The best of Belize! The Paradise Islands of Belize, located in the less developed southern region of Belize's Barrier Reef, remain close to a pristine marine ecosystem. We'll kayak through the shallow reef-strewn waters, snorkel to our hearts' content, go to sleep lulled by the sound of ocean waves breaking on the shore, and fill each day with lots of exercise, delicious food, and the kind of relaxation that stems from immersion in a very different world and way of life. Then it's back to inland Belize, exploring wildlife sanctuaries, lagoons, and the ancient Mayan ruin of Lamanai. We'll experience true Belizean culture and see how these ancient economies have transitioned to the current day world. This is the perfect vacation for anyone with some kayaking and snorkeling experience and has an appreciation for other cultures. Maximum group size: 12
What's not included: Travel to and from Belize, alcoholic beverages, snacks, guide gratuities, and travel insurance (Effective July 12, 2022, all Foreign Tourists entering Belize will have the option to purchase the Belize travel insurance. It is no longer mandatory but is highly recommended by the Belize Tourism Board. https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety/)
This trip is designed for women in good condition who want an active vacation in a warm winter environment. Our days are full, although there is time to relax built into each one and also the option to opt out of some activities if you want more downtime. The kayaking and snorkeling on this trip are truly intertwined, as we will do most of our snorkeling from our kayaks. The most kayaking we do in one day is 6 miles, with 3-4 miles being more typical. You should have some prior kayaking experience and be comfortable on the water as you may be paddling in rough or windy conditions at times. Rating: 1   4 5.
We'll kayak, snorkel, and swim in the warm waters of the Caribbean. The coral reefs of Belize are known for providing both an excellent snorkeling environment and (usually) tranquil water. Some kayak experience is required; your guides will teach you safety skills and basic boat handling and paddling strokes. The kayaks are primarily double kayaks, but you can talk with the guides while you are on the trip if you would like the opportunity to try a single kayak.
One night will be spent at the Tropical Education Center in Belize City, adjacent to the Belize Zoo. The Center has rustic forest cabanas, each on a raised platform, fully screened and equipped with two twin size beds complete with linens. One full size bed is available upon request. There is a shared shower and restroom facility for the cabanas.
Two nights at Tobacco Caye Paradise is a small Belizean-style vacation property with six private "over the water" beach cabanas. All cabanas face north to the Belize Barrier Reef and have wonderful decks perched over turquoise tropical waters. Each deck has a hammock and an amazing view of the Caribbean Sea. The accommodations are clean, comfortable and charmingly rustic. There are five 1 bedroom / 1 bathroom cabanas, and one 2 bedroom / 1 bathroom cabana. Each bedroom has either one or two beds. Each cabana has a private bathroom and cool (unheated) rainwater-fed showers .
We'll spend three nights at IZE on South Water Caye. Seaside cabanas are nestled in the mangroves on the eastern shoreline of the island to take advantage of the cooling trade winds. They are so close to the water's edge that you will awaken to a view of the barrier reef and the sound of waves gently lapping the shore beneath you. The cabanas have private bathrooms with hot water showers.
The last three night will be at Bird's Eye View Lodge, a family owned lodge in standard rooms with two double beds and en-suite bathrooms.
Below is the proposed itinerary for the trip. As is true on any adventure travel trip, plans for any specific day may be modified due to weather considerations, unforeseen circumstances, new opportunities, and group interests.
The guides, both AGC and the local guide, are incredibly knowledgeable about birds and other wildlife.
The other women in the group and all the help and knowledge from our two guides.
The trek across the barrier reef from Tobacco Caye to South Water Caye was amazing. The islands had a good vibe too - it is very special to get away from tourists in the Caribbean. The women were great too. Everyone seemed to get along with each other.
I loved the cabana at Tobacco Caye. It felt like a tropical escape- like being a beach bum. The zoo was better than I expected. Having the howler monkeys waiting for our boat at the Mayan temple was a great touch.
Israel our guide
New challenges, amazing array of interesting women, helpful and inclusive Excellent guides all over
The variety of changes in location/accommodations with rotating roommates was great. Excellent guides; Alexa, Israel, Bryon
The gentle support provided by the guides. The chance to meet other women from around the states.
Spending 5 days on Belize’s Barrier Reef snorkeling during the day and at night.
The guides showing us fish. The guide identified 63 species of birds. Loved learning to sail a kayak.
The location is magical to experience. Activities are well planned and just challenging enough to give you a thrill and a sense of accomplishment when you DID it!
The knowledge and competency of the guides; our AGC guide Linda and our cultural guides, Israel and Clint.
The variety of activities that were provided each day, if you chose to participate, were well organized and presented in a very welcoming and non threatening way. The islands were beautiful, laid back and comfortable. The knowledge of the guide brought the trip to another level.
This trip went above and beyond expectations. With Linda (our AGC guide) and Israel and Clint (our Belizian guides) our days we’re full of activity options. The island accommodations were not crowded with tourists. Our guides gave us thoughtful guidance and kept us safe while trying out new water sports.
The location, the activities, and most of all the guides!
The local guides - they were the best!!