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'18 Degrees North' a Private 1st Class Beach House

Bedrooms 2
Property type house
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


Minimum Stay
3 - 4 nights

About the property

House, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)

Welcome to Paradise....With all the amenities. This 2,200 s.F.Ocean Front Hacienda has just been completed in Dec.'06. Built with the family or up to 3 couples in mind. This home sits right on the beach, 6 miles north of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, where the 18th parallel crosses this beautiful island....Hence our name 18 Degrees North.

As you walk out the front door there is a 55' long verandah which offers you cover from the occasional tropical shower and the Caribbean sun, the 1st step down is to the pool which has built in seats so you can easily read and sun while in the water, ten strides past the pool deck and your across the sand and on our 250' pier which has 2 large hammocks set up under the 16'x16' grass thatched palapa, one step down at the end of the pier is a swimming dock for those who like the salt water of the Caribbean (large wooden steps afford easy ocean access)

Kitchen has most of the amenities of a modern home.We have hooked up purified water that runs through the refrigerator/freezer thus you will have a continuous supply of pure water and ice cubes. There is an island with a sink that faces the Caribbean and french doors overlooking the pool, so that whomever has cooking duty can enjoy the view and the breeze.

One bedroom has a king size bed and the other two queens. Large closets, 2 sinks and large walk-in glass block showers are part of each bedroom. Laundry room with washer and dryer. Iron and both beach and bathroom towels are provided. Each bedroom has a porch out the french doors with seating for two.

There is a spacious living room which also has French doors that open to the pool area. Here you will find a growing selection of reading materials, cable tv and internet, dvd, cd, and receiver. The furniture throughout is built for people of above average size.( the owner is 6'2' and weighs 250 lbs) the day time temperature is usually in the 80's most of the year, but with the French doors open onto the front verandah and a usually steady breeze off the ocean you will stay comfortable .

Ernesto and Sammantha, our caretakers, are here on site to make your visit comfortable. Their home is located about 150' behind the Hacienda where you will stay. They can help you with knowledge of local activities,restaurants, shopping, etc. And for additional charges Ernesto will take you fishing, snorkeling or lobster diving, etc, etc. and when you come back Samantha will cook it in the Belizean way.

When you rent at 18 Degrees North it include pick up and delivery to the San Pedro Airstrip, as well as one boat trip to town and back each day. We hope to see you soon at 18 Degrees North.

More Details

Wes Witt
Member since: 2007
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
20 January, 2017

About Wes Witt

Married couple with 3 adult children ages 25, 27, and 29 from Pearland Texas. I run my own business and Teresa is a high school math teacher looking to retire in a few years. When we first visited Ambergris Caye we knew this is where we wanted to retire and when we saw this property we fell in love with it. There is no better place in the world than sitting on the verandah looking out over the Caribbean, whether at sunrise, high noon or a starlit night....and when you happen to be there at full moon time...unBelizable! We have found our piece of heaven, we hope you can share it with us.

Wes & Teresa


Excellent! 4.7/5 -
(55 traveller reviews)

'18 Degrees North' a Private 1st Class Beach House
average rating of 4.7272725 based on 55 reviews

Amazing Vacation!

  • 5 of 5

OMG! I cannot begin to explain how much we enjoyed our stay in this home on Ambergris Caye one month ago. There were four of us for 4 nights. (wish we had stayed longer) The house was wonderful, perfect location, well maintained, very comfortable, and equipped with everything we needed and I cannot say enough great things about Ernesto, Samantha and their children. We never needed a Golf Cart with Ernesto at our Beck & Call…….lol He kept us extremely busy and wore us out so that we never had the time or even wanted to go in town. Samantha’s cooking was amazing. We ended up having her fix us two dinners of which we caught, dove or speared (lobster, Conk & Fish)……lol…..and two breakfasts. There is no way we could have eaten anything better in town. I have never had lobster as tender as what Samantha cooked up for us, simply delightful! We loved getting to know both of them and their family and learning about the country and the culture. Ernestos Excursions were top notch and he went above and beyond to take good care of us. I believe he took us to 8 different snorkel spots over 4 days and it was by far some of the best snorkeling we had ever done. Fresh Conk Ceviche on the boat..............yum! Everywhere we went people knew Ernesto and/or 18 degrees North! We felt extremely safe and blessed to have him with us. We felt like we were leaving family when we had to say good bye to him at the airport. The owners were wonderful to work with and very detailed as to what we could expect and quickly responded by email to any questions we had prior to our trip.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 28, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for the wonderful review and we are glad you had a great time.
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Estes Park, Colorado


  • 5 of 5

Just spent 9 days for a surprise for my wife's birthday. We were both very impressed with the house and it's location. When daughter & son-in-law came in to surprise her a couple days after we arrived, it just doesn't get any better than that! The top amenity is by far Ernesto. We had Samantha cook for us twice and both meals were fabulous. Ernesto took us out on 4 different excursions and we can't stop talking about them. If we could give Ernesto 10 stars we would.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review and we are happy that we were able to accommodate you request for an extra night stay.
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Truly a paradise to love...

  • 5 of 5

This was the most enjoyable vacation we have ever been on literally. The convenience of having Ernesto and Samantha there to meet any of your needs whether it's cooking, fishing, snorkeling or whatever you want. The house has plenty of room for the whole family and very beautiful with an awesome view. We will definitely be back for years to come as long as its available.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 10, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks to you and you kind review. Ernesto and Samantha really enjoyed your stay. You have about 4 more years until we retire and move down there. We look forward to you guys coming again soon.
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incredible family vacation

  • 5 of 5

After 4 days in the western jungles of Belize, we finished our vacation with four days at 18 Degrees North. If you're reading this review, you've already seen the pictures of the property. The pictures, as nice as they are, don't do it justice. The property is absolutely gorgeous. Sitting on the deck with a coffee in the morning or a cold drink in the afternoon, you are looking across your private pool, then across your private beach, then down your private dock, past the hammocks hanging in your private palapa, out over the Caribbean Sea and the barrier reef.


> Yes, you can see the barrier reef from the back porch at 18 Degrees North! And it's very secluded. Other than the iguanas that sun themselves every day on roof, you've got this part of the caye to yourself. The only people you'll see will be on boats off the shore.


> Inside, the house is clean, cool, and comfortable. Two large bedrooms, each with full bathrooms and large showers offered our family of 5 plenty of room. The living room, kitchen, and dining room all have views of the pool, beach, and sea. There's a washer and drier (much needed after 4 days in the jungle), wifi, and bottled water for drinking, cooking, and ice.


> But as nice as the house and property are, that's not what makes 18 Degrees North the best spot on Ambergris Caye. What makes 18 Degrees North the best is Ernesto and Sammantha. They live on the property and make your vacation better than you could imagine.


> Ernesto is a certified Belize guide and will take you all over the island and the reef in his dive boat for some of the best snorkeling you've ever experienced. He knows all the spots. We snorkeled with mantees, lemon sharks, massive rays, two separate shipwrecks, a sea turtle, and more fish than you could see in a dozen trips to the aquarium. Ernesto knows right where and when to hit each spot. When not snorkeling, Ernesto and his boat will take you down the coast to San Pedro for shopping of dining and anywhere else you want to go.


> We knew we got lucky when we found this place but we didn't realize just HOW lucky we got until we talked with friends we met in the jungle who also came out to the islands. Their experience was much different than ours. Having to deal with group tours, canceled trips, and uncooperative guides meant they didn't enjoy their trip nearly as much as we did.


> So after a morning of snorkeling and an afternoon of sipping drinks around the pool our lounging in the ham

  • Review Submitted: Aug 26, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you guys for the great review. I think you ran out of characters. We hope to see you again in the future.
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Pittsburgh, PA

Don't skip over this place!!!!

  • 5 of 5

I am late in getting this review out and this is in no reflection of the property, owner, nor caregivers. We spent a week in paradise back in June, and it was a vacation we will speak of for many years to come. My husband and I were celebrating our 20th anniversary and we invited our best friends to come along. Ernesto, the caretaker, picked us up at the airport and was our personal tour guide all week. He's a wonderful man, who is very knowledgeable of the island and the waters. We took many memorable tours with him. His wife Samantha can bring a smile to anyone's face, she is also a joy to be around and a great cook! She whipped up several awesome meals for us, all while chatting and enjoying our company as much as we did hers. They even made a special beachside dinner for our anniversary, including candles and flowers. These are two truly wonderful people who all travelers should meet.

The owners Wes and Teresa, we're very responsive to inquiry, and we had the pleasure of meeting them both on our last day in Belize. We thank them for sharing their home, and Ernesto and Samantha. That couple really sets this place apart from any other.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the kind review. It is not often that we get to meet our guest in person as our ships crossed. We are glad you had a great time and we will be sure to pass along your praises to Ernesto and Samantha.
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Boston, MA, USA

Just brilliant

  • 5 of 5

Ernesto, the resident guide/care-taker/etc. is a one-of-a-kind "Man Friday" attached to this property that takes it from being a nice place to spend a couple of days to have-to-tell-everybody-to-go-here-it's-awesome. I'm not one for gushing, but seriously he's insanely good at what he does. His wife Samantha (a very capable cook of whom we took ample advantage) and children also take part in the running of the house and do so with a kind smile and a brilliant attitude.

Book this place, seriously. You won't ever question the decision. Are there things you'd do differently if it were your own property? Sure. Does Ernesto make you forget them and just love everything? You know it.

We stayed here within ten days of Hurricane Earl doing its best to swamp Ambergris, and were naturally a bit worried about what we'd find, but with the very understandable exception of the wrecked palapa (sp?), everything else was exactly as advertised. Loved it, loved the time and attention that Ernesto puts in to everything he does, loved everything we got out of our time spent at this property.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 20, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for the wonderful review. We are so glad you had a great time. Ernesto and his family went above and beyond to get the house, pool, and landscape back in shape after the hurricane. We have received our claim on the boat and will have it repaired with in the next 30 days. We are still waiting on the insurance and the city council to start repairs on the pier but we expect it to be repaired within the next 6 weeks. We have one more guest next week and then we will be shutting down for a month to get the rest of the repairs finished as well as our usual fall maintenance before high season starts. We have notified our upcoming guest about the pier and the hurricane but it is always nice to hear from a guest that things are getting back to normal
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Scuba Diving, trips to mainland to visit Mayan Ruins, visit Belize National Zoo, zip-lining through the jungle canopy, go cave tubing down a mountain river are available with our caretaker who is a certified tour guide.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday house in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Rental Basis:
per property
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly Event Price
Peek Season
17 Dec 2016 - 31 Mar 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
Spring Season
1 Apr 2017 - 26 May 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Summer Season
27 May 2017 - 8 Sep 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Low Season
9 Sep 2017 - 15 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

1. A 25 % deposit of the total cost is required for a confirmed reservation.
2. Full payment is due 90 days prior to arrival.
3. No Refunds will be offered for “No Shows”, early departures, later arrivals or unused portions of amenities.
4. No refunds are available as a result of inclement weather, and/or acts of GOD or war.

Cancellations made more than 90 days prior to arrival will receive a complete refund less $500 US administration fee.
Cancellations made between 60-90 days prior to arrival will receive a 50 % refund less administration fee.
Cancellations made 30-60 days prior to arrival will receive a 25 % refund less administration fee.
Cancellations made with less than 30 days from time of arrival will receive NO REFUND.
You may want to consider Trip Insurance in the event you need to cancel close to the days you arrive.

25% deposit required within one week of reservations, with the balance becoming due 90 days prior to your scheduled arrival.
Payment many be made by check, money order or wire transfer. A $500.00 damage deposit is also required at the time of booking and will be refunded within 10 days of rental completion.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 0% refund for cancellations more than 0 days before check-in date.
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house on San Pedro, Belize

Property Type:
  • house
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1800 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • beach
  • Beachfront
  • Oceanfront
  • Waterfront
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Basic Soaps
  • Bottled Water
  • Broadband Access
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Computer Available ...
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Mobile Phone
  • Paper Towels
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Water Cooler
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure
  • Each bedrooms has a large bathroom with two sinks each, and lagre walk-in showers and plenty of shelf and closet space There is also a gated outdoor shower located near the beach & pool.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Large Double Bed
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Player
  • Video Library
  • Deck Chairs
  • Beach Towels
  • Boat
  • Boat Dock
  • Terrace
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Lanai / Gazebo
  • Large Cooler
  • Barbecue
  • Patio
  • Veranda
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • 8 garden chairs
  • 6 deck chairs
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • reefs
  • restaurants
  • ruins
Leisure Activities:
  • beachcombing
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • jet skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Parasailing
  • pier fishing
  • rafting
  • sailing
  • diving
  • snorkelling
  • Snorkeling/Diving
  • bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
  • wind-surfing
250' private pier w/ swimming deck at the end, caretaker couple(Ernesto and Samantha)on premises to take you to town 1 time per day via our 25'skiff (additional trips $50/ea), linens changed and house cleaned every 3 days,Ernesto is a certified tour guide and will be available to take you fishing, snorkeling and lobster diving and many other adventures,,,ask us for his rate sheet (additional fee), Samantha is a great cook in the islands tradition, should you want meals prepared please let her know 24 hours ahead so she can gather all ingredients (additional fee), the hacienda is decorated with art from best known Belize artists,2 ea Large glass block showers, outdoor gated shower, caretakers casita on property

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