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My fiance and I are considering Belize for a honeymoon in
October; yet, we know little about it. If you've been there
(especially for a romantic vacation) and have any
recommendations on places to stay(near the beach ideally),
things to do, or any special packages you know of, I'd really
appreciate your advice!
My brother got married last May on Ambergris Caye (I don't know
if I spelled that right), an island off of the main country of
Belize. It is an amazing place! Beautiful...friendly people.
We stayed at a wonderful place called the Victoria House. We
rented golf carts to drive all over the island- into town, out
to dinner, etc. The scuba diving was incredible. It's very
easy to take a plane ride back to Belize to see the ruins,
jungles, etc. One night, we took a boat to a resort called Mata
Chica- north of the town- talk about romantic!! Little bungalow
type places right on the ocean, a delicious restaraunt.
Congratulations, and enjoy your honeymooon. I can't wait to
get back to Belize!
We went to Belize and Costa Rica for our honeymoon and had an
incredible vacation! Such a perfect combination of relaxation
and adventure. First, we flew to Belize and stayed at a low key
resort called Victoria House. A small collection of bungalows
right on the beach. Incredible scuba diving right there, and
wonderful meals. Then we travelled to Blancaneuax, which is the
lodge owned by Francis Ford Coppola in the Belizean rain
forest. An amazing place with great hiking and the most
beautiful, rustic setting ever. While there we took a day trip
to the Tikal ruins in Guatemala which was a fantastic
experience. They offer all sorts of one day outings along those
lines -- hikes, river rafting, spelunking, etc. We then flew to
Costa Rica and had a similarly incredible time. If you want
more information don't hesitate to email.
I am planning a ''camp it up'' trip to Belize next December
(taking a group of families) and I am seeking advice and
information. If anyone has been to Belize in the last few
years and would be willing to tell me about it (and especially
how it was for the kids and teens), I would appreciate it.
We travelled to Belize in December for 10 days and it was
wonderful for our extended family (2 kids age 3 and 6). We
stayed on the beautiful island of Ambergris Caye -- about a 10-
minute plane ride from the mainland. There we hung out in the
ocean, did some snorkeling, swam in the pool, rode bikes and
kayaked. We also took several day trips into the jungle to check
out the wildlife (lots of alligators, iguanas, monkeys), hike
Mayan ruins and ride inner tubes through underground caves. The
people are very friendly and seem to love kids. I'd be happy to
share more info about our specific tours/hotels if you want more
If the previous post about Caye Ambergris sounded appealing to
you, but you find Ambergris too expensive, consider its
budget-priced next-door neighbor, Caye Caulker. We liked it
We took our then-8-month-old daughter to Belize in January of
1992 and vastly enjoyed ourselves. Because we didn't speak a
word of Spanish, and were travelling with a baby for the first
time, we clung to the Cayes at first. They are very sheltered
from urban crime and hassles compared with Belize City. We flew
into Belize City on Continental, and I was frightened to be
plucked out of the line of immigrants and arriving tourists and
hustled to the head of the queue. The fear was misplaced - I was
moved up in the line because I had a small baby and ''shouldn't
have to wait.'' We were immediately offered a flight to the
Cayes, and had another paranoid reaction. The flight turned out
to be a good buy and great fun compared with a slog into Belize
City and a 45-minute speedboat ride to the Cayes. It was odd,
though, to be dropped off in a patch of sand the middle of
nowhere with our suitcases heavy with pots and pans and diapers,
and an umbrella stroller that was useless in the sand. We
eventually found our way to the place where we had a reservation,
''Ignacio's cabins,'' a collection of rag-tag wooden shacks right
on the beach, where we lived cheaply and happily for weeks. The
baby loved the warm, shallow water. I loved it that, of an
evening, the women of Caye Caulker would stand around in clusters
in the middle of the street (on the Caye, there were no cars to
speak of, so that was perfectly safe) talking, and nursing their
babies as they stood.
We had one frightening night where our daughter ran a fever that
spiked at 105 degrees. There was only a nurse on Caye Caulker,
which meant we had to wait until morning, and take her by speed
boat to a doctor in Belize City. It was a passing virus, and she
quickly recovered. We were impressed by the medical care we got.
The facilities were no-frills, but our doctor, like many in
Belize, was U.S.-trained, and seemed very knowledgeable.
Caye Caulker had two nuisances you should come equipped for. One
is a few packs of fierce, unrestrained dogs. We had several
frightening incidents (and another tourist was bitten), and
learned to pick up a good-sized stick before crossing some
beachfront properties. (There were piles of sticks at each end,
assembled by other passersby.) The other nuisance is biting
insects. The mosquitoes and ''no-see-ums'' can be a scourge.
These are not a problem when the wind is up, and you can keep
them at bay in your cabin by running the ever-present fans 24/7,
but put Deet on your socks in the evening, or you are in for misery!
If you venture inland to visit the rainforests, and take the
public buses, be ready for a charming custom that startled me at
first. While you, the parent, aren't entitled to a seat, seated
riders may reach up to you to unburden you of the baby by taking
her into their laps. We soon learned to gracefully (and
gratefully) assent. Restaurant staff, airport staff and others
may also expect to relieve you (and even disappear from view with
the baby). We soon discovered she was having the time of her
life on these expeditions. An odd souvenir of our visit was
that, from that trip onward, our daughter's intense stranger
anxiety was confined to Caucasians.
We found Belize fascinating, and on net, a great place to go with
Sign me: a nostalgic procrastinator
My extended family (8 of us altogether) are planning a trip to
Belize in December. We'll be staying on Ambergris Caye and are
looking for recommendations for things to do on the island, day
trips inland (especially what not to miss and what's not worth
the effort). We have two kids (ages 6 and 3) so any
recommendations for the younger set would also be great.
regarding the planned trip to Ambergis caye, Belize - I went
there in 1986 over Christmas with my parents and daughter, it
was a totally wonderful experience! I wish I could remember
the name of the hotel. My daughter (15 at the time, I was 39)
and I took a scuba diving resort course, which means you can get
certified, after only a few hours of classes, for diving with an
instructor accompanying you at all times (it helped that my
daughter and I were both very experienced and comfortable in the
water). We did deep diving and night diving. The reefs there
have a well-deserved world class reputation, the underwater
canyons are amazing and awesomely beautiful. If that activity
and training is still available, I highly recommend it. And if
you are already certified for scuba diving, or have time to do
so before your vacation, all the better.
The cayes are delightful and will be a lovely
vacation. Enjoy the manatees! Eat some lobster! Scuba diving on
the reef is world class - get certified! Caye Caulker is a 30-
minute boatride from San Pedro and prices there are
significantly lower. It caters to the backpacking crowd.
You HAVE to go to the Community Baboon Sanctuary, about
30 miles outside Belize City. Here's a website with more
I went there years ago, and it was the coolest place.
Number one, you get to see these incredible Howler
Monkeys (the locals call them Baboons). Not in cages, but
living in the wild. They are HUGE and LOUD. And it's one of
those rare, great, ecotourism stories. The locals agreed to
stop cutting down the trees in the area, which was
destroying the Howlers habitat. In return, they are
employeed as guides for the sanctuary, and they also offer
meals and lodgings to visitors. If you're adventurous, and
you have the time, it would be great to spend the night there.
Don't expect luxury lodgings, but it will be the experience of a
I don't know what your original question was regarding your trip
to Belize, but my brother, Marty Casado, has a business building
web sites for the hotels and travel industry businesses there. He
loves the country and he *loves* its people. He has travelled
there for many years with his own family and he knows most of the
business owners in the Ambergis caye area. I'm not current on
Marty's web links, but his email address is email@example.com. I'm
sure he'd be happy to help point you in the direction you're
headed. Enjoy your trip!
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