With Mexico and Guatemala for neighbors, Belize occupies a privileged spot all its own on the sparkling Caribbean Sea. Explore pristine reefs, visit Mayan ruins or merely kick back in a pampered setting – this compact Central American paradise offers it all. Here’s where to stay to make the most of your vacation:
Thatch Caye Resort
In the Caribbean, overwater bungalows are nearly as rare as snow days. But this nine-acre resort set on its own island has five of them (as well as land-based cabanas and an overwater villa). The vibe is vibrant and familial, but exclusive experiences await at Thatch Caye Resort. Spend your days fly-fishing, stalking conch and lobster for a seafood feast or just sipping tropical cocktails with your toes in the translucent water. All-inclusive rates include kayaks, paddleboards, fishing poles and snorkeling gear, making it easy to settle in and explore your surroundings.
For more information, visit www.thatchcayebelize.com
Belize Ocean Club
The quintessential Caribbean luxury property, this Maya Beach resort is ideal for couples or families in search of beach and pool time. With one or two bedrooms, the 60 modern suites all have water views as well as living rooms and full kitchens. But what you’ll really love is what’s just outside. On select dates in spring and summer, you can snorkel alongside the whale sharks that migrate offshore from Placencia. And top dive sites on the world’s second longest barrier reef are easily accessible with the resort’s dive operation. You’re in a prime location here, too, for inland tours to see jaguars in the highlands or Mayan ruins.
Book your next stay at www.belizeoceanclub.com
Hopkins Bay Resort
Family fun is what it’s all about at this beloved beach resort in Hopkins. Instead of standard hotel rooms, many of the accommodations are two and three-bedroom beach houses with private decks and full kitchens. The setting feels more like a friendly neighborhood than a resort, and you’ll feel free to let the kids roam and explore. World-class snorkeling and diving awaits on the colorful reefs nearby. And zip lining, caving and waterfall hikes in the jungle are all within a short ride. There’s a restaurant onsite and meal plans are available, too, if cooking isn’t your thing on vacation.
Learn more at www.hopkinsbaybelize.com