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


Barebones Beach Bar consists of three lots with 330 feet of white sand beachfront on the Gulf of Honduras one mile north of the historic village of Monkey River and the road. OFF GRID and BOAT ACCESS ONLY!!! Its history and location make it a special one of a kind location for a residential home, community, or commercial business.

Barebones opened as a bar and restaurant on November 5, 2012 An open air thatch bar with 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 on the Monkey River and in the jungle.The Guides used Barebones Beach Bar as a place to take guests for holistic medicinal treatments, fresh coconut water, beer, and drinks.

Existing buildings

After being successfully open for two years, Barebones Beach Bar and cabanas closed and became a residential Home. 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 - $125,000 USD - 75 feet of beachfront, no structures
  • Lot #5 - $175,000 USD - 90 feet of beachfront. It has a wood 16X20 cabana on 6 foot tall footings. A twin bed studio, containing a office, kitchen, bathroom, and stand up shower. It was powered by a small solar system and DC refrigerator and cisterns for water storage. Also on lot #5 is a 16x20 wood cabana on a concrete slab with room for a twin and single bed.
  • Lot #6 - $150,000 USD - Is the northernmost lot consists of a 6 X 12 men’s and women’s bathrooms with outdoor showers, a 12 X 12 cement workshop, a boat ramp (to keep the boat out of water when not in use), and a 40 foot dock. See Current Lot Drawing # 1.

Buy all three for a combo deal of $399K USD

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 42, traveling down the 14 mile Monkey River Road through the newly planted Coconut Farm, through the jungle, and along the river. Its a dirt road. 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 3000 people, and Englishtown was a place where the British management settled 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)

300 yards out in front of Barebones is 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 sea in front of Barebones and the Island are located in the Port of Honduras Marine Reserve. The land around Barebones is protected by Monkey Caye Forest Reserve.

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 and south of Monkey River village are not accessible due to rough seas, you can still dock at Barebones.

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

FFor 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 a private residence for the last 6 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. Using solar, wind, and rain water collection or well water. Hundreds of tourists coming from Placencia and the Cruise Ship Island Harvest Caye pass in front of Barebones on boats on a daily basis to experience the Monkey River Jungle Tour The most FAMOUS most Popular tour in ALL OF BELIZE!!!

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. His Resume is available on request.

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 a 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 could begin again with live music. Tourists would come to Barebones, and a guide would lead them around the property to observe vegetable gardens, fruit trees, Glass House with Honey Bees, and Medicinal gardens and trees.

Possible Improvements

  • On lot #6 a new, open air bar and restaurant with a lookout tower concrete kitchen and storage room.
  • On lot #5 two more cabanas or Tiny Houses with composting toilets, and add a bathroom to the existing cabana. Raising the main cabana to make use under the house for rooms or storage.
  • On lot #4 two Tiny Houses 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 and a Honey Bee Glass House.

Possible 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

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


The Owner, Craig Pearlman, 58 years of age, first came to Monkey River, Belize in April of 2004. 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 now a friendly 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.

Feel free to email Craig Pearlman for more information.