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STAY: CAYO ESPANTO

STAY: CAYO ESPANTO

Located three miles off the coast of Belize, you’ll find this hideaway on a private island trimmed with white sand beaches. Lounge in the sun, cool off in your private plunge pool, and let your dedicated houseman cater to your every whim in one of only seven villas on the island.

STAY: EL SECRETO

STAY: EL SECRETO

Spend your holiday in this modern tropical-style resort on Belize's Ambergris Caye. Thirteen thatched-roof villas reside in this secluded oasis which boasts all of the amenities you need to make your stay pleasant.

STAY: LAS TERRAZAS

STAY: LAS TERRAZAS

A collection of eight secluded, luxurious seafront villas for those seeking privacy, seclusion, and the chance to enjoy the best of Ambergris Caye.

STAY: BLANCANEAUX LODGE

STAY: BLANCANEAUX LODGE

Leave the outside world behind and surrender to the beauty of the rainforest. Nestled in the Maya Mountains, relax in your private villa before you stroll over to the fresh water infinity pool.

STAY: BELIZEAN COVE ESTATES

STAY: BELIZEAN COVE ESTATES

A collection of eight secluded, luxurious seafront villas for those seeking privacy, seclusion, and the chance to enjoy the best of Ambergris Caye.

SPA: MARUBA JUNGLE SPA

SPA: MARUBA JUNGLE SPA

Specializing in treatments using all-natural Mood Muds, this spa is an oasis of charm and grace with a hint of wildness.

SPA: KA'ANA

SPA: KA'ANA

Explore the unique offerings at this spa and try the Mayan Abdominal Massage. A technique for thousands of years, this practice is used to treat reproductive and digestive issues, as well as to detox your body.

SPA: JADE

SPA: JADE

From banana and papaya facials to coffee scrubs and chocolate body wraps, this spa sets themselves apart by providing treatments with their own Belizean twist. Restore yourself and nourish your skin with their natural ingredients sourced locally from the Belizean jungle and sea.

SPA: CHAA CREEK

SPA: CHAA CREEK

Located on a hilltop above the Macal River with a panoramic view of the Maya Mountains and lush Caribbean Rainforest, this spa offers one of the best spa menus in Belize. Featuring a natural, herbal based approach to their treatments, pamper yourself to see what jungle luxury really feels like.

SPA: CAYE ESPANTO

SPA: CAYE ESPANTO

Relish the feeling of complete relaxation with spa services provided in the comfort of your own private villa. Try the Mayan Coffee scrub & Cocoa Wrap using an exotic blend of coffees from the Mayan Mountains of Belize.

SEE & DO: GREAT BLUE HOLE - UNESCO

SEE & DO: GREAT BLUE HOLE - UNESCO

The Great Blue Hole is a large underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize. Its crystal-clear blue waters is home to a myriad of marine life including tropical fish and spectacular coral formations.

SEE & DO: HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE

SEE & DO: HOL CHAN MARINE RESERVE

Explore the vibrant coral reefs at Belize's oldest marine reserve where you can find yourself snorkeling among sharks and sting rays.

SEE & DO: XUNANTUCICH

SEE & DO: XUNANTUCICH

This classic Maya ceremonial center is one of the most popular Mayan ruins in Belize. It is home to the El Castillo Pyramid, one of the tallest buildings in the country.

SEE & DO: AMBERGRIS CAYE

SEE & DO: AMBERGRIS CAYE

Located in the northern most waters of Belize, this is the largest of several hundred cayes. This narrow strip of paradise is a small, sandy island perched on the surface of a coral reef.

SEE & DO: ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL CAVE

SEE & DO: ACTUN TUNICHIL MUKNAL CAVE

Actun Tunichil Muknal is one of the most breathtaking experiences you will have in Belize. The cave contains a perennial stream that runs through it and a large chamber full of intact human remains from ancient sacrifices. Note that it is not easy to get to the cave but if you’re up for an adventure, it is worth the trek.

SEE: GREAT BARRIER REEF - UNESCO

SEE: GREAT BARRIER REEF - UNESCO

The Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world. This is an underwater paradise with 70 hard coral species, 36 soft coral species, 500 species of fish, and hundreds of invertebrate species living on the reef.

SEE & DO: BIOLUMINESCENT WATERS

SEE & DO: BIOLUMINESCENT WATERS

Bioluminescent waters are truly spectacular. There are only a few places worldwide where tiny oceanic plankton illuminate the water in which they live. Witness this natural wonder when you are in Belize. You won’t be disappointed.

EAT: ROJO LOUNGE

EAT: ROJO LOUNGE

Strong proponents of quality over quantity, much of what they serve they grow themselves. Utilizing local, fresh and in season ingredients, pick any item off of the menu and enjoy with an icy rum cocktail.

EAT: RAIN

EAT: RAIN

Savor the red snapper veracruz as you sit on the rooftop terrace and take in the gorgeous views of the sea, reef, and sunsets to the west.

EAT: PALMILLA

EAT: PALMILLA

The cuisine is a unique mix of island seafood, continental, and Belize infused cuisines. Local seafood is incorporated everywhere throughout the menu which changes regularly depending on what’s in season.

EAT: ELVI'S KITCHEN

EAT: ELVI'S KITCHEN

If you’re looking for an authentic island experience and an excellent seafood menu, head over to Elvi’s Kitchen. A local landmark for over 30 years, the flavors that you enjoy at Elvi’s will stay with you for a lifetime.

EAT: BISTRO AT MAYA BEACH

EAT: BISTRO AT MAYA BEACH

Menu favorites include nut-encrusted snapper and cocoa-dusted pork chop on a risotto cake. Follow up with mango cheesecake and your tropical meal is complete. There’s plenty of outdoor beachside seating, so pull up a chair and enjoy the breeze from the Caribbean Sea.

DRINKS: ROJO LOUNGE

DRINKS: ROJO LOUNGE

This ultra-trendy beachfront lounge is complete with two pools, plush seating, and cocktail specials with names you won’t find elsewhere.

DRINKS: RUMFISH Y VINO

DRINKS: RUMFISH Y VINO

This “gastro-bar” offers a selection of local draft beers, refreshing libations, and 'small plates' style dining. It is the perfect atmosphere to sit back and unwind.

DRINKS: O RESTAURANT WINE BAR

DRINKS: O RESTAURANT WINE BAR

Choose from a tantalizing selection of Caribbean-inspired cocktails or select a fine wine to complete your day in the Belizean sun.

SHOP: CHOCOLATE

SHOP: CHOCOLATE

The Cotton Tree Lodge offers a guided chocolate tour of a cacao farm which provides a look at the various stages of processing.

SHOP: HABANERO HOT SAUCE

SHOP: HABANERO HOT SAUCE

If you’re feeling a bit spicy, request a walk-through of the Marie Sharp’s hot sauce factory to learn more about their well-known Belizean hot sauces.

Belize is located in Central America and is known for its extreme biodiversity and distinctive ecosystems. A country with a mix of various cultures and languages, you’ll find plenty to explore from Mayan ruins to lush jungles to colorful reefs. It is a seafood paradise with menus changing regularly to reflect the catch of the day.

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BEFORE YOU GO

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GETTING AROUND

There are plenty of ways to get around in Belize. For long distances, planes and rental cars make travel easy. For more local travel, take a bike, taxi, or water taxi. Taxis are not metered so make sure to settle on a price before taking off.

 

 

STAY

While you will find plenty of hotels with modern amenities, you won’t forget that you’re in Belize for a reason – paradise. Here is a list of hotels that will allow you to discover the beautiful country without sacrificing comfort or style.

 

Belizean Cove Estates

Blancaneaux Lodge

Cayo Espanto

El Secreto

Las Terrazas

 

 

EAT 

Belizean cuisine is a mix of Caribbean, Mexican, African, Spanish, and Mayan culinary influences. Seafood is fresh and plentiful in most of the country's coastal and island destinations. Fresh fish, lobster, shrimp, and conch are widely available and almost always on the menu. Other than seafood, rice and beans is a major staple, as is stew chicken. 

 

Bistro at Maya Beach Hotel

Elvi’s Kitchen

Palmilla Restaurant

Rain

Rojo Lounge

 

 

 

DRINKS

Belize is heaven for rum drinkers. Mixed with just about anything, many locals mix it with refreshing tropical juices.  Beachfront bars and clubs, though plentiful, tend to be more casual. For something a little more sophisticated, head to one of the top-end hotel bars. 

 

Admiral Nelson Bar

O’ Restaurant Wine Bar

Rojo Lounge

Rumfish y Vino

 

 

SEE & DO

Belize is compact, but don't let its size throw you off because there’s plenty to see and explore. The barrier reel is a paradise for swimmers, snorkelers, and scuba divers. Impressive Mayan archeological sites keep the culture-hounds satisfied. Naturally, jungles full of exotic plants and animals provide adventure every step along the way.

 

Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

Ambergris Caye

Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System - UNESCO 

Bioluminescent Tour - Hopkins Bay Resort 

Blue Hole - UNESCO

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Xunantunich

 

 

SPA

Treatments vary among spa resorts, but all feature the most well-known pampering treats like Swedish massage, facials, body scrubs, and more. The products used are indigenous to the local area and many incorporate traditional Mayan healing treatments.

 

Cayo Espanto

Chaa Creek

Jade Spa

Ka’ana Resort & Spa

Maruba Jungle Spa

 

 

SHOP

Belize is best known for its chocolate and habañero pepper sauces. Locals celebrate yearly with a mouthwatering Chocolate Festival simply not to be missed if you happen to be in town. The Cotton Tree Lodge offers a guided chocolate tour of a cacao farm which gives a look at the various stages of processing.  IXCACAO Maya Belizean Chocolate also offers tours.

 

If you’re feeling a bit spicy, request a walk-through of the Marie Sharp’s hot sauce factory to learn more about their well-known Belizean hot sauces. 

 

No doubt each tour ends with an opportunity to purchase products on-site to take back home and enjoy.