In honor of my upcoming family vacation to Belize this summer, I’m feeling inspired to share my amazing experiences in Belize for Flashback Friday. Just about 3 years ago, somehow I convinced the grandparents to watch my kids for a week (I’m sure this commitment was made after a fairly large consumption of wine) so my husband and I could get away for an extended break. We took full advantage with a 9 day break from the kids and daily routines of life. We headed to Belize with no kids, explored 2 very different regions, and had an absolute trip of a lifetime. I’m not really quite sure how I ended up taking our 1st and only week away ever to this tiny Central American country, but it was a decision that made travel my passion. Many people would ask why Belize? I can only imagine that I came across it by chance and our airline flight miles made the final decision. Perfect fate.
Let me first start off by explaining my family. I grew up traveling a bit and enjoyed the family adventures from my childhood. Still to this day, my parents are a couple of crazy jet setting retired folks. Travel and adventure is in my blood. My husband on the other hand, not so much. He grew up in a small town alongside the corn fields and hog farms of the Midwest. His idea of a travel was taking a 2 hour road trip and an international destination to him was Tijuana. So when I booked our 1 and only getaway, since becoming parents, to Belize I was a going out on a limb. (I say one and only, because I was pretty confident that the grandparents would NEVER do it again after spending a week with our “angels”).
As we were landing into this simple and relatively poor country, my husband was busy looking and watching out the window. He looked at me in shock and said something along the lines of “where the hell are you taking me? Why didn’t we just go to Hawaii?” At that moment, I promised him it would be great, but I really crossed my fingers and hoped more than you can imagine that my research was correct. I was pretty confident in my planning of our Belize trip, but I knew that my role in my family’s future for vacation planning was riding on this decision.
Well, it all worked out and overly exceeded our expectations. This tiny little country in Central America is a true gem. Situated on the Caribbean, you get a Latin American feel, with a flair of the Caribbean culture, and add a dash of Mennonites (yes, as in the German religious folks that don’t use electricity). Unique, diverse, and amazing.
We started our trip off with a 90 minute drive to the Ka’ana Resort in San Ignacio (a region near the Guatemalan border). We were stunned by the beauty and detail that was put into this resort. Over the next 4 days, we explored and learned. We visited Mayan ruins, caves, and dined on some of the most amazing foods we had ever experienced. You truly felt that you were the only people at this fabulous boutique resort and I loved every second of living the life of a celebrity.
After our Jungle adventure, we hopped on a quick 20 minute puddle jumper off to the island of Ambergris Caye. This busy little town still has dirt roads, filled with golf carts, restaurants, and gift shops. The Caribbean Sea was as blue as pictures showed and our hotel, Victoria House, was perfectly situated just far away enough from town for relaxation, yet close enough to enjoy the hustle and bustle.
The last half of our trip was spent lounging on the beach, exploring the town of San Pedro, enjoying oceanfront massages, and of course taking advantage of Belize’s incredible water activities. Being that I am not a scuba diver, snorkeling and fishing filled our desire for new adventures. Under the sea was better than I could of imagined…sting rays, sharks, and bright colored beautiful fish.
So, I’m off again to the beautiful country of Belize, but this time with 4 wild, crazy, and adventure seeking kids. I know it won’t be nearly as relaxing (actually it won’t be relaxing at all), but there will be plenty of adventures and stories to tell. Reflecting back…I think I picked the perfect place for our summer adventure. More posts to come, but with a wild & crazy family twist! As they say in Belize…you’d better Belize it!