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.
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.
We had a magical time at the Howler House. It is indeed a wildlife paradise. The Howler Monkeys ate, slept and howled from the trees right off the deck of this well furnished house in the trees. But that's not all. Hooded Warblers, American Redstarts, Vermilion Flycatchers, Lesser Nighthawks and many other birds filled the trees with color and song. The resident crocodile greeted us from the pond upon our arrival and so did the iguanas.
Erica and her local team were very responsive to all of our needs and her description of the house and community are accurate except she did not mention the shower - it's the best shower in Central America.
This is an excellent spot to just relax or explore the many delights that Belize has to offer. We rented a car from Belize City and adventured to the Lamanai Maya Ruin, Crooked Tree, Orange Walk, Blue Hole, the Baboon Sanctuary and Monkey Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. It was easy to rent the car and the traffic was not bad at all. To see the Lamanai ruin for example, just drive north on the Northern Highway to the bridge over the New River and take the river tour to Lamanai. It is a wonderful 25 mile boat ride up river to the ruin.
We also just walked around the community to bird and saw so many species. The people are friendly and the local food is good.
My husband and I had a fantastic time staying at the Howler House. Very comfortable, Andrew made it easy to get around, everyone in the town was friendly, and the Howlers and iguanas visited the tree right outside every day! It was a nice central location to see ruins, Crooked Tree, cave tubing, Belize City, etc. The pictures are what you can expect and for us this was the perfect place for our getaway!
This is our first time in Belize, and we couldn't have had a lovelier introduction! Howler House, with its open floor plan (but fully screened in, for the best views and enjoyment of nature without fear of bug bites every night!) overlooking the river is a whimsical and tranquil place to stay. Burrell Boom itself will teach you how friendly Belizians are, with Miss Carol making you delicious fried chicken, and everyone at the black orchid resort up the road helping arrange tours. Initially we were only going to stay one night, and we are so glad Erika suggested that we may want to stay longer. thank you, Erika, for having us!
The Howler House was one of the coolest, most unique places we've seen (or stayed) on Airbnb. We did a lot of research beforehand and thought it would be a really cool place to stay but even then, it exceeded our grandest expectations. The house is such a fun and relaxing place to spend time. You really are right there, nestled in the jungle; the open air aspect really allows for a unique experience where you truly get to experience nature in a fun way. It is in a gorgeous location, right on the river, but just a short, fun bike ride into town. Speaking of the town, it has to be said that the people of Burrell Boom are so kind and amiable; they really made our stay feel very special! Finally, Erika is awesome! She was extremely helpful and did so much to make our stay a great one! We are already looking forward to going back!
Our first visit to Belize was made all that much more amazing by staying at the Howler House! The House is just as described and wonderful. It was the rainy season, but we were very lucky to only have rain a couple of days while there. I almost wish it had rained a little more, being Belize it is hot and humid and the rain cooled it off nicely. It also sounded so great on the tin roof. It was a grown up tree house in the jungle and we loved it!!!!
We were lucky enough to be serenaded by the Howler monkeys on our very first night. They are quite loud, but we were mesmerized by the sound. They appeared and howled for us often! We caught a brief glimpse on the very last day of the little croc in her pond, too.
The house is quite clean and well appointed, and Ms. Tinnie came a few times to check on us and change out linens. (We were there for a full week.) Ms. Erlene also came by and checked on us. Both are incredibly lovely ladies with sweet souls! As is Ms. Carol - and her food is delicious! We also enjoyed food from Mayora's 3 times - it was great, too! The mosquito nets are awesome, just make sure you tuck it under the edges of the mattress before you fall asleep or those little buggers will sneak in. Do make time to sit and have a Belikin with Beans, as well - he's a hoot! It was also great to meet Erika on our trip up to Caye Caulker. She's funny and warm and down to earth.
We used the house as a base for travelling all over, and that worked fabulously! We visited San Ignacio, Dangriga, Orange Walk, Belize City and Caye Caulker and always had plenty of time to make it back to the house each day. We picked up plenty of local fruits, veggies, breads, etc. between Judith's market in Boom and the farmer's market in San Ignacio and cooked for ourselves several times in the kitchen at the house. The only thing we wished we'd had was a pan for the oven, which we bought and left for the next guest. ;-) We had brought a small backpack water filter with us, but only used it the first day. After that we just boiled our water and that worked just fine.
Being able to utilize the pool at the Black Orchid was quite nice. We went up and swam there a couple of times, as well as having dinner there one night and spending a couple of evenings in the bar. We can't recommend Belikin beers or cashew and ginger wines enough!!! :-) The local food and local people are all awesome, and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Burrell Boom and the Howler House! We are already planning our next trip back. I feel as though I left family...
Dear Dana, thank you so much for enjoying my little dream house as much as I do! And, thank you for suggesting bathmats. I will shop this week for bathmats, coasters, a few sets of new sheets, and thanks to you I do not need to buy a cookie sheet - thank you so much; you and Max and Riley were a delight to meet and have a lunch together - you are the perfect guests!
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!