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Entire guesthouse hosted by Cheryl & Jeff
2 guests1 bedroom1 bed1 bath
Entire home
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This place isn’t suitable for infants (0–2 yrs) and the host doesn’t allow pets, parties, or smoking.
We are Gold Standard Certified. River & jungle view in the heart of a little village in the foothills of the Mountain Pine Ridge. Private deck, & outdoor kitchen facilities. Lucky Dreamer Lodge is a non-smoking property. The bungalow is fully screened. The large deck has a hammock, dining table with four chairs and a loveseat, with room to spare!

We are steps away from the Macal River and have a two-person kayak ready for your use (no additional charge).

The space
The Banana Bungalow is a stand-alone cabin - lovingly built by hand, by us and some local friends & neighbors. It was initially meant to be a guest house for family & friends, but everyone said it was too special not to share with others!

And if you are planning a 'surf & turf' vacation, we also have a one-bedroom condo on Ambergris Caye, 10 miles north of San Pedro..... where the jungle meets the surf! Ask us for more information.

Banana Bungalow is made of local hardwoods and local pine from Mountain Pine Ridge. The casita is fully screened. There is a custom-made mahogany king bed and hardwood night stands. The covered deck overlooks the property with a peek at the Macal River and hills beyond. There are birds everywhere & of every kind! We had a birdwatcher recently identify over 60 bird species in a three week period!

There is a separate outdoor kitchen/dining area for the use of our guests. It is a shared area with guests that book the Belize Bungalow. The kitchen is not inside the bungalow - as just boiling water would heat the entire room! Even our own kitchen is 'outside.' :-) The outdoor kitchen is a few steps away from the bungalow.

We provide coffee beans, sugar, powered cream, salt, pepper, garlic powder, season all, a variety of hot sauces, and many other condiments/cooking ingredients. The kitchen is well-stocked with pots/pans, mixing bowls, dishes flatware, cups, etc. We also have items such as aluminum foil, plastic wrap, non-stick spray, cooking oil, etc.

We also provide a 5 gallon jug of filtered water for the use of guests (which we replace as needed). We recommend bringing refillable/lidded bottles to take advantage of the water and to avoid buying bottled water while here. We also keep one gallon of water in the frig, and have ice packs and ice cubes available for guest use.

Guest access
Guests have access to the 1.5 acre property, which includes a genuine Mayan mound (yes, you WILL find Mayan pottery, guaranteed!) but you have to leave it behind.

Other features include an outdoor dining area/kitchen with a full-size frig and charcoal grill. There is also a double sink and 6-burner gas stove and oven - and lots of countertop space.

We grow fruits, herbs and vegetables. You are welcome to anything ready to harvest! Depending on the time of year herbs include, basil, parsley, oregano, garlic chives, catnip, sage, rosemary & mint! Veggies include tomatoes, onions, lettuce, hot peppers, and more! Fruits include bananas, pineapples, mangos, soursop, dragon fruit, avocado, raspberries, blackberries, nuts, and more!

The bungalow has a spacious private covered deck, with a hammock, dining table/4 chairs and extra loveseat for two. There is also a private stone courtyard area.

There is a 2-person kayak available at no extra charge, as well as two inner tubes for use on the Macal River - which is in our backyard! We recommend guests that want to take out the kayak, paddle up river only in the morning and then casually float back to our property. Pick-up service for the kayak is not available. There are places to stop upriver where you can safely dock our kayak. There are no secure places downriver to dock (other than the Belize Raptor Center). San Ignacio is down river and therefore it is not feasible to kayak to San Ignacio. There are dams on the river, so in the afternoon the river rises and flows quicker - that's why we recommend kayaking only in the morning.

Please note that the bicycles are available to use within our village. They are 'used' bikes and would not fare well on the roads outside of our village.

Other things to note
We are Gold Standard Certified by the Belize Tourism Board.

No AirBnB Booking Fee!

No Housekeeping/Cleaning Fee!

If you need more space than the Banana Bungalow, we have another AirBnB listing that sleeps 4, called the Belize Bungalow.

Belize requires all legal accommodations to be licensed. Our License # is 2078. There are a LOT accommodations here that are not licensed (a few in our village) - so please ask them before booking, if the listing doesn't mention the BTB license#.

No open flames permitted in/near the bungalows. Also, no food, drinks, wrappers, etc., permitted inside the bungalow. This is a jungle and the jungle bugs (mostly ants) LOVE food and have an amazing jungle communication network to share new sources of food with!

We are a member of 'Pack for a Purpose' - we collect donated supplies for two local organizations - Cayo Animal Welfare Society and the Cristo Rey R.C. Village School. If you are interested in packing some supplies for either of these organizations, let us know and we'll refer you to our website with a list of needed items.

Cristo Rey Village is in the jungle region of Belize. While this provides incredible beauty and natural wonders, it also means that heat, humidity, sudden tropical squalls, power outages and water outages are not uncommon (However, we do have a back-up generator, and back-up water supply & pump).

We have free high speed wi-fi service on the property and in the bungalow. It is fast and reliable! However, if the power to the village goes out, we do lose internet service, but that doesn’t happen often.

We strive for a calm, serene & relaxing environment; and most of the time it is just that. However, the local birds are very active as daylight breaks, and the Howler Monkeys can be a bit startling at night. We are also in the middle of a small, but active village. Sometimes the neighboring roosters, dogs, church music, etc. can be heard. For those guests who are extremely noise sensitive please keep these things in mind.
We are Gold Standard Certified. River & jungle view in the heart of a little village in the foothills of the Mountain Pine Ridge. Private deck, & outdoor kitchen facilities. Lucky Dreamer Lodge is a non-smoking property. The bungalow is fully screened. The large deck has a hammock, dining table with four chairs and a loveseat, with room to spare!

We are steps away from the Macal River and have a two-pe…
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Sleeping arrangements

Bedroom 1
1 king bed, 1 hammock

Amenities

Wifi – 15 Mbps
Kitchen
Free driveway parking on premises – 2 spaces
Paid washer – In building
Paid dryer – In building
Smoke alarm
Carbon monoxide alarm
First aid kit
Fire extinguisher
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Accessibility

Getting inside

No stairs or steps to enter
Well-lit path to entrance
Wide entrance for guests

Bathroom

No stairs or steps to enter

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Cristo Rey, Cayo, Belize

Our village is a beautiful place to live, mostly because of all the wonderful Belizeans that welcomed us with open arms! On any given day you'll see kids going door-to-door selling homemade goodies, or veggies from their gardens. The tortilla man delivers fresh tortillas twice a day (Sun-Fri) - for 95 cents U.S. a pound!

There is a small convenience grocery store directly across the road from us. There you'll find just about everything you need for simple meals.

Just a short walk down the road is "Carm's" & “Sandals” two local restaurants that serve made to order local-style meals. A short walk up the road is a place to go horseback riding!

About a mile down the road is a local spot called "The Showers" - a waterfall area, that very few tourists know about. And it's free!

Hosted by Cheryl & Jeff

Joined in June 2015
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We (Jeff & Cheryl) moved to the 'wilds' of Belize from the 'wilds' of Minnesota in 2014. Since moving to Belize we purchased some land on the Macal River, built our own home, and two guest bungalows that we run as Lucky Dreamer Lodge. We also added a one-bedroom condo on Ambergris Caye - 10 miles north of San Pedro (it's where the jungle meets the ocean!) So, plan your entire 'surf & turf' vacation with us! We have extensive experience in the hospitality industry with over 33 years of combined experience at Walt Disney World and another 10+ years of joint experience in owning our own restaurant, herb farm and Bed & Breakfast in the states. We definitely know what it means to exceed our guests' expectations! We're pretty laid back, and can spend as much or as little time interacting with you as you want at the jungle lodge (we won't be onsite at the condo). We are happy to answer any questions you have about the area - especially before booking with us. But of course, we'd love to have you choose us as your Belize destination for both the jungle & beach/island portions of your vacation!
We (Jeff & Cheryl) moved to the 'wilds' of Belize from the 'wilds' of Minnesota in 2014. Since moving to Belize we purchased some land on the Macal River, built our own home, and t…
During your stay
If you don't rent a car we can help you arrange transportation from Belize City.

We have two dogs that have full access to the property - and Milo (the youngest and largest dog) likes to spend time with guests on the deck....

We are early risers, and can usually be found on our deck each morning sipping coffee. Our guests' tours take them away from the property most of the day - but we are around to answer questions, provide directions, etc.

If it's privacy you want - we are fine with that. If you want to chat about Belize, we're up for that too. If you want to experience the local flavor, we can certainly provide recommendations!
If you don't rent a car we can help you arrange transportation from Belize City.

We have two dogs that have full access to the property - and Milo (the youngest and lar…
Cheryl & Jeff is a Superhost
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House rules
Check-in: 2:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Checkout: 9:00 AM
Self check-in with lockbox
Not suitable for infants (under 2 years)
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events
Health & safety
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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Carbon monoxide alarm
Cancellation policy

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