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Water Front Casita On Tropical One Acre Estate

Bedrooms Studio
Space 400 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 nights


About the property

Studio Unit, Bedroom, Eating Area, Small Kitchen, 3 Pc Bath. Waterfront Deck

This inexpensive Bamboo Casita created for the budget travellers or as an addition to the larger houses. We have decided to create a great escape on the water for those looking for a laid back real Caribbean Island experience. We are located in a shoreline neighbourhood of real Islanders and expats from around the world. It is one of the few left in the Caribbean. Hopefully it never changes. This Island is wonderful oasis and there is no need to live in a gated community. The Islanders are wonderful and helpful.

Go snorkelling off our dock with the snorkelling equipment that comes with the rental, to one of the most stunning reef formations in the Caribbean. (second largest reef in the world). You can sit on the dock and enjoy the dolphins and their shows every day. We suggest snorkelling with the dolphins!

The use of two single kayaks come with the property for our guests to use.

This a one acre private property with Casa Cowee VRBO 126086 as the main house and Temple Tree House VRBO 503528 high off the beach which is used for local access to the properties on it. The houses are designed to catch the breezes off the water so the use of AC is really not necessary. Sunsets are absolutely the most stunning from our home. We have made a new entry to the Casita and added a fantastic private deck higher up for the Casita guests to sit and read and dine. It has stunning views.

This is a one acre estate which is lush with many fruit trees including lemons, limes, mangos, bananas, avocados, nuts etc.

The property is gated with a private circular drive around a massive Mango Tree and in the back there is a towering Rain Forest LeCeiba Tree that takes your breath away.

Just one to two minutes walk to 4 great restaurants and two fun bars. 10 Min. drive to West End which is filled with restaurants and bars. Or you can have our staff bring you local food which is delicious. There is a produce truck that comes by daily if you ask and small local stores and restaurants.

Everything for a true island experience.

This Studio Apt. is attached to the larger Casa Cowee VRBO listing #126086 So if you are looking for space for more people. $50.00 for pick up and drop off at the airport along with your grocery stop.

Jose is our 24/7 grounds keeper and takes care of our guests well as he lives in a house further back on the property. Channin Bodden of Channin Bodden Tours and his wife Kimberly are the property managers and have a boat for fishing and snorkelling tours and do all island tours, if you need information they are available and know everything about the island. They can take care of anything.

A nice point also is the proximity of a very good clinic at Anthony's Key about a 4 min walk away and they also have a recompression chamber there. Great doctors and service if needed and not expensive in our terms at least.

More Details

Suzanne Boyce
Member since: 2007
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
May 27, 2018

About Suzanne Boyce

Hi, My name is Suzanne Boyce. I am from Hamilton, Ontario Canada. I rented Casa Cowee in 2013 for 6 weeks and fell in love with it so I bought it. The location is perfect for someone who is looking for a real island experience. I have a large mortgage business in Hamilton with a great staff which allows me to return to my island paradise every couple of months. I have been working hard at improving the property for the first two years I have owned it but it is now almost perfection. I love the weather year round. Warm days and cooler nights. It is fun to watch the a real beach neighbourhood in action. The locals are very accommodating and friendly and most speak English. The fishing is great so now that the place is completely renovated I intend to go out and catch more of the delicious Mahi Mahi pictured with me and fresh tuna the first day I get there so I have plenty of fresh fish to eat. Snorkelling out to the reef where you can see thousands of bright fish, the odd turtle and even rays is so easy right off out dock. Our lagoon is blocked in by the reef so we are very protected and it is usually calm.

Suzanne Boyce purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Suzanne Boyce chose Sandy Bay

This is not a gated community by any means. You will be part of a neighbourhood and people use the beach as a side walk, for horseback riding and the odd local vehicle goes by but can't go more that 2 miles an hour due to the terrain. We sit up high off the beach so the house gets wonderful breezes so AC is not necessary. I normally need a light blanket at night. The Bamboo Casita has two large ceiling fans also.

Just walk down some stairs and out the front gates and you are right on the beach. You can walk down the beach to 3 local restaurants and bars. There are two Dive operations, Octopus and Tranquil Seas. Both are great. You can also dive with Anthony's key but much larger operation.

The dolphins are almost right in front of you. You just walk down to Anthony's Key Resort to book snorkelling with them.

If you want to step it up a bit just grab a taxi to West End that is where people love to party!

What makes this apartment unique

Casa Cowee is the Name of the property and we have the large house, a medium house for two people and now the Bamboo Casita. It is one whole acre so you are not surrounded by people. The Bamboo Casita can be rented separately or along with the Main house of Casa Cowee which is great if you have several couples who want their own space.

We have two kayaks on the property for our guests and snorkelling equipment if you do not have your own.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation apartment rental in Sandy Bay

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • villa
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • children not allowed
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Beachfront ...
  • Oceanfront ...
  • Village ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Spa
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 2 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Open studio apartment
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Golf ...
  • Kayak / Canoe ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Tennis ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • photography
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • basketball court
  • deepsea fishing
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • golf
  • kayaking
  • parasailing
  • sailing
  • scuba diving or snorkeling
  • snorkeling
  • snorkeling/diving
  • sound/bay fishing
  • surf fishing
  • swimming


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Water Front Casita On Tropical One Acre Estate
average rating of 4.5 based on 8 reviews

Great place to unwind.

  • 4 of 5

I would recommend this for anyone who wants to avoid the hustle and bustle of the busier beaches like west bay.

  • Submitted: 24-Feb-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad to hear you are returning to Casa Cowee! Cheers, Suzanne
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  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time at Casa Cowee and thank you and the team for everything! We had a lot of fun and have a few people to thank! First, Channin is so good and was a world of assistance to us. From grocery shopping to excursions to island information – he is the expert! Kimberly was so nice and helpful to us as my mother was coming in later than our arrival – she is a host of information and was wonderful to us. Throughout the week, Jose was an angel! He was helpful, courteous and seemed to anticipate our needs without ever being intrusive. It was so nice to have him on the property – he was amazing. The house was wonderful – clean and beautiful. I have so many pictures of us on the deck – overlooking the ocean and sunsets….just gorgeous. The BBQ area was a hit and we used it a lot when we were there. It was very relaxing even with the holidays as the people of Roatan are so friendly and warm. And so willing to help each other out in any circumstance….after a big storm, a car was stuck and out of nowhere, so many people came to help. The ocean in front of the house is incredible – the amount of fish, sting rays and shells was like snorkeling in an aquarium. Our kids do not dive, but the next time we go back, we will be! Our trip to Daniel Johnson’s Monkey and Sloth Hangout was one of the highlights of the trip. Playing with monkeys was pure laughter and fun…holding a sloth is how everyone should start their day!!! Getting to West End and West Bay turned out to be very simple and we made a couple of trips, but we loved the serenity of Casa Cowee and were always so thankful of the house upon our return. Blue Bahia Bar and Grill was a favorite when we did not eat at home. Such great food at reasonable prices with such a warm staff – awesome. Reentry was tough, but our memories are keeping us going until we return. Happy New Year to you, Channin, Kimberly and Jose - thank you for making our trip so memorable!

  • Submitted: 12-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Private piece of heaven!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I had been to Roatan before, but stayed in the West Bay area.

This time back we wanted to try a bit of a quieter area. We were totally thrilled with Bamboo Casita. It had everything we needed, and Channin, Kemberlee, and Jose were happy to oblige with trips to the store or getting the fruit/veggie truck to stop.

Suzanne's property is just beautiful, and she answered my questions quickly and thoroughly. A short swim gets you out to Anthony's Key dolphin pens! The other homes on the property were also booked, and a fish that Jose caught when we went on a snorkel trip with Channin and the other guests became a dinner that we all shared that was deliciously prepared by Kemberlee. You will be hard-pressed to find that kind of personal caring and sharing in the bigger, more crowded resort areas.

Would definitely recommend any home on this property for those that enjoy a bit more secluded, laid-back vacation but still plenty to do if you so choose.

Hope to be back very soon!

  • Submitted: 7-Apr-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Good beach access and snorkeling but lots of activity and noise from the islanders at all hours.

  • 3 of 5

Casa Cowee is a beautiful place. Loved the local food and beach access is great. Good snorkeling right in front of the house and strong swimmers could easily reach the outer side of the reef for spectacular coral and abundant fish along the shelf (weather/wind permitting). I was quite disappointed in the amount of noise and activity from some of the locals at all hours of the night in very close proximity to the house. Mainly adolescent teens. Loud inappropriate language and music that will wake you after midnight. Jose the property caretaker is an outstanding, polite and attentive young man but I fear that asking him to patrol this type of activity is unrealistic. He is certainly willing to confront and ask these people to quiet down but we honestly had 2 nights out of 6 with uninterrupted sleep. Having heard one of these confrontations during the night following a noise complaint by other guests all I can say is I wouldn't want the job. Having said that, I can say people encountered around the island are friendly and courteous. Really enjoyed hiking through the botanical garden just up the road from the house (best $10 spent on our trip). I wish I had known that there is opportunity for fly fishing right off the bank all along Sandy Bay. Saw several bone fish and would have packed along a fly rod if I had known. I was told by Channin that no fishing license is required but didn't confirm this. Took Channin up on a snorkeling tour and island tour and enjoyed both.

  • Submitted: 31-Mar-2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Tom, Thanks so much for your review. I am glad you enjoyed your stay and will make mention of the fly fishing opportunity right outside your door. Thanks for the suggestion. Spring break , Easter and Christmas is when the Island is very busy with that unfortunately comes more disturbance than normal days. Unfortunately as you say, other forces at work at night which make some people forget that other people live on this earth. Jose told us you were justified in your comments. Being right on the beach is great most of the time. We hope to have you back. As you already know The Temple Tree House sits back a bit more from the beach. Thanks again, Suzanne
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Casa Cowee's Bamboo Casita – perfect little getaway for 2 ♥

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Casa Cowee's “Bamboo Casita” during the last week of January 2017.It's the perfect size studio for 2 people.Upon arrival, we had arranged to have the property mgr Kemberlee pick up us at the airport.She drove us to the local supermarket where we picked up groceries before arriving at Casa Cowee.The studio has 2 ceiling fans that provided great circulation throughout.The windows/louvers provided lots of natural light and allowed the fresh air flow through.The studio was furnished with a comfortable queen size bed with cotton sheets, large closet & personal safe to lock up your valuables.The kitchen was equipped with a table & chairs, fridge, toaster-oven/cook-top, dishes & other items you may need during your stay.The bathroom is very spacious,large shower, good water pressure.There is a large wrap around deck with a hammock, small table & chairs. Nice place to sit & relax after a day of adventure on the island.The private upper deck overlooks the clear blue ocean.It's the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee, home cooked meals or a nice cold beverage while watching the beautiful sunset.The ocean is short walk away, within a minute you can be jumping off the private dock or snorkeling out to the reef.Casa Cowee has 2 kayaks that we used to paddle out to the reef, tie up to the buoys & snorkel in the pristine waters & view the colorful fish that the reef housed.A 10 minute walk away,you can enjoy the Carambola Gardens.While there you can hike to the top for a great view of the bay.There are several restaurants within walking distance were you can enjoy a nice meal & and have a cold beer with the locals.West End is a short bus ride away.Once there, jump on a water taxi to the popular West Bay.The beaches are beautiful, but very busy.While in Roatan, we booked 2 excursions with Channin Bodden Tours.Tour #1 consisted of the Jungle Top Adventures Zip-line (best zip-line ever) & an island sightseeing tour.Channin indulged us with the culture & history of Roatan plus his own family history on the island.Tour #2 was a ½ day snorkeling adventure.We seen a variety of fish & even a turtle.The water was warm, clear with great visibility.I would highly recommend Channin Bodden Tours.Casa Cowee has an awesome onsite caretaker named Jose.If there is anything that you need,just call his name and he will assist what ever way he can.1 week just isn't long enough in Roatan. If I were to come back to the island ,I would defiantly stay at Casa Cowee

  • Submitted: 22-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Christina, I am so happy you enjoyed your stay so much! You came in as we went out and my sister stayed in the Casita for two weeks before you and we addressed everything she could figure that could be better so I am happy we missed nothing as it is very new. We even went shopping for some local art work for the Casita which was a bit of fun as we were finishing putting them up as you were coming through the gates then running back up to Casa Cowee. LOL. You two really made the most of your short stay. I agree, Roatan needs more time for sure and you two are more than welcome back. Not only me, but Kim, Channin and Jose said you were wonderful to have as guests. Hope to see you next year! Suzanne
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Dundas, Ontario , Canada

Paradise Found on a Beach

  • 5 of 5

Hiding out, writing a book, getting away from the maddening crowd of typical knowns? This is the spot. Located on the real local beach of Sandy Bay. Views of the water from the deck of the casita and the brand new upper private deck where you can sit and read or write or internet on your ipad with wifi or take up a meal and enjoy. The octagon little house has a big shower, lots of closet space, fabulous bed, TV with lots of American channels, kitchen and eating area all outfitted, hammock too. You can join other local flavour on the beach---the outside world has not taken over all of the Caribbean yet and snorkel right out to the reef or take a kayak, Josué the site manager who lives right on site is pleasant, comes with a voice call at any moment and carries out the kayak to the beach for you. Safe and secure is also a good feeling here. All time of the day you can swim in the ocean off the end of the owners dock ,just jump in to the biggest natural organic swimming pool yet, free to all ! Walk down the beach to restaurants and dive shops, excellent food, happy hours, wing nights, all you can eat nights, music. Enjoy all the benefits of the other boutique resorts for alot less than what others pay for a room there. Visit Carambola Botanicial Gardens across the main road from here. Swim with the Dolphins. Take a trip up the island with Channin and Kimberlee who are the manager couple that pick you up from the airport. Go to Sundowners for happy hour in West Bay , cab ride a few minutes up the road or Jose will call Channin to pick you up. French Harbour 2 restaurants must eat at, Captain Dixon " truely island authentic" and Romeos Italian. Temporay Cal's Catina further up the road past French Harbour has amazing view and wow food, order the lobster....tons.... Really adventerous try a trip to Punta Gorda for their local music and eats on Sunday only , again ask Channin for a drive. What can I say, excellent hideaway yet close to lots to do....exciting, not the same old resort, all inclusive boring ready for a real adventure, you'll get Roatan in your soul and return.

  • Submitted: 3-Feb-2017
  • Stayed: January 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Wow Maggie, Thanks for the great review of the Casita. You really got into all the things you can do and I hear you read 4 books! Really since the Casita is so new it is nice to have such an extensive review and you enjoyed being a real part of a real island. You were a fantastic guest and everyone wants you back again. You are certainly welcome. BTW thanks for some of your tips for the small improvements. All are done. Cheers, Suzanne
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Nearest Airport
15 Miles
Roatan International Airport
Nearest Barpub
0.05 Miles
Blue Bahia<Myoka Lodge<Tranquil Seas
Nearest Ferry
18 Miles
Roatan Island Ferry Terminal
Nearest Golf
20 Miles
Pristine Bay
Nearest Motorway
0.25 Miles
3 min walk
Nearest Restaurant
0.02 Miles
Blue Bahia
Nearest Beach
Our own West Sandy Bay Beach

The Bamboo Casita is our latest addition to the estate. It is a hexagon cabin attached to the main house. It can be rented with the main house or on it's own. This is a small open concept cabin that is designed for budget travellers that prefer to be on the beach and part of a local island neighbourhood. It is attached to the main house so we ask all our guests to respect the other guests as most everyone who likes our estate also likes a tranquil time.

refer to VRBO 126086 which is Casa Cowee the main house on the estate. Casa Cowee, a rustic recently renovated island-style home on a lush private 1 acre estate, nestled in the warm, friendly community of Sandy Bay, offers dramatic million dollar views of the Caribbean and richly varied living spaces. Casa Cowee's 200-foot swimming dock and tranquil waterfront provide unlimited fishing, snorkelling (reef in front of property), swimming, diving, dolphin-watching, and the opportunity to explore the colourful marine life in the Sandy Bay/West End Marine Reserve. Of course there is public access to all water front on the island. The main road is a good distance away but all beaches are used for foot and some local vehicles to access waterfront houses like the veggie truck, propane delivery and water bottle delivery.

We have added two new kayaks for your enjoyment and provide you with snorkelling equipment for your stay. So you can create a dream vacation package by pre-booking tours, snorkelling and fishing trips.

Located on our beach just a couple of minutes walk is the Blue Bahia Beach Restaurant, Tranquil Seas Bar and restaurant, Fragapini bar/ restaurant at the Myoka Lodge and several local good eats. For diving Octopus Dive School, Tranquil Seas and Anthony's Key.

This unique beachfront plus rain forest property is just a short 10 min. drive to West End Village for dining, shopping and great evening entertainment. On Roatan fun is had by all residents and tourists alike.

The Bamboo Casita has it's own private deck overlooking the water and dolphins outdoor living with lush tropical landscaping. There is a charcoal BBQ on the deck.

This is a stunning sunny unit overlooking the water with it's own small kitchen, 3 pc bath and living space with a queen bed.

We invite you to enjoy our family home. Come and live in an island paradise – relax on your private verandah overlooking the deep blue Caribbean Sea, cooled by trade winds and surrounded by the fragrance of beautiful tropical flowers.

Keywords: Diving Lush private rustic romantic sunsets beach dock reef dolphins fishing island luxury kayaks snorkelling huge decks, high up off the beach, estate, gated, secure, safe, fruit trees, 60' palms, massive Le Ceiba rain forest tree, lemons, jack fruit, mango tree.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation apartment rental in Sandy Bay

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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Season
May 1 2018 - Oct 31 2018
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$32 per night, per additional guest
Winter Season single occupancy
Nov 1 2018 - Apr 30 2019
5 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 1 guests; add C$39 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
5 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Weekly cleaning C$64.86
Refundable Damage Deposit C$389.19

Price does not include AC

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 90 days before arrival date.
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