Green Parrot Beach Houses & Resort Hotel

, Placencia, Belize
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Green Parrot Beach Houses & Resort Hotel

, Placencia
1 Maya Beach - Placencia - Belize Hotel Website | 523-2488
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Relaxing, Private Resort

from GZimble
We recently returned from a week at the Green Parrot and couldn't have been happier.

Our first impression, what the reviews may not capture, is how private and tropical this area is…constant warm breezes and the sound of ocean just feet from any of the six cabanas (there’s really not a bad one, btw). It’s super relaxing.

The Green Parrot is located on Maya Beach, along with many other resorts, about 9 miles north of Placencia Village and 5 miles from the airport. Reading other reviews about how Maya Beach is out of the scene, we took a bike ride into town on our first day…only to find an all too typical scene of hippie ex-pats, internet cafés and tourism central. We stopped for lunch at a beach-front bar which was airing the latest Anna Nicole news on a wide-screen plasma with a surprising number of folks anxiously tuned in. We were happy to find our bikes and get back to Maya Beach.

Placencia seems to be the place for day trips (diving, snorkeling, fishing, monkey river, ruins, etc) all which can be organized by the hotel. Whichever you choose, you’ll be picked up generally by boat right at the Green Parrot, another reason not to sweat about the location. The trips usually end around 3 to 4pm, in time for relaxing and sipping cocktails back at the bar, under a palm tree, on the dock or on your private balcony.

The hotel has two locals who serve up pretty good fare for dinner; there’s a new special every night. The food is definitely good and generally light, which is all you’ll want in that climate. If you want a more gourmet meal, you can visit some other hotels in the area better known for their food (and higher prices). We had two excellent meals at the Maya Beach Hotel a short walk away.

Finally, the staff at the Green Parrot is super nice and friendly. Leo the manager and Ruben the master drink maker and everyone else goes out of their way to see that you enjoy your stay in whichever way you choose.

We’ll be back for sure!!

Splendid Service

from Jemmag
Our group of 6 just returned from 2 weeks in Belize (Jan 26-Feb 10, 2007). We spent our 2nd week at the Green Parrot and felt like rock stars!! The staff (particulary Leo and Reuben) made sure that everything we wanted was taken care of, all we had to do was ask.

The service was definitely the highlight of our stay.

Food: We had a few great meals, a few good meals and a few bad meals. It was quite hit or miss. Even though they were very accomodating the breakfast and lunches were so-so (cold food and mixed up orders). The nachos were amazing as was the fish. It was very convenient to have the restaurant right at our finger tips.

Accomodation: The cabanas are rustic but clean and you don't really spend much time in them anyway. They are so close to the beach and have everything you need. One of our rooms did have a case of bed bugs though, but Leo made sure that it was fumigated and after that we didn't have any problems.

We took a tour to the Mayan Ruins and although it was a very long day, the trip was amazing.

The beach is beautiful and the water was very warm. We used the canoes and kayaks to go fishing and out to the island.

All in all the trip was a success!

PS - Bring bug spray - especially if it rains :)

Chillin Out at the Green Parrot

from Golddog97
If Placencia is your destination and you are looking for a quiet, accommodating spot with a wonderful staff, then have a look at the Green Parrot. We unexpectedly ended up there after an unfortunate house rental experience in Placencia Village, and had a week of being looked after by the wonderful manager and staff at the GP.
The GP is very quiet and there is limited ability to travel around the peninsula, so be aware. If chillin, having the most fabulous Pina Coladas, reading and playing games in a pretty setting, the the GP might be for you.

Excellent Place to Stay!!!

from jmp060504
My husband and I stayed at the Green Parrot for 8 days over New Years and loved it. Leo, Reuben, and Melissa were excellent hosts and were very helpful with anything that we needed. Our beach cabana was very clean and perfect for our stay. The food in the restaraunt was great and if you want to try something different you can walk up the beach for great food. Leo was very helpful with planning our excursions and even accompanied us to the Mayan Ruins which was a great experience. Reuben made great drinks to relax by the beach. We loved the beautiful beach that was right outside our door step and not having to fight for a space on the beach. It was so quite and relaxing. We would recommend the Green Parrot to anyone that wants a quiet relaxing vacation in a beautiful setting with excellent hosts.

Pick the Green Parrot!!

from gauthier
We came to the Green Parrot for New Years and stayed 8 days knowing only what we read about it online. We were more than pleased with the accomodations and staff (especially, Leo, Rueben and Melissa). After walking to several other resorts that we had looked into, even though many were more expensive than the Green Parrot, we would still recommend staying at the Green Parrot! We would stop in to these other resorts for a beer (Belikin of course!) and the staff and facilities didn't seem nearly as nice as the Green Parrot. The food was excellent and they were willing to work with you to make what you like. When we wanted an excursion planned, Leo was always available to set up just the right trip. Whether it was the Mayan ruins, tubing down the rain forest river, fishing, or snorkeling, Leo set us up with great guides. They were safe, affordable, and exciting! Ourselves, and the couple we traveled with were so happy to spend New Years at the Green Parrot with a reggae band, fireworks and many of the locals and visitors from California, Mexico City, etc.. We all would highly recommend the Green Parrot and plan to return again in the future!

Creative, veggie-friendly kitchen

from empireofdirt
As a vegetarian (ovo-lacto) I often have a difficult time eating well when I travel -- particularly at resorts, where the chefs tend to be stuck up about their meat and also tend to know nothing about nutrition. Not so at the Green Parrot! We ate every dinner there, and the kitchen staff was not only creative about making tasty vegetarian dishes for me, but excellent on the use of legumes, eggs, cheese, and peanuts to get the protein balance right -- without my asking. One does sort of put oneself at their mercy, since on a daily basis they have a limited number of ingredients, but it always came out well! I loved the green/chopped vegetable salad, and there was a carrot-raisin-salad quesadilla that I'm definitely going to try making at home. Would also recommend the breakfast burrito on the breakfast menu.

For those who like to cook some on their own, the cabanas do have kitchenettes. I used mine to cook up oatmeal and the occasional lunch -- vegetable availability on Placencia peninsula is hit-or-miss (No onions this week?) but far far improved from what it was 10 years ago. Don't expect U.S.-style grocery stores, though!

Great time realxing in Belize.

from nycalihawaii
Just came back from about 5 days in Belize and my stay at The Green Parrott. My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time at TGP, frankly just doing nothing, however there is plenty to do should you choose to do so.

Our cottage was next to the restaurant, and maybe 20 paces from the ocean. It made our days great, given all we did was eat - nap - relax (repeat again). Also got in some sea kayaking as well, but mostly sat around enjoying the peace and quiet right before busy season. A well needed, and very relaxing holiday all around.

Most importantly, since we were focused on just relaxing, the staff there was great. All the meals were fresh and just outstanding, especially when the staff would get us a couple of coconut's off the trees to drink. I would recommend TGP for those wanting to unwind and relax.

Green Parrot is awful

from okdljf
Worst place I've ever stayed! I gave a deposit to stay at this place for a week. When we got there the accomodations were fine but it's in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do. It's a good 35-40 minutes by car down a bumpy dirt road to placencia. The beach there sucks. I love the ocean and didn't even go in it because it looked so murky and choppy. THe staff was AWFUL and rude. The restaurant is a joke. THey promise a free breakfast and when I went for my "Free" breakfast it consisted of 2 small pieces of melon and one piece of toast. I asked if I could have a few more pieces of fruit or toast and they said NO! The only other option was the restaurant food that was ridiculously expensive. ANd of course the menu consisted of one choice! The only other food option was a dirty local grocery store with very little choices or to pay $25 bucks to get the cab ride into Placencia (very expensive option for every meal). When we tried to get our deposit back so we could go elsewhere to stay they said no, no, no and were extremely rude. I've traveled all over the world and all over central america and this was the WORST place I've ever stayed. Avoid it at all costs. DO not be fooled by the cute pictures you see on the internet.

Adventure in Belize

from AuntBarb
My niece Sarah and I went to Belize in June 2006 searching for adventure. We had heard about Belize and were curious to check it out. Although it rained every day that turned out to be an adventure in itself. Leo drove us through roads that were under water for miles. The rain did not deter us. We visited the Mayan ruins at Xunantunich and went across the border to Guatemala. On the way back we took a dip in the Blue Hole. It was sunny the whole day where we were. We also took the Monkey River trip. Our absolute favorite! I felt like Bwana Don traipsing through the flooded jungles. Unfortunately, we weren't able to snorkel because of the weather. That was truly a disappointment, but we hiked, kayaked, swam, and saw the country. Oh yes, we did eat well. Amy is an awesome cook. We ate every meal there except when we were gone for the whole day. We were impressed with the quality of our meals. June is not the busy season so we were spoiled with the personal attention of Leo and Ruben. They couldn't have been more accomodating. You can't compare the Green Parrot to a five star hotel. It is rustic and unique, but if you're looking for a cabin only a few feet from the ocean, incredible views, ambiance and personal attention, this is the place.
Barb & Sarah

Nice accommodations, ok service

from SarahnMax
The accomodations at Green Parrot were very nice. We were worried it would be too rustic, but we liked them. We stayed in one of the beach houses, they look very much like they do on the website. No real need for AC, the ocean breeze kept it cool, and there were very rarely any insects. There is a pull-open window upstairs that gives you a direct view of the ocean from your bed. You are right on the beach, which is great for swimming--very little seaweed.

They had a faucet on the sink that was for "drinking water", and the other faucets/toilet and shower were groundwater. I wasn't a huge fan of this, because the water was orange from the clay.

We didn't really like the food situation. They made a meal, you didn't find out for sure what it was until mealtime, and the prices were 2-3x what other places charged. We heard from other guests that it's also not very tasty. There is a great place across the street--Hungry Gecko--that we'd highly suggest! I felt like Green Parrot resented that we didn't eat
with them--after the first day, when we went elsewhere, their friendliness diminished. One time on our way out, we asked if they could make change for us, and he said they don't have any money. Now, not only is this a hotel, but a bar, restaurant and also has a gift shop. I found it hard to believe they had no cash.

It is also unfortunate that it is pretty far from town ($15US each way)-although we didn't find too much in town to interest us.

Overall, I would defnitely recommend the accomodations--especially to couples. Just eat somewhere else!

Top Local Tips for Placencia

Use the local bus If unable to walk or get a bike, ride the local bus for a fraction of what it costs to take a taxi!

Placencia for Foodies Try the conch fritters at De-Tatch on the beach in Placencia. Find John the Bakerman in Placencia around 4:30pm for freshly baked cinnamon rolls. Have dinner at the Bistro in Maya Beach.

Beach restaurant The Bistro Restaurant at the Maya Beach Hotel north of Placentia was a great find.


Other names for Green Parrot Beach Houses & Resort Hotel

  • green parrot beach resort
  • green parrot beach hotel
  • Address: 1 Maya Beach - Placencia - Belize
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