Settled in neatly between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize finds a home in the heart of Central America. While a tiny country, Belize offers large rewards for the traveler, especially if you plan on visiting for your honeymoon. From relaxing on soft white sands to partaking in some of the world’s best diving, the country outfits itineraries for all types.
In many respects, Belize combines the best of both worlds with its jungle interiors and sparkling Caribbean Sea shores. Honeymooners can get caught up in the second longest barrier reef in the world, the vine wrapped Mayan ruins sprinkled about or up the country’s rainforest draped mountains. Belize curates a honeymoon for nature lovers but also for lovers of unwinding, relaxing and those who want to slow life down.
What To Do
Belize is one of those rare places where you won’t feel overwhelmed by its attractions. While there is a great deal to see and do, little offerings on a week honeymoon are filling and satisfying. For history fans, Belize delivers more than 600 Mayan sites. In between all of the beach bumming, couples will want to make time to visit sites like Altun Ha, the most visited Mayan site in the country and Cuello, one of the oldest Mayan sites in the region.
While you might appreciate Belize’s Mayan roots, most come to take advantage of the water sports. Diving and snorkeling reigns supreme in Belize. Divers can dip their flippers into the world famous Blue Hole Natural Monument. Deep blue in the center, the hole forms a perfect 1,000-foot diameter circle on the surface. Snorkelers also rejoice over Belize’s Shark Ray Alley. Located on Ambergris Caye, the site provides the chance to swim and snorkel with big southern stingrays and nurse sharks.
Then again, Belize can also fill up itineraries with its cave systems. The country boasts an extensive networks of caves that the ancient Maya believed linked the living and the dead. One can’t-miss cave is Actun Tunichil Muknal, one of the most popular Mayan burial sites in Western Belize. A visit here is easily one of the most rewarding and adventurous experiences in Belize.
Belize seals the deal with honeymooners perhaps by its many islands. Couples can hop from island to island, exploring the characteristics of each. Ambergris Cay is the largest island in Belize. It lends some of the most accessible dive sites as the reef is just a few hundred yards from the shore. Caye Cawker, on the other hand, provides a smaller, less developed Belize. Life on the island is decidedly more relaxed and less expensive than the big cheese Ambergris.
What To Eat
You can’t go far on a Belize menu without receiving rice and beans with your meal. The major staple is generally served as an accompaniment to almost any main dish. In addition to rice and beans, Belize lends a unique mixture of not just Caribbean cuisine but also Mexican, English, American and Mayan.
On the coasts and cayes you will discover mostly seafood. Fresh and generally inexpensive, the coastal areas of Belize have become known for conch, snapper, grouper and lobster. Diners might also run into several iconic Belizean dishes like cow foot soup and stew chicken. Most dining atmospheres are decidedly casual, but don’t expect late night eats. Most restaurants close up for dinner by 10PM.
Where To Stay
Due to Belize’s island makeup, it is only fitting to spend one’s honeymoon on your own private island. Cayo Espanto makes that possible, located on its own stretch of land just 3 miles from the town of San Pedro. The island offers its own helipad so you can arrive by air or you can reach Cayo Espanto by boat from San Pedro.
Once you touch down, Cayo Espanto greets with seven different villa options. Each one appreciates its privacy on its own stretch of land. All of the villas also come with sea views. For an added honeymoon treat, you might want to rent the Casa Ventanas villa. Measuring one hundred square feet, the villa is not only spacious. It is also one of Cayo Espanto’s only overwater bungalows. The remaining six still have their charms with private plunge pools, decks and alfresco showers.
Other services at Cayo Espanto include full spa treatment options right in your villa along with personal catered meals by the resort’s chef. From your villa, you can also partake in all of the activities that epitomize Belize. Bird watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, and fishing trips can all be arranged from Cayo Espanto.
When To Go
If you are plotting your honeymoon to Belize, you will want to get to know its two main seasons, rainy and dry. The dry season falls from late November through late April. The dry season is also considered the high season in Belize when there are more crowds and prices can climb. The rainy season on the other hand runs from June to mid November.
While its name would denote a great deal of moisture, most parts of the country only deal with a brief afternoon shower during this period. As a general rule of thumb, the weather in Belize can vary greatly from the north to the south and from the cayes to the mainland. It is important to do a bit of research on your specific destination before you book. Also if you are into diving and snorkeling, the water is usually at its clearest from March to June.
More on Belize:
- Local Guide to Belize
- Exclusive Island Vacations
- Exotic Destinations Where English is the primary language
- Girls Getaway Ideas in Central America
Have you been to Belize? Would you honeymoon in the Caribbean country?