Honeymoon in Belize
Hello, friends, and welcome to another week! Can you believe that August starts on Wednesday? This summer has been flying by, largely due to the fact that most of June was consumed by our wedding and honeymoon. More on this in a minute.
August is one of my favorite months, because it is my birthday month. Shoutout to all the other Leos out there! This year, we will actually be in New Hampshire for a wedding around my birthday. I am so excited to get to spend it with family and friends! Tell me what you did to celebrate your birthday this year. Or, what are you planning to do?
Alright, back to our scheduled programming. Today, I’m giving you an overview of our 10-day honeymoon in Belize! We spent the first half of our honeymoon on Caye Caulker, and the second half in a jungle lodge near San Ignacio. Now, this is just a recap of the trip. If there are particulars you would like to know, comment below so I can start planning those posts for you! I am going to do a more in-depth post about Caye Caulker, and one about the jungle lodge. To see how to we chose our honeymoon destination, click here.
Honeymoonin’ in Belize
Our honeymoon began the Monday following our wedding, when we jetted out of Boston bright and early. We chose to take the 6am flight, which resulted in us landing in Belize around 11am their time. There is a two hour time difference, so take that into account when you are booking travel!
We took a taxi to a water ferry, and the ferry to the island of Caye Caulker, where we were met with the one and only rainstorm of our trip. Right when we needed to walk from the ferry to our hotel. It figures, right? Haha!
We stayed at Barefoot Beach Belize from Monday to Friday, and would recommend the accommodations if you’re okay with minimal air conditioning. Belize in June/July is HOT, but the island life embraces it.
After settling into our lodging, we wandered the 1.5 miles of island by foot, which is the main way to get around. You can also bike, or rent a golf cart, but walking was the easiest (and our only real form of exercise).
In general, our days on the island were filled with seafood, happy hour cocktails, sunscreen, and being told to “slow down” while walking. The motto of Caye Caulker is “go slow,” and the locals embody that mentality.
On Tuesday, we did a full-day snorkel tour, which was incredible! We saw everything, from manatees to eels, from rays to a loggerhead turtle! I even swam with nurse sharks, which luckily cannot really do anything to harm humans.
We also did a day-trip over to the neighboring island of Ambergris Caye, which is much larger and puts off more of a city vibe. We wandered and ate our way around the city of San Pedro, with a favorite stop at the Belize Chocolate Company. Overall, we were really happy to have chosen to stay on Caye Caulker vs. Ambergris. After the hustle and bustle of our wedding week, we just wanted to chill. Which is just what we did, mostly at the Lazy Lizard 🙂
Jungle Lodge near San Ignacio
On Friday, we found ourselves back on the water taxi towards Belize city, where we met our private transfer to Black Rock Lodge, our destination for the second half of our honeymoon. This portion of the honeymoon was dedicated to more adventure and activity. We had rested enough on the island and were ready to go!
Our first full day at the lodge, we had a more low-key day. However, that doesn’t mean we rested! We were up with the sun for bird-watching, followed by a trip into San Ignacio to visit their farmer’s market. Hello homemade ice cream! We made a pit stop at a local restaurant for lunch on the way back, and then spent the afternoon at the pool.
The days following were filled with canoeing down the river, horseback riding up hidden Mayan ruins, night hikes in search of tarantulas, and a very interesting trip into neighboring Guatemala, which will be documented in further detail soon.
On Tuesday, we said goodbye to the jungle and hello to Belize City again for our final night in paradise. Wednesday morning, we headed back to the States and then eventually, back to our fur babies!
We had the most amazing time in Belize and would highly recommend it to anyone considering a tropical, adventurous vacation! Just know though, it is super hot. The island has a constant breeze, but if you can’t take the heat, stay out of Belize. I think I actually looked at Jarrett once and told him I had never felt less attractive. Haha! Between the sunscreen, sand, and sweat, it was hard to keep up appearances. If you are someone who cannot go a day without makeup, move on sister.
Stay tuned for more in-depth posts about each of our destinations, including specifics on lodging, restaurants, and our activities. Again, please let me know what you would like to see!
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See you all Friday for a post on wedding splurges vs. where to save!