Christmas is typically when we take a big family vacation together. This years destination: Belize! We broke the trip up into two parts: the rain forest and the beach. Both very different and both very fun. First up, beach time!
We stayed at Las Terrazas Resort right on the white sandy beach of the Caribbean Sea. It was magical and oh-so-relaxing!
If you’re not familiar with Belize it’s bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and of course the Caribbean Sea on the east. It’s a gorgeous place to vacation.
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world, after Australia’s. Maybe next time we’ll try scuba diving, but for this trip we stuck to kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and snorkeling and we weren’t disappointed!
One of the highlights was the day spent at Hol Chan Marine Reserve with it’s sharks and stingrays.
Trust me, this is no fish tale, our underwater disposable cameras failed us, we were surrounded by 20 Nurse Shark and stingrays, it was truly a crazy experience!
San Pedro Town itself is where you’ll find all types of seafood restaurants and bars. The kids and I of course found the Belize Chocolate Company, a really cute family owned bean-to-bar artisan chocolate maker. Even the ice tea tasted like chocolate!
I also really loved all the brightly colored buildings…so cue the shots of me posing in front of a bunch of them!
The basic way to get around the island of Ambergris Caye is by golf carts. The roads are a bit bumpy but we had a blast exploring all the cool little areas, including the Secret Beach.
We also made a couple of stops by The Truck Stop which is this funky little outdoor food court on the side of the road, consisting of shipping containers instead of food trucks. There’s a bar, of course, and you can choose from ice cream, pizza, South American inspired cuisine, and spicy Asian fusion dishes.
One of our favorite nights was spent walking down the beach not far from our hotel where we found this cute bar and restaurant complete with a volleyball court. It definitely kept the kids entertained!
The beach was exactly what we needed for a little relaxation time on the island. Next stop the rain forest! Stay tuned.