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stan b
Denver, Colorado
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“Great Place to Say - Great Adventures to Experience”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 3 juillet 2014 Séjour en juin 2014
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When it comes to our family’s vacations, we have two simple, yet firm, requirements: a great place to stay and great activities to experience, and our recent stay at Casa Rana over-delivered on both.

A great place to stay.......
Casa Rana is a unique beachfront home on the north end of Ambergris Caye owned Richard and Diana. The grounds are immaculately maintained by Omar, and “friendly canine” services are provided by Hydro (Richard and Diana’s dog). The house is beautifully decorated and we made full use of the kitchen to work around some food allergy issues we have. There was more than enough room for the four of us and the media room was great for watching World Cup updates after a long day of diving or climbing ancient Mayan ruins. The bedrooms were awesome and the bath towels felt luxurious after long days on the water.

Richard and Diana offered great help planning our stay and great support during our stay. Just like waiters in a fine restaurant, they were there when you needed them and invisible when you did not. But, it was the little things that stand out like Richard getting us fresh lobster from one of his local contacts (lobster season had just opened), or Diana showing my daughter the best places to hunt for shells (later giving my daughter several beautiful conch shells).

And great adventures to experience......
Richard’s knowledge and network of contacts on Ambergris Caye made planning much easier than if I had to do it from scratch. With Richards help, I was able to put together a plan that included a fishing trip, a tour of the Lamanai ruins on the mainland, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sailing trips. I followed Richards’s recommendations on whom to engage with on all these activities, and each one was a pleasure:

Fishing with Ricky. Our kids (10 and 15) reeled in barracuda and snapper as my wife and I watched. A great time was had by all.

Tour of Lamanai. We had previously toured Chichen Itza and our kids wanted to see more with the opportunity to climb a pyramid. The trip was arranged by Suya and was fantastic. My son called this a land, sea, and air expedition because it included a water taxi from Casa Rana to the airport on Ambergris Caye, a short flight to Belize municipal airport, a van ride to Orange Walk, and a great boat ride to the ruins.

Scuba diving and snorkeling. We worked with Elbert at White Sands on arranging 3 days of diving and snorkeling. The water was warm, visibility great, and our dive master, Raul, attentive and helpful.

Day sail on El Gato. Geraldo and Eric made this a great final day for us as we sailed north stopping for snorkeling at two spots along the way. Lunch was prepared by Geraldo and cooked on his grill on the stern of the catamaran. I must say that I did not know what to expect, but the food was excellent - prepared with the freshest local ingredients (think freshly caught snapper and lobster), cooked simply, and served with tortillas, salsa, chips and steamed plantains!

Conclusion
I highly recommend Casa Rana as a family destination on Ambergris Caye, Belize. The house is perfect for families and you can easily use it as a base for all the activities you plan. Richard and Diana provide great, unobtrusive, on-site support, and the vendors they have built relationships with deliver quality tours and adventures.

A final thought for parents
Wake up an hour before your kids, have a cup of coffee on the front patio, and relax. The view is amazing.

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5 5 étoiles Literie 5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 5 5 étoiles Autres équipements
5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: The overall experience was above expectations.
Le moins apprécié: Having to leave
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jjbird12
Verona, Wisconsin
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“You can stop searching now - you found Nirvana”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 24 juin 2014 Séjour en août 2013
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If I could only tell you only one thing about this place, it would be this: you will have the most relaxing, rejuvenating, and memorable time at Casa Rana. My wife and our friends will most certainly return.

At the risk of turning this into a review of a different service, the first thing I would tell anyone is to take the Tropic Ferry from Belize City to Casa Rana. We couldn't have started the week in a better way. Forget the puddle jumper airplane - take the ferry. Speeding across the Caribbean with rum punch in your hand is something you want. Trust me.

The beauty of Casa Rana is that you can make it into whatever kind of vacation you want it to be. Want more of an adventure vacation experience? Rich and Diane will make it happen. Want to spend most of the time around the house? No problem. Want weird, random crap? They can probably make that happen too.

The spirit of our trip landed somewhere in the middle - a bit of adventure, yet a lot of relaxing. Rich and Diane set us up with a fishing guide, a catamaran, and worked with the ferry service to take extra good care of us.

And I haven't even mentioned the house itself. You've seen the pictures by now. Believe it or not, the pictures don't do it justice. It's truly breathtaking. And then put a house that beautiful next to the ocean, with your own dock and palapa? It's the most beautiful place I've ever been.

My expectations were sky high. My expectations were exceeded. You won't regret booking Casa Rana.

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5 5 étoiles Service
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BobFromTN
Tennessee
2 avis
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“Supurb!”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 25 janvier 2014 Séjour en janvier 2014
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The other reviews of Casa Rana are all spot on. For us, several things stood out with this vacation: 1) The ability to kayak out for 15 min, tie up to a buoy and snorkel in a gorgeous and huge location was amazing! 2) We were not in town so our time was peaceful 3) We visited 2 restaurants within walking distance - one north and one south - awesome 4) Having Omar, Diana or Richard around was great for advice, planning, etc. They live in the back of the house but they were very courteous to not intrude on our time - but they were there if we needed them 5) We used the food delivery service so we ate breakfast and lunch at the house and then went out for dinners. Things would have been a lot harder without the delivery service 6) Lots to do on the island - snorkeling trips, caves, ruins, shopping, etc.

But, it was just so great to come home to a gorgeous house! Thanks Richard and Diana!

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5 5 étoiles Literie 5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 5 5 étoiles Autres équipements
5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: Snorkeling Location with Kayaks
Le moins apprécié: Nothing!
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aharrell
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“Wonderful beach vacation!!!”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 17 juin 2013 Séjour en juin 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.

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 5 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
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5 5 étoiles Literie 5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles
5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains 5 5 étoiles Autres équipements
5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: Diane! She was great and her suggestions/ advice was invaluable.
Le moins apprécié: nothing
Compagnons de voyage : Large Group
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Shawn W
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“Could not have made a better choice!”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 23 février 2013 Séjour en février 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

5 5 étoiles La réservation a-t-elle été facile ? 5 5 étoiles L'itinéraire donné était-il correct ?
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5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: Everyone loved their rooms! The beds were the most comfortable we had ever tried!
Le moins apprécié: Having to leave!
Compagnons de voyage : Large Group
Votre tranche d'âge 35-49
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syradove
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“Casa Rana Rocks!!!!!”
5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 4 février 2013 Séjour en décembre 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!!!!

5 5 étoiles État général de la location 5 5 étoiles Literie
5 5 étoiles Cuisine et ustensiles 5 5 étoiles Propreté de la salle de bains
5 5 étoiles Autres équipements 5 5 étoiles Service
Le plus apprécié: What you get for the price is astonishing!
Le moins apprécié: Nothing comes to mind, this place is perfect!
Compagnons de voyage : époux(se)/partenaire
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5 5 étoiles Avis écrit le 15 décembre 2012 Séjour en novembre 2012
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