Looking for a non-traditional honeymoon filled with adventure and romance? Well, Belize is the place for you. Belize offers both jungle and sea activities. If you are looking for an all-inclusive sit on the beach all day, lots of buffet restaurants type of honeymoon Belize is probably not the place for you. You want to look north of Belize to Mexico. But if you are ready for an authentic, unique experience that you will remember for years to come check out Belize.

First, some basics about  Belize it’s the only English speaking country in Central America and is south of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula. Guatemala is directly west. Belize has two distinct areas which cater to tourists the San Ignacio area in the Cayo District, a 2-hour drive west of Belize City and adjacent to the Guatemala Border. Then the Cayes (small islands). San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye is the hub of tourist activity for sea activities and is about 35 miles from Belize City. Most tourist fly from the International Airport, However, there is a water taxi which takes about 1.5 hours. A third area Placencia is up and coming. Read about Placencia in my post here.

San Ignacio/Cayo

Located along the banks of the Macal River, San Ignacio is the jungle tourism hub of  Belize.  Many pass through San Ignacio on their way to Guatemala and Tikal. However, there are many activities including Maya Ruins in the San Ignacio area that have the makings of a perfect jungle getaway. Top activities include cave tubing, river rafting/ canoeing, and Maya Ruins. I recommend asking at your hotel for tours, but do a bit of research before you go on prices and best tour companies.

There are many small hotels various distances from San Ignacio.  Food and transportation costs are relatively cheap. If you like to try different restaurants I recommend renting a car and driving to and from San Ignacio for some of your meals.  Here are my recommendations for hotels in the San Ignacio area that are perfect for honeymooners.

Gaia Riverlodge – Gaia is a highly rated Eco-Resort located along the Privasson River best known for the cascading Five Sisters Waterfalls you can enjoy on the property. The Lodge is located 20 miles from San Ignacio. They offer package deals that include meals, airport transfers, and excursions.  Gaia has two sister resorts in Hopkins and on Ambergris Caye. Note that children under 12 are not permitted at the Lodge and technology is lacking with no televisions.  There is also no pool.

Mystic River – Located a short 7 miles from San Ignacio along the Macal River. Mystic River boasts delicious food, privacy, and river views. The Resort is family friendly. Some rooms have plunge pools. There is a canoe launch and a rocky beach along the river.  The main pool is a bit small and there is no ac in the cabins. However, Mystic River gets top ratings for staff attentiveness and the tours and excursions they offer.

Chaa Creek – This resort offers many amenities included a large pool, spa, butterfly farm and farm to fork farming.  The resort is well-developed and has the distinction of being one the first eco lodges in Belize. They also offer a Camp along with rustic thatch roof cabins. The prices are a bit lower than most eco lodging in the area and the resort is very family friendly. The restaurant and food get rave reviews as well. There are horses and a few other guided tours offered to guests.

San Pedro/Ambergris Caye

Beach and sand are the main themes on Ambergris Caye, an island located just 35 miles off the coast of Belize mainland. San Pedro, the only town on the Caye has been compared to Key West, Florida. Golf cart and bicycles are the main modes of transportation, although there are many resorts only accessible by boat. Popular with divers because of its status as the second largest barrier reef in the world, there are many water activities to be had from fishing to snorkeling. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Alley is a protected underwater paradise. Restaurants and bars are plentiful and just as else where in Belize prices are very reasonable. Unlike mega all-inclusive resorts in Mexico and other places in the Caribbean, you will have the opportunity to have authentic food.

So where should you stay when on Ambergris Caye?There are various options depending on what you are looking for. As mentioned before some resorts are more private and only accessible by water. Others are further away from town and require a bicycle or golf cart. Some have a kitchenette, some offer packages. Here are my picks for honeymooners.

Victoria House –  This hotel is on my list because of it’s quaint colonial architecture. The hotel has all the characteristics for a wonderful honeymoon. Located a few miles from San Pedro town proper, has only 42 rooms which give honeymooners lots of privacy and room to relax. There is a small stretch of beach several pools and a restaurant and bar. There is a dive shop which books excursions but you can snorkel right off the beach. If you’d like to go into town it’s a short golf cart ride away with carts available for rent by the hour or by the day. Packages are offered that include excursions and food.

Las Terrazas – About 3 miles north of San Pedro town, this oceanfront resort has 42 modern rooms. The salt water infinity pool and full-service spa give honeymooners a way to relax and unwind. All rooms have full kitchens. The restaurant and staff get high marks for service and quality. There is not much of a beach, however, there are complimentary kayaks, Hobe Cats, bicycles and paddle board available.

Matachica – Luxury sister resort of Cayo Districts, Gaia. This gives honeymooners a one stop shop with complete inland and sea packages offered. Prices are a bit steep but the privacy of the resort and luxury casitas will not disappoint.  Located 5 miles north of San Pedro Town and most easily assessable by water taxi. Has a very nice beach, restaurant, and full-service bar. Like the other resorts on the list, Matachica gets high marks for service but it offers a level of privacy, seclusion and luxury the other resorts recommended does not offer.

Are you interested in going to Belize for your honeymoon? Contact me and I’d be happy to plan a customized experience at not cost to you. travelbymera@gmail.com

Mera lives in the suburbs of Chicago with her husband Bryan and their two children. She’s always looking for experiences for her family and values any memory making opportunities.

She grew up in the Caribbean as a Methodist Missionary’s daughter and is active in her community and church as a Rotarian and church Mission Chair.

The family squeezes as many trips foreign and domestic into their year and lives a frugal lifestyle to make that happen. In 2011 Mera quit her administrative job in local government and has been raising money for family vacations ever since then.