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Better In Belize Eco Lodge in Cayo, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize

Bedrooms 5
Space 1,772 sq. ft.
Property type lodge


About the property

5 Bedrooms For Rent- ( Sleeps 11 guests )

Come stay in a jungle eco-lodge in Cayo, Belize! Five bedrooms to rent and we can accommodate up to 11 guests.

Our Belize jungle eco-lodge is located in Better in Belize EcoVillage, 10 ½ miles southeast of the village of Benque Viejo del Carmen in the Cayo District in Western Belize. Close to the twin towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena in the Cayo District, this belize home rental is ideal for those adventure seekers!

The Toucan House is named for the toucans that roost in the rainforest canopy above our Belize rainforest lodge. We deliver "off-the-charts-charm factor"!

Nestled in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, this Belize vacation home rental offers a “super natural” environment including the opportunity to:

-vacation in an “off-grid” Belize jungle home!

-participate in watersports on the vibrant Macal River!

-enjoy water access to 3 magical Belize waterfalls!

-hike epic trails and wildlife corridors!

-savor incredible bird watching opportunities!

-view and experience the wildlife in our 130-acre Belize rainforest community including anteaters, armadillos, Blue Morpho butterflies, howler monkeys, kinkajous, tapirs, wild parrots and more!

-visit our Belize permaculture gardens and food forests!

-kick back, relax and breathe in our fresh rainforest air!

Come stay in a really cool off-grid home in a land of adventure and magic – The Toucan House at Better in Belize EcoVillage!


This Belize vacation home rental offers a 5-bedroom, 2-bathroom eco-lodge that can accommodate up to 11 guests.

Our Belize rainforest retreat in Better in Belize EcoVillage is entirely off-grid – with solar and rainwater catchment. Our wonderful caretaker and his family will be your hosts when you visit.

This Belize vacation rental offers guests a choice when renting. When you send in your rental inquiry, please specify how many bedrooms you want to rent.

Lower Level Belize Eco-Lodge (With separate entrances):

-1 Downstairs Bedroom with Queen-size Bed and Sink with Shared Outdoor (very modern) Bathroom/Shower;

-1 Downstairs Bedroom with Double bed with Single Bunk above and Sink with Shared Outdoor (very modern) Bathroom/Shower;

-1 Main floor Bedroom with Double bed with shared main floor bathroom;

-1 Main floor Bedroom with Double bed with shared main floor bathroom;

-1 Loft level bedroom with King-size bed (shared bathroom on main level).


There is a meal plan that comes with this Belize vacation rental at US$39/person/day which includes three meals with non-alcoholic beverages. Meals are enjoyed outdoors under the palapa-covered dining deck. Meal Plan optional if you are renting the entire house.

(PLEASE NOTE: We are not able to accommodate people with severe or life threatening food allergies or intolerances, e.g. peanut allergies, shellfish and gluten allergies).


“We’re far from ordinary and close to San Ignacio!”

30 minutes from Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize;

45 minutes from San Ignacio, Belize;

30 minutes from Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.


“Frommer’s Travel” voted Belize the #1 2015 International Travel Destination.

Please rent a 4-wheel drive vehicle as the road from Benque Viejo to Better in Belize EcoVillage is gravel - no Jeeps.

This is a perfect family vacation spot if you’re into a super natural environment showcasing the pristine and awesome wonders of a tropical rainforest. Super Belize vacation rental for winter-worn snowbirds or families in search of adventure year round!

Everyone needs a little tropical rainforest time.

Please note that our “Cancellation Policy” is no refunds for cancellations of bookings.

More Details

April Tremblay
Member since: 2014
Speaks English
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
23 April, 2017

Why April Tremblay chose Belize

Unspoiled.. Unparalleled..Unbelievable.

What makes this lodge unique

The Toucan House is a lovely place to.......swing in a hammock.....eat a freshly picked mango.........enjoy the night sky like you've never seen it before.....set out on a hiking expedition to sight exotic birds, orchids and wildlife......head out down to the water to canoe or take a pontoon boat tour to one of the 3 glorious waterfalls close to us. Swim in the waterfalls for a sensational experience. Dine on our palapa-covered deck and be entertained by the howler monkeys !


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday lodge in Cayo in Belize

Property Type:
  • lodge
Accommodation Type:
  • Bed & Breakfast
  • Catering available
  • Breakfast - Booking Possible
  • Lunch - Booking Possible
  • Dinner - Booking Possible
  • Housekeeper Included
Floor Area:
  • 1772 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 11
  • non smoking only ...
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome ...
Location Type:
  • Lake View ...
  • Lakefront ...
  • Mountain View
  • rural ...
  • village ...
  • Water View
  • Waterfront ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Fireplace ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 11 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Also has urinal
    Bathroom 2 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Modern Outdoor Bathroom Facility - very typical in Belize
  • Main floor bedrooms use a shared bathroom. Lower floor bedrooms use a modern, outdoor facility that has a separate shower room.
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 1 Double Bed , 1 Bunk Bed
    Bedroom 3 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 4 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 5 - Loft Bedroom - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed
  • We can accommodate 11 guests.
  • Books
  • Games ...
  • Balcony
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • festivals
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • Boating
  • eco tourism
  • horse riding
  • Horseshoes
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • Wildlife Viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • Kayaking
  • mountain biking
  • mountain climbing
  • caving
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Please note that our Cancellation Policy is No Refunds for any Cancellation of Booking. We are not able to accommodate anyone with a severe food allergy such as nut, seafood or gluten allergies. Thank You!


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(14 traveller reviews)

Better In Belize Eco Lodge in Cayo, Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews

Great family stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and children (ages 10 to 20) really enjoyed out stay. The area is very remote and peaceful. Our hosts were very welcoming and the area was great to explore w/ hiking trails, native birds, and swimming in the river. If we wanted to, we had a guide available for a more formal trip. We visited the Xunantunich Mayan ruins on the way out to the Eco-stay.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 19, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Richard: We enjoyed having your family at the Toucan House in our Better in Belize Eco Village. So happy that you enjoyed the hiking, swimming and native birds in the local area. You are welcome to return any time in the future. Happy New Year. April and Looey
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An Absolute Eco-stay highlight of our Vacation

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay very much; both Jorge and Daisy were great!! The food was outstanding. Daisy made some chef worthy vegetarian dishes that I wanted the recipe for to take back (even my husband loved them and he's not a vegetarian). It was really cool to hear the Howler monkeys and toucans from the lodge. Many thanks for recommending RObert with Jungle Splash Eco Tours as our many side trips were great too. The pontoon trip on the river near the lodge was really relaxing with several beautiful waterfalls. All the tour guides were top notched. All in all a wonderful vacation. Highly recommend to anyone wanting something off the beaten path.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 11, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Gail, it was a pleasure hosting you as our guests at the Toucan House Eco Lodge ! We are very happy that you enjoyed the waterfalls, howler monkeys and the local tours. Glad to hear you enjoyed the meals and we welcome you back any time. Many thanks for your lovely comments. April and Looey
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House out in the Belizean Jungle

  • 4 of 5

We had a great time at the Toucan house! Jorge and his wife are so nice and were happy to tell us about the area and culture. It's quite a hike down to the river, but there's a waterfall right across from the kayaks that you can paddle over and hike in to. There's a rope swing over there too. Didn't see any toucans while we were there, but we heard the howler monkeys. The rooms are clean and cozy. It's far from town(~20 min drive) but we enjoyed being away from everyone!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 7, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Lori: We are very happy to hear you both enjoyed yourselves at the Toucan House in our Better in Belize Eco Village. Thank you for your lovely review.
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Seclusive and Beautiful Scenery

  • 4 of 5

If your looking for a quiet beautiful seclusive stay the Toucan house it a great choice! They had Kayaks to use quite the walk up and down to the river but if your active well worth it. We kayaked the river one full days and visited three different waterfalls being the only people present! Thanks to the caretaker giving us a map of directions around the eco village. Lots of lovely short hiking trails on the property and many stunning eco homes. We stayed in the lower suite it was small and very basic but you will spend most of your time outside anyways as we did on the hammock watching for birds and listening the howler monkeys. The bathroom facilities were great considering it was a eco home. There were caretakers living in the home above which were very friendly but a little poor at English speaking. The great thing about this place is considering its 40 min from the nearest town they offer a meal plan, the food was great some days over others eggs for dinner was questionable. But If your active and looking for a full seclusive jungle experience this is the place! Wildlife we spotted around the property: Butterflies, howler monkeys, toucans, lizards, a gibnut, coatamundi, spiders and lots of birds.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Stay Off the Beaten Path

  • 5 of 5

Loved our stay here. The hosts were friendly and eager to please us. We had great meals all three days, including the night we arrived. Canoes and kayaks are available for free and the river is dammed so easy to explore. It was also completely empty when we were on it which was quite nice.

The staff helped us coordinate everything before arriving, including referrals to car rentals and local tour companies. There are some self guided tours within an hour as well that were worth our time. While a SUV is a must to get there, having it was an added bonus, helping us make adjustments to our plans as we discovered things along the way.

I highly recommend this host and house and appreciate what they did to help us have a great vacation.

  • Review Submitted: Feb 12, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Joe: We are so glad that you had a terrific experience in the Rainforest here at BetterinBelize. Thanks for all your positive comments, you were great guests to host and please feel welcome to return in the future ! April
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Exciting eco-stay in beautiful setting!

  • 5 of 5

Wow. We loved our stay at the Toucan House. We were warmly welcomed by our hosts who prepared delicious meals and toured us around the whole site. Clean, comfortable rooms. With amazing views, eerie Howler monkey songs and other wildlife sightings, it was a great experience!

  • Review Submitted: Jan 27, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10.5 Miles
Maya Flats Airstrip, San Ignacio (CYD)
Nearest Barpub
7.5 Miles
Benque Viejo del Carmen
Nearest Ferry
13.5 Miles
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Nearest Motorway
10.5 Miles
Western Highway
Nearest Restaurant
3.5 Miles
El Mirador Restaurant
Nearest Beach
100 Miles
Caribbean Coast
Car: necessary

Located in one of the world's greatest natural history locations!

Ecologically and culturally diverse location, 10 miles from the historic Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich!

Home to hundreds of species of birds and many species of exotic orchids!

Wander through the organically-minded gardens; fruit orchards; head down to the dock/launching area for inner tubes to the waterfalls and the palapa picnic shelter.

Wonderful activities in our area include: Bird watching; Inner tubing to the waterfalls; Caving; Hiking; Horseback Riding; Kayaking; Mountain Biking; Mountain Trekking; River-Rafting; Swimming; Tree-Climbing; Tubing; Visits to Mayan Ruins and Waterfalls and Zip lining!


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday lodge in Cayo, Central & South America

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer Special
1 May 2017 - 31 Oct 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
U.S. Thanksgiving 2016
23 Nov 2017 - 25 Nov 2017
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
X-Mas Season
23 Dec 2017 - 1 Jan 2018
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night
My Standard Rate
1 night minimum stay
for 1 night

Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £74.32 + Tax
Refundable Damage Deposit £117.35
Possible Optional Meals £30.51
Tax Rate 9.0%

Please note that our Cancellations Policy is no Refunds for Cancellation of Bookings.
Also note that our prices for the Christmas Season and Thanksgiving week are $ 199. US per night, per bedroom.
There is a no-smoking policy in our House.
Please inform us if you have any minor dietary restrictions. We are not able to provide meals for guests with a nut, shellfish or gluten allergy. We are able to accommodate vegetarians.
Meal Plan is $ 39. per person, per day which includes three meals a day with non-alcoholic beverages.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Cancelled bookings will not receive a refund.
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