This is #1 in the Belize Family Vacation Travel Series
Today’s post was initially going to be about snow fun. Yep, snow fun is a family favorite – sledding, skiing, skating, snowshoeing, snow ball fights. We enjoy them all. Yet, as I sat down to write this post, I looked out my window at the latest dump of that white fluffy stuff practically burying our car. Before I knew it, my mind began to wander.
Warmth. Beach. Sun. Blue sky. It was if my fingers had minds of their own! When I was supposed to be searching my photo inventory for our last snowy adventure, my fingers diverted to photos of beaches, sunny days, and an oh-so-fun family vacation to Belize one January not so long ago.
So hey, I’m going with that today! I think we could all enjoy a little bit of sunshine and warmth, right? Join me as I reminisce about balmy days gone by in beautiful Belize.
Beautiful Beginnings – A Family Vacation In Belize
Belize has something to offer nearly every level of adventurer. Vacationers to Belize can explore Mayan ruins, snorkel or scuba dive along coral reefs, build sand castles on sun warmed beaches, kayak along the ocean shore, hike through rainforests, cave tube through Mayan ruins or zipline above the tree tops. Perhaps even meet a local resident monkey or two along the way. And often all within the same day.
So come along with us as we explore beautiful Belize. First stop – our home for the week.
Jaguar Reef Lodge – Our Home Away From Home
From beach front luxury resorts to jungle cabins nestled along rivers, Belize offers accommodations to please most travelers’ needs and budgets. Jaguar Reef Lodge, an ocean front resort just outside Hopkins, Belize, happened to be our choice. It was a little off the beaten path, but that was part of it’s charm for us.
Admittedly, it was an adventure just getting to the Lodge, but it was one well worth the effort. Really, what’s better than a beach front oasis, especially when it looks like this?
Our Ocean Front Suite – Just Perfect!
What more could a family of four ask for? Our two bedroom suite was located just steps from the resort pool, and just beyond that was the ocean. So of course, within minutes of our arrival, swimsuits were unpacked and flip flops replaced sneakers. Hey, we’ve got miles of sand and surf right outside our front door, just waiting to be explored!
But first, a quick jump in the pool. Last one in buys dinner! Oh, yeah. That’s me.
Thanks to our ocean front suite, everything needed for a sublime day at the beach was close at hand. Seriously. Everything. Kayaks. Snorkel gear. Sail boat. Pools. Hammocks. Oh, except perhaps a book. You supply the reading material.
Where Beach-Side Adventures Rule The Day
Jaguar Reef Lodge proved to be an ideal location to begin each day of our Belize vacation, as well as a welcome, relaxing retreat at the end of a day full of adventures.
It’s where sand castles reigned supreme and brother buried brother in piles of clean, fine, sun-kissed sand. Don’t worry, no children were left behind!
It’s where hammocks ruled the day, and drinking from fresh coconuts was a most welcome afternoon treat. A most yummy treat indeed!
It’s where snorkeling in warm ocean waters was as easy as putting mask and fins on and walking into the warm ocean. Or jumping off the docks for a refreshing swim.
It’s where an afternoon of snorkeling revealed a bounty of ocean beauty – starfish and snails, a conch shell too. Handle with care! Each living creature was carefully returned to it’s natural habitat shortly after discovery.
It’s where young boys discover a love for ocean kayaking, with a little help from Dad. And a little beach side coaching from Mom.
Best of all, Jaguar Reef Lodge was where our family began and ended each adventure packed day in Belize. We couldn’t have asked for a better location from which to base our daily adventures.
A Family Vacation In Belize Comes to a Close
Sadly, the time came too soon to pack our bags and begin the trek back to our cold, northern home. But not before one final sunset dip in the nearby ocean front infinity pool. Can you tell where the pool ends and the ocean begins?
Good bye Jaguar Reef Lodge and Belize. We sure hope to return again one day.
Five Favorite Reasons To Stay At Jaguar Reef Lodge
As with most travel destinations, there are pros and cons. I thought I’d share with you this family’s Top Five favorite reasons for staying at Jaguar Reef Lodge. Perhaps it will help you decide whether or not Jaguar Reef Lodge is right for your own Belize vacation.
- An amazing ocean front oasis right outside our door.
- The friendly and helpful people at Jaguar Reef Lodge.
- No crowds. Really!
- The two-bedroom villa. Sweet respite for a family.
- The wide variety of adventures available at the resort, and the tour guides that led them.
- Mayan Ruins adventures – more on this in a later post!
Oops! That was six, if you are counting. You don’t have to just take my word about Jaguar Reef Lodge. Check out what others are saying at TripAdvisor. Jaguar Reef Lodge has been awarded TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence two years in a row.
What Would We Do Different?
Many Belize vacationers split their lodging between jungle and beach. Since we were traveling with children, we opted to base all our adventures from Jaguar Reef Lodge. Our kids are now older and able to carry their own load. If we are fortunate enough to again travel to Belize, we would shorten our stay at Jaguar Reef Lodge, and add several days at a jungle lodge outside San Ignacio. We loved Jaguar Reef Lodge, however we would like to also have that jungle experience that just wasn’t “there” at the lodge.
What Travel Destination Are You Dreaming About?
Are you dreaming of a lush, warm winter escape, like I am? Though it has been several years since our Belize adventures, it remains a family favorite and Jaguar Reef Lodge remains a destination we hope to return to again one day soon. There is so much more to explore than what one week will allow!
Have you been to Belize? What was your experience? Did you have as much fun as we did? Do you have a dream destination you are dreaming about? Share in the Comments section below.
Don’t miss the other posts in A Belize Family Vacation Travel Series:
- A Day At The Belize Zoo
- Cave Tubing and Monkeys, Oh My!
- Hiking The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
- An Adventure Through Ancient Mayan Lands
- Exploring Mayan Masterpieces
Quick facts about Belize:
- Belize is located in Central America, just south of Mexico, and east of Guatemala.
- The Caribbean Sea warms the eastern shoreline.
- The average year round temperature is 84 degrees.
- The first people to settle Belize were the Mayans.
- The official language spoken is English, but Kriol is also widely spoken.
Images from C.Biederman and Jaguar Reef Lodge (first beach photo).