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Placencia, Belize # 39 – Travel & Leisure Best Top Places to Travel in 2016

                    Recently Travel & Leisure published their top 50 destinations to travel to around the world in 2016. Placencia Belize came up on their radar as number #39. If you have not ever been to Belize, it’s a small country that became independent located in Central

Belize Romance & Adventure Package – Sleeping Giant & South Water Caye

  Belize Romance & Adventure – Honeymoon or Anniversary –Family or Single travelers will enjoy a weeks combinations of luxury lodging in the Jungle forest and a quiet relaxing island off the coast of Belize. Here you can Snorkel or dive the Belize Barrier Reef, explore the Maya Archaeological Sites, Hike the jungles in the Cayo

Belize Family Jungle & Snorkeling Vacation

                            Belize family vacations are soft adventure getaways to explore the western area of Belize and the small unspoiled island of Ambergris Caye.  Western Belize offers world class caving, waterfalls, rivers, ancient Mayan ruins and lush comfortable jungle lodges for every budget.

Belize Soft Adventure Family Vacation Package

Escape to Belize for a family soft adventure vacation filled with exploring the tropical rainforest of Belize, the ancient Mayan Ruins, turquoise reefs, zip lining, rappelling or hiking to a hidden cave or waterfalls. BelizeTravelPOINTS has created a Family Vacation Package that offers an all-inclusive option to explore and experience fun, outdoor adventures, jungle, wildlife, coral reefs

Placencia, Belize # 39 – Travel & Leisure Best Top Places to Travel in 2016

 

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Recently Travel & Leisure published their top 50 destinations to travel to around the world in 2016. Placencia Belize came up on their radar as number #39.

If you have not ever been to Belize, it’s a small country that became independent located in Central America, south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and bordered by Guatemala to the west and south. Formally known as British Honduras, Belize has a stable parliamentary democracy and is a member of the British Commonwealth. Belize is the only Central American country were English is the official language. A valid passport is required to enter Belize. You won’t find 1500 of your favorite U.S. all-inclusive resort travelers sharing the beach, pool or dining rooms at your resort.

In Belize the average cottage, hotel or resort has around 20 rooms, travelers experience an intimate causal atmosphere of the country and it’s people. Belize is a destinations that offers a variety of accommodations from moderate to luxury getaway with amazing soft adventure activities from snorkeling, diving, fishing and historical ancient ruins.

In the small town of Placencia located in the Southern shores of Belize, travelers can still find a great retreats that are suitable from backpackers looking for a small bungalows up to 5-Star retreats. One of the recognized elegant retreats for the well traveled is Turtle Inn, a Francis Ford Coppola property. Turtle Inn is a small quaint luxury property that is for anyone who wants a romantic atmosphere, great food, beautifully decorated individual Belizean style thatched cottage on the beach. Ideal for honeymoon or couples get-away.

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The property is designed in a native Polynesian style dark wood with thatched villas/cottages in a dark native wood theme. There are 2 swimming pools set back with 1 facing the ocean. Both are small but and inviting however the large pool (the ocean) is also inviting with easy access and no waves. There are 25 individual sea front luxury cottages beautifully decorated, no air conditioning. Cottages are cooled by the natural sea breeze, very peaceful and relaxing. The large patio at the steps of each cottage offers an expansive view of the ocean and surrounding area. The area is surrounded by lush manicured landscaping grounds. The main dining room offers a variety of dishes along with great thin crusted pizza. There are two restaurants and a spa.

Another luxury resort that is suppose to open in March of 2017 is Itz’ana Resort.  Itz’ana Belize Resort & Residences with 39 upscale villas—all within day trips to the world’s second-largest coral reef system. This new resort is just down the road from Turtle Inn. The resort Great House is the hub for guest to gather, eat, drink and watch the sunset.

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Itz’ana has a world class restaurant called Limilia, the menus changes seasonally with organic vegetables to fresh fish caught daily. There is a full service Spa/Yoga, Marina and a Private Island Club to relax with the barrier reef at your door step.  The resort is a mixture of residence and guest. There are 1 bedroom lofts and cottages, 2-bedroom villas and 3-5 bedroom luxury house retreats.

If you are after a little adventure and relaxation day excursions are a highlight every guest can enjoy from Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Swimming, Sunset Cruises and a short bicycling ride into Placencia. Other day tours include the Mayan Ruin near Punta Gorda Nim Li Punit and Blue Creek Cave Adventure. Hiking in the Cockscomb Basis and the Monkey River wild.  The unspoiled terrain of Belize has something for everyone. The interior of the country is home to those seeking the thrill of touring the ancient Mayan ruins and wandering the canopied jungles; while on the coast, you’ll witness tranquil views of our crystal oceans and pristine beaches.

 

MEET OUR BELIZE EXPERT:

P James

 

Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of BelizeCosta Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

CALL TODAY:  1-800-626-3483 FREE
EMAIL:  INFO@BELIZETRAVELPOINTS.COM
WEBSITE:  www.belizetravelpoints.com

Belize Romance & Adventure Package – Sleeping Giant & South Water Caye

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Belize Romance & Adventure – Honeymoon or Anniversary –Family or Single travelers will enjoy a weeks combinations of luxury lodging in the Jungle forest and a quiet relaxing island off the coast of Belize. Here you can Snorkel or dive the Belize Barrier Reef, explore the Maya Archaeological Sites, Hike the jungles in the Cayo district, Listen to the howler monkeys. Trek the preserves looking for the jaguars or Red Macaws. Swim in the waterfalls, ATM caves, and tubing the rivers. Enjoy world class bone fishing. Sail the islands all from one beautiful location Belize. Imagine a day of climbing Mayan ruins, exploring caves, repelling into sinkholes. Enjoy the history, culture, the food and warm hospitality of the Belizean people. Relax on a private Caye. Soak up the warm sunshine on the beautiful beaches Belize.

This 7-day / 6-night  Belize Dream Vacation package includes accommodations in the jungle and on a secluded Island Caye. Includes, round trip domestic air, round trip boat and ground transfers to Caye, meals where noted, tours where noted, hotel taxes and hotel service fees.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

Day 1 USA / Belize
Once you arrive into Belize City you will be met by your driver who will drive you to a unique Adventure Jungle Lodge called Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. You will stay three nights. Nestled into the foothills of the Sibun National Forest Reserve in Central Belize, Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge is surrounded by over a hundred thousand acres of untouched wilderness. It is an ideal retreat for nature lovers wishing to experience the sounds and sights of a tropical rainforest in a tranquil, undisturbed atmosphere.

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Day 1-4  Jungle Lodge of Belize
Three nights lodging in a Garden View Room located on the ground floor of the main lodge of Sleeping Giant Rainforest Jungle Lodge. Includes: lodging, complimentary drinks on arrival, all meals from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure, local beers, local rum drinks, juice, sodas and water during your stay, Belize hotel tax and sales tax and your choice of two single day adventures tours from our exciting list.

Day 2 & 3 Belize Jungle Lodge Belize Cayo Day Excursions
After breakfast you will enjoy a tour of your choice. Choose from Cave Tubing, Mayan Ruins, Lost World Ceremonial Caving Tours, Zip Line and Cave Float, Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, Kayak Tours, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Ruins, Morning Bird watching, Belize Zoo and Baboon Sanctuary , After Dark Safari or even an overnight jungle expeditions. Horseback riding at Banana Bank, Snorkel and dive trips are available along with several other options. Some tours may have a surcharge or additional charge. After your tour you will return to Sleeping Giant Rainforest Jungle Lodge for a delicious dinner and relaxing evening. Enjoy the dark night, bright stars and the sounds of jungle.

Day 3 Jungle Lodge
Another busy day filled with an adventure of your choice.

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Day 4  Jungle Lodge to Dangriga / South Water Caye 
After breakfast your driver will be waiting for you. He will drive you to Belize City where you will check in for your short domestic flight to Dangriga. Once you arrive and have claimed your bags you will be met by another driver who will drive you to the boat dock. There at the boat dock a boat captain will take you to the South Water Caye. Where you will stay the next three nights.
South Water Caye is a natural island complex that forms a 12 acre marine park in the Cocoplum chain just 9 miles from Dangriga in south-central Belize and only two miles from the second largest reef in the western world. South Water  Caye Resort is inside the northern boundary of the protected South Water Marine Reserve.

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Day 4-7 South Water Caye Belize
Today you will enjoy 3 nights stay in a Cabana at Thatch Caye Resort. This package includes: accommodation, welcome drink and orientation, meals from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure, non alcoholic beverages, 2 guided snorkeling trips, unlimited use of kayaks, and round trip transportation from Dangriga to South Water  Caye Resort.

Cabanas, with native thatch roofing and cool tile floors, are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the sea breezes and views of nearby islands and the Great Barrier Reef. Cabanas feature one king-size bed (or two twin size beds), three-piece bath with hot and cold running water, ventilation fans and an over-water sundeck with hammocks.

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Day 5 South Water Caye,  Belize
Arrange your snorkel tour to South Water Caye or similar site to the Belize Barrier Reef. After your exciting day, relax and enjoy the sounds around you. Lunch and dinner awaits you.

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Day 6  South Water Caye, Belize
Today you will snorkeling, Tobacco Caye or another exciting site near South Water Caye. You will gently float on the surface and view the amazing coral formations, colorful fish, amazing rays and other marine life that have placed Belize on the map as a top snorkel destination. Later in the day you can relax, maybe take a nap or play a game of cards or take out one of the kayaks and explore the Caye.

Day 7 South Water Caye / USA
Depending on your departure flight time, South Water Caye Resort will take you by boat to Dangriga where you will check in for your Domestic flight to Belize City. You will arrive in time for your International flight home.

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Package Includes:
- 3 nights accommodations at Sleeping Giant
- Day excursions listed
- RT transfers from Belize Intl Airport to Sleeping Giant
- RT transfers and or local intra-country flight from Belize to Dangriga
- RT Transfers from Dangriga to South Water Caye
- 4-nights accommodations at South Water Caye
- Day excursions as listed at South Water Caye
- International Airfare to Belize NOT Included

MEET OUR BELIZE EXPERT:

P James

 

Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of BelizeCosta Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

CALL TODAY:  1-800-626-3483 FREE
EMAIL:  INFO@BELIZETRAVELPOINTS.COM
WEBSITE:  www.belizetravelpoints.com

 

Belize Family Jungle & Snorkeling Vacation

 

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Belize family vacations are soft adventure getaways to explore the western area of Belize and the small unspoiled island of Ambergris Caye.  Western Belize offers world class caving, waterfalls, rivers, ancient Mayan ruins and lush comfortable jungle lodges for every budget. Hike, swim, canoe, tube and immerse yourself into the rural relaxed pace. Grand day excursions away you for journeys to ancient Maya ruins in Belize or Guatemala sush as: Tikal, Caracol, Xunantunich, and Cahal Pech. Trek into the jungles and explore the magnificent cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave), or get acquainted with nature during a tour at Noj Ka’ax H’Men Eljio Panti National Park.

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Take a short flight from Belize City to the unspoiled Caribbean caye of Ambergris Caye where world-class scuba diving, sailing, fishing are at your door step. Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest island at approximately 36 miles. Located next to the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere. It’s safe to say that Ambergris Caye has some big attractions, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of smaller things to do.

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From cobblestone streets of bustling San Pedro outward to the northern and southern ends of the island, there is a wide assortment of accommodations, restaurants, bars, shops and tour operators to suit all budgets. Take little naps on the beach or make small talk with the locals. In Ambergris Caye, going big or small is up to you.

Since most families and honeymoon couples like to be active, Belize TravelPOINTS suggest 3-nights in Western Belize at DuPlooys Jungle Lodge and 4-Nights on Ambergris Caye at Ramons for diving & snorkeling. DuPlooys located near the small town of San Ignacio offers a retreat filled with activities. It is for lovers and eco-tourists who like the proximity to the jungle and mountains. The lodge is perched near the Macow river, featuring cabanas of various sizes and TREE HOUSES something for every group size and budget. All are beautifully furnished and comfortable. Highlights of the area to see are the Mayan Ruins, Cave Tours, Horseback Riding, Canopy Zip Lines and Jungle Excursions.
After your Jungle stay, it’s time to relax on the beach in San Pedro at Ramos Village. Located in the Center of San Pedro, Ramons is a perfect location to visit all the small shops and restaurants within walking distance. Ramon’s is ideal for snorkeling and diving and they have one of the best dive shops on the island. The resort has a nice restaurant, swimming pool and unobstructed views of the Caribbean. There are beach cabanas along with 3 Tree top suites. Cabanas are spacious and beds are draped with pure lien mosquito net. There is plenty to do with diving, fishing or just relaxing it’s a great get-away. Learn More Now About This Vacation Package.

PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  • RT TRANSFERS TO/FROM BELIZE AIRPORT TO DUPLOOYS
  • 3-NIGHT DUPLOOYS JUNGL LODGE
  • RT INTER-COUNTRY FLIGHT TO AMBERGRIS CAYE
  • 4 OR 5 NIGHTS AT RAMOS
  • CALL FOR GREEN SEASON RATES

MEET OUR BELIZE EXPERT:

P James

 

Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of BelizeCosta Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

CALL TODAY:  1-800-626-3483 FREE
EMAIL:  INFO@BELIZETRAVELPOINTS.COM
WEBSITE:  www.belizetravelpoints.com

 

Belize Soft Adventure Family Vacation Package

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Escape to Belize for a family soft adventure vacation filled with exploring the tropical rainforest of Belize, the ancient Mayan Ruins, turquoise reefs, zip lining, rappelling or hiking to a hidden cave or waterfalls.

BelizeTravelPOINTS has created a Family Vacation Package that offers an all-inclusive option to explore and experience fun, outdoor adventures, jungle, wildlife, coral reefs and also our authentic Belizean culture.

Get ready to discover Belize with a package that provides your family with the opportunity to vacation and enjoy paradise from the perspective of a child. It is a vacation that takes your children and teenagers through a wondrous expedition of the mind and imagination, something they will never forget!

The Jungle and Beach Soft Adventure Discovery Week for Families features guided exploration of abandoned Mayan ruins, guided river tubing or padding down an underground river, up close encounters with exotic birds and wildlife of the Central American rainforest. Then travel to a remote island Caye for beach front accommodations on Ambergris Caye.   Snorkeling or diving excursions out to the Barrier Reef are at your beach front hotel.

This Belize itinerary is a package vacation which includes, private transfers from the Belize International Airport to your hotel, knowledgeable expert English speaking guides for day excursions, tree house accommodations on the mainland, inter-country airfare arrangements from Belize to Ambergris Caye, transfers to your luxury beach front hotel, and active daily ocean excursions for the family.

Treehouse Jungle & Beach Discovery  Package
-  4 Nights Accommodations in a Luxury Tree House in the Cayo District
-  Daily Excursions may include:  Ruins of Tikal, Exploration of ATM Cave, or Paddling down on the Barton River.
-  3 Nights Accommodations in a Luxury Beach Front Resort on Ambergris Caye
-  Day Excursions may include: Diving or Snorkeling the Hol Chan Reserve, Mexico Rocks, Manatee Watching or a    trip over to Caye Caulker and even a Sunset Cruises.
-  All transfers to/from the Belize International Airport
-  Intra-country airline arrangements from the mainland of Belize to Ambergris Caye Island.
-  All sightseeing day excursions with knowledgeable expert English speaking guides

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Day to Day Itinerary:

Day 01 – Belize

Welcome to Belize, your guide will meet you at the Belize International Airport and transfer you to your Luxury Tree Top Resort Lodge in the Cayo Distict of Belize.  The TreeHouse are the place to stay, but if you prefer a cottage  suite cabanas or a comfortable bungalows, we have them available too. The Riverview Tree houses is 75 feet above the  River. They have a screened living room, which  allows for panoramic views of the jungle and river below. The raised bedroom overlooks the living room. If your family needs more beds, they can accommodate with bunk beds and/or a futon sofa bed in the living room. There is a full indoor bathroom with a beautiful shower. These Treehouses are amazing, comfortable and very special, where else can you say you stayed in a Treehouse on vacation?

Day 02 – Belize / (B, D)

Today you will have your choice of day excursions, then this evening relax from your porch of your Treehouse deck and enjoy the view.

ATM Cave – Your drive and expert guide will take you into the jungle where you will begin your hike to the Actun Tunichil Muknal (Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), also known locally as “Xibalba” or ATM, This notable Maya archaeological site includes skeletons, ceramics, and stoneware. There are several areas of skeletal remains in the main chamber as well as untouched pottery dated back many, many years.  The best-known is “The Crystal Maiden”, the skeleton of a teenage girl, whose bones have been calcified to a sparkling, crystallized appearance.

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You can visit the exciting Zip Line Park, a famous Water fall, the exciting Black Hole or maybe you will visit the Mayan site of Xunantunich and Cahal Pech Maya Ruins. Other tour options are River Kayak Trips, Tikal or you can trek in the pristine Jungle with local bushmen guides. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Whatever you choose to do today your day will be exciting and memorable no matter what you do.

Day 03 – Belize / (B,D)

Today is a full day excursion to the Mayan Ruins of Tikal located in Guatamala.TIKAL – The largest and most spectacular of all the Mayan sites in Meso-America is located in the Peten area of Guatemala, deep in the high canopy jungle. Tikal is about 1 ½ hours from the Cayo Distict. The flora and fauna in this area is almost as breathtaking as the Mayan ruins themselves.

The original city covered an area of 35 square miles and although the archaeologists have been excavating here since the 1930′s, they tell us that there is at least another 100 years of work.

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Day 04 – Belize / Ambergris Caye (B)

Transfer from the Cayo District to Belize City.  Board a local small aircraft flight from Belize City to Ambergris Caye.  Transfer to your Luxury Beach Front Hotel.

Your beach cabana will be comfortable and relaxing. Located North of San Pedro this Luxury beachfront hotel sits on the most beautiful beaches of the island. If shopping, nightlife and culture is something you want to see, San Pedro is just 15 minutes away by boat. Many of the best restaurants are located north of San Pedro.  Your thatched roof cabana is on the sand and offers a view through the front picture windows of the beach. Your spacious and airy cabana, is relaxing, comfortable and very unique.  Each cabana has a good size deck with deck chairs and hammocks overlooking the beach.

After you arrive and check in you may enjoy a walk on the beach, a nap in the hammock or a nice cold juice by the pool. It’s time to soak up the sun and enjoy life.

Day 05 – Ambergirs Caye (B)

When you are ready, your continental breakfast will be waiting for you as well as a nice cup of hot coffee or tea.  Today you can relax on the beach and explore the area or sit by the pool. Maybe you will decide to take a trip into San Pedro or or swim in the beautiful turquoise water.

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Pool and Ocean Belize

 

 Day 06 – Ambergris Caye (B)

Today your have your option:  A snorkel, dive tour or a fishing adventure is available for you and your family. The reef is just a short distance from the shore for snorkeling or diving. Or maybe it’s a birding adventure you’d prefer. Over 40% Belize consist of protected areas for animals and birds.

Day Excursions Available on Ambergris Caye for active families:

DIVING EXCURIONS: TURNEFFE ATOLL – NORTH -TURNEFFE ELBOW BLUE HOLE / HALF MOON CAYE / LIGHTHOUSE REEF

SNORKELING:BLUE HOLE AND LIGHTHOUSE REEF. HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE AND SHARK RAY ALLEY, CORAL GARDENS, MEXICO ROCKS AND ROBLES BEACH BBQ, BOATING EXCURSIONS:

CAYE CAULKER DAY CRUISE, SUNSET AND FULL MOON CRUISES -MANATEE WATCHING AND SNORKELING TOUR

LAND EXCURSIONS:  ALTUN HA AND MARUBA JUNGLE RESORT , LAMANAI AND NEW RIVER EXCURSION

 Day 07 – Ambergris Caye (B)

Today your have your option to participate in a 1/2 or full day excursions or relax. All day excursions are accessible from your Luxury Beach hotel.

Day 08 – Ambergis Caye / Belize International Airport

Time to say Good Bye to Belize and head back home. Your water taxi will take you back to the San Pedro dock where you will then be driven to the Airstrip. Your flight back to Belize City will take only 15 minutes and you will arrive in time to catch your flight back to your original destination.

Meet Patsy James

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Patsy  James, Destination Specialist for Belize, Costa Rica, Chile & Peru Programs. The Belize Soft Adventure Vacation for Families has a variety of activities and wildlife in this weeklong trip, along with the educational opportunities. Its  perfect for families with kids of any age.  Participants will stay at one of the most comfortable ecolodges featuring good food, friendly local hosts, and surrounding nature & wildlife at your doorstep. Then 4 Days on a beautiful stretch of white beach with calm waters and plenty of water and beach time for the family.

 

ATP Tours dba Belize TravelPOINTS, Costa Rica TravelPOINTS, Peru TravelPOINTS is an active soft adventure company offering eco-friendly vacation packages into Central & South America including hiking, diving, snorkeling, fishing, biking, and rafting on travel packages that explores both cultural and natural wonders. Familes will begin and end their Belize pacakge in Belize City and or combine there pacakge with a excursion into Guatamala This Tree House Adventure Package is especially appropriate for active families with older teens and young adults.

 About ATP Tours:  ATP Tours dba Belize TravelPOINTS, Costa Rica TravelPOINTS, Peru TravelPOINTS is a long standing family-owned adventure travel company in the US, offering couples, active older adults,small groups, honeymooners and families customized itineraries into Central & South America. With a dedicated family travel staff personally familiar with the challenges and opportunities of small groups, custom and multigenerational travel, ATP Tours is a full-service exotic, guided, cross-cultural explorations, nature safaris, treks and eco-tours in remote corners of Belize, Costa Rica, Guatamala, Panama, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.  Founded by current owners in 1998, ATP Tours boasts an extraordinary record of client satisfaction and industry awards.

 

Ambergris Caye Belize – Small Boutique Hotels on the Island

Ambergris Caye, is an island Caye located off the mainland of Belize which offers Small Boutique Hotels that cater to families, honeymooners, active travelers seeking soft adventure with Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing or just relaxing and enjoying the surroundings of Belize Island Life.

San Pedro is the only island  town on Ambergris Caye, a white sanded beach island with clear turquoise waters.  Golf carts, bicycles and your own 2-feet are the main modes of transportation on the sand covered streets of San Pedro.  The largest of the Cayes, Ambergris Caye is renowned for its beaches and proximity to the coral reef.  From here you can indulge any water sport you can dream up, from sport fishing, Scuba diving, snorkeling and manatee watching are among the most popular.  San Pedro, the caye’s hub offers a variety of accommodations, restaurants, bars.

Most of the boutique hotels located on Amgergris Caye are within walking distance to San Pedro, however some of the properties are a little more than a few blocks awary and golf carts, bikes and sea taxi’s can be rented to take you into San Pedro.  Listed below are a list of small boutique hotels that provide a great Island experience.

MATA ROCKS – 3 STAR BOUTIQUE HOTEL

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Mata Rocks a small boutique hotel located on the Island of Ambergris Caye in Belize is short walk to small town of San Pedro.  Mata Rocks is situated on the beach where guests can enjoy the relaxed ambiance of the beach pool and surrounding area.  This 17-room 3-star hotel is perfect for families and couples on a budget.  Rooms open to balconies with access to wireless high-speed internet along with premium cable channels.

SunBreeze Hotel – 3 Star

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The Sun Breeze Hotel located on the Island of Ambergris Caye is a short walk to the small town of San Pedro.  The pool is in the center of hotel with the rooms surrounding the pool.  The bar and restaurant are overlooking the beach.  Great hotel for a family on a budget looking for value. This 42 room hotel is full service featuring a dive shop, massage studio, art gallery and bike and golf cart rentals.  Some rooms have refrigerators.

Ramon’s Village – 3-star 

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Ramon’s Village has  thatched roof cabanas provide secluded hideaways for those looking to get away.  Choose a beachfront, seaside or garden view cabana.  Recently approximately half of the cabanas were remodeled within 2014.   Features include a restaurant and bar, pool, beach access, gift and dive shop.  Bike and golf cart rentals available for rent.

Banyan Bay  4- Star

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Banyan Bay a family oriented luxury resort featuring villas, views and a first class experience.  Kids will love the wading pool and play area, you will love the onsite massage therapists and personal touches that make Banyan Bay so unique.  Each unit features 2-3 bedrooms, kitchen and Jacuzzi tub.

Victoria House – 4 Star Plus

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Victoria House Offering casual elegance and all the services of a luxury resort.  Victoria House is situated on 10 acres and features an awarding winning restaurant, pool, beach access, dive shop, gift shop and complimentary bikes.  State rooms, suites and villas are available, most featuring verandas and views.

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Victoria House Pool

PELICAN REEF VILLAS – 4 STAR

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Pelican Reef Villas is nice leisurely walk into San Pedro only 2.5 miles south. For those who would rather ride in a golf cart or bike, they can be rented for transportation into San Pedro. Pelican Reef Villas provides luxurious accommodations and fantastic service. The resort combines deluxe amenities with stunning Caribbean views for an exceptional vacation experience.

A small boutique hotel With just 24 guest suites, Pelican Reef Villas is an intimate resort with an atmosphere that feels like a private hide-away. Its convenient location means easy access to the best of Ambergris Caye.

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Pelican Reef Villas

 

Mata Chica – 5-Star 

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Mata Chica located on a secluded beach resort 5-miles from San Pedro, with 14 private villas, 2 luxury villas and an incredible 5000 sq ft, 3-brm beach mansion.  The 2-bedroom, 2 bath, kitchenette luxury villas sit at the highest point with views of the ocean.  The hotel includes Restaurant, bar, pool, hot tub, beach access/pier, kayaks and full service spa.

XANADU RESORT 3-1 / 2 Stars

Xanadu Resort

Xanadu Resortfeatures condominium suites that have kitchens and a large shaded decks with great views.  Studio, 1-bedroom plus loft, 2-bedroom and 3-beroom suites are available.  Larger suites feature private verandas or gardens.   A pool, beach access and pier, complimentary bikes and kayaks, internet access, nature trails and laundry are available.

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MEET OUR BELIZE EXPERT:

P James

 

Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of BelizeCosta Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

CALL TODAY:  1-800-626-3483
EMAIL:  INFO@BELIZETRAVELPOINTS.COM
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Zika Virus Up-date

Zika Virus Warning Up-Date
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded its Zika virus travel warning to an additional eight countries. As a reminder, while the mosquito-borne virus causes only mild illness in most people, there is mounting evidence linking it to a birth defect. Specifically, the CDC is recommending that pregnant women consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing, and women who are trying to become pregnant talk to their doctors about the risk of infection before travelling.
The 24 countries now covered by the CDC warning are Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Cape Verde, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Samoa, St. Martin, Suriname, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Venezuela. The CDC cautions that “specific areas where Zika virus transmission is ongoing are often difficult to determine and are likely to change over time.”
Your clients will likely have questions about the disease and its ability to spread while traveling. You may want to direct them to http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/zika-travel-information for the most up-to-date recommendations.
Finally, the Associated Press reported today that several airlines may be offering refunds to certain travelers concerned about the Zika outbreak. Check with respective carriers directly to determine their most up-to-date policies regarding refunds and exchanges related to the virus as this issue evolves.
If you have questions about your trip to Belize, Costa Rica please call us at 303-938-9018 and we will be happy to help you.
PH:1-800-626-3483
email:  info@belizetravelpoints.com

Belize Luxury Jungle & Beach Adventure Package

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Belize is set apart from with its small boutique luxury Jungles and beach front lodges located throughout the country. Two small boutique hotels KAANA & HOPKINS BAY RESORT PROVIDE travelers a unique experience in luxury vacation without the crowds.  These two very distinct accommodations to enjoy the adventure of the jungle and tranquil turquoise water of the Caribbean ocean.   Kaana situated in the interior of Belize near the small town of San Ignacio is a romantic resort  within a 10-minute walk of the towns market, Xunantunich Ruins and central to many day adventures surrounding the area.

Kaana features luxurious appointed rooms and modern amenities. You will find Kaana as a base camp for exploring experiences that is authentically Belize, whether it’s a day trip to Tikal or a kayak trip down the Macaw river, Ka’ana is a sanctuary to relax after a long day experiencing the rich heritage and pristine jungles that surround you. This small luxury resort has only 17 individual casitas, a full-service spa, a restaurant, and an outdoor pool along with free WiFi an a refreshing bar/lounge and a wide selection of wine from the wine cellar.

 

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Hopkins Bay Resort is for families and couples that want the room to stay in a 1 or 2 bedroom beach house villa.  Each house offers upscale accommodations and views of the Caribbean ocean.  This package is a perfect Belize escape for honeymooners, active couples and families looking  to create a lifetime of  memories by exploring the nature wonders of the marine life in the second largest reef  off the coast of Belize. The cultural immersions with exciting jungle excursions and marine adventures will allow everyone to experience Belize as a truly unique destination.

9-Days/8-Nights  Package Includes:

•  3 nights at Kaana luxury Jungle Lodge

•  Private Road Transfer from Belize’s International airport to Ka’ana

•  Accommodations in a luxury Casita Suite

•  Hosted “Craboo” Welcome in Ka’ana’s wine cellar

•  Daily full Breakfast

•  Daily 3-Course Table d’hôte Dinner

•  One Full-day Private Tour: ATM Cave, Caracol (Belize), Cave Tubing & Ziplining or Tikal (Guatemala)

•  One Half-day Private Tour: Cave Tubing, Horseback Riding or Xunantunich Maya Ruin

•  Private Road Transfer to Maya Flats airstrip

•  5-Nights at Hopkins Bay resort in a 1 or 2 bedroom beach house

•  Transfers from Kaana to Hopkins Bay Resort

•  Daily breakfast at the Rhum Shack

•  Complimentary Welcome Drink, parking and WiFi, use of bicycles and kayaks

•  1 Half-day Tour:Horseback Riding  at Outback Trails, Ziplining at Bocawina, or Snorkeling at Southwater Caye

•  1 Full-day Tour:Cook-your-Catch, Monkey River Nature Tour, Cave Expedition at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge, or

•  Horseback Riding at Outback Trails followed by Chocolate

Adventure Vacations with Romance in Belize

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Adventure Vacations with Romance in Belize, why not….

Adventure with romance a good combination for active travelers.  If you enjoy a vacation with a little adventure, why not spice up your vacation with a little romance mixed into the day-to-day fun.   A soft adventure sports vacation located in Belize or Costa Rica can get the heart pounding from the adrenaline that can flow from the fun activities that take you away from your daily routines.  The best vacations for active couples and honeymooners are to allow plenty of opportunities to participate in activities to make you and your companion feel de-stressed and fun.  One of the soft adventure actives that each partner can enjoy is a sightseeing day at one at the largest Mayan Ruins in or near Belize and diving in some of the clearest waters in Central America off the coast of Ambergris Caye Belize.

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Tikal Temple Guatemala

Belize has an abundance of Mayan Ruins to see and explore and one of the best ruins to visit is just across the border in Guatemala.  Tikal is located in Tikal national Park, in Northern Guatemala a short drive from the Belize boarder is situated in an area of 222 square miles. The park is the largest excavated site in the American continent located in the heart of the jungle, surrounded by lush vegetation lies on of the major sites of the Mayan civilization.  Tikal is the ruins of an ancient city found in a rainforest in Guatemala and is one of the largest archaeological sites and of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.  Tikal was the capital of one of the most powerful kingdoms of the ancient Maya. The architecture at the site dates back to the 4th century BC. During this period,  Tikal dominated much of the Maya politically, economically, and militarily era.  A 1-2 days excursion to Tikal allows travelers to explore this vast national park while climbing up to peak of many of the majestic temples.

 

After a full day climbing and walking around this magnificent nation park, relax and enjoy the ambiance of a luxury jungle lodge just  across the boarder in Belize in the Cayo district.  We have 4 or 5 jungle lodges in the Cayo District that are our favorite resorts to work with. Here you can stay in a luxury Tree House and enjoy the amenities these lodges provide. You don’t want to compromise you experience staying in a sub-standard resort, you want accommodation in the Jungle and Beach that are recognized as award-winning resorts.

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The next day you may want to kayak down the macaw river or go to one of the most unique cave adventures around, Barton’s Creeks cave adventure or the ATM Cave Adventure.  A trip to Belize is not complete unless you spend time on the beach either diving, snorkeling, fishing or just relaxing. Belize has many beach resorts and spas adventure activities that can set the mood for romance. Belize is a small country that bordered by Mexico and Guatemala and home to the world’s second largest barrier reef.  Couples can explore this underwater world off the coast of Ambergris Caye, a 25-mile long Caribbean island. Some of our favorite beach properties offer a variety of activities in San Pedro, a fishing-village-turned-dive-destination where golf carts are more common than cars on the sandy cobblestone streets. Couples staying in one of the many beach front resorts can relax on their private veranda overlooking the sea.  One of the most popular snorkeling couples trip is swimming with the stingrays and nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley, or for the serious diver and snorkeling a visit the Blue Hole together to peer into the top of an ancient underwater cave with a collapsed roof.

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After exploring this underwater world with your partner, experience some of the great local restaurants dining on fresh fish, local beans and rice while sipping on a Belikin beer.  Belize is a great destination to un-connect to the world and rekindle your relationship with your partner.

Meet Our Central America Destination Expert Patsy James

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PATSY JAMES – BELIZE TRAVELPOINTS – pool side Chabi Mar

Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.

Patsy can be reached at 1-800-626-3482

Gray Whale Kissing Party in Cancun Mexico

Just off the coast of Cancun Mexico a tourist on a day excursion looking for whales had a “whale” of an encounter. The tourist on the small skiff was able to get give the gray whale a friendly kiss.

The day excursion party was on Pachico’s Eco Tours in San Ignacio Lagoon with 10 other passengers when a gray whale swam to the boat and allowed the people to pet the whale.

The video was shot last month by Edward Berlin, who traveled to Mexico from California.

“Whales, whales, and more whales on our second day in the lagoon,” writes Berlin on YouTube. “One is hanging out under water. Another one kisses Gizem. And, finally, one surprises Jamie with a spy hop close up.”

To get the water shots, he used a waterproof encasing on his GoPro camera, he writes.

According to the Pachico’s Eco Tours website, the company guarantees people will see the whales within a few yards of the boat, but whether the whales get close enough to touch depends on the whale. The company makes it clear its boats will not chase or harass a whale—any interaction with humans is made on the whale’s terms.

Link to the Video:

http://www.boston.com/travel/2014/04/24/watch-tourist-kiss-gray-whale/vCOb3wtCZzZlMlqRxFjDiN/story.html

Check out Swimming with the Whale Sharks in Belize or call us at: 1-800-626-3483

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Belize – Exclusive Luxury Retreats and Romantic Resorts

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POOL PLACENICA BELIZE

During the winter months, Americans, Canadians who live in or above the 40th parallel maybe getting tired of the freezing cold weather during the winter months along with short days and long nights, this  can lead to tropical deprivation.  The solution is a warm tropical destination with warm Caribbean beaches, crystal clear blue or turquoise water and a destination that is elusive.  Belize is a destination with exclusive luxury retreats and romantic resorts that are small, quaint and very service friendly.  You won’t find 2500 of your favorite fellow travelers sharing the beach, pool or dining rooms at your resort.   In Belize you will experience an intimate causal atmosphere of elegance, service and beauty.  Belize is one of destinations that offer luxury accommodations, amazing snorkeling, diving, fishing and historical ancient ruins to explore.  Belize is close enough to be affordable and within an easy day’s travel to/from any destination in the U.S.

Belize is located in Central America, south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, and bordered by Guatemala to the west and south.  Formally known as British Honduras, Belize has a stable parliamentary democracy and is a member of the British Commonwealth.  Belize is the only Central American country were English is the official language.  A valid passport is required to enter Belize.  The currency is a stable exchange rate of $2BZ-$1 US, establishments accept US dollars, and it is recommended to use cash, credit cards are accepted however not all establishments accept credit cards because of high service fees.  The main staples are rice and beans, chicken, and fresh seafood.  It is very traveler friendly, with great array of activities to enjoy.

Belize has its coastal areas, with wonderful snorkeling, fishing, diving, wind surfing, sea kayaks, and much more.  Then you have the mainland, which is a combination of rainforest and pine ridge, beautiful mountains, ancient Mayan ruins, caving, rivers, horseback riding, wildlife, and jungle treks.

For those looking for a luxury comfortable tropical vacation without all the crowds, your own secluded beach then the perfect combination of beach and rain forest experience.  Your vacation can start out by visiting the luxurious resort, Turtle Inn, one of Francis Ford Coppola properties.  Its exquisite, Balinese-inspired cabanas feature spacious screened decks and are available with seafront, sea view options. The property has a nice pool, large thatched roof dining and bar area, very inviting and peaceful.

Turtle Inn Resort

Turtle Inn Resort

Turtle Inn Pool and Restaurant

Turtle Inn Pool and Restaurant

Placenica has some of the best beaches in Belize.  The 16-mile peninsula runs parallel to the mainland. Placencia has a diverse cultural heritage, today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize.  There are many activities available in Placencia from fishing, Mayan Ruins, Manatee watching, Monkey River tour and of course diving and Snorkeling. After 4 or 5 nights at the Turtle Inn your Belizean journey should take you into the interior of Belize to another of Francis Ford Coppolal property, Blancaneaux Lodge.  Blancaneaux Lodge is one of the most beautiful full service luxury jungle lodges in Belize, a true get-a-way.   As you pull off the main dirt road into the sanctuary of Blancaneaux, you drive down a manicured landscaped entrance into a lush oasis.   The professionalism and attention to detail is what makes Blancaneaux a superb experience.

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Blancaneaux Lodge Belize

 

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Blancaneaux Dining Room Belize

 

Blancaneaux Cottage Lodge Belize

Blancaneaux Cottage Lodge Belize

The main lodge is where you check-in, this is also the dining and lounge area with view of the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve the largest protected area in Belize, boasting an immense Rain Forest and natural Wildlife Sanctuary. Approximately 1 hours drive off the Hummingbird Highway, up a bumpy dirt road, Blancaneaux is tucked away in the Maya Mountains.  There are 20 luxury rooms that over look the Privassion River where waterfalls and fresh water swimming pools are just steps from your door.  All of the individual cottages are large with native wood floors, thatched ceilings with tastefully decorated décor and a large patio to relax, read and soak in the sites of the surrounding area.  Blancaneaux offers a wide variety of day activities for guest including, Hiking, Horseback Riding Mountain Biking, Swimming plus a variety of day tours such as Caracol Mayan Ruins, Xunantunich & Cahal Pech, Tikal and the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve area.  Other attractions near by are the Calico Zipline, Barton Creek and ATM Cave experience.

This is full service resort that is very friendly and personal with its guest. Most guests spend 3 – 5 days before moving on.   This is the kind of hotel you would recommend and go back to over and over.  Service and food is consistently very good and the ambiance is part of the atmosphere character of the area. Excellent accommodations, high level of personal service and a variety of guest amenities, you will love this place, they set the standard for the area. Shortcoming:  Road up to Bancaneaux can be bumpy.

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Hidden-Valley-Resort-Belize

The interior of Belize offers Mayan history, endless rainforest, wildlife, caving, trekking, and jungle horseback riding.  Another unique jungle lodge located within the vicinity is Hidden Valley Lodge and resort, this property has 12- cottages surrounding a central lodge.  The resort facilities include miles of hiking trails and waterfalls located on the reserve, only for guests of Hidden Valley a treasure to see and experience. The lodge attention to detail makes your stay an incredibly private and personalized experience.  The property has a nice dinning room, bar, library lounge, WiFi, riverside spa, horse stables, organic garden and miles of trails for hiking and walking. This is the kind of place you can do as much as you would like or just relax and enjoy the scenery.  There are beautiful gardens, dense jungle, and ancient Mayan ruins of Caracol nearby for a day excursion. Visitors enjoy the view on the open veranda overlooking the mountain side.  Daily guided activities may include a journey to the different waterfalls located on the reserve. Other highlights of day activities include Mayan Ruins, Cave Tours, Bird watching, Horseback riding, River Canoeing and Kayaking, Zip lines and jungle excursions.

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Hidden-Valley-Waterfalls-B

If these eco-adventures sound interesting and fun while enjoying a sense of adventure on vacation visit our web site at www.belizetravelpoints.com or call us to help arrange your vacation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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P James

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patsy James has great insider’s knowledge in the history, culture and geography of Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Panama and Peru.  Having travel to these destinations she has firsthand knowledge of Central America from remote outposts to cosmopolitan centers, Patsy can create unique travel experiences for you, dream vacation, honeymoons, multi-generation family get-aways. Familiar with most common tourist attractions, Patsy also knows many “off the beaten track” secrets. Anyone interested in travelling from Belize to Guatmala or Mexico to Belize?

Patsy’s experience with destination weddings, eco-adventure & nature tours, group tours, spa experiences and jungle adventures makes her a wonderful partner to have while planning your next trip to Central America.