Belize for Honeymoon?

posted 3 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@anneh1990: Yup I’ve been to San Pedro / Ambergris Caye!  It depends on what exactly you’re looking for.  While there is a fair amount of tourism there, it’s still a place with a local flavor.  If you’re looking for a resort-type experience (all-inclusive, perfect beach that’s groomed, very Americanized, etc), it’s probably not the right place.  If you want somewhere with stunning water and snorkling, pretty / not crowded beaches, and some nice restaurants that still feel local (e.g. belizean food, sometimes thatched roofs and sand floors, etc), then it might be perfect.  It sounds like that’s what you’re interested in?  

But yes, it does sometimes seem like a third-world county – because it is!  Streets with occasional big holes, restaurant service that can be a little hit or miss, some wolf whistles on the street – these are all things that are standard in Latin America, even in places that are relatively refined and tourist-friendly.

I loved my trip there!  The locals are very friendly, the water is amazing, the snorkling is amazing, the food is tasty.  Be aware that it’s fairly pricey, not much cheaper than traveling in the US because a) Belize is fairly pricey in general and b) everything is more expensive on an island.

If you have time, I’d also recommend going over to Caye Caulker.  It has a very hippy / bohemian vibe and is a fun little island to explore for a day or two.

Feel free to let me know if you have any more specific questions.  Try searching the boards here, too – I know I’ve seen posts about Belize in the past.

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@anneh1990:  sure, no problem!  Yeah that makes total sense – the honeymoon is definitely a time for a little luxury.  

I’d encourage you to try to find a locally-owned hotel / resort if possible.  Supporting those over internationally-owned (usually chains) can really make a difference in keeping the local population happy, economically viable, postively involved in tourism, etc.  My two cents 🙂

FYI – snorkeling there involves taking a boat out to the reef about a mile offshore.  So you have to go through a guide service or find a local guide, rather than just going right off the beach.  So worth it though!  It’s really really good snorkeling.  You can also take a boat trip out to where there are schools of sting rays and reef sharks (harmless) – they chum them in with fish, and then you can get out and actually HOLD the critters underwater.  It’s so cool!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

We went to Belize as part of our honeymoon last February. We stayed in Belize City 2 nights and I really wish we had gone straight to the island! It was definitely on the rougher side, and everyone at our hotel etc recommended we not walk anywhere – that we take taxis even just to walk a few blocks for dinner!

We stayed on Caye Caulker and really enjoyed it – Ambergris seemed really built up and we wanted somewhere more laid back but everyone has their own preferences 🙂 Our place was right off the beach (then again it is tiny that everywhere is near the beach!) and had a great dock with a thatched roof area with two hammocks that we laid in quite a bit! There was also a number of restaurants and bars, we had some really great food and some great banana dacquiris too. It was crab season when we were there so had quite a bit of that, but probably my favorite was BBQ chicken on the beach it was amazing!

We did diving from there (also incredible) and I wish we had gone snorkelling with the rays too…also took a sailing lesson, got massages on the beach and just relaxed a lot. Sigh I’m wishing we could be there right now!!

Post # 10
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@anneh1990:  Yeah San Pedro is super safe.  I mean don’t be a TOTAL dumbass, like getting shit-faced and waving a bunch of cash around as you walk down the street at 1 in the morning, etc… but it’s definitely a safe little town.  My sister and I (both blonde, obviously tourists) felt perfectly comfortable walking around town or down the beach together at midnight after bar-hopping.

I don’t have any experience with those places you’re looking at, sorry.  I was there on a family trip and we rented a little house in town.

Man this makes me want to go back!!

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