“De Real Macaw is a real find. The owners will go out of their way to make you comfortable and,
for the price, you won’t get better in Caye Caulker”
Vivien Lougheed, Adventure Guide to Belize
Hunter Publishing Inc.
, Edison, NJ

It all started back in 2001. Belizean-American Jessie Forte Benner set forth on her dream to leave behind the rat race in America and return to her homeland and the one place that had always inspired her vision of a peaceful paradise—Caye Caulker.

In the beginning it was just a vacant, sandy lot with some shrubs and a 100 year-old Sea Grape tree. Jessie designed, contracted, and supervised all of the work, building, over the span of three years, a three-building, ten-unit hotel. It was a long, challenging endeavor, but due to Jessie’s determination and continuous diligence, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2013 De Real Macaw now ranks as one of Trip Advisors top five hotels on Caye Caulker.

Modest buildings with thatched roofs, natural landscaping, wide open views of the sea, clear paths for the refreshing breeze, all set around a spacious courtyard. And the old tree still stands, providing abundant shade.

Our fantastic location. De Real Macaw is located on the windward (reef) side of the island, 60 yards from the sea. You can easily walk to your diving and snorkeling adventures, the best restaurants (one is right next door), grocers, the bank and only ATM on the island, and the popular swimming and drinking spot known as The Split. When you do have to finally leave, we’re an easy three minute walk to the water taxis.

Our versatile accommodations. Because the rooms were designed in different sizes for different needs, De Real Macaw can accommodate single travelers, couples, families, and small to mid-sized groups. In fact, groups love our intimate setting and our large courtyard, where it’s easy to gather and stay connected to one another. And it all feels safe and secure. We have both air conditioned and non-air conditioned units, all with private baths, hot & cold water, small refrigerators, coffee makers, 24” flat screen TVs, and wireless internet.

It’s all in the family. From the beginning, Jessie has kept De Real Macaw a family affair, employing her children and extended family. Grandchildren stop by and have lunch during their school break. Her merry group of dogs (she calls them “her babies”) visit during the day to chill out in the breeze and offer guests, desperately missing their own animals, some petting therapy.

Join us for your stay. If you would like to join our island family for a brief time and relax in a little slice of paradise, check out our accommodations and drop us an email or give us a call. We do our reservations through email because it better reflects our personal touch, and we promise we’ll get back to you quickly.

501-226-0459 Phone
734-553-6559 US Fax

Hicaco Ave. (Front Street), Caye Caulker, Belize
Central America