FAMILY VACATION TO BELIZE
SHARED BY LAILA
6 NIGHTS/2 STOPS
An eco-friendly destination that combines beach and jungle life
Belize has always been on my bucket list. When you live in New York, it is an easy trip if you want a one-week getaway. There is a direct flight from Newark with United on Saturdays, but the returning flight includes a stopover. It is a small country, therefore it is easy to explore in only one week. You can easily combine beaches, jungle and Maya culture in this one week trip. Belize is a very intimate country that will take you back to nature, thanks to its exceptional location, abundant wildlife, and magnificent submarine activities. The key attractions of this country include luxuriant natural landscapes, Maya culture and temples lost in the jungle, not to mention hidden caves, rivers, waterfalls, beaches, possibilities of snorkeling and a warm and welcoming population. Our budget for the whole trip was around $ 1600 per person for 6 nights (excluded food and activities).
6 nights & 2 stops
from November to April
jungle & beach trip
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP
NEW YORK – BELIZE
4.30 hours – direct flights from Newark on Saturdays
CAR WITH DRIVER + FERRY
4 hours on the road & 3h speedboat
AVERAGE BUDGET PER PERSON
TOTAL = $ 1600/pp for 6 nights$ 700 pp for 6 nights
$ 100 pp for 1 day activity
transfer from Belize City to San Ignacio (round trip) included in lodging budget.
GOOD TO KNOW
The roads are not in good condition . Therefore plan enough time for transfers.
Consider domestic flights for your transfers as you will get there faster and flying is an attraction in itself: beautiful views of the sea from the plane
Stay at least 3 nights in the jungle to explore the area. There are so many activities to do that it’s worth spending more time there and less at the beach. We would have stayed 4 nights in the jungle and 2 nights at San Pedro if we had known.
Beware of seaweed on the Belizean beaches. It has been washing up in the Caribbean in unusually large amounts since 2011, but this year (2019) the largest volumes ever appeared on the shore, from Barbados to Mexico, with piles several feet deep stretching for miles, and dozens of meters out to sea. Hotels put a lot of effort into removing it. Not only it affects the beauty of the white sand beaches but the smell can be rather unpleasant.
When it is windy there is not much to do in San Pedro as boats do not go out on the snorkeling tours/diving tours
Safety: Belize City has a reputation of being unsafe. The Guatemalan border can also be risky as the two countries have an enduring territorial dispute.
Make sure there is a pontoon in the hotel. Indeed swimming from the beach can be annoying due to the seaweeds that come into the beach every morning.
Snorkeling excursions in San Pedro are getting very touristy. Try to leave early in the morning to avoid the crowds. Consider booking a private tour. It’s worth the extra dollars.