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Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA

Bedrooms 3
Space 2,600 sq ft
Property type house
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 6

May 26, 2014

Imagine a man who so loved his house that he brought it all the way from the mainland, across 35 miles of sea, risking complete disintegration of the structure, and, finally, planting it in a beautiful spot on the Isla Bonita, 4 ½ north of San Pedro, where it was eventually renovated by an American architect from whom the current owners bought it, amidst stories and legends that had arisen around the house over its long life.

This is a totally renovated, 3-bedroom, 3-bath house with a spacious living/dining room, and a modern kitchen. it can accommodate up to six people comfortably. It has over a thousand square feet of deck which faces the reef just beyond the front gate. The sea breeze makes it a great place to hang out and enjoy the sun and the sea; and the reef beckons one to kayak and snorkel and fish. The private pier has been rebuilt and a modest swimming feature has been added.

Fishing trips, tours to amazing snorkeling and diving sites as well as adventures to the mainland to visit Mayan ruins, can be taken right from the front door of the iguana house. Or you can take out a kayak and have your own adventure on the reef.

This is a neighborhood house and, although you are about four and a half miles from San Pedro, you’ll find friendly neighbors, great restaurants and a convenient grocery store within walking distance. If you need to go to town, there is a regular coastal ferry service which makes the run to and from town. Private water taxis are also available. Golf carts can be rented by the day or the week and, although the roads can be rough, are often the most convenient option. The most cost effective option will be determined by how many people are traveling together.

It’s private at the iguana house, but not remote.

Some of the rates you might anticipate are as follows:

Weekly rate for golf cart: $350.00us

Carrier flights: $90.00us, one way, per person, to or from San Pedro

Private water taxi: $40us (up to six persons), one way to or from San Pedro

The owner Jim is committed to providing you with the orientation, support and availability that will make your Caribbean vacation wonderful.

More Details

Property Manager
Jim Benjamin
Member since: 2011
Speaks english
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
22 April, 2018

About Jim Benjamin

The Iguana House is a team effort: Christina does the bookings, sends out the rental agreements and directs the payment options. She works for CNF Catering, a lovely company owned by my sister, and her main love is fashion. We (Jim and Nicky) are on the island and make sure our guests are properly oriented and settled in.

Nicky is from Rugby, England ("...where the game was invented") and I'm from Santa Fe, New Mexico. We met in Santa Fe 10 years ago while Nicky was visiting. Between us, we have 6 grown kids and four grandchildren (and counting).

I bought this house in 2008 when Nicky and I were visiting. We looked at condos and apartments, but wanted something with more character and possibilities, and also a fence for our dogs. Only a free standing home could offer that and the Iguana House was perfect.

We discovered how much it sucked to be without water and we added a fifty thousand gallon cistern which provides filtered rainwater year round. And as the Iguana House became more popular, we added an owner's cottage at the rear of the property.

Nicky is happiest when engaged with people and she offers our quests information with charm and humor. In fact, our guests often mention her in the reviews. She makes the guests feel as though they were the only ones to ever visit the Iguana House. She is well-loved and well connected on the island.

Together, we want to provide our guests the best Caribbean vacation possible.

Jim Benjamin purchased this house in 2008

Why Jim Benjamin chose San Pedro

Have a real, home from home caribbean vacation.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house rental in San Pedro, Belize

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 2600 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beach View ...
  • Beachfront ...
  • Ocean View ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • mobile phone
  • Parking
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Full 1 - toilet , shower enclosure
    Full 2 - toilet , bath with shower
    Full 3 - toilet , shower enclosure
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 1 double bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Barbecue
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat Dock
  • Deck / Patio
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Outdoor Grill Gas
  • patio
  • Veranda / Loggia
  • veranda
  • Walkway to Water
  • wooden decking
  • 6 garden chairs
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • caves
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • forests
  • library
  • marina
  • playground
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • eco tourism
  • paddle boating
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • jet skiing
  • paragliding
  • pier fishing
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • bay fishing
  • caving
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • tennis
  • water skiing
  • water tubing


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Iguana House, Large Ocean Front, 3BR/3BA
average rating of 4.68 based on 25 reviews

Secluded nice beach front home

  • 4 of 5

The Iguana house is a comfortable two story house about 4.0 miles north of San Pedro, with a stocked kitchen, a wrap around deck overlooking the water, and working laundry facilities There was a lot of help with transportation when arriving and leaving the island. We arranged an awesome snorkeling and fishing trip with Genie, the owner of Coral Divers. It was wonderful having accessibity to two kayaks so we could snorkel and explore. Jim Benjamin or Rubio tended to our needs as they arose. There are several nearby restaurants and a small grocery store up and down the beach within range by walking or taking a golf cart Renting a golf cart to take into town was a necesity if you plan to take advantage of the kitchen candor explore the area. Unfortunately during our stay there was extensive construction immediately adjacent to the house; the building of two new large homes. It was a very nice vacation destination, good for groups or large families, but it will be much better when the construction is done.

  • Review Submitted: 06/03/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

Wonderful beachfront property with ample space for our family trip. Well stocked home. Amazing sunrise views from the front porch. Not necessarily a swimming beach, but nice shallow water for the kids to play in. A bit of a jaunt on your golf cart into town (4.5 miles north), but there are a couple of small grocery stores nearby and plenty of restaurants in the area. Jim, the owner, lives behind the house and was available if needed and out of sight if not. Rubio, the neighbor, is very friendly and helpful. He and his wife cooked a couple of delicious dinners for us, which included freshly speared lobster and fish. Organizing excursions with Genie, Coral Divers owner/operator, couldn’t have been easier since he lives nearby and his boat leaves from the dock in front of the house. One day, we went fishing with Genie’s crew and upon return, the guys cleaned the fish, conch and lobster and made some of the best food we had on our trip. Also went snorkeling a couple of days and to the mainland to see some Mayan ruins, zipline and cave tube. All great trips. Overall, a delightful beach vacation!

  • Review Submitted: 24/01/2018
  • Date of Stay: January 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nice, secluded beach house

  • 4 of 5

The Iguana house is a comfortable beach house 4.5 miles north of San Pedro, with A/C, working kitchen and deck overlooking the water. There was a lot of help with transportation when arriving on the island, and arranging snorkeling and fishing trips through next door coral divers was easy (great trips). During our stay there was extensive construction immediately adjacent to the house - building two new large homes just an arm reach away, which was unfortunate. There are several nearby restaurants up and down the beach within range of a 1/2 mile + walk or easy range of the golf cart. Overall a very nice vacation destination, good for groups or large families, but will be better when the construction is done.

  • Review Submitted: 09/12/2017
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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home was perfect for us. Host was also very accomidateing .

  • 5 of 5

House was as described and then some. services near by were great. our 11 day stay with family could not have gone better.

  • Review Submitted: 27/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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My husband and I stayed at the house with our three teenage children for a week.

  • 4 of 5

The property served our needs and was very nice and clean. The view was beautiful and felt very secluded. The kayaks allowed us to kayak out to smaller coral reefs and anchor. Access to Coral Divers next door was very convenient.

  • Review Submitted: 19/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great house, location, view, and service

  • 5 of 5

This is a great house for anyone wanting to avoid hotels. The owner lives in a house behind the rental house and is eager to help at any time. There's a dive shop next-door that uses the dock in front of the house, which is incredibly convenient. We would happily stay here again.

  • Review Submitted: 02/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: November 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4.5 Miles
Nearest Barpub
1 Miles
Nearest Restaurant
1 Miles
Car: not necessary


Rates & Availability

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Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee AU$164.34

Cancellation Policy In the event the Guest requests a cancellation of this Agreement for any reason, the Owners will undertake reasonable efforts to re-rent the property. If the property is re-rented in-full to a third party, the deposit less 15% of the gross rental amount, will be returned to the defaulting party. If the property is re-rented for less than the original amount, the deposit less 15

Manager's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the manager or check their rental agreement when booking the property.