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Belize Family Jungle & Snorkeling Vacation

 

Belize Mayan Ruins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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
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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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ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL CAVE BELIZE

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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Tikal_ruins_guatemala

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.

 Pool and Ocean Belize
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

P James

 

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

Mata Rocks Ambergris Caye Belize

 

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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Ramons Cabana

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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

Banyon Bay

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.

Victoria House Pool

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.

Pelican Reef Villas

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
WEBSITE:  www.belizetravelpoints.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Belize – Luxury Treehouse Adventure For the Family

 

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Belize TravelPOINTS is offering a new family travel adventure geared towards families seeking activite travel getaway with luxury accommodations that combine the jungle with the beach.

The TreeHouse Jungle and Beach 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 beach front accommodations on Ambergris Caye, snorkeling or diving excursions out the Barrier Reef.  This Belize itinerary is a great addition with all the features of the vacation package included, 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.

 

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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, 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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ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL CAVE BELIZE

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 to be done.

 

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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.

 Pool and Ocean Belize

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. Portofino can assist you with any adventure you are looking to do.

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

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 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.

 

 

jpeg[1]Turner James, Destination Specialist for Costa Rica, Belize & Peru Programs. “The variety of activities and wildlife in this weeklong trip, along with the educational opportunities, are simply 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.

Belize Vacations | Mayan Ruins | Eco-tourism | Belize Travel

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Tikal_Canopy_Guatemala

Belize -Mayan Ruins & Summer Beach  Package

9-Days/8-Nights

This vacation package is idea for a family or couple who wants to experience Belize Eco-tourism of Central America, the Mayan culture and relax on the tropical beaches in Belize. The journey begins with a flight into Guatemala City, day excursion to Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango, flight to Flores Guatemala and day excursions to the Grand UNESCO Mayan Ruins of Tikal.  Then over to Belize and 4 nights on Ambergris Caye to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef before heading home from Belize City.

This 8 night itinerary includes to Guatemala and Belize includes:
•  Meet & Greet in Guatemala City transfer to your hotel
•  Day excursion to either Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango
•  2-nights hotel in Guatemala city
•  Meet & Greet in Guatemala City transfer to your hotel
•  Flight from Guatemala City to Flores, transfer to your hotel
•  Full day excursion to Tikal
•  2-nights accommodation in Flores Guatemala
•  Flights Flores to Ambergris Caye, transfer to Ambergris Caye hotel
•  4 nights in Ambergris Caye
•  Flight San Pedro to Belize City
•  Airport – Hotel transfers in Flores/Tikal
•  Breakfast Daily (most hotels)
•  Hotel taxes

Vista Real Guatemala

Vista Real Guatemala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive to Guatemala City
Meet and Greet at Guatemala City airport transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Vista Real Guatemala

Guatemala City is the capital of Guatemala and the largest city in Central America. Founded in 1776, the city is a blend of modern sleek glass skyscrapers and colonial architecture. Its main tourist attraction is the Historic Center where you will find the Central Market, the National Palace, and colonial churches dating from the 17th century. The Ixchel museum is worth a visit. The tourist area is known as Zona Viva and includes most of the fancy hotels, restaurants, shops, and nightlife spots.

Day 2 Guatemala City to Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango (Full Day Your choice)
Moring pick up to either Lake Atitlan or Chichicastenango
Overnight:  Guatemala City – Vista Real Guatemala

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lake_atitlan_guatemala

Lake Atitlan
Considered by many to be one of the most enchanting lakes in the world, Lake Atitlan is a beautiful destination to visit from Guatemala City.  Twin volcanoes and deep blue lake make Lake Atitlan a destination to visit.  Today’s excursion includes a boat tour of the lake, with a visit to one of the local villages. Afternoon return to Guatemala city.

Chichicastenango (l)
The day excursion begins with a morning pick up at your hotel for leisurely drive up through the mountains to the town of Chichicastenango. Your journey through Chichicastenango is a walking guided tour through one of Central Americans most captivating markets in the region.  Here local villages and Maya indigenous Indians come to the market to sell, barter and socialize.  As you stroll through the streets and alleys of booths you can purchase native handicrafts, and observe native Maya rutual rites of burning incense, candles in and at the base of Santo Tomas Church. This afternoon return back to Guatamala City.

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Chichicastenango_guatemala

Day 3 Guatemala City to Flores – Tikal (B)
Morning transfer to Guatemala City airport for a short flight to Flores.  Meet and greet and transferred to your hotel in Flores near Tikal.
Overnight:  La Lancia

Flores – Located in the Northern region of Guatemala where travelers come to explore Tikal and Lake Peten. The Peten area is abundant of tropical jungles and wildlife, The main reason travelers come to this region is to visit the Tikal, one of the greatest Maya religious cities discovered.  Withing the sanctuary of Tikal a national park is a wildlife paradise with many species of birds, animals and plants.

Day 04 – Tikal (B,L)
Today your day excursion is into the reserve of Tikal National Park. Here your guide will lead you on an amazing Mayan Temple site at Tikal where huge Mayan temples rise above the jungle canopy and monkeys and tropical birds are abundant in the surrounding rainforest. After lunch guests you can continue to explore Tikal or relax at your hotel.
Overnight:  La Lancia

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Tikal_ruins_guatemala

Day 05 – Flores to Ambergris Caye Belize
This morning transfer to Flores airport for a short flight to Belize then Ambergris Caye.  Meet and greet in San Pedro and transferred to your hotel for the 4-nights.
Overnight: Victoria House

Ambergris Caye is a white sand beach island that runs parallel to the barrier reef for 30 miles. This is a great base from where
to go on diving or snorkeling trips and to go fishing. You can even take day trips to the mainland if you would rather be based
by the beach. Hotels are based along the shoreline either close to the main town of San Pedro or more remotely up into the
northern end of the island – only really accessible by boat. Ambergris Caye is also a good starting point for any sailing trip.

Day 06 – 09 – Ambergris Caye Day Excursions
On Ambergris Caye, there are many day excursions you can do or you can just relax.  Spend the next 4-nights at the Victoria House.

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Ambergris-Caye_Victoria-house-pool-belize

Some day excursions may include:
Things to do in Ambergris Caye
- 1/2 day Snorkel at Hot Chan Marine Reserve
A snorkel adventure awaits you at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.  You will see friendly stingrays, brown nurse sharks and turtles as well as colorful reef fish.
- 1/2 Day Snorkel Mexico Rocks Snorkeling excursion
- Scuba Diving (TWO TANK) – 1/2 day
In Belize the Scuba diving is world class along the second longest barrier reef in the world! You will see coral and abundant marine life.Dive Depths range from 60 to 80 feet. Certification needed.
-  1/2 Day or Full Day Deep sea fishing
Fisherman from  all over the world come to Belize to fly fish and deep sea fish.

Day 09 – Ambergris Caye to Belize City – Home
Transfer to San Pedro and your flight to Belize City, then your return home.

Hotels
Vista Real Guatemala city Guatemala

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hotel vista grande guatemala

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A short drive from the center of Guatemala City this luxury resort offers views of Fuego and Agua volcanoes.  The hotel offers an outdoor swimming pool, a spa, lounge and restaurant. Rooms are large colonial style decor with free wi-fi, minibar cable TV.  Guests can enjoy Guatemalan and Mediterranean cuisine in Las Ventanas Restaurant, which offers views of the volcanoes. There is also a cocktail bar.
The Vista Real’s spa features a sauna and hot tub, and offers massage. Guests can also make use of a gym.
Guatemala Airport is a 20-minute drive from the resort.

La Lancha – Flores Guatemala
La Lancha hotel, is located near Tikal is a luxury retreat in the mist of the wilds in Guatemala.  This beautiful resort hotel is hidden by rainforest on the shores of Lake Peten Itzá, the hotel has ten naturally built casitas offering peaceful view of the lake and tropical landscape of Guatemala. 10 Rooms

Victoria House

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Nestled among tall swaying palm trees, the Victoria House resort offers casual elegance and all the services of a luxury resort without the formalities. With only 35 accommodations, Victoria House has maintained an exclusive charm while still providing friendly service. The resort is situated on 10 acres and surrounded by beautiful tropical flowers.

Relax at the beachfront pool, take a bicycle into town for a day of shopping, or spend the day on the ocean fishing, diving, or snorkeling.

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chichen-itz-patsy–cancun

Meet Our Central America Destination Expert
Patsy 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.

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

Belize Travel Adventure Getaway

Belize Travel Adventure Getaway Vacation Package 8-Days / 7-Nights

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Belize is a travel destination for the soft to enthusiastic adventurer looking for a getaway vacation that is active, fun and inspiring.  This  adventure beach vacation is  ideal vacation for honeymooners, active singles or couples, families and travelers who want a unique adventure experience from the ordinary with each day bringing new experiences and stories.  In Belize your active vacation adventure may include excursions to Mayan Ruins in the jungles, waterfalls, sucba diving the blue hole, snorkeling the barrier reef, fishing for bonefish or tarpon, cave touring, birding for tropical birds, trekking for Pumas or relaxing on the beautiful beaches.  Belize  is a bucket list must for anyone who wants a little adventure on vacation.  At the end of the day, you may want to end your adventure in a cozy boutique resort hotel which can accommodate your budget.

 

 

 

 

 

Belize has a range of hotels to choose from moderate to luxury resorts, all small in comparison to large beach resort hotels in Cancun Mexico and the personal service to go with it.  Belize offers unique lodging in cottages located in the Tree Tops called “Treehouses”.  These Tresshouses are separate small one bedroom cottage build among the tree canopy with panoramic views.  A few of the jungle lodges have these cottages and they are very popular.  Then on the beach, you have the Thatch Roof Cabanas that offer a Caribbean style atmosphere and ambiance.

Jungle Lodge Treehouse Cottrage Belize

Jungle Lodge Treehouse Cottrage Belize

Most of the accommodations are geared for every generation, with a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service.
If you are a snorkeler, a diver , fisherman or someone who enjoys the water and sun, Belize has it all. There’s world class reef fishing for tarpon, or permit, bone or even deep sea fishing  is minutes away from any beach resort.  Ever thought about renting an island for you family, wedding or anniverary?
Belize has the perfect spot.

Belize Adventure & Beach Get-Away Package 8-Days / 7-Nights
This seven night package includes a visit to an  exciting Jungle lodge in the Cayo District and a relaxing, calm stay on the island Ambergris Caye. This package includes, your lodging, some meals, listed  tours, round trip domestic flight, round trip boat and ground transfers hotel taxes and hotel service fees.

Day 1    Once you arrive into Belize City  you will clear customs, and walk through the terminal to the     outside where you will be met by a driver who will drive you to  the Jungle Lodge. The scenic drive will take about 1 and half hours.
Day 1-5    4 nights stay Jungle Lodge
You will enjoy any room you choose at the Jungle Lodge. They will offer accommodations in TreeHouseses, suites, cabanas and comfortable bungalows. My favorite is their River View or Canopy view TreeHouse. Their River view 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, Cave’s Branch will include 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?

treehouse room belize

treehouse room belize

This package includes your choice of  3 daily  adventures tours (some tours will have a surcharge) All meals from dinner on day of arrival to breakfast on day of departure including local beers, local rum drinks, juice, sodas and water during your entire stay.

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treehouse room with view belize

Day 2    After breakfast you will enjoy a full day of soft hiking and exciting adventure. 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. After your exuberating hike, you will return to Cave’s Branch for a nice relaxing swim in their pool or a cold drink on the shaded porch. Dinner will be ready shortly.

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atm_cave_mayan-pottery1_belize

Day 3    Today after breakfast or in the afternoon, you will enjoy one of Belize’s River-Cave Tubing Expedition. Belize has many underground rivers for you to explore. This tour combine’s cave tubing and cave exploration. You will explore one of Belize’s cave systems where you will see ancient Maya Ceremonial centers, pottery, artifacts, altars, jade and the actual footprints of the Shaman and priests dated to 400 A.D.  When you return you may take a short walk around Cave’s Branch’s medicinal garden or relax on your Treehouse porch listening to the monkey’s chatter and sounds of birds.

Day 4 Today begins with another hearty buffet breakfast and a tough decision to make.  You have so many choices of activities it will be hard to decide. 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 5        Today is your departure day from your jungle lodge. Your driver will drive you back to the Belize airport for your short flight to the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye. This short flight will take you above the coastline of Belize. Have your camera ready, the water, the coastline is something you will want to capture. When you arrive into San Pedro you will be met by a driver who will drive you to the boat dock. The captain of the boat will greet you and take you up the coastline to a small boutique beach resort.

Day 5-8      You will love the next three nights on the Beach of Ambergris Caye.  Your beach cabana will be comfortable and relaxing.   This hotel  is located north of San Pedro, and 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 including  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. You’re 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 6 & 7    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, or sit by the pool. Maybe you will decide to snorkel or swim in the beautiful turquoise water.  Portofino can arrange a snorkel, dive tour for a fishing adventure for you if you like. The reef is just a short distance from the shore. Or maybe it’s a birding adventure you’d prefer. Over 40% Belize consist of protected areas for animals and birds. Portofino can assist you with any adventure you are looking to do.

Day 8        Time to say Good Bye to Belize and head back home. Your water taxi  boat captain 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.

Total Land Price:  Call for quote

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Our Belize specialists love to travel and have been to Belize, so they can offer first hand knowledge and advice about the hotels, resorts, regions, and all the unique attractions that make Belize an extraordinary vacation destination. Our specialists will recommend the places to go, things to see, and activities to do that fit your needs and desires.

They’ll also advise you on the proper documentation required for entry into Belize. You’ll receive correct and up-to-date travel information so your vacation will be worry-free!  Contact us 1-800-626-3483 or visit our web site at www.belizetravelpoints.com

 

Belize Ambergris Caye Getaway

Belize Ambergris Caye Voted World’s Best Island To Visit

 

Ambergris Caye Island a favorite destination for travelers visiting Belize. Located off the mainland of Belize a short plane ride over to the small town of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye was voted by travelers as the world’s top island to visit.

According to a recent TripAdvisor survey. Travelers ranked Ambergris Caye Belize as the best island to visit.  Travelers planning a trip to Ambergris Caye can expect to find moderate to award winning luxury boutique beach resort hotels, world class diving, snorkeling and fishing. Local restaurants, shops and the ambiance of a friendly island culture along with white sandy beaches. The second largest barrier reef is only minutes away by boat from Ambergris Caye is considered one of the most diverse ecosystems in Central America and home too many species such as the spiny lobster, sturgeon, conch, rays, whale sharks and 500 species of fish, it’s a divers and sports fisherman’s paradise.

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Fishing_Flats_Ambergris_Caye_Belize

The Belize Barrier Reef is nearly 700 miles long ranging from Mexico to Honduras, a play ground for divers.  The three coral atolls, including the Great Blue Hole make Belize one of the top diving and snorkeling destinations in the world. With such high visibility extending to 200 feet, divers of all ages and abilities find many new areas to explore.  Visitors to Belize are attracted to the rich diversity of the reef, UNESCO awarded World Heritage Status to the Belize Barrier Reef.  Divers come to Belize to explore the spur and groove coral formations and sheer walls along the length of the reef.  Popular dive sites include the atolls, the world-famous Blue Hole, Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan marine Reserve, South Water Caye marine Reserve and the seasonal whale shark encounter at Gladden Spit.   Snorkelers can also enjoy the clear turquoise waters floating atop of the warm water.  Knowledgeable local guides are available to help arrange dive and snorkeling excursions.  One of the most popular day trips is swimming with the rays and sharks in waist deep water.  Swimming with these gentle rays and nurse sharks is an experience you will never forget.  Other water sports such as sport fishing, sea kayaking and sailing are offered in certain areas of the country.  Opt for a stay in a small town, a remote beach, or even a private island.  If you just want to relax, there is no better plane than a hammock or lounge chair and let the warm Caribbean Breezes surround you.  Should you decide to plan a journey, we’ve have some interesting vacation suggestions.

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the reef Belize also offer a variety of sights and adventures on the mainland. Belize is a destination that offers the travelers a unique chance to interact with the culture and experience first hand the flavor of the destination.  Belize is a destination that remains lightly populated and a paradise for wild mammals and birds.  Nature is still natural here and the Belizeans have a real commitment to protecting the environment.

 

Belize is also a destination for adventure. There are many opportunities for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing and caving.  Indeed Belize offers some of the best spelunking anywhere with the huge cave systems, some yet unexplored in the Maya Mountains and elsewhere.

The recently survey provided by TripAdvisor list of the World’s best islands visited was based on millions of reviews and rating by international tourists on the travel website over the past year. Ambergris Caye Belize landed on top as the best island visited by these reviews along with the Western Caribbean destinations such as St. John and third place went to Bora Bora in Tahiti located in the Pacific Ocean which is considered by many travelers (especially the travel agents in my office) the most beautiful island in the world.

Following are TripAdvisor’s lists of the top islands in the World:

1. Ambergris Caye – Belize
2. St John, US Virgin Islands – Caribbean
3. Bora Bora – French Polynesia
4. San Juan Island – United States
5. Santorini – Greece
6. Isla Mujeres – Mexico
7. Moorea – French Polynesia
8. Koh Tao – Thailand
9. Easter Island – Chile
10. Nosy Be – Madagascar

Europe:

1. Santorini – Greece
2. Cephalonia – Greece
3. Island of Capri – Italy
4. Naxos – Greece
5. Mainland, Orkney Islands – Scotland
6. Island of Gozo – Malta
7. Zakynthos – Greece
8. Jersey, Channel Islands – Britain
9. Isle of Skye – Scotland
10. Fuerteventura – Canary Islands

UK:

1. Mainland, Orkney Islands – Scotland
2. Jersey – Channel Islands
3. Isle of Skye, The Hebrides – Scotland
4. Isle of Mull, The Hebrides – Scotland
5. Lewis and Harris, The Hebrides – Scotland
6. Isle of Arran – Scotland
7. Isle of Man – British Isles
8. Island of Anglesey – Wales
9. Isle of Wight, Hampshire – England
10. Guernsey – Channel Islands

 

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Meet Our Central America Destination Expert
Patsy 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.

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

 

Romantic Luxury Jungle & Beach Resorts in Belize

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GAIA-Cabana-Rooms-belize

Planning a trip to Belize with a romantic jungle lodge experience mixed with a luxury beach resort, then consider GAIA Jungle Lodge and Matachica Luxury Beach Resort combination. Since most travelers to Belize like to be active and relax with some down time, we have come up with the perfect combination of a luxury jungle and beach, great for honeymoon couples or adult
couples. Four nights at the new renovated GAIA Lodge and 4-Nights at Matachic for diving & snorkeling.

GAIA located in Pine Ridge area 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 on the edge of a steep valley, featuring 19 cabanas of various sizes, 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 At Matachica, located a short distance from the Center of San Pedro,

Matachic is a perfect location to relax and enjoy the amenities this resort has to offer.  The resort has a nice restaurant, swimming pool and unobstructed views of the Caribbean.   There are 24 air-conditioned guestrooms at Matachica Beach Resort including ceiling fans and windows that open.  Cabanas are spacious and beds are draped with pure lien mosquito net.  There is plenty to do with diving, fishing, surfing/boogie boarding and sailing or just relaxing with a treatment at the full-service spa.  it’s a great get-away.

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GAIA-Cabana-Rooms2-belize

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 01 USA to Belize International Airport to Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District, Belize, On arrival you will transfer to the Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District to GAIA. Enjoy four nights at Gaia in a Waterfall View Suite inclusive of breakfast.  Located on the top of a ridge overlooking the Five Sisters waterfalls, Gaïa River Lodge has 16 spacious appointed private cabanas.  Interior design features Belizean hardwoods, traditional bay leaf thatched roofs, varnished mahogany interiors, along with fully screened for comfort, Cabanas feature panoramic windows or a private veranda with hammock, ceiling fans, a bathroom decorated with hand-painted Mexican tiles

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GAIA-dining-patio-belize

Day 02 Gaia Jungle & River Lodge
Today meet your guide and head off on a full day trip to explore Caracol. The day begins with a visit to the majestic Caracol Maya archaeological site, the largest Mayan site in Belize, located deep in the Chiquibul Forest.  Afternoon stop at Rio Frio Cave and the Rio On pools.  Stop at 1000K foot waterfall.

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GAIA-River-view-belize

Caracol
Situated high on the Vaca Plateau deep in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the most extensive Mayan site in Belize and was only re-discovered in 1936. The site of Caracol covers over 80 square miles with 30,000 structures and at its peak supported a population of more than 150,000 people. Situated 1600 feet above sea level with no natural body of water nearby, it remains a mystery how such a huge population was able to survive there. At the heart of the site lies the massive pyramid of Caana (Sky Palace), which is now almost fully restored and reaches over 135 feet high. From the top you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over the forest-clad mountains.  Although one of the most challenging Belize ruins to reach, the trip to Caracol leads you to the country’s grandest Maya sites. The area is home to “Canaa” (Sky Place), the largest pyramid or man made structure in Belize at 140 feet tall. A large part of Caracol is still being discovered, but visitors can enjoy  simply walking among hundreds of carved monuments and structures.

Day 3: GAIA Jungle & River Lodge
Day trip to canoe through the ancient Barton Creek Cave, combined with an exhilarating zip-lining adventure. Or a visit to Green Hill Butterfly Farm to see and learn about the enchanting variety of Belize’s tropical butterflies.  Afternoon return to GAIA for a relaxing swim in the river below.

Cave tubing
Barton Creek Cave is fun relaxing way to experience this particular cave by tubing. Visitors rely on their inner tubes to take them back into ancient times by floating downstream through cave passages. Along the route, guides will share geology and Maya history of the limestone   surroundings. Many tours explore different passages, with some of the caves forming
natural swimming pools of clear blue water – a serene place for a swim.

 

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atm_cave_outside-entrance-belize

Day 4: GAIA Jungle & River Lodge
Today you relax or take a day excursion to one of the most impressive caves in Belize, Actun Tunichil Muknal or the ATM Cave.  This journey starts with a ride through the Pine Ridge Mountains to the Maya Mountains in central Belize.  The cave is located on the Caves Branch River.  After a moderate 2-mile walk to the cave entrance your guide will pass out helmets, lights and gather any personal items you don’t want to get wet.  At the cave entrance you will swim a short distance before descending into the cave.  You guide will lead you through the flowing water along the limestone walls where you will see
wonderful formations of stalagmites.  The highlight of the cave is viewing the ancient Mayan artifacts and carving left behind thousands of years ago.

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atm_cave_mayan-pottery1_belize

Day 5: GAIA to Matachica Ambergris Caye, Belize
Transfer to Belize Airport, take a short flight to Ambergris Caye and transfer to Matachica for the next 4-nights.

Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye is a warm, sunny island close to the mainland of Belize.  It’s the largest of the cayes (25 miles long) and offers first class hotels and many water related activities such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and much more.   The largest town on the caye is San Pedro.  And while the town is booming with world-class beach resorts, the laidback
atmosphere and charm is hard to deny (cobble stone roads, casual attire, beachside cafes and more).  Though visitors are attracted to the beaches of Ambergris from all over the world, the island never feels overcrowded. So, vacationers looking to enjoy the culture and everyday life of a Caribbean beach town, won’t have to sacrifice the little bit of “peace and quiet”
they’ve probably come to also relish.  Golf cart is the preferred mode of transportation around the island.

Matachica-belizeMatachica Resort
Mata Chica is a secluded beach resort located about 5 miles from San Pedro. The resort features fourteen private, air-conditioned villas, including 2 luxury Caribbean Villas and an incredible Beach Mansion, each with its own unique tropical flair. Start your day with delicious freshly squeezed tropical juice and Belizean coffee, and then relax in a chair by the pool or in a hammock. Spend the afternoon on the Caribbean fishing or snorkeling, then spend the evening in the giant outdoor hot tub gazing at the stars.

Beachfront Casita
These casually elegant 550-square-foot villas are popular among guests because of close proximity to the Caribbean Sea and unobstructed views of the barrier reef. Wonderfully located only 50 feet from the Caribbean Sea, each Beachfront Casita features a king-size bed, full bathroom, air-conditioning, a ceiling fan, a sitting area, a private patio with a hammock, a
feather duvet, Matouk and Frette linens, bathrobes and Central American interior furnishings.

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Day 6: Matachica Ambergris Caye, Belize
This morning enjoy after breakfast you will embark on a snorkeling tour to the famous Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye is Belize’s oldest marine reserve – the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Hol Chan (Mayan for “little channel”) revolves around a cut through the reef, which is more than 25 yards wide and 30 feet deep.  The reserve is home to hundreds of colorful fish species, several kinds of rays and beautiful coral formations.  Local fishermen used to  come to Shark Ray Alley to clean their catch and their discards would attract hungry nurse sharks and southern rays. As a result these predators have long become accustomed to boats, which now bring snorkelers instead of fishers.  Shark Ray Alley is the top snorkeling destination in Hol Chan Marine Reserve.

Day 7: Matachica Ambergris Caye, Belize
Today relax and enjoy the surroundings or take an complimentary sea kayak ride. Afternoon, take a sea taxi into the small town of San Pedro to stroll and visit with the locals.

Day 8: Matachica Depart Belize
Today relax or reserve an optional fishing excursion, snorkel or dive trip to some of the famous dive site along the great barrier reef. Optional excursion not included in price.

Day 09:  Matachica to Belize / USA
Depart Matachica for your return flight home.

Package Includes:
-  4 nights accommodations at GAIA
-  Day excursions listed
-  RT transfers from Belize Intl Airport to GAIA
-  RT local intra-country flight from Belize to Ambergris Caye
-  RT Transfers from San Pedro to Matachica
-  4-nights accommodations at Matachica
-  Day excursions listed at Matachica

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Matachica & Thatch Caye Island Luxury Package- 2013

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Day-to-Day Itinerary – Matachica & Thatch Caye Island Luxury Package

7-Days / 6-Nights

Day  1    Once you arrive into Belize City your will clear customs and check in for your short flight to over to Ambergris Caye. Once you arrive and have collected your bags a representative from Matachica will greet you and drive you to Matachica Resort

Day 1-4
3 nights At Matachica Resort in a SeaBreeze Bunglalow
Includes: Continental Breakfast and hotel taxes and service fee
This 350-square-foot villa of quaint interior space is located 200 feet from the Caribbean Sea with garden view and features a king-size bed, full bathroom, air-conditioning, ceiling fan, private patio with hammock, feather duvet, Matouk and Frette linens, bathrobes and Central American interior furnishings.

Date to be decided        ~Snorkel Mexico Rock/Tres Cocos AM or PM trip

We will take you north of San Pedro to Mexico Rocks to snorkel various coral heads and reefs teeming with exotic, colorful tropical fish.  Then it is off to Tres Cocos on the barrier reef where you will experience the most amazing stand of Elk horn coral in the Caribbean. Snorkeling Mexico Rocks is great, and it is only a short boat ride out of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It is located about one third of the way up the coast of Ambergris Caye, between the barrier reef and the Caye. Unlike many of the snorkeling spots in Belize that are right on the barrier reef, Mexico Rocks is a star coral patch that is located in the shallow waters midway between the reef and the island  includes: gear, guide, snacks, beer, drinks and taxes

 

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Day 4
Depart Ambergris Caye and fly to Dangriga. Once you arrive you will be met by a representative from Thatch  Caye Resort. They will drive you to the boat dock for your transfer.

Day 4-7    3 nights at Thatch Caye Resort in a Cabana
Includes: 3 nights  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.

We have five cozy Cabanas all perched over the sea with 180 degree water views. Spacious full baths and private verandas with hammocks. Handcrafted bamboo or wild cane ceilings with fans and tile floors provide cooling comfort year round.
Day 7
After breakfast you will take a boat and be driven to the airstrip for your flight to Belize City

Total land package for 2 people:  Call us for pricing

**All prices are subject to change as well as availability
Package Include -
•    All taxes and fees
•    Meals where noted
•    Domestic transfers land, water and air
•    All accommodations
•    Tours where noted
Package does not include –
•    Gratuities
•    Travel insurance
•    Meals unless otherwise noted
•    Tours unless otherwise noted