Why honeymoon in Belize?
With it being only a two-hour flight from Miami or Houston and the weather being a constant 84 degrees year-round, the question should be why not? Do you prefer relaxing or having an adventure? You don’t have to settle you can do it all with its picture perfect beaches and robust jungles. You can even drive across the entire country in 3.5 hours. I don’t think the world has yet discovered this is a honeymoon’s paradise and a secret gem featuring tons of lodging, activities, fresh seafood and entertainment with a light price tag.
It’s small size and lack of crowds make getting around very easy, and you’ll find the English speaking culture friendly, helpful and welcoming. Even the money, pegged as it is to the US dollar (which is gladly accepted everywhere) at a constant two-to-one, is simple to work out.
The locals call Belize “The Jewel”. No matter where you’re from you are welcomed and looked after in this friendly country. Get out and meet the locals as they are some of the nicest and loving people in the world – you’ll return to your love nest with a positive glow.
Things to do:
1. The Great Blue Hole: If you are a diver then your buddy Jacques Cousteau named this site in his top 10 dive sites in the world. It is a large submarine sinkhole near, the Lighthouse Reef atoll, is 100 km from Belize City and the mainland. Its rich, blue color, is over 300 meters (984 ft) across and 125 meters (410 ft) deep.
2. Jungles: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is internationally recognized as the world’s first jaguar sanctuary. It is also known for its amazing waterfalls, mountain vistas, hiking trails, and rich diversity of tropical birds. Please note that an actual jaguar sighting is highly unlikely as these stealthy animals are masters at not being seen. Other cats such as the Ocelot, Puma, Margay and Jaguarundi enjoy a population not achieved in most locations. You are bound to see something! And seeing a jaguar on your honeymoon makes you some of luckiest people in the world to be precise- 1 out of 17,000 people get to see this rare site!
3. Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM): This cave is located near San Igancio in the Cayo District. In this cave, you will set out on an adventure to see skeletons, pottery, and stoneware left by the Mayans. The main draw is “The Crystal Maiden”, and you can guess her bones, look to be made of crystal. You REALLY do need strong (water) shoes, wear a long sleeved quick-dry shirt and leave your camera at home. This tour means you’re underground for hours and swimming multiple times in cold water with uneven rock floors and possibly even in tight quarters. This is an experience few get to do and the insight into the culture and rituals are priceless. Make sure you take a full set of dry clothes including shoes for your trip home.
4. Hol Chan and Shark Ray Ally: You can do both of these on the same boat trip and see turtles, spotted eagle rays, sharks and a number of tropical fish all in their natural habitat. It is not worth diving–everything is pretty shallow and can be seen on a snorkel as the depth is only 30’. Overall, a great marine life experience! It is very well looked after and monitored daily by a park ranger. You do a bit of swimming at Hol Chan so don’t be a hero, take the life jacket. Trips are cheaper from Caye Caulker as it is a bit closer.
5. Sport & Fly Fishing: In Belize you can achieve the anglers’ holy grail the ‘Grand Slam’ of bonefish, tarpon, and permit. Belizean waters contain the only world class tarpon flats outside the Florida Keys. You can sport fish by casting in the lagoons for lady fish, go outside the reef into the deep water for tuna, wahoo or barracuda or jig the bottom for snapper. What better way to end the day by eating the fresh fish you just caught!
6. Relaxing on the beach: It’s all about your down time and the tranquility of Belize. Which is why today’s honeymooners appreciate the country for its relaxed, uncrowded vibe and perfect crystal blue waters. Whether sunbathing or paddle boarding or ordering ceviche and two mouth-watering drinks- there is no better spot to spend as newlyweds than this romantic paradise.
7. Mayan Ruins: Mayan Ruins are one of the main attractions, on the mainland, and make the country stand out from other one-dimensional destinations such as manufactured beaches and franchise fast food joints on every corner. This is a perfect site to learn about the country’s history while also exploring the lay of the land. The main sites are Altun Ha, Lamanai, Caracol, and Xunantunich.
Some Important Things Before You Go:
Flight Time: 2 Hours from Miami or Houston
Currency: American Dollars are accepted and appreciated. The exchange rate is 1:2 US Dollar to Belizean Dollar
Travel Months: June to November
Entry requirements: Passport with at least one blank page and is valid for more than six months
Tipping: Restaurant bills come with a 10% service charged added on already
Departure Tax: $35 USD
Water: Safe to Drink
Bugs: The Tropics bring the bugs so bring plenty of bug spray