- Experiencing multiple ecosystems and scenery in one trip: islands, rainforest/inland, riverside jungle, and coastal beach village
- Snorkeling along the Belize Barrier Reef
- Staying in our own boutique seafront hotel at one location (i.e., we have the whole spot to ourselves), with private swimming dock
- Enjoying the unique Lobsterfest festival on Caye Caulker, one of the most popular in Belize
- Experiencing the jungles, rivers and waterfalls of Cayo on a private boat
- Taking a Garifuna cooking lesson
- Being accompanied by top notch knowledgeable licensed guides and drivers, while traveling with an experienced Belize travel expert and author
And much more!
Added bonus: At least 95% of our trip fees (from most hotels to activities) go to support Belizean businesses. One of our hotels even donates a percentage of hotel fees to support the local high school.
TRIP DETAILS – PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
DATES: TBD 2018
COST: US$2,179 pp. (Land only, and based on double-occupancy)
REGIONS: Belize River, Caye Caulker, Cayo District, and Hopkins Village
10 SPOTS, FIRST-COME FIRST SERVED
8 nights accommodations
Airport pick up
All tours, private transfers, and activities in the itinerary
Airport transfer on departure
Trusted local, all licensed guides, tour operators and drivers on the ground
Traveling with a destination expert (yours truly), with three bestselling guidebooks published on Belize, available for additional insight and tips
*A couple of surprises along the way
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
Flights to/from departure city (happy to assist with tips/advice on good fares if you need)
Any required visas & fees for your passport
Accommodations before or after the scheduled trip
Meals and any beverages other than indicated in itinerary
Any other optional excursions and activities not listed in the itinerary
Transportation not indicated in itinerary
Gratuities for housekeeping, guides, staff
All of the Unbelizeable Belize trip logistics and administrative details–our transport transfers, hotel bookings, inland transfers, activity bookings–are coordinated and booked by the wonderful Breakaway Belize Travel destination management company, based in Belize, with whom I have partnered to make sure our trip runs smoothly. He will handle all of your deposits and trip payments directly as well.
All signed Trip Registration Forms and all other admin forms are sent to me.
*Final itinerary with all details will be sent approx. 30 days prior to departure to confirmed participants.
Day 1 (Thursday 29 June): Arrive in Belize City where you will be met by our private transport and taken to our first accommodation by the Belize River, less than an hour away. We will settle in, and meet up for a welcome dinner. Prepare to hear all sorts of jungle sounds!
Day 2 (Friday): We wake to the birds and go on a private boat ride down the river, spotting our first Belizean wildlife. If we’re lucky, American crocodiles, howler monkeys roaring from treetops, and countless bird species will come out to greet us. The views are a great introduction to Belize’s intoxicating wildlife and nature views. In the afternoon, we head out to the island of Caye Caulker. A water taxi ride will take us to an island paradise where the only wheels are golf carts and bicycles. We will be picked up at the dock and settle in at our seafront hotel–don’t miss the sunset today from our own private dock. ***It’s also possible that we arrive just as the Lobsterfest festival kicks off with the live cook off (wouldn’t that be bliss?)
Day 3 (Saturday): We will explore Caye Caulker the best way there is–by snorkeling its spectacular marine reserve along the Belize Barrier Reef. Our local guides will whip up ceviche on our private boat while we hop into turquoise waters filled with nurse sharks, stingrays, turtles and more. After the trip, you are free to relax on our dock, grab a drink at The Split, or bike around the caye for a local tour with a couple of special guides (more on this later).
Day 4 (Sunday): After breakfast, you have a free day to enjoy our dock, the island’s local restaurants, the festival–and to “go slow”–the island’s motto.
Day 5 (Monday): We say goodbye to our slice of island paradise and head inland, towards the jungles of Cayo. We check in at our gorgeous hilltop cabanas–take in the views of San Ignacio, explore the nearby Maya site. We have a big day tomorrow!
Day 6 (Tuesday): After breakfast, prepare yourself today because we will go for a ride deep into one of the most breathtaking landscapes in Belize, on a boat ride to a series of deserted waterfalls. Wear your swimsuit and leave your fears behind. Gotta keep some of it exciting! Dinner is on your own at the hotel or in town.
Day 7 (Wednesday): After breakfast we take seat in our private van and ride down the Hummingbird Highway–one of Belize’s most beautiful roads–down to the south, towards the Garifuna villages. We make a surprise stop along the way (to be revealed later). After that, we head to our beachfront suites to relax and take in the charming village beach vibes of Hopkins.
Day 8 (Thursday): After breakfast, we head to a one-of-a-kind experience: a Garifuna culture day (keeping the actual content as surprise). After the fun, you can chill out at our beachfront suite on Hopkins Beach, or relax poolside with cocktails before if you still have room in your bellies. It will be our last evening so we will all gather for dinner and say cheers to an Unbelizeable Belize!
Day 9 (Thursday): Depart by private van from Hopkins to Belize City, and onto the U.S.
*Itinerary subject to slight changes.
Those who wish to arrive earlier or stay later can let me know and I can make quick suggestions. Breakaway Belize Travel can help you with additional plans and with bookings.
HOW TO BOOK YOUR SPOT
Make an initial deposit of $699 by January 5, 2017 to secure your space by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Unbelizeable Belize Trip with Lily” in the subject line. Efren Perez, owner of Breakaway Belize Travel, will send you a payment form to fill out and return;
Completed and signed (a) Registration Form and (b) Terms of Travel Form sent to me email@example.com. You can download the two forms from the top of this page (above left). Your space will NOT be saved until both deposit payment and completed forms are received.
PLEASE READ ALL THE FORMS AND INCLUDED TERMS CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING UP.
Once the trip is confirmed (we have enough participants) on or before March 2017, you will be notified so as to start looking for airfare and booking flights. Please do not book flights before I notify you that the trip is ON.
Deposits and all payments are non-refundable to guarantee the trip hotel and activity bookings in Belize during a particularly busy season (Lobsterfest) and in light of the trip’s highly customized aspects. Please be sure to read the terms on the Registration Form and Travel Terms of Travel Form before booking!
*First deposit: US$699 pp. due on January 5, 2017.
*Second payment of US$750 due on February 5, 2017.
*Final payment of US$730 due on March 5, 2017.
Late payments will result in a $50 late fee after a two-day grace period. After that time, your space will be forfeited along with the payments.