Cozumel, Mexico
Destination: Cozumel, Mexico
December 7, 2016
Destination: Santo Tomas de Castilla, Guatemala
December 14, 2016

Destination: Belize – A Tropical Wonderland

The Great Blue Hole, Belize


After Cozumel our second stop will be the country of Belize and the Island of Harvest Caye. Just recently opened, Harvest Caye is owned by Norwegian Cruise Lines, but if you’re interested in visiting Belize this can guide you in the right direction! Belize is famous for its reefs, rain forests, and rich history.

Where to Stay

If you decide to make Belize your next destination there is a wide array of accommodation options. The diverse terrain of Belize from rain forest to the white sand beaches there will definitely be a place to stay that would make any traveler happy.

For the 5-star Luxury Traveler: Thatch Caye Resort

A Beautiful shot of one of the Overwater Bungalows in Belize

A Beautiful shot of one of the Overwater Bungalows at Thatch Caye

On a tiny island off the coast of Belize is Thatch Caye and the Thatch Caye Resort. This luxury all-inclusive resort will run you about $315 per night for an overwater villa. Considering the resort is all-inclusive this is a fantastic value for a luxury resort with excellent ratings on multiple travel sites. This resort offers scuba and fishing packages for you to stay busy during your vacation. Rooms can be booked at Priceline.com.

For the Adventurous Type: hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort

Some Hammocks at hamanasi

Some Hammocks at hamanasi

If adventure or ecotourism is what you are looking for then Belize is the place for you. Combine your thirst for adventure with a beautiful hotel and you get the hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort near Hopkins, Belize. The resort offers countless adventures from jungle river canoeing to diving the Great Blue Hole. Rooms start at $250 in the low season and go up $690 per night for the Deluxe Tree House accommodations during the high season. Rooms can be booked at the resort’s website.

For those who want to be one with nature: Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge

Mountain View Suite at the Sleeping Giant - vivabelize.com

Mountain View Suite at the Sleeping Giant – vivabelize.com

In the middle of Belize, the 20 room Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge gives you access to all activities the beautiful country has to offer. There are guided hikes, bird watching, and best of all no TVs. The resort is dedicated to sustainable tourism and is the perfect place for a tranquil nature retreat. You can book a room at the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge from $250 per night on Hotels.com.

What to do

We will be staying on Harvest Caye Norwegian’s private cruise port for our visit to Belize. Our plans are to go jungle river rafting, so hopefully I’ll Be able to get some great pictures of us and some wildlife on the excursion. Jacques Cousteau called Belize’s Great Blue Hole one of the best diving spots in the world. Belize also has the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and is also a known hangout for the biggest fish in the sea, the Whale Shark.

If you prefer to stay on land, there are mountains, caves and rain forests for you to explore. The rain forests are known to have some of the best bird watching in the world. If you are interested in ecotourism or adventure tourism, then Belize needs to be on your radar!

How to get there

All of the major airlines in the US and WestJet in Canada offer nonstop flights to Belize City (BZE). You can search and book your trip on Priceline. This is the first of three destinations on the cruise that I haven’t been to before, so I am very excited to explore Belize.

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Will you be visiting Belize anytime soon? If so what do you plan on doing? Let me know in the comments below.


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