Barebones Beach Bar and Cabanas
Monkey River Belize Central America
N 16 23.050' W 088 28.775'


Barebones Beach Bar is three hundred thirty feet of white sand beachfront on the Gulf of Honduras one mile north of the historic village of Monkey River. Its history and location make it a special place for a residential home, community, or commercial business.

Barebones opened as a bar and restaurant on November 5, 2012 with an open air thatch bar, seating for eleven guests, men’s and women’s bathrooms and showers. Barebones opened daily for food and drinks in addition to a monthly Beach Bash with live music. After completing the first cabana, overnight guests stayed to experience night and day jungle ADVENTURES sold through Barebones Tours. Partner, friend and guide, Percy Gordon, AKA “King of the Howlers,” used Barebones Beach Bar as a place to take his guests for holistic medicinal treatments, fresh coconut water, beer, and drinks. His tours are sold in advance online and locally in Placencia.

Existing buildings

After being successfully open for two years, Barebones Beach Bar and cabanas closed and became a residential home as it is today. Barebones is available for either a commercial or residential purpose.


Barebones Beach Bar (BBB) consists of three lots #4, #5, and #6 330 feet of beachfront.

  • Lot #4 no structures
  • Lot #5 has a wood 16X20 cabin on 6 foot tall footings. It has a double bed, office/desk, kitchen, bathroom, and stand up shower. It is powered by a small solar system and has a butane refrigerator and cisterns for water storage. Also on lot #5 is a 16 X 20 wood cabana with a double and single bed with generator power only. Additionally, there is a 30 foot dock on lot #5.
  • Lot #6 is the northern most lot and has 6 X 12 men’s and women’s bathrooms with outdoor showers, a 12 X 12 cement workshop, a 12 X 12 wood and metal storage building, a boat ramp (to keep the boat out of water when not in use), and a 40 foot dock. See Current Lot Drawing # 1.

To the back of the property is the beginning of raised vegetable garden beds, fruit trees, coconut trees, and monringa trees (Tree Of Life).

How do you get to Barebones Beach Bar?

By Air: A one hour flight from the international airport via prop plane will get you to Placencia. Then a 14 mile, 40 minute boat ride past the new Norwegian Cruise Ship island, Harvest Caye, will land you right on the dock at Barebones. Or you can fly to the Savanah air strip in Independence Village and drive 45 minutes to Monkey River. Getting into the village from the road requires a boat ride south across the river. Just wave from the dock, and someone will come to get you. To get to Barebones, head east out of the river mouth and north one and a half miles by boat. It is a 5 minute boat ride.

By Road: From the Belize International Airport, it is a 4 hour drive total. From the Southern Highway, exit on mile…………, taking the 14 mile Monkey River Road through orange orchards, the jungle, and along the river. Be aware this is a dirt road. Again, Barebones and Monkey River Village are only accessible by boat. Travelling by car, it’s an hour and a half from Placencia; forty minutes from Big Creek Port, Independence Village, and Savanah Air Strip; thirty minutes from Bella Vista; and one and a half hours from Punta Gorda.

By Boat: About 45 minutes from Punta Gorda and 40 minutes from Placencia, Independence or Mango Creek.


Barebones is located on the northern most lots of a ¾ mile long beach called Englishtown. That name comes from a time when the Monkey River Village was a town of 6000 people, and Englishtown was a place where the British settled and lived and where boats were loaded with Bananas to be shipped to England. The southernmost lots of Englishtown are residential, owned and occupied by a couple enjoying retirement from the US. Just to the south of their property is Black Creek. Its freshwater comes from the pine ridge Savannah. It runs west and continues around the back of the Englishtown Beach. Black Creek is accessible from the Englishtown Beach through the back with the most southern lots being the closest. Currently the owners of the most southern lot use Black Creek as a safe marina for their boats. Barebones has access to Black Creek, but the distance is further than southern lots. I was told by a visiting airplane pilot that a sea plane could land in Black Creek. (See google maps and pictures)

Big Monkey Caye is a privately owned island that is currently vacant. It's Barebones personal snorkeling, kayaking, and fishing location with beautiful corals, fish, lobster, and conch. The Port of Honduras Marine Reserve is right in front of Barebones. It's 14 miles to the barrier reef, about 1 hour by boat.

Two miles to the North is No Name Point, a calm, protected harbor frequented by boats staying overnight. It is a popular place used by The Moorings and other boats.

Being at the northern most part of Englishtown, Barebones is sheltered by Big Monkey Caye and No Name Point, along with the mangroves on the northern part of the property. These factors work together to make Barebones the calmest beach between Placencia and Punta Gorda. When other areas of Englishtown are not accessible due to rough seas, you can still dock at Barebones.

In addition to the main property, there is a rented piece of property on the road side of Monkey River. Two storage containers are hooked up to grid power and have water. It is currently used as a workshop and storage and contains an ice machine to supply the bar and restaurant. There is also covered parking for two vehicles.

What are the options for the Future of Barebones Beach Bar?

For the two years BBB was open, it operated using the small home kitchen for guests as well as employees and roommates. Use of the home kitchen and open air thatch bar were both intended to be temporary.

Wrong decisions, financial mistakes, and a change of plans converted Barebones Beach Bar into strictly my private residence for the last 4 years.

BBB has many different possibilities for its future.

It could stay as is and be a perfect personal private getaway, including one, two, or all three lots. It could be transformed into a 5 star resort and/or a 100% off-grid eco lodge. Being completely eco off grid could be easily accomplished by adding to the existing system with additional solar, wind, and rain water collection. With the easy access to a number of ecological and cultural wonders, it would also make a wonderful base for high school and/or college study abroad programs. The lots can be sold together or separate, and financing is available. The owner is also available as management of any future resort and for any construction.

Many different themes can be implemented at BBB. It could become a fly fisherman’s resort or a medicinal and herbal retreat, obtaining the necessary ingredients from the Monkey River jungle. Guests could collect remedy ingredients and learn how to make it all themselves. A summer camp for adults, children, teachers, or families is another possibility. These are all suitable, sustainable, and profitable uses for this land that will benefit owners, visitors, and the greater community.

With the kitchen/bar/restaurant completed, the possibility of having Moorings’ guests anchored at No Name point come for dinner would open, and BBB could return to being open daily for tourists experiencing the Monkey River Jungle Tour. Arrangements could be made for jungle tour guests to have lunch at Barebones. The once a month Barebones Beach Bar Bash can begin again with live music. Tourists could come to Barebones, and a guide can lead them around the property to observe our vegetable gardens, fruit trees, Honey Bees, and Medicinal gardens and trees.

For Barebones Beach Bar and Cabanas to become a profitable resort, it is in need of more accommodations for guests and staff and a kitchen/bar/restaurant specifically for BBB Guests. To implement the plan, the following improvements are in order of priority.

  • On lot #6 build a new thatch-roof, open air bar and restaurant with a concrete kitchen and storage room.
  • On lot #5 build two more cabanas or Tiny Houses with composting toilets, and add a bathroom to the existing cabana. Tiny houses are 200-400 square foot each, equipped with their own solar power and water collection. They are completely self-sustainable. A tiny house beachfront community or condominium community is also possible.

Another recommended improvement that could be added to the Barebones property is a 50 foot lookout tower with a bar on top to view the sun setting behind the Maya Mountains, the boats anchored at No Name Point, Placencia, and Monkey River Village. A pathway to access the Black Creek Lagoon can be added so the lagoon can be used as a marina for Barebones. A green iguana nursery could also be included for tourists to feed, view, and learn about them. Adoptions of non releasable parrots can be obtained as well for tourists to view and to have as pets. A salt water tank to hold upcoming lobster and fish dinners fresh.

Recommended Improvements

Existing Buildings
d) 16 X 20 Cabin  e) Bathrooms and Showers  f) Workshop  g) Metal Storage Building  h) Cabana  i) Boat Ramp  j) Garden

Future Recommendations
a) Sunset Lookout Tower  b) Concrete storage/kitchen and Thatch Bar  c) Cabanas/Tiny Houses


Wildlife at Barebones

Jaguars and snakes are spotted from time to time along the Englishtown Beach. All kinds of birds, parrots, hummingbirds, sea turtles, iguanas, lizards, toads, frogs, rabbits, crocodiles, etc. are seen regularly. The howler monkeys can be heard in the distance and sometimes sound like they are close by. Fishing off our docks, our boat, or kayaks results in a wide variety of fish. Snook, snapper, catfish, tarpon, and barracuda are a few examples. Lobster, conch, and crabs can be caught snorkeling in the area.


The Owner, Craig Pearlman, 51 years of age, first came to Monkey River, Belize in April of 2004. After meeting Percy Gordon and taking his JUNGLE ADVENTURE, Craig and Percy began a partnership with Barebones Tours. Craig returned four years in a row then purchased his first piece of property in 2007 and moved to Belize in September, 2011.

Adjusting to the Belize lifestyle and the ways of a small village like Monkey River could be the difference between success and failure. Monkey River is a town of 200 people, and it is best and important to keep a good relationship with the village and do the best to employ some of the village people and neighbors. Mr. Pearlman is available to manage the property and any construction projects. He is familiar with working with the village. He’s open to selling, leasing, or holding the mortgage for one or all of the properties.

Please check out our websites and other information about Barebones Beach Bar.

Feel free to email Craig Pearlman for more information.

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