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BELIZE honeymoon review

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finally my honeymoon review!

we went right from our wedding in playa del carmen to our honeymoon in san pedro, ambergris caye, belize.

 

transportation:

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HIGHLY recommended. they made our trip a breeze. we went from playa del carmen to corazol, belize. They picked us up at our hotel at 8am in a fairly new dodge caravan minivan. It was a private trip, just us and the driver. ezekiel was great. along the way he told us about the small mexican towns we were driving through. we also stopped about half way through to grab snacks and use the bathroom. once we arrived at the mexican border we jumped out to pay the $20 per person exit fee. we then drove a little further to the belizean border to go through customs. the whole thing was painless- they asked us how long we would be there, how much money we had, etc. ezekiel picked us up on the other side of customs and we continued on to the airport. the whole drive was about 3 hours long.

 

corazol airport/tropic air airlines:

the airport was very tiny. just one little room with two counters. our hotel paid for our airline tickets so we checked rather quickly and then waited for about 20 minutes. turns out that their runway was still under some construction so we had to go to another airport. well… this airport was not an airport at all. it was a dusty clearing in the middle of nowhere! it was pretty funny.

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the runway

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our boarding passes- laminated pieces of paper

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our plane

 

plane ride to ambergris caye:

the trip only took 17 minutes and was painless. the plane flies really low and you can get the lay of the land.

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thatâ€s leonardo dicaprioâ€s newest purchase. he hasnâ€t built anything on there yet.

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blue tang inn:

we stayed here for a week and it was perfect for us. we didnâ€t want to be secluded anywhere, we wanted to be right in town to experience the food and culture. because we were right in town, there wasnâ€t much of a beach, but just a short walk in either direction there were nice and bigger beaches. there was breakfast served every morning and the hotel staff was very kind. it felt like a b&b atmosphere, not a hotel. they was a nice card and wine upon our arrival.

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view from the third floor roof deck

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full kitchen

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our balcony

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view from the balcony

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the pool

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san pedro:

the town of san pedro has a lot of hustle and bustle for a small town. the island is only about 4 blocks wide and there are stores and restaurants everywhere. you can get anything from street food to really classy island dining. the main mode of transportation is golf carts and generally the only cars are taxis. there are tons of stray dogs- most are totally healthy and the island takes care of them, but some of them are pretty mangy and limp around.. itâ€s kind of sad. but the people are so kind.. they always like to chat.

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one of the streets in san pedro

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at elviâ€s kitchen, the most popular restaurant on the island

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the beach in front of our hotel.

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if you go during the summer months, youâ€ll see what we like to call belizean daycare.

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fresh seafood

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searious adventures: Ambergris Tours || Belize Tours Searious Adventures

we used searious for two excursions-

hol chan snorkeling-

this was by far the best snorkeling weâ€ve ever done. It was a half day trip out to the reef with beverages included. We saw nurse sharks, sting rays, parrot fish, sea turtles, barracudas- it was amazing.

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altun ha / maruba jungle spa-

our second trip was to the ruins of altun ha. First we took a boat to the mainland.

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when we got to the ruins, our group was literally the only group of people there. It was really amazing, but be careful- lots of tarantulas!

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next we drove (in a school bus!) to maruba jungle spa. itâ€s literally just cut out of the jungle so itâ€s incredibly lush. we had a mud bath which was really relaxing and also took a dip.

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the lobby

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the restaurant

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on the way home we stopped in bomba village and bought some wood crafts

 

 

ultimately, belize was really the perfect honeymoon for us. weâ€re not really resort people, and although we loved our wedding week.. the whole sprawling hotel thing is just not for us. belize is much more gritty and real and itâ€s a place where you can actually interact with the locals on a personal level rather than only when they serve you a drink. there is also something for everyone. you can do every water activity imaginable and a quick boat ride to the mainland takes you to lush jungles and ruins. guatemala is also just a day trip away, although we didnâ€t make it there. If you have any questions, let me know!!

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Wow! It looks like it was a really relaxing, but very fun time for you two. Thanks for posting the review! FI and I are very interested in Belize, so we loved looking at your pics :)

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This truly looks like a dream vacation to me. I am the same I am getting married at the Dreams resort in PV, but I am more of a home grown kind of vacation girl. I may take this trip also, because it looks right up my ally.

 

Congrats.

Kathy

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