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3 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, Sleeps 7
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize Cayes

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aharrell
Atlanta, Georgia
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“Wonderful beach vacation!!!”
Reviewed 17 June 2013 for a stay in June 2013
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My husband and I, along with (2) other couples, recently traveled to Belize for the first time and stayed at the beautiful Casa Rana. We could not have asked for a better overall experience. If you are looking for a place to travel with family and friends then look no further! Here is a breakdown of our experience.

Pre-planning: We worked with Richard to plan book the home and answer any questions (which we had A LOT of- sorry Richard!). Richard was very helpful answering all of our questions, via phone and email, regarding the home, the country and the excursions. He was very prompt in his reply's and made us feel confident about our decision to book Casa Rana.

Arriving to Belize: We flew into Belize City and then took Tropic Air to San Pedro (a roughly 15 minute flight). You can also take the ferry. Both are around the same price. We choose to fly to see the views, which were amazing!! When we arrived in San Pedro, Diane (Richard's wife) arranged a captain to meet us at the airport and take us to Casa Rana. It all went quite smoothly.

Casa Rana: The home is beautiful and very spacious. There were three bedrooms with full baths, so all three couples had plenty to privacy. The bedrooms are air conditioned so you sleep wonderfully. There is a large deck for lounging and a plunge pool too cool you off. The home also comes with (2) kayaks. There is light housekeeping everyday and they will even do a few loads of laundry!! It was so nice to come home with clean clothes :) There is also a media room, but I doubt you will be watching TV with the beautiful views. There is also a local cell phone provided so that you can make calls if you like. That was so nice to have, and gave us a piece of mind.

Diane also lives in the back of the property and is easily accessible if you have any questions or concerns. She gives amazing suggestions so I highly recommend taking them.

Food/ Drink: There are about (4) resorts/restaurants to eat at that are within long walking distance. However, most resorts will pick you up by boat if you call ahead (Diane can arrange reservations too if you give her advance notice). We at the Portifino (a 15 minute walk), Matachia (a 30 minute walk), Xtan (spelling?)( a 10 minute walk), Rojo (a 30 minute walk), El Secreto- a MUST try (a 15 minute boat ride) and a few other local eateries. There are also some guys that come by in the morning selling home made burritos that are amazing and about $2 a piece.

I do suggest having some groceries delivered to the house prior to arrival. It makes life easier and the prices are about the same as if you purchased them on San Pedro.

The food in Belize is really great! Pretty much everywhere we ate at was at the suggestion of Diane and we really didn't have a bad meal our entire trip!

Excursions: Take Diane's suggestion on these. Everything we did we had Diane handle and I feel like we got the best price and the best experience. Here is a list of what we did.

1. Snorkeling catamaran trip on the El Gato- $80 a person for an ALL day trip. It was amazing and the reef is a can't miss. The captain and guide on El Gate were fantastic as well. This trip is private and was just with our group of (6).

2. Belize Zoo and Cave Tubing- Diane arranged this through Seaduced by Belize, which looked to be the best tour guides on the island. Your groups will be very small and the guides are well informed and trust worthy.

3. Chartered Fishing/ Spa Day: The boys took a charter fishing trip that Diane arranged and had an amazing time. Diane also arranged massages on the dock for the girls. The massages were amazing and it made us feel like movie stars having the masseuse come right to us. Again, another right on suggestion by Diane.

4. Mayan Ruins: Diane arranged this through Seaduced by Belize as well, and we had a great trip.

Getting Around in Ambergris Caye: You will get around by boat and it's so much fun. There are water taxis that can take you anywhere on the island for a reasonable price. Also, if you give Diane 24 hours notice she will take you in to town is needed.

We could not have asked for a better experience. The group we went with are very well traveled and Belize has been one of our favorite trips yet.

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Liked best: Diane! She was great and her suggestions/ advice was invaluable.
Liked least: nothing
Travelling group: Large Group
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Shawn W
Stafford, Virginia
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“Could not have made a better choice!”
Reviewed 23 February 2013 for a stay in February 2013
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What a beautiful place!!! After looking at several options, we knew Casa Rana would exceed our requirements! My entire group admitted that we had "never slept better" due to the homes premium quality beds and furniture. The only thing better then the home was the hosts! Diana & Richard gave us the royal treatment, making sure that we were taken care of and had everything we needed. They went out of their way to make sure that we had the best time and helped set up several excursions that met our special needs. The comfort of the home, and the serenity of the views from the house perfected our vacation. I would highly recommend staying at Casa Rana! You will not only be glad you did, but will be reluctant to leave once you stay at this magical place!

Thanks so much for having us Diana & Richard!
-The Whalen Family

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Liked best: Everyone loved their rooms! The beds were the most comfortable we had ever tried!
Liked least: Having to leave!
Travelling group: Large Group
Your age range 35-49
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syradove
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“Casa Rana Rocks!!!!!”
Reviewed 4 February 2013 for a stay in December 2012
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Casa Rana is amazing! It has to be one of the most beautiful homes we’ve ever stayed in, and we have stayed in many! It’s absolutely huge, with plenty of room for a lot of people, and it was just the two of us. Everything is flawless, and top notch. Everything from the faucets, to the couches, to the kitchen appliances, and everything in-between, definitely top of the line. The interior design is out of this world, practically a museum with cool artifacts from all over the world. Comfy was not the word. We were beyond comfy! And the house is just steps from the water, so views, views, views, from every spot. The pool was awesome and my favorite spot, the views from the master bedroom were to die for, and the private chairs at the end of the dock were perfect. Richard and Diana are wonderful people with big hearts and a dedication to make your trip as perfect as possible. They took care of all our excursions, reservations, recommendations, water taxis, snorkeling adventures, kayaking, and everything in-between. Everyone in town knows them well, and so we felt that we were “special guests”. The price per night is a steal. We have paid much more for much less many times, so we were shocked how cheap it was. To get such a massive, flawless gorgeous picture perfect house, right on the water, with hosts of their caliber is amazing. We had a fabulous 5 days there and plan on returning soon! Thank you Casa Rana!!!!

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Liked best: What you get for the price is astonishing!
Liked least: Nothing comes to mind, this place is perfect!
Travelling group: Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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Reviewed 16 December 2012 for a stay in November 2012
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Reviewed 18 November 2012 for a stay in October 2012
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