new coat of paint inside, but maybe I will follow your suggestion and instead buy an extra comfy piece of furniture for the living room Again, thanks so much for your visit, I hope you will return one day :) One Love!
Very good communication throughout from start to finish.
Wonderful and cozy place.
We had a great time staying at the Howler house! Everyone in Boom was very friendly and helpful. The wildlife just around the house was incredible. I would highly recommend visiting the ATM caves while in Belize as well. They are about an hour and a half from the Howler House but it's totally worth the trip. Thanks Erika!
We stayed a week and loved it. The people of Burrell Boom made our visit special. Rudy Dawson is a remarkable man – he lives in the untamed jungle across the river and was so helpful and entertaining. Miss Val, next door neighbour, was very kind and welcoming. Erika is a dynamo – in fact, we were amazed at the energy levels of everyone we met. We immersed ourselves in the culture by talking to everyone who was willing and by eating at various places, including the Friday night traditional dinner cooked by a family across the street from the Chinese restaurant, and some of Miss Erlean's feast prepared for spectators who came to cheer on the canoes racing in La Ruta Maya.
It was fantastic to have the bikes and the canoe at the house. I went swimming twice in the warm waters of the Belize River, heavenly. The only thing we wish is that the monkeys had hung out in the trees next to the house. They apparently favour different trees at different times of the year. We saw them swing through every day on their way to Miss Val's and went over there to watch them, endlessly entertaining. Lots of iguanas of various colours and other lizards, a green-headed tree snake wrapped around my bicycle seat, a tree frog jumped onto my arm when I was taking pictures of it on the deck railing, an amazing array of birds and of course Shakira, the sweet little crocodile in the pond.
If you're on a budget, you can get the bus from Belize City for $1 US instead of paying Andrew $85 US for the same trip. (He charges $60 one way from the airport, which is a bit closer to Boom.) We enjoyed his company and insider knowledge, however.
It was a delight to meet you both and I am so happy you enjoyed your stay so much - I agree, it is the people of Boom that make this little village so special - hope you will return one day. And thanks for the advice of bus instructions - I find that my summer time guest tend to take the bus much more; they are typically younger and more on a budget I suppose. I will make a blog page.
About the Host, Howler House
I spent the last four years and every cent I earned building a little dream house on the river bank in a village in the jungle in Belize, I guess that says something about me. I love my house, and now I want to create a jungle paradise -- I want to build a bridge across the crocodile pond with a screened-in sitting area , and wooden walk ways around the property to protect the jungle floor -- and keep me above the critters too -- and I want to build a floating dock big enough for a screened-in meditation gazebo, and I dream about creating a butterfly oasis -- and there is a tree right behind the house in which I could build a star gazing platform high in the branches. I want to spend the next ten years turning my little spot into a jungle paradise -- and then retire. So -- If you come and stay in my dream house, you will be helping me make this dream come true -- and I love this little place so much, I am delighted to share!
Peace. Beauty. Wildlife. Friendly villagers.With Howler families in the trees, a crocodile in the pond, butterflies and songbirds in the air, this is a unique Belize jungle rental for your vacation.Burrell Boom Belize