Vacation at Belize’s Beaches, Jungles, or Both
With this Getaway, you can spend four or six nights at Almond Beach, a beachfront Belizean resort along the Caribbean Sea. Or, you can choose to split six nights between Almond Beach and a sister resort in the Belizean jungle, Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge. If you choose Option 5 or 10 for this Getaway, you’ll spend your first three nights in an ocean view room at Almond Beach and then transfer (transfers included) to Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge for three nights in a Spanish Casita room.
Almond Beach hugs 700 feet of unspoiled beachfront along the eastern coast of Belize, where lounge chairs, hammocks, and casitas dot the soft white sands. You can also borrow a kayak from the resort and paddle out into Commerce Bight’s calm waters—the Belize Barrier Reef protects them from heavy surf.
Beachfront and ocean view rooms sit just 60–120 feet from the Caribbean, and you can admire partial or full ocean views from private patios. Both feature regional artwork and hand-carved furniture made from local mahogany, cabbage bark, or barba jalote.
Dine on fresh seafood, local fruits, and other Belizean specialties at the open-air restaurant Jaguar Reef, or stop by one of the resort’s beach barbecues. Wake up with a locally sourced brew at Butterflies Coffee Shop, which serves coffees grown in all seven Central American countries.
To see more of the area, you can book a tour. Options include snorkeling and diving trips to the Belize Barrier Reef and a visit to Mayan ruins in the interior of Belize.
Hopkins, Belize: Unspoiled Beaches and Garifuna Culture
A small fishing village along Belize’s Caribbean coastline, Hopkins is best known for its unspoiled white-sand beaches and Garifuna culture. Villagers celebrate their heritage—a mix of West African, Carib, and Arawak—with traditional music, dance, and drum performances. The festivities can be enjoyed by visitors throughout the year, but are most prevalent around Garifuna Settlement Day, held each November.
The village is a short boat ride from the Belize Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest reef system. Its coral atolls, coastal lagoons, and mangrove forests harbor manatees, sea turtles, and hundreds of species of fish, making it one of the Central America’s best spots to snorkel and dive.