Hi! I’m Loran Nordgren Click to see this picture. My sons Bob and Loran and I are owners of Villa Hokol Kin (* Mayan - Beautiful Sunrise), my 4 four bedroom home away from home in the warm and friendly Central American country of Belize. I’m not going to tell you much about Belize, Ambergris Caye, or San Pedro, or why you should come here. I figure you made that decision and now you’re looking for a place to stay to suit your needs. And maybe, my place will do just that. You’ll decide.

         I’m often here alone, but I’ve also had a houseful of kids and grandkids. My home can sleep up to eight, even more (if you know each other real well). So, here’s a picture I took of my house last year Click to see this picture and another taken from my veranda of our salt water pool Click to see this picture with the sea on the horizon and a friendly iguana in my flower garden Click to see this picture . My place is one of four private homes about five miles north of San Pedro Town on the island of Ambergris Caye. Each one is clustered around this beautiful pool. See it? Sometimes the water is so warm, I don’t want to get out. We call our little community Los Encantos Click to see this picture , and it sure is peaceful here. The wonderful barrier reef is less than half a mile from our front door!
         But let me tell you about my home. From my front door, it is 20 steps to the pool Click to see this picture and 80 steps to the beach and the Caribbean Sea Click to see this picture . There are two floors. Here is the great room Click to see this picture . It’s on the upper floor--living room, dining, and kitchen all in one Click to see this picture . There is a large tv set with cable TV and a DVD player for movies or listening to your favorite music. Wireless computer access is also available. The kitchen is fully equipped with fridge, freezer, stove, dishwasher, coffee maker, and even a good microwave oven. And do try our Belizean coffee. “It’s good from the first to the last drop.”
          As you can see, I like the color orange and colorful Mexican tile. There’s a bath with shower off the great room and another down the hall Click to see this picture . And that’s how you get to the two upstairs bedrooms. The first has a comfortable king size bed Click to see this picture , and I forgot to mention there are individual air conditioners in each room. The second bedroom Click to see this picture , in the rear of the house, has two queen- size beds, offering possibilities for a couple with one or two kids. The veranda is where I spend a lot of time enjoying the hummingbirds and orioles that come to my feeder Click to see this picture Click to see this picture .
          On the first floor level, is my large 14-foot x 24-foot master bedroom suite Click to see this picture Click to see this picture -- a most comfortable and pleasant place to escape for reading and quiet time away from the “maddening” crowd. The bed is a California king. And look at my colorful and large bathroom! Click to see this picture I love it! And here is a surprise! There is a small and cozy attached apartment on the lower level with its own private entry Click to see this picture Click to see this picture Click to see this picture Click to see this picture The apartment includes a small living room with a queen-size sleeper couch, a small bedroom, with twin beds, and a private bath and kitchen. Teenagers love it!
          And then there’s the beach and the private Palapa pier Click to see this picture . Are you a bone fisherman? The flats in front of our house are just about the best there is for bones, unless you take a boat with a guide to the mangroves. About three years ago, one of my son’s college friends caught a 15-pound Barracuda off the pier casting a Johnson Silver Minnow. Not to be outdone, my son caught an 8-pounder just minutes later. The Palapa at the end of the pier is a good place, with a cup of coffee, to start the day and watch the sun come up. If the clouds are right, the colors of the sky where it meets the sea can be spectacular Click to see this picture .
          My house is kept nice and clean by a wonderful Belizean family who live on the property, taking care of our beach and pool. Sergio, Rachel, and son Sergio Click to see this picture Click to see this picture are always present to be of help to make your stay a pleasant one.
          And, as I’ve said earlier, I assume you’re coming to Belize and Ambergris Caye and know what you want to do when you get here. May I suggest that you buy the latest edition of Fodor’s “Belize and Guatemala Travel Guide.” It will tell you all you need to know about Belize before you get here.
         If you are scuba divers, there are dozens of qualified PADI dive shops to choose from. Many of my friends and family have been pleased with the convenience and quality offered by Genie, friendly owner of Coral Divers.  He's nearby.  He makes it fun.
          I go fishing for snapper and small grouper. A great way to spend the day and have fresh fish for dinner. Francisco “Pancho” Verde, my fishing guide, is like family. Click to see this picture His boat is clean and he knows that “to catch fish, you gotta go where the fishes are.” Phone: Home is 226-2898, Cell is 604-1678. Here are the names of other guides I’ve used: Abel Guerrero, Jose Luis Perez ,Jose “Old Man of the Sea” Gonzalez.
         If you’re dialing internationally to Belize, dial 011-501 and then the 7-digit phone number. Call for reservations and costs for half-day or all-day and ask their advice on where to fish. They furnish all fishing tackle.

BELIZE, AMBERGRIS CAYE, AND MY HOME IS NOT FOR EVERYONE! Don’t come here for golf, tennis, pristine Florida-type beaches or cheap prices. Do come to Belize and my house for: -A small, but beautiful beach 80 steps from my front door -A large, clean, never crowded pool 20 steps away -The best water sports in the world -The most friendly people

How do you get to Ambergris Caye and Villa Hokol Kin? Gateway cities with daily, non-stop flights to Belize City:
    - Houston: United Airlines
    - Dallas: American Airlines
    - Miami: American Airlines
    - Atlanta: Delta Airlines
    - Charlotte, N.C.: U.S. Air
To get to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye: Maya Island Air and Tropic Air depart frequently from Belize International and Belize Municipal. Click to see this picture It’s a 15-minute flight. Note: If there are four or more in your party, consider taking a taxi to Municipal. The airfare is much less, but do the math first.

NIGHTLY SEASONAL RATES FOR Villa Hokol Kin
Six night minimum stay

Winter and Spring - January 16th to May 31st
3 bedrooms up to 6 persons - $375.00
4 bedrooms - includes apartment - up to 8 persons - $425

Christmas and Holiday Season - December 15th to January 15th
3 bedrooms up to 6 persons - $425.00
4 bedrooms - includes apartment - up to 8 persons - $475

Summer and Fall - June 1st to December 14th
3 bedrooms up to 6 persons - $350.00
4 bedrooms - includes apartment - up to 8 persons - $385

PLEASE NOTE: There is a 9% hotel tax

Services provided for your stay at no additional cost:
- Private transportation by land and water taxi from San Pedro Airport on arrival and departure to my home
- Maid service every other day
- Laundry service on request
- Bottled water
- Sunshine, sea, coconut palms, peace, and harmony

For prompt service contact either:
Loran Nordgren Sr.
608-634-2335
villahokolkin@gmail.com
or Bob Nordgren
404-353-8437
or Loran Nordgren
312-852-1160

HOW TO GET TO MY Villa Hokol Kin & SUGGESTED 6-DAY ITINERARY FOR FIRST TIME VISITORS

DAY OF ARRIVAL AT SAN PEDRO
You will be greeted at the San Pedro airport by a Caye Management taxi driver. Consider having him take you grocery shopping just a stone’s throw away from the airport. Or you can grocery shop by email before you arrive. Mata Grande Grocery less than 100 yards from my house.  They will take your order via the internet and stock the fridge with your favorite food and beverage before you arrive.  A much needed and welcome service.  Something to consider.  matagrandegrocery@gmail.com. The taxi will transfer your party to a small boat for a 15-minute enjoyable ride on the Boca Del Rio River out to sea, but inside the reef, north to Los Encantos Villas and my home, Villa Hokol Kin. Sergio, our resident caretaker, will meet you at our pier, assist you with your luggage, and help you get settled in. If it’s not too late, a swim in the pool or the sea before dinner is highly recommended.

2ND DAY
After a long day of travel, most folks want to relax and unwind. Enjoy the sun, the pool, and the sea. We seem to have two kinds of guests: some like home cooking, some enjoy dining out. Some of the best restaurants in the country are just a stroll down the beach (or a ride on the sea by water taxi, as some prefer to do). Breakfast at Belizian Shores, a twenty minute walk (left foot in the water) is the best option to cooking at home. The other nearby restaurants are first class—pricey and popular. Reservations are a good idea. Consider Mambo at Mata Chica tonight — very romantic and a 15-minute walk north (right foot in the water). And don’t forget to bring a flashlight! Capricorn Resort, Rendezvous (a 10 minute walk) or Rojo Lounge at Azul Belize are all good. And Portofino provides free 10 minute boat rides from our dock.

3RD DAY
If you like the sea—consider this above and beneath the water adventure: Go fishing inside the reef for delicious snapper and grouper, snorkeling with rays and timid nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley. Have lunch and a brief visit to Caye Caulker, and when you return, your fish will be filleted at our dock and ready for a delicious and wholesome dinner that night. Call Pancho or one of the other guides listed earlier. It’s one of my favorite things to do. (It’s a good idea to bring your own mask and snorkel. I’ve got plenty of fins).

4th DAY
Mayan ruins, Howler monkeys, Jabiru storks, wild alligators, rainforest jungle.
The best nearby Mayan ruins is Lamanai and the best guide to take you there is Daniel Nunez. Click to see this picture He and his wife own Tanisha Tours. This is an all day Indiana Jones adventure. A very early morning departure from our dock, and then your party and a few others will travel in a large, fast speedboat to the mainland. You will travel up a river with birds and monkeys and wildlife everywhere, spying at you from the mangroves and you at them (bring binoculars). And finally, to partially excavated Lammani. Trees and vines grow from temple tops and sides covered with vegetation--And no tour buses, just ruins and the slowly advancing forest. You’ll be exhausted and enriched at day’s end with enough memories for a lifetime.

5th DAY
The best time to go to San Pedro Town is mid-afternoon on Friday or Saturday. The front street, usually crowded with too many taxis and golf carts, is closed to vehicles after 6 PM. There are many low-cost, good restaurants and bars. Shopping, especially for carved wooden bowls, make practical souvenirs. And pub-crawling can be fun. Why not make a day and night of it?

6th DAY
I hope you can stay longer, but if not, why not just kick back, take a swim in the sea at the end of our pier, enjoy the pool, work on your tan, finish that book, and start thinking about home or that three day trip to the mainland. Someone once said “we make our own good times—a nice setting makes it easier.” Click to see this picture Click to see this picture .



Villa Hokol Kin
San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize
Phone: 608-634-2335
Email villahokolkin@gmail.com

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