Monday, February 25, 2013

Belize Honeymoon

Today is a little day of celebration! We moved into our house over the weekend! So I decided to treat myself, and torture you, with a completely selfish post about our honeymoon! And because, I finally finished all my wedding posts, and I'm, of course, having wedding post withdrawals. In fact, it's not just posting about the wedding I'm having withdrawals from, I'm having wedding related EVERYTHING withdrawals! I wonder if Adam would be up for renewing our vows in a year... hmm... 
KIDDING! Kidding... kinda.

Belize vacation
{Honeymoon in Belize on Ambergris Caye}

But I haven't talked about possibly the best thing about having a wedding, well besides the whole marrying the person you love thing and getting a Kitchen Aid mixer as a wedding present, and that is the honeymoon! I can not express how happy I am that we decided to go on a long honeymoon immediately after the wedding. It's totally worth the credit card bill we are currently paying off. And that is a testament to how awesome this honeymoon was because that money could really come in handy now with the whole house thing. But, for me, it was just what I needed to start our married lives together (and to recoup from the madness of wedding planning). I can't see myself having been ready to buy a house (and all the scary grown up settling down implications that come with it) without getting a little bit of the travel bug out of my system first.

Belize vacation
{Snorkel Trip to Mexico Rocks}

We decided on Belize after extensive fights discussions about where to go. Let's just say, the right side won. Quite literally, if you are looking at the picture above. (Get it! I'm on the right.) And it turned out to be everything I dreamed of and none of the negative stuff Adam conjured up in his crazy head. Love you, hunny. 

Belize vacation
{Canoeing Down the Macal River}

Belize is incredible. Looking at these pictures makes me miss it so much. What I wanted in a honeymoon was a little bit, well really a lot, of adventure, some relaxation, good food, and of course quality time with my new hubby. A friend suggested Belize because she had some friends who just went there on their honeymoon and loved it. It was the perfect fit for us because it offered the adventure I craved and the ability to kick it on the beach as well.

Belize vacation
{At Chaa Creek Resort Before Our Amazing Massages}

Belize vacation
{Garnaches Poolside at Chaa Creek Resort}

We went for 10 glorious days. And no, it wasn't too long. It was just perfect. We split the trip into two portions. Five days in the Cayo District of inland Belize near San Ignacio and only about a half hour from the Guatemala border and five days on the island of Ambergris Caye.

Belize vacation

What we loved so much about our time in Belize is that the two portions of the trip felt like completely different vacations. The landscape, food, culture, and activities were totally unique to the two regions we visited. It felt like such a bargain getting two different vacations in one vacation! If that makes any sense. Belize is also such a small country, under 350,000 people in the whole country, that we found ourselves continually running into the same people, albeit tourists. We ran into our friends from our time inland at our jungle resort at a restaurant on the island. The people who took our photo on the top of a Mayan ruin in Guatemala ending up staying at the same resort as at the beach. It was crazy! We made some good friends and had a few nights that are both hard to remember (oh, Belize rum and Belikin beer) and hard to forget.

Belize vacation
{Rum Drink}

Belize vacation
{Belikin Beer}

I can't say enough good things about Belize. The people were friendly, the food was great, I always felt  safe, and it was adventurous. We went hiking in an ancient Mayan sacrificial cave and walked among pottery and skeletons! from 800 AD or earlier. The coolest part about this was that you had to hike 45 minutes, forge a river three times and swim through a lagoon to get into the cave. Once in the cave you waded through water, squeezed through rocks and eventually came upon a huge open room with bits of Mayan history left exactly where the the Mayans left them. Nothing has been moved, there are no ropes and rails. It's just you and your guide (and a few other guides and tourist that you encounter along the way). This was our favorite thing we did in Belize, but no cameras were allowed so I don't have any pictures. But I wouldn't feel right talking about the honeymoon and not mentioning our experience at Actun Tunichil Muknal. That cave was a once in a lifetime experience. Another favorite, venturing across the border (with a guide) to Guatemala to see the Mayan ruins of Tikal.

Belize vacation
{Tikal}

Belize vacation
{Tikal}

Belize vacation
{Tikal}

Belize vacation
{Tikal}

Belize vacation
{View From the Top of a Temple at Tikal}

Belize vacation
{Cave Tubing}

Belize vacation
{Ziplining in the Rain}

We went during the low season. And it was very much the LOW season. We were the only ones at our resort in the jungle for the first 2 days. And when we got to our resort on the island it had just opened the day before. It actually made the trip really enjoyable. No crowds on tours and stuff like that. And it only rained 3 times  in the 10 days we were there and it never really was much of a bother. 

Belize vacation
{View from inside a Cave looking Out}

Belize vacation
{Tamales in Guatemala}

Belize vacation
{Our Cabin at Our Jungle Resort - Crystal Paradise}

Our jungle resort was secluded and we went on tours most days we were there. Meals were served family style at the resort and were home cooked by the family that lived at and owned the resort.

Belize vacation
{Our Resort Dog, Shane, on the Island}

Belize vacation
{Traditional Belize Fast Food}

Belize vacation
{At the Belize Zoo}

Belize vacation
{Tiny Plane to the Cayes (Islands)}

Belize vacation
{Island Feast}

Belize vacation
{Fresh Coconut!}

Belize vacation
{Our favorite Bar on Ambergris Caye - The Palapa Bar}

Belize vacation

We went on two snorkeling trips while on the island our favorite was Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley where we got to snorkel with nurse sharks and sting rays!!

Belize vacation

Belize vacation

Belize vacation

Belize vacation
{Coconut Shrimp}

The whole experience was out of this world! I would highly recommend Belize if you are looking for a  vacation / honeymoon that is both adventurous and relaxing. 

Belize vacation
{Our Last Night in Belize}

Where did you / do you want to go on your honeymoon?

Love, Luck, and Happiness!


10 comments:

  1. This trip looks absolutely divine! It makes me want to be on a beach NOW with a cocktail in my hand!!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Wow! who wont want to go such a heavenly place !

    ReplyDelete
  3. This place is a heaven! Not all people know something about Belize, so good thing you shared a lot about the place (though you really TORTURED me on that part!Kiddin'.) I believe Belize is not a big country but you did a lot of activities in there, so I would want to list this in my next write up. That means one thing: vacation!

    ReplyDelete
  4. OMG your pictures look amazing! My boyfriend's mom is actually Belizean and he grew up there when he was younger; he has told me so many fabulous stories about his life over there I have wanted to go for a few years now. I hope I don't have to wait too long! It looks like the perfect honeymoon destination :)
    Just stumbled onto your blog today by the way and I already love it!
    Frankie x
    fashion-furore.blogspot.co.uk

    ReplyDelete
  5. www.islamarisolresort.com and fantasyislandecoresort.com as you're next honeymoon vacation destination in beautiful Belize..

    ReplyDelete
  6. A honeymoon trip helps strengthening a bond of love and trust between the couple. Thus, it is going to be a real gift from the friends and relatives to book a luxury room at ‘Alpha Maldives’, and let the love birds enjoy their privacy amidst the exotic beauty of nature.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wow! Belize awaits me! The trip does look absolutely fantastic and its great how you took adventage of both regions, Guatemala and Belize. What a wonderful idea!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Hi Penny, this trip looks amazing and has inspired me to book a very similar honeymoon! I'd love to know which companies you used to book the cave experience, tubing and the zip lining? It looks like they were in different places. Any other tips much appreciated! Thank you, Anna, London UK

    ReplyDelete
  9. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Pin It button on image hover