Wednesday, September 5th, 2018

Our recent travel journal takes us to the beautiful country of Belize. With its lush tropical rainforests, hundreds of ancient Maya sites, caves and cenotes galore, the Blue Hole, beautiful beaches and the second longest barrier reef in the world, Belize has something to offer the entire family!

Sea Turtle

Our journey begins at Caves Branch Jungle Lodge in western Belize. Caves Branch is a beautiful jungle lodge with 5- star treehouses where adventure and beauty awaits at every turn. We plan all-inclusive adventure packages where one can choose from: jungle expeditions, cave adventures or archaeological tours.

Western Belize is filled with numerous hotel options that are sprinkled throughout the lush jungle and rolling green mountains. Contact us today to learn more about how to experience the Cayo District of Belize and all its natural wonders.

Here is some wonderful feedback provided from our client on her recent return from Belize:

The owner and staff [at Caves Branch] were extremely gracious and kind. We loved everything about it and look forward to returning. The tree house was amazing and the VIEWS! Gorgeous – we loved listening to the birds and monkeys each morning. My family and I enjoyed meeting the other guests at the communal tables for breakfast and dinner.  And NO Wifi in the rooms and during meals was a bonus. We saw about 4 monkeys in the trees literally just above us on the walkway on check-out day — AMAZING!

Staff highlights: At the bar, Edward, Johnny; Servers, Rafael, Michelii; Guides, Marvin, Chico, Carlos. Lisa at check-in and the two different drivers (Honor and Eddy).

We walked to the local blue hole after our arrival for a fun dip. The bugs were not as bad as I anticipated nor the humidity.

Excursion Day 1: Jungle hike to the cave to climb the waterfalls with Marvin and Chico. Pictures provided. A must do with kids over 10.

Belize Jungle Hikes
Belize Jungle Hike Cave
Belize Caving

Excursion Day 2: Tikal. Well worth the drive and the extra cost. Spectacular ruin and we saw monkeys, toucans, wild turkeys, other birds and wildlife. Another must do.

Tikal Maya
Tikal Maya Pyramid
Family Tikal

Their journey continues by making the trek over to the Caribbean island of Ambergris Caye. The Caribbean side of Belize is known for its clear turquoise-blue waters, spectacular diving and snorkeling, excellent reef fishing and the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere. Options are endless for family friendly activities. The town of San Pedro is located on the island and has numerous restaurants, shopping and activities to explore. Live like a local and rent a golf cart to explore your way around the island.

Secret Beach was a blast and exploring the island on the golf cart was terrific. Palapa Bar and Grill for lunch and hanging in the inner tubes was a great memory for me and Cinnia. The weather was iffy, but we had to experience floating in the inner tubes!

Amigos del Mar: I am sure you know All of this…. a private excursion is the way to go.  Meow and Soup, two locals about 22, were fun and informative. What go-getters! They handle almost all of the excursions exclusively and do not work with the larger groups. This was THE highlight at the beach and a great way to end our trip. We swam with a Manatee, stingrays, barracudas, nurse sharks etc. We enjoyed a few beers with them at Kiko King Beach and The Split. The two are best friends from school and are super affable, easy going and likable.

Belize Beach
Belize Dock
Belize Beach Shack

Next time:  The kids would like to scuba dive, so we are all thinking of getting licensed ahead of time.  We would also consider going over the weekend as I think my kids would like to experience a bit of the nightlife in San Pedro, but then again, maybe it was a blessing to be there mid-week.

I personally may figure out an “adult” long-weekend or a family reunion to go to The Victoria House. The flight is very easy from Los Angeles that it makes a long weekend easy.

We are very grateful to have experienced Belize and appreciate all of your planning and advice. Till the next time, many thanks and best wishes.

 –Mary Ann

Thank you, Mary Ann, for sharing your journey with us.  Do you want to be showcased in our next newsletter? Send us your pictures and detailed experience and we would love to share your story.

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