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There’s more to do on Belize vacations than you probably think. Sure, you can go diving, snorkeling, or fishing as you can all along the Caribbean coast of Mexico and Central America. You may have even thought about a surf and turf vacation that includes the jungle and the beach in one package. It doesn’t stop there though.
There are a few great benefits of traveling to Belize from the USA. It’s a relatively short trip, first of all, not much further than flying to Cancun. Unlike in Cancun though, the water is warm all year and doesn’t vary much in temperature. There are also more hotel rooms packed into that one stretch of beach than there are in the entire country of Belize—and there’s no Senor Frog’s or Hard Rock Cafe logo in sight.
The environment is the star in Belize and if you spend your time in Placencia, you’ve got a nice beach and bay, a calm lagoon, and the Caribbean Sea to explore, then a drive inland takes you to nature reserves, jungles, and Mayan ruins. Here are some other Belize vacation options to consider for your trip to the tropics.
Chabil Mar and Wild Orchid Sailing Package
If you’d like to spend some time on the water, but you’re not sure you want to sleep every night on a yacht, this luxury catamaran adventure package in Belize combines three days and two nights of island-hopping on a 48-foot catamaran with five nights at Chabil Mar Resort.
You spend the first night at the resort upon landing, then head to the boat for a few days of fishing, snorkeling, and lounging on empty beaches where you might be the only visitors to the island. You pay one package price and everything except alcoholic beverages is included after you step off the plane. You’ll even have a golf cart available for heading the short distance to Placencia Village.
A Belize Vacation Double: Resort + a Private Island Getaway
There are not many places left in the Americas where you and a few guests have an island to yourself, but in Belize you’ll find quite a few of them. One of the best options is Ray Caye Resort, just an hour or so from Placencia but right by one of the greatest coral reefs in the world.
With a one week Belize island vacation package you spend three nights at an oceanfront cabana on Ray Caye and four nights at Chabil Mar. So you get some unplugged time in nature right on the reef, then some time near Placencia Village to try some different spots for a drink and a stroll. (See our detailed review of Chabil Mar Villas here.) On the island you’ll have a snorkeling trip and can take out kayaks or a Hobie Cat to explore. From Placencia you can choose two adventures from a menu list.
Yoga by the Beach in Belize
Want to get loose on your Caribbean vacation? Really loose?
Book a Yoga Retreat and Vacation Package to stretch out in a great location. With a program run by a certified instructor who has lived in Belize since 2012, this yoga retreat can accommodate from 2 to 40, with the possibility of a group renting out the whole resort and having it to themselves. The package includes everything but alcohol, but you’ll get some fresh juice to charge up on instead.
In general, you have yoga and breakfast in the morning, then free time or a tour in the afternoon. In between you can take out a provided kayak, paddleboard, bike, or golf cart.