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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.