highlights: beach, sailing, snorkeling, ruins
trip style: island leisure
A place where days are passed in palm strung hammocks, nights come alive with reggae rhythms, and golf carts are the vehicle of choice, Ambergris Caye offers travelers the idealistic island escape in Central America. Located about a mile from Belize's northern shores, the country's largest caye boasts plenty of white sand beaches bordered by the cerulean waters of the Caribbean, perfect for snorkeling, diving, and island hopping enthusiasts. An infusion of Maya, Spanish, and Afro-Caribbean culture on the island gives rise to a unique offering of food, festivals, and language to tease and tantalize your senses from the moment you step off the docks in San Pedro Town.
30 years after Madonna dreamt of San Pedro, 'the tropical island breeze with all of nature wild and free', Ambergris Caye continues to inspire beach bums, ocean explorers and adventure seekers alike, inviting all to discover the magic of "La Isla Bonita". Climb aboard and cast aside all worries as we swim with sharks, descend into mysterious caves, and discover ancient Maya ruins on this unforgettable Belizean escape.
Arrive in Belize City by early afternoon greeted by your guide and the rest of your group before making your way to the water taxi docks. As you leave the mainland behind and enter the picture perfect blue and green waters of the Caribbean, you realize your expectations of paradise are becoming a reality. After a scenic ride through waters protected by Belize's massive barrier reef your boat arrives at Ambergris Caye.
A short ride via golf cart (the cadillac of the island) brings you to your hotel on the beach. Take some time to unpack and tour the hotel grounds, admiring the white sands bordered by clear blue caribbean waters just steps from your room. Join your group for a caribbean-inspired dinner followed by a night of tropical srinks and dancing in San Pedro Town.
Wake up to a Belizean inspired breakfast complete with refried beans, eggs, fresh tropical fruits and homemade pastry before focusing your mind and body with a group yoga session on the beach. Afterwards set sail for a day of spectacular snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Located five miles south of the island, this natural aquarium provides unforgettable opportunities to observe vibrant colorful fish like royal fairy basslets, parrot fish, trigger fish, and blue tangs (Dory from Finding Nemo) as well as larger fish like grouper, barracuda, and even moral eels! With shallow waters and premium visibility Hol Chan Marine Reserve allows you to explore the reef in all its natural wonder with iridescent sponges, sea fans, various corals contributing to the biodiversity of marine life in this unique location.
Continue on to Shark Ray Alley to explore the shallow waters that live up to their name. Swim alongside giant mantas and play with gentle nurse sharks, an experience not to be soon forgotten. You may also be lucky enough to spot a curious turtle, majestic spotted eagle ray, or migrating manatee hanging out in the area! Return to San Pedro in the afternoon for lunch and free time to hang out on the beach or explore San Pedro Town before dinner.
Your third day in paradise begins with another breakfast inspired by local farm fresh ingredients. The morning is free to enjoy the numerous offerings of the island as you please. You won't have to go far to find an umbrella and chair on the white sands a few steps from your hotel room. Take advantage of paddle boats, sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and water trampoline to cool off in the crystal clear Caribbean waters. The adventurous traveler may opt for kitesurfing offshore or diving at the world renowned Blue Hole.
After lunch join climb aboard a catamaran for a sunset sailing cruise with the group. Enjoy snorkeling along the reef before rum punch and post card worthy views back on the boat. Arrive at the dock in time for a belizean style beach barbeque complete with fresh caught lobster, fish, chicken, rice, and beans! End your night with dancing in town, a stroll on the beach, or at the end of the docks under the Caribbean night's sky.
Awake to the sounds of the sea and greet the sun with yoga on stand up paddle boards before breakfast. With your mind clear and your body energized spend the morning enjoying your favorite activities on the island before packing and heading to the docks. Leaving the islands behind your water taxi departs for Belize City and the adventure of the Maya mainland. Private transportation takes you over land towards the capital of Belmopan via the Hummingbird Highway.
Arrive at your ecolodge nestled in the lush tropical rainforest of central Belize by late afternoon. Settle in, take a tour of the grounds or hang out by the pool before dinner. After sunset, explore another wild side of the rainforest with a night hike. Equipped with headlamps, follow your guide in search of monkeys, sleeping birds, deer, frogs, spiders, and snakes as you explore an ecosystem that comes alive when the lights go out.
After a breakfast of granola, yogurt, fresh pineapple, mangos, melon, and papaya your group will visit a local school to deliver donated supplies to the students. Afterwards learn about the hotel's work in the community including a youth chess foundation as well efforts to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in a region simultaneously harboring fragile ecosystems and remnants of ancient civilizations.
The remainder of the day is spent experiencing Belize's unique network of caves in one of three ways: observe hanging crystal formations as you float along an underground river of caves via inner tube, ascend and pool plunge through a series of waterfalls within the caves, or explore on foot to go deep inside the same caves used by Maya Shaman as their ceremonial centers 2,000 years ago.
Your journey continues with an early start and departure for Petén, Guatemala. After getting your passport stamped and crossing the border into Guatemala, arrive with the group at the ancient Maya ruins of Tikal around mid morning. A four hour guided tour takes you through major structures of the site including the Great Plaza, North Acropolis, Central Acropolis, Mundo Perdido (Lost World Complex), and Temple IV. Your guide shares a wealth of information regarding the archeology and history of this magical place as well as its significance to the Maya culture both past and present.
After lunch, follow a troop of monkeys, observe a curious coati, or spot tropical birds as you explore the mystic jungles ruins at your leisure. Rejoin the group in the late afternoon for private transport back across the border to your hotel in Belize. Pack your bags in anticipation of your return tomorrow before a farewell dinner with newfound friends.
After final farewells return to Belize City and the airport in time for your departure flight. Board the plane refreshed, relaxed, and ready to take on life back home. While we hope you're more than satisfied with your small escape, we're always here to show you more, so come back soon!
* Ground and water transportation to and from Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport, Belize City
* 3 nights lodging in one of our choice hotels on Ambergris Caye: X'tan Ha or similar
* 3 nights lodging in one of our choice hotels in Central Belize: Caves Branch Jungle Lodge or similar
* 2 healthy meals per day inspired by locally grown fruits & veggies as well as fresh caught seafood
* 2 yoga lessons & 1 guided meditation
* Hol Chan Marine Reserve & Shark Ray Alley snorkeling tour
* sunset sailing cruise
* donation & local school visit
* guided rainforest night hike
* choice of caving tour: land, water, or combo (waterfalls)
* Tikal ruins guided tour*
June 11 - 17
Dec 10 - 16
$1,650 (tax incl)*
* per person based on double occupancy. does not include beverages, gratuity, or airfare to and from Belize City, Belize
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