Belize is a Caribbean nation on the eastern coast of Central America, with amazing shorelines to the east and dense jungle to the west. Offshore, the massive Belize Barrier Reef, dotted with hundreds of low-lying islands called cayes, hosts rich marine life. Belize’s jungle areas are home to Mayan ruins.
Such a Un- BELIZE-able Trip we had!
Well we can start off by saying Thanks to The Thatch Caye Resort for noticing our Roaming Travelers Instagram feed, and for reaching out to us. All because of you we were able to have such an unbelizeable experience in Belize. It’s funny to say that Belize wasn’t really at the top of our list of countries to visit until now. Once we did our research of the Resort and the country we realized it was a great offer to go, and it’s not something we would want to pass up. This was such a last minute trip for us, and sometimes those last minute trips are the best trips that you will never forget. Another new stamp in our Passports for us! (Which lets be honest - its the only reason to travel :-P )
Let’s just say it was well worth the journey to get there! We were first supposed to leave the week of hurricane Irma hit out of Miami International Airport. But then I realized before she was just about to hit that we should change our flights because most likely was going to do some damage, and it very well did. I was so happy we changed the flight just in time to fly a few days later out of Dallas International Airport, which actually worked out better for us. We flew directly to Dallas then stayed the night at Dallas hotel nearby, and then we had a direct flight to Belize first thing the next morning. Only on Saturday’s American Airlines offers direct flights out of Dallas International Airport to Belize International Airport. It worked out well for us, we were able to get a goodnight sleep before getting there, and we were able take our time thru security. The flight was only 2 hours and 45mins, it wasn’t long at all. It felt really quick for us, enough to watch a movie and eat some snacks!
Once we landed in Belize we had to go thru customs and then wait for our luggage. Customs was such a breeze! While waiting for our luggage we saw the option of having free shots of some local rum. Why not! We are on vacation! After, we were walking thru the line to get into the terminal and customs noticed that Andrew was carrying a Drone case. They know how to buzzkill. Well we found out that Drones are banned in the Country of Belize. In order to take a drone you need to fill out paperwork to get a license for the dates you are visiting. So in this case, we were caught so off guard and they had to confiscate it from us. Customs had to fill out Andrew’s information and they kept it in a holding room until after our trip was over, and leaving to go home. So for future just FYI make sure you are aware of the countries regulations beforehand.
Unfortunately, we were bummed that got taken but its ok because we packed more than one camera! We didn’t let that ruin our trip, we just moved on to our next flight that was with a local airline called Maya Air which was a small 25 minute puddle jump to the coastline of Belize to a popular fisherman city named Dangria. Be prepared for no air on the flight, you might want to bring a bottled water or take a few layers off beforehand. You will thank me later. Once we landed at Dangria Airport we had a shuttle waiting for us to bring us to the boat docked at a nearby hotel to take us to Thatch Caye Resort.
Thatch Caye Resort is located on its own private island, but actually it’s called the Belize “Cayes,” Pronounced “Keys.” The boat ride from the coastline was about 25 mins. It was nice to have the fresh air with the sun shining in your face, and that feeling of relief that you are finally on Island time, and able to relax because you are on vacation! We were joined by a few other tourists that will be staying on the island with us. We became friends real quick! Right after we all cracked open an ice cold beer and cheered to each other and begin to celebrate our arrival! We made it!
Finally! P A R A D I S E! Thatch Caye Resort welcomed us to our own private island with open arms. We were greeted with tropical refreshing drinks, and were given a tour of the island.
If you were looking for either a relaxing getaway or a full activity planned vacation, the Island will live up to your full intentions. There is so much to offer whether its’s located on the Mainland or aquatic activities. You can choose what type of day you want. Sometimes nothing feels better than just waking up at your own speed and spending the day in a hammock. You are able to do anything you want, no rules.
The best part of being 'stranded' on a 14 arce island is the fact we didn't have a reason to leave. We had everything we needed for a relaxing trip.
A 'pool' with over water swings and a tiki bar (Enough Said)
We felt as if we were on cloud 9 (literally, Chelsea was above) But thats not even the best part. The rooms where absolutely stunning. Staying in an overwater bungalow has always been a bucketlist item, but now we can successfully check that one off the list. Perched high above the sea, our more spacious overwater bungalows easily accommodate 2 adults very comfortably. These bungalows share a large deck with hammocks swaying in the sea breeze.
Excursion to Main Land
We took one day to embark on a main land excursion that was the perfect mix of everything we wanted to do and see in Belize. We had the opportunity to see the main city life, the local rural life, as well as explore Mayan Ruins deep in the jungle. We had an unbelizeble tour guide who shared his knowledge and culture with us.
We took a trip over to Xunantunich which is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 70 miles west of Belize City, in the Cayo District. The only way to reach this remote site is by crossing a river on a hand cranked ferry. We didnt even know these existed.
Once across we continued deeper into the jungle were we began to see the ruins of an ancient civilization. It is truly breathtaking the see the marvelous temples and structures they were able to create.
On our way back to Thatch Caye we were able to make one more stop at one of Belize's National Parks. St. Hermans Blue Hole National Park. This place was amazing. A short .5 mile hike through the jungle and we found ourselves walking in the clearest blue water.
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