BE In Paradise: Belize
See It to Belize It!
There’s a reason Belize is the fastest growing Caribbean tourism destination. Well — there’s lots of reasons. If you could just see it, you’d Belize it!
At the end of September, I was fortunate enough to be 1 of the 372,075 visitors to Belize for 2018 alone; the number that yielded a 16.6% increase in tourism compared to its 2017 headcount. Impressive, right?
One of the perks of being a travel advisor is gaining hands-on experience in order to better serve our clients — so let me share my thoughts with you. In sum, Belize totally rocks. And aside from the smiling people, the rich culture, and the mouthwatering food, there are 3 reasons you want to visit Belize:
A. The Jungle Adventure
B. The Tropical Paradise
C. All of the above
Option A takes place in inland Belize.
Travelers can fly into Belize City before making their way (via plane or car) to their hotel of choice. Some great properties to consider would be Ka’ana, Blancaneux Lodge, or Cayo Espanto (to name a few!)
In inland Belize, travelers enjoy all kinds of Mayan jungle adventure: I’m talking caving, bird watching, waterfall jumping, hiking and zip lining. Oh, and the monstrous Mayan Ruins (I’m talking to you, history junkies).
Option B takes place on the Cayes - and there are hundreds!
Travelers can fly into BZE before making their way to the islands via smaller plane. Perhaps the most popular Caye is Ambergrise Caye, known for its lively atmosphere, bars scene, delicious food, beautiful blue waters and the adventures beneath their surface (any divers out there?)
Two great properties on Ambergrise Caye (with totally different personalities), are Las Terrazas and Victoria House. Other Cayes to choose from would be Caye Caulker or a private Virtuoso Caye that could be yours for the week, Royal Belize! No matter the Caye, you’ll enjoy the beautiful Caribbean blue, laying on the beach, basking in the sun, and sipping on some rum — you can’t forget the rum.
Option C can be one of two things.
The first option being a combination of A & B, connected by a quick flight between the inlands and the islands; perfect for those who love the idea of a multi-destination vacation. However, for those of you you who want the ideal one-stop-shop for all Belize has to offer, let me introduce you to option two: Placencia.
Placencia is where I spent all of my time in Belize, at the beautiful Naia Resort and Spa. I did get to peak in Turtle Inn, which was so cool in a completely different way. Ask me if you’d like to know more about it!
I cannot say enough wonderful things about my time at Naia and the hospitality they offer. A few of my favorite highlights of the resort?
Everyone employed by Naia is Belizean. You truly get to know the culture! And #supportlocal.
The beaches at Naia were kept natural, which gives an authentic island feel. Naia’s beaches are not cleared out or commercialized.
All of their food is farm to table — and delicious!
Any decoration or piece of furniture you see at Naia (down to their mattresses) was made by someone local. If you’re into supporting local communities when you travel, you’d be really into Naia.
Each room has a (spectacular) view, along with a private outdoor shower that is simply magical.
Want to know what your stay at Naia could look like? Keep reading!
DAY ONE: Fly into BZE. Make your way through immigration, get your bags, and recheck your bags before boarding your Mayan or Tropical Airlines plane — all of which takes no more than 10 minutes. Enjoy your scenic flight over to Placencia, where you’re picked up in a private van that will take you straight to Naia.
DAY TWO: Relax by the pool after getting breakfast at Naia’s Beach Bar and Grill. Later in the afternoon, grab a paddle board and head out into the ocean! Actually, kick off your vacation with any of the adventures Naia has to offer! For dinner, try out Naia’s 1981 and let your tastebuds experience the flavors of Belize!
DAY THREE: Did you know Naia’s Yoga Studio is one of only two in all of Belize? Or that its Spa is the the biggest in all of Belize? Start your morning with a yoga class! In the afternoon, check into the spa for a few hours — because, treat yo’ self!
DAY FOUR: Spend your day relaxing on the beach before a private Naia shuttle takes you into town for the afternoon. Stroll the famous main street (the narrowest main street in history, did ya know?) and buy a piece of art from Art ‘n Soul. Then make sure to grab dinner at a bar & grill while you listen to live music! Placencia didn’t begin as a backpacker’s paradise for nothing!
DAY FIVE: Kayak Naia’s exclusive route through the mangroves. You don’t want to miss this! End your trip with dinner and dessert at 1981, because their menu will have you crawling back for more!
You better Belize Placencia made its way onto my favorites list! If you want to talk more about making your own Belizean memories, you know where to find me!