A Blissful Week in Belize

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  • Active Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Arts & Culture

  • Beaches

  • Couples Travel

  • Honeymoons

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Solo Travel

  • Coast

  • Entertainment

  • Relaxation

  • Scuba Diving

  • Snorkeling

A palm tree and beautiful blue waters in Belize.
Curator’s statement

Belize. Even the name of the country sounds exotic! Belize is full of aqua blue beaches, emerald jungles, cultural history and welcoming people. You can split your time between lounging on one of the many islands, aka 'cayes', and exploring deep into the jungle of the inland portion of the country. The typical traveler to Belize is in search of rustic luxury and eager to explore all the nature has to offer. On top of all the beautiful landscapes and scenery, the official language of Belize is English and they also use the US Dollar. It's a great place to visit if you are a first time traveller to Central America, or a seasoned travel veteran!

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Where to stay

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Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

Within the Sibun Nature Reserve, this secluded hideaway sets the scene for rest, relaxation and knockout jungle views.

Matachica Resort & Spa

Relaxed beachfront resort for adults-only with breezy bungalows offering views of the Caribbean Sea.

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Weezie's Ocean Front Hotel and Garden Cottages

Oceanfront boutique hotel on the shores of the Caribbean with modern rooms offering views of the barrier reef.

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Day 1: Arrive in Belmopan

A Mayan pyramid in Belize.

After flying into Belize City, you will get whisked away via pre-determined transfer to Belize's beautiful Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. You will arrive on the property tucked into the jungle and be instantly at ease. The flora is expertly landscaped, seemingly as though it was exactly there before the resort existed. You can have a meal at The Grove House, a field to table eatery, onsite the resort. I, personally, loved the Grove House's electric cocktails. Guests can shake off their post flight tiredness by hiking to The Ceremonial Cave, exclusively available to Sleeping Giant guests.

Day 2: Active Day

A watering hole in the jungle in Belize.

There are a plethora of activities you can take advantage of on your second day in the Belizean jungle oasis. Do the ATM Cave Tour (considered one of the most sacred caves in the world,) go horseback riding, go cave tubing in Blue Hole National Park, take part in a Mayan cooking experience, visit Mayan ruin, or just chill next to the Sibun river or resort pool. After working up your appetite from adventuring all day, grab a bite to eat at the second on-site restaurant at Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge, Don Tonito's Pizzeria.

Day 3: Arrive at Ambergris Caye

Aerial view of one of the islands in Belize.

On day three, take a hike up to the lookout at Sleeping Giant to catch the sunrise and book an extra special mountain top breakfast. (If you have time, try to stay another day or two here to take full advantage of all the jungle activities offered.) Take a transfer back to BZE and then take a quick 15 minute flight to Ambergris Caye. There is also an option to arrive via water taxi from the ferry terminal in Belize City. Ambergris Caye is the largest island off the coast of Belize and boasts beautiful beaches, great restaurants and friendly people. Getting to Matachica Resort and Spa is only a speedboat transfer away, directly from the airstrip on Ambergris Caye. Matachica Resort consists of individual casitas and villas that are within a stone's throw to the ocean. Refuel at Mambo Restaurant which has open air dining and refined menus with local cuisine.

Day 4: Belize Barrier Reef

A large turtle in Belize.

Today is your day to explore all that Ambergris Caye has to offer! Ambergris Caye is a perfect place to do a snorkeling tour of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, an iconic area of the Belize Barrier Reef. You will get the opportunity to swim with fish, sharks and stingrays. You might even get lucky and see a manatee or sea turtle on the way back to the island. My husband and I were two of the lucky ones on our snorkeling trip. We were able to swim right next to four manatees! Snorkeling all day, or even half a day, can cause a huge appetite. Garage Seafood and Steakhouse is a newer restaurant in San Pedro and offers fresh seafood daily as well as juicy steaks and delicious cocktails.

Day 5: Beach Day

Secret Beach sign in Belize.

There is nothing better than waking up to the sounds of the ocean waves outside your casita. Grab breakfast or brunch at Cool Beans Cafe before grabbing a golf cart and making your way to the west side of the island to an area called Secret Beach. It's one of the prettiest beaches on the island. You can chill all day with endless drinks from the multiple bars. Spend your time relaxing, swimming and sun-worshipping until the sun starts to set.

Additional Days

Beautiful, colorful Belize village.

Day 6

Take a helicopter tour of the Blue Hole with Astrum Helicopters. Or go on a reef fishing excursion to catch red snappers and barracudas! Beach bar hopping is also a fantastic option.

Day 7

If you have time, definitely check out Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye's smaller next door island. There are no cars allowed on Caye Caulker, so most people rent golf carts or bicycles to get around this small island. Here you can spend a night or two at Weezie's Ocean Front Hotel and Garden Cottages. Kayaks, stand-up paddle boards and snorkel gear is free for guest's use. There are multiple pools and a lovely dock where you can relax or fish off from. My husband and I spent an entire day making mixed drinks and fishing, with bait from a local shop, off Weezie's dock. A must see and do on Caye Caulker is chill out and take an ocean dip at The Split and get a bucket of beers from The Lazy Lizard.

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on travel to Central America.