Unusual opportunity for the right person or couple who wants to explore Belize and enjoy virtually free living!
We are tired of being "trapped" in our own home because of having to care for our dogs and cats. We'd like to be able to explore more of Belize ourselves and be able to be away for a few days or even a week secure in the knowledge that a reliable responsible person was caring for our beloved pets!
We're asking for a minimum commitment of 3 months (Feb thru April) but a longer stay would be great if it works for you. Arrival date is flexible and we recommend that it be based on best airfare rate:-) One way tickets to Belize are no problem so leaving your return open means you save money up front and likely also on your return ticket if it's not during high season.
You get to live in a spacious apartment (approximately 700 sq. ft.) on the lower level of our home for just the cost of your own utilities (gas and US $100 towards A/C) in return for agreeing to care for our pets when we want to go away for a few days or a week. The apartment has a large open concept living/dining/kitchen area with TV and both a dining table and a nice raised bar area above one of the kitchen counters. The kitchen has a good-size refrigerator/freezer, a 6-burner gas stove, microwave, and lots of small electric appliances. Of course there's a full complement of dishes, flatware, glasses, pots and pans. There's one bedroom with a queen bed and a desk, There's a separate bathroom with large Ikea vanity and good sized tile shower. There's a separate washer and dryer. In front of the apartment is a covered patio with table and chairs. There's an A/C unit in the living room that also cools the bedroom. There are ceiling fans in the living room and bedroom. Because of the location of the apartment with it's north-facing river view, it tends to stay at a very pleasant temperature without running the A/C except during the hottest days. There's plenty of room for gardening if you're so inclined and we grow a wide variety of fruits including bananas, plantains, mango, avocado, guava, mulberries, limes, breadfruit, pineapple, coffee, and more.
Our home is located near the capitol Belmopan The house is situated on two fully-fenced acres. We are on the main road and the bus stop is just outside our gate. The capitol, Belmopan, is less than 6 miles away.
We have 3 dogs. The 2 German Shepherds are our guard dogs - very loving and affectionate with people they know but ferocious with strangers. Part of the house sitting job is to be sure they are penned whenever the gardener, housekeeper, or a guest is going to be on the property if we're not there. The third dog is a super fluffy Pom-a-Poo who usually comes with us. We also have two semi-indoor cats. The dogs MUST stay inside at night - preferably in your bedroom or, their preference, on the bed:-) All the animals need lots of affection, feeding twice a day and the cats need the litter boxes cleaned once each day. Our one stringent rule is that the house must always be occupied at night.
Hopkins has wonderful beaches, great snorkeling and fishing and is only hours away. Placencia and the Cayes are far enough away that you would need to be gone 1-2 nights to make the trip worthwhile.
The gardener comes 2+ days/week and the housekeeper comes Monday and Weds. mornings and all day on Fridays to clean. Maria would be happy to clean for you if desired at an exceptionally reasonable rate.
Our area is very centrally located so many of Belize's attractions are close by including some of the most spectacular Mayan ruins (Cahal Pech, Xunantunich, Caracol, and Lamanai), the Belize Zoo, a butterfly breeding facility, a monkey sanctuary, the "Crystal Cave" (technically Actun Tunichil Muknal or ATM Cave), and more. There's zip lining, eco tours, cave tubing, etc. all close by.
The local bus or shuttle bus is inexpensive and quite convenient since they stop right in front of our home. Alternatively you may have your own vehicle or rent one. Rentals can be quite pricey so if you decide to stay for an extended tiem, you will probably want to plan to buy a used car.
When we're going to be gone for an extended trip to the US, we always have a house sitter in the main house who would have primary responsibility for pet care.