Beachside Resort amid Virtually Unexplored Jungle
Belize is easy to overlook. It's a tiny country locked in between Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. "If the world had any ends, Belize would certainly be one of them," author Aldous Huxley said in 1934, as noted by the New York Times. Since it's existed in relative obscurity for years, Belize still has an undiscovered feel; many of its most beautiful aspects require you to hike, dive, or go spelunking. Hidden amid the wild jungle are hundreds of cave systems and Maya ruins. And out under the water, you can find the second-longest barrier reef in the world in Belize, which is surrounded by thousands of tiny remote islands called Cayes.
Belizean Dreams is situated beachside on the country’s eastern coastline, and it's positioned nicely for you to explore the country's hidden treasures or just relax in peaceful seclusion. You can see the sea up close by borrowing snorkeling gear and one of the property’s complimentary kayaks, or try to be the first to cross the sea upon one of the resort's complimentary bicycles.
In the resort’s tropical accommodations, there are covered porches that overlook the beach, dotted with palm trees and thatched huts, with the Caribbean Sea just beyond. Inside, colorful local artwork and hand-painted Mexican sinks are set against hardwood floors and handcrafted mahogany and cedar furnishings.
Chefs at the open-air Woven Palm Restaurant & Palapa Bar prepare dishes that blend Caribbean and Mesoamerican cuisines. Hudut, a mashed-plantain dish, is served with fresh fish in coconut milk, and bundiga, made from green bananas, accompanies a local chicken stew.
Belize: Explore Lush Jungle, Friendly Villages, and One of Cousteau's Top 10 Dive Sites on Earth
Belizean Dreams offers a range of adventures and excursions. On a specialty dive tour, there's a stop at the Great Blue Hole, which Jacques Cousteau declared one of the top 10 dive sites on earth. Or, on another tour, you can wind through the Maya Mountains en route to Xunantunich, a preserved Maya ceremonial site. At the top, there are panoramic views of Belize, Guatemala, and the bald spots of monkeys.
A mile away, you can find the coastal village of Hopkins, which was dubbed “the friendliest village in Belize” by Belize First magazine. The town of about 1,000 predominantly English-speaking residents is an up-and-coming tourist destination thanks to its welcoming atmosphere and growing number of restaurants, bars, and attractions.