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guest reviews

We are not “all inclusive” people.   We prefer to immerse ourselves in the local culture whenever we travel, to make new friends and enjoy the real local cuisine.   If you are like us, we HIGHLY recommend The Iguana House!   My wife and I along with our son and his family just returned from North Ambergris Caye after a week at the Iguana House.    We had such an enormous time, it is hard to describe in just a few words.    The Iguana House is like staying at your own home—somewhere else.    We rented two golf carts from Avis Cart rental and toured all over the North part of Ambergris Caye.   The caretaker of the Iguana House, Rubio, Iris & Louis Morales, were so gracious to see that all our needs were met; to include Rubio taking my son out to the reef free diving and spear fishing!    We prepared several delicious meals from that bounty.   Rubio was also great for answers to our many questions.    While the wind was unusually strong coming onshore, we spent many afternoons at the Secret Beach on the bay side of the island.   A beautiful place to sunbathe and swim.      The owner, Jim Benjamin, was kind to arrange for our transportation from the Belize Express Water Taxi Terminal in San Pedro town to the Iguana House’s pier through Coral Divers and the gentle giant of Rajini (Genie) Matura.    Even when we had to catch the early taxi home Genie was there at 7:00am on Sunday.    The house is spacious, very livable with all amenities to which “stateside” guests are accustomed.   The six of us now have memories (with photos) that will last a lifetime.   Thank you Jim Benjamin for sharing your Caribbean cottage with us.    We now have one less Bucket List item.

— charlie famuliner & family, march  2018


House was as described and then some.  Services nearby were great.  Our 11-day stay with family could not have gone better."  

— Clarke b. tucson, az, october  2017


This is a great house for anyone wanting to avoid hotels.  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."  

— bill b., november  2016


Jim has a nice house about 4 miles north of San Pedro. His team picked us up at the airport and delivered us right to our dock. I wish everyone responded as quickly as Jim. He also kept us up to date on the goings on around the island. Spot on service!

— aaron j. madison, sd february 2018


"The Iguana house was (pardon my Millennial vernacular) super dope. We arrived at night and didn't get to see much of what was going on, but when we woke up, the sunrise aligned perfectly with the end of the dock and I had to get out of bed (un-customarily early for me), wander down the dock and take a panoramic pic. I watched the sunrise on the dock everyday.  The house itself has a very beachy, local feel to it, very unlike the Radisson resort in Belize City. The bathrooms were nice, really neat tile work in the showers. Toilets worked great. We had plenty of clean water provided. Kitchen had all the essentials and then some. We definitely put the blender to use after picking up some fresh fruit and rum from San Pedro. The grill was new and nice and very helpful in the crafting of some great seafood meals we made while staying there. The beds were plenty comfortable and everyone slept well. We had plenty of room and options for sleeping arrangements. The deck was the star of the show. It is on both the front and side of the house, with plenty of protection from the sun and wind if you want, but also plenty of sunny, lounging, feet up spots for you to work on your tan. We kept our two golf carts beneath the house, where they also had hoses to wash your sandy feet off, kayaks for the adventurous types, and other toys. It was really great walking up the beach in either direction each morning and checking out the other neighbors' spots. If/when we came back, we'd definitely try and score the TreeHouse next door, in addition to Iguana House, for more friends and family. Iguana House is aptly named and I absolutely felt like a lizard sitting in my hammock, strung between two palm trees out front, with a Belikin beer in my hand and the local iguana gang sunning themselves on the surrounding rocks.  The beach out front has tons of fish to look at and we ended up shooting our family christmas card photo right there. All in all, Iguana House was exactly what we wanted and had no unpleasant surprises. We had a blast, 10/10 would recommend.

— cheryl L. omaha, ne, december 2017