The very concept of one-size-fits-all sounds too good to be true — and often it is. But in Belize, where the country has one foot in Central America and the other in the Caribbean, the destination offers something for everyone. And it often comes in the form of all-inclusive vacation packages. When planning your ultimate Belize adventure, there are plenty of routes to take toward memorable journeys you wouldn’t find anywhere else. Whether you’re an adventure-loving duo, a history nerd, or just looking to kick back and relax in nature, the options in Belize are endless.
For culture-loving epicureans
Teeming with stories to tell, Belize’s Western region is a cultural Mecca waiting to be explored. Those wanting an immersive cultural experience can book The Belize Collection’s “Get to Know Belize” package. History and authenticity are the basis of this itinerary, and one packed with enriching cultural influence. You’ll experience Belize tours that are wholly immersive, like the Garifuna Cooking Class in Hopkins. Learn to make spice-ridden hudut from scratch, impressing your friends with your plantain mashing skills (it’s tougher than it looks!) Stir the coconut-based soup to a perfect consistency. Throughout the entire process, you’ll come to appreciate the labor of love that goes into making exquisite Garifuna cuisine. Pair the experience with some classic drumming lessons for a fun beach dance-off. After an afternoon of homemade cooking and dancing to the (drum)beat, it’s time to take a dip in your private plunge pool at the Lodge at Jaguar Reef. Relaxing in your deluxe suite is a splendid way to end an already historic day.
The latter half of your Get to Know Belize vacation package sends you to the deep jungles of Belize. This time, you’ll learn tortilla-making tips from Maya-descended women in the heart of Cayo. The Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant will make all the arrangements — all you need to do is show up and practice your corn-grinding skills. Once you’ve had your fill of tortillas made from scratch, take a breather in your Creekside Cottage. Continue your culinary journey by dining at the award-winning Grove House, the lodge’s on-site restaurant.
For insatiable thrill-seekers
There are those of us who are perfectly content lazing all day at the beach, and there are those who crave something a little more. For the ones looking for adventure in every corner, The Belize Collection’s “Reef & Rainforest” package seals the deal. With this vacation package, you get the best of both worlds. For instance, prepare to have a front-row seat to Belize’s amazing wildlife when snorkeling at South Water Caye. Seeing the second-largest barrier reef in the world with your own eyes is nothing short of a marvel. Swim alongside docile nurse sharks, spotted rays, and gentle Loggerhead turtles. The next three nights of your Belize vacation package will be spent leaping back in time at an ancient Maya site. Just an hour away from the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant lies the sacred ruin of Xunantunich, an impressive archaeological wonder. Its tallest structure towers at 130 feet— did we mention it’s completely climbable? You can summit the El Castillo temple and drink in sweeping panoramic views of the valley below. By the time you’re done, you’d have earned a skillfully made wood-fired pizza at Don Tonito’s.
For smitten lovebirds
Valentine’s Day may be a long ways away, but there’s always an excuse to celebrate love when in Belize. The Belize Collection’s “Just the Two of Us” package is enough to rekindle your romance and more. The thrill of being in an exotic destination and facing new experiences together is enough to set the heart racing. This seven-night package includes heavenly amenities that’ll leave the two of you blushing in awe. A pampering couple’s massage, romantic private dinner, and even a bottle of champagne upon arrival. If that doesn’t sound lovey-dovey enough, the all-inclusive package includes a bioluminescent tour beneath a blanket of stars. Neon-sparkling plankton dot the water’s surface in this Belize tour, lighting up the boat from underneath. To bookend an already passionate Belize vacation package, you and your soulmate will spend an entire day island hopping on Belize’s paradisiacal cayes.
This list of Belize all-inclusive vacation packages is not the least exhaustive, but it’s a great start to getting a taste of what the remarkable country has to offer. If you’re interested in booking your own vacation package at either the Lodge at Jaguar Reef or the Rainforest Lodge at Sleeping Giant, learn more here.