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5 Most Romantic Things to Do in Belize

03Feb

1. FEED EACH OTHER THE FOOD OF THE GODS

The Mayans believed that chocolate held intense, mystical powers and was associated with the great gods that ruled their culture. And who can blame them? I mean, it’s probably not far from the truth. Chocolate still holds the allure of decadence, romance, and for some serious chocolate lovers a bit of ecstasy. Belize is home to dozens of small cacao farms, where the fruit that is the source of all chocolate is still grown in the traditional organic Mayan way. The best and freshest of all chocolates can be found here at family businesses like Belize Chocolate Company and Ajaw Chocolate, where the chocolate is made by hand with craftsmanship that is still fit for the gods.

2. JUMP INTO A WATERFALL TOGETHER

Is there any image more romantic than you and your favorite person frolicking in a fresh, clear waterfall? How about something a bit more thrilling? A bit more shocking? A bit more adventurous? Don’t just swim in that waterfall together–jump off it hand in hand. Western and southern Belize are peppered with waterfalls off all sizes and intensities. From tiny babbling falls spilling over limestone smoothed by the millennia to gushing behemoths barreling like a freight train into valleys one thousand feet below. And while we wouldn’t recommend taking the plunge off the latter, there are some stunning spots for just this thing throughout Belize. Make the leap at tons of gorgeous locations, like The Showers in Cristo Rey Village (pictured here), or from the big rock at Big Rock Falls. The possibilities for the most exciting type of romance abound!

3. INDULGE IN A PRIVATE CANDLELIGHT DINNER

It has long been held that food is the way to a person’s heart. Add private table service, loads of candles and flowers, and a backdrop that makes you feel as if you’re in a screensaver, and you have the perfect recipe for romance. Whether you’re indulging on the coast, cayes, or the jungles of Belize (pictured here at Table Rock Jungle Lodge), a private dinner will make even the hardest-hearted of us swoon.

4. RELAX WITH A COUPLE’S MASSAGE

Not much needs to be said here. I mean, seriously, experiencing the pleasure of a deep tissue massage in the beauty of Belize side-by-side with your love. . . well, it kind of speaks for itself. In-room and spa massage for couples is available at most well-appointed lodges and resorts throughout the  country.

5. SAY “I DO” IN THE RAINFOREST

Destinations weddings continue to grow in popularity, and the romance that surrounds tying the knot in exotic locations such as Belize adds to their allure for both the couple getting married and the family and friends who come to witness their union. With the second largest barrier reef in the world, Mayan temples, and dense jungles, there is a location that is perfect for almost everyone. Whether you plan your wedding through a professional wedding consultant, like Signature Belize Weddings, or the resort you’re staying at, like Table Rock Jungle Lodge, you’re certain to begin your new life together in a setting you will never forget.

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25% Off at Table Rock Jungle Lodge — Big Spring Savings in Belize

31Jan

April & May are dry season in Belize, a great time to enjoy all the outdoor water activities we have to offer. Join us in the jungle for 3 or more nights and get 25% off your stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge this spring!

 

The Deal:

  • 25% off regular room rate
  • For stays of 3 or more nights between April 15-May 31, 2019
  • Good for all room options and the Shamrock Bluff House
  • Email us at info@tablerockbelize.com or via the contact form below to book or for more details

 

The Fine Print:

  • Must stay for 3 or more nights
  • Not valid for existing reservations, with any other discounts, or with vacation packages
  • Direct bookings only
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Escape Winter Sale — 25% Off This January & February

06Jan

Need a break from the gloom of winter? Join us in the tropics for 3 or more nights and get 25% off your stay at Table Rock Jungle Lodge this winter!

 

The Deal:

  • 25% off regular room rate
  • For stays of 3 or more nights between January 9-February 28, 2019
  • Good for all room options and the Shamrock Bluff House
  • Email us at info@tablerockbelize.com or via the contact form below to book or for more details

 

The Fine Print:

  • Must stay for 3 or more nights
  • Not valid for existing reservations, with any other discounts, or with vacation packages
  • Direct bookings only

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August & September Specials at Table Rock

12Aug

Great Savings on Your Belize Jungle Vacation During August & September

Save 25% off our already discounted room rate this August and September when you book directly with us for 3 or more nights.

Ask for our August & September Special when you email us at info@tablerockbelize.com.

The fine print: Not valid for advertised packages, with other discounts, or for existing reservations.

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Horseback Riding

16May

HORSEBACK RIDING

CHOOSE FROM THESE THREE GREAT RIDES:

Horseback Ride to Xunantunich Ruins

The tour begins at Hanna Stables, a family-owned horseback riding establishment where over 45 horses call home. When you arrive, meet your local Belizean guide for the day and then mount your horses to depart. The ride to Xunantunich includes a well-maintained trail through a large private farm and along the banks of the Mopan River in the village of San Jose Succotz.  You will cross the river on a hand-cranked ferry, and then ride your horse up to Xunantunich. When you arrive, prepare to dismount and let your horse rest while you explore Xunantunich by foot for as long as you desire. Afterward, you’ll will ride back to the farm where we will enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional Belizean dishes featuring ingredients grown on the San Lorenzo organic farm.

Drive Time from Table Rock:30 minutes on mostly paved roads

What to Wear & Bring:Long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes with a comfortable shirt. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are highly recommended, as is a bit of insect repellent. Bring along a bottled water and your sense of adventure. Helmets will be supplied for you.

*Restrictions:There is a 250 pound weight limit per person. No riding experience is required for this trip.

Duration:Full day tour. It is a 1-hour ride to the ruins, 1 hour of exploration at the ruins, 1-hour lunch, and another 1-hour ride back to the stables.

Combinations:None

Half Day Jungle Horseback Ride

The half day horseback ride is all jungle. You will ride among lush foliage and rainforest habitats to a hidden riverine valley.  There are excellent opportunities for seeing birds and possibly wildlife as the valley is home to howler monkeys, jaguars, puma, ocelot, tapir and more.  There are opportunities to canter in places. This is a great introduction ride for beginners, most of whom have learned to canter by the end of the day.  You will spend about two and a half hours in the saddle.

Drive Time from Table Rock:25 minutes on unpaved roads

What to Wear & Bring:Long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes with a comfortable shirt. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are highly recommended, as is a bit of insect repellent. Bring along a bottled water and your sense of adventure. Helmets will be supplied for you.

*Restrictions: No riding experience is required for this trip.

Duration:Half day tour which includes lunch.

Combinations:None

Full Day Horseback Ride to Waterfalls

The full day horseback trip rides to beautiful Big Rock Falls.  You will receive an orientation before being introduced to your horse and being fitted to your saddle.  The trail passes through rainforest, then transition areas, and up into the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve. After about two or two and half hours you arrive at the waterfalls.  Your horses will be tied while you hike down a steep path to the river.  Enjoy your specially prepared lunch and a refreshing leisurely swim before returning to the horses for the ride back the horse ranch. We have seen jaguar and puma tracks on the trail so it’s always a good idea to “keep your eyes peeled.” Your guide will point out features, birds, and will discuss traditional medicinal uses of plants and trees.

Drive Time from Table Rock:25 minutes on unpaved roads

What to Wear & Bring:Long pants and sturdy close-toed shoes with a comfortable shirt. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are highly recommended, as is a bit of insect repellent. Bring along a bottled water, your bathing suit & towel for swimming in the falls, and your sense of adventure. Helmets, water bottles, and saddle bags for your belongings will be supplied for you.

*Restrictions:No riding experience is required for this trip.

Duration:Full day tour

Combinations:None

 

  • All rides include guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, lunch, and entry fees.
  • Minimum two persons
  • 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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The Pool

01May

THE POOL

"The most amazing swim I've ever had!"
-DP, Orlando

Experience our Jungle Infinity Pool for a swim like you’ve never known before. Surrounded by jungle and tucked into the hillside, Table Rock’s saltwater pool will leave you feeling refreshed, invigorated, and inspired.

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Crystal Cave

23Sep

CRYSTAL CAVE

Experience one of the most extreme of all Belize’s cave adventures! Not for the faint of heart, the Crystal Cave at St. Herman’s, also known as Mountain Cow Cave, will challenge your physical fitness and your spirit of adventure. After a drive to the Blue Hole National Park, the Crystal Cave Tour starts with a 50-minute hike through lush rainforest and partially steep terrain which is considered challenging by most. Then you will descend by ropes for a 15-foot drop into the mouth of the mammoth Crystal Cave where you will enter what the ancient Mayas believed to be the domain of their gods – the underworld of Xibalba!

Your expedition will take you through narrow passages to magnificent cathedral-like caverns as you pick your way along rock faces and slide down mud ramps to view shimmering stalactites & stalagmites, massive crystal formations, ancient ceremonial fire pits, charcoal and ash, pottery, relics, wall carvings, and actual skeletal remains of Mayan sacrificial victims. Fighting the spirits of an ancient civilization, you will walk in the footsteps of the Mayan shamans of hundreds of years ago as you explore this challenging but stunning wonderland of the underworld. After your adventure in the Crystal Cave you will hike back to the park facilities where you have the option of taking a refreshing swim in the cool waters of the inland Blue Hole.

Note that you must be relatively fit and prepared for a long hike and strenuous activities to do this tour.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1.25 hours

Adventure Level: EXTREME. This adventure is not for those with any level of claustrophobia and all participants must be in relatively fit condition.

What to Wear & Bring: Comfortable lightweight long pants and shirt that allow for movement and can get wet. Well-treaded sneakers or hiking shoes—NO sandals or TEEVA-type shoes. Don’t forget your insect repellant and some extra water!

*Restrictions: This tour is for relatively fit extreme adventurers only and who are a mature 10 years of age or older. Sandals and TEEVA or Chocos-type shoes are not allowed for safety reasons.

Duration: Full-day tour

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, equipment, and entrance fees
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Big Rock Falls

23Sep

BIG ROCK FALLS

Part of the Vaca Plateau in the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Big Rock Falls is an impressive 60-foot waterfall boasting two large, deep emerald pools filled with spring water perfect for swimming or, for the more adventurous, cliff jumping.  The water from the peaks of the Maya Mountains rushes over giant granite rock outcroppings and down the waterfall.  The footpath to the falls is a 15-minute hike and involves some moderately challenging climbing down hand hewn stairs to the valley below.  Once to the water, you must walk over the large slabs of not-so-flat and sometimes slippery granite to reach the falls.  This site is amazing, but only for those who are in moderate physical condition.  This site can be substituted with Rio On Pools.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 45 minutes on unpaved roads

Adventure Level: Moderate to Strenuous.  The drive is 13 miles on unpaved roads and the hike down to the falls can leave even the fittest traveler’s legs a bit sore the next day.

What to Wear & Bring: Bathing suit under shorts and shirt, and water shoes. Remember your towel and a change of clothes. You may also want to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Basic swimming skills are recommended for this site

Duration: 1 to 2 hours

Combinations: Available only as a full day combo tour with Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Caracol, or Xunantunich.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked as a full-day combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Please add 12.5% sales tax
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Zip Lining

23Sep

ZIP LINING

The ultimate in aerial adventure, ziplining is a fast and thrilling way to see the surrounding jungle.  There are three different Zipline locations available depending upon your preference of combination tours.


Half-Day Zip Lining at Calico Jack’s Village

The closest zip line location to Table Rock, Calico Jack’s offers two great options for our adventure loving guests:

  1. Ultimo Explorer – This 1.5-hour tour is for zip line enthusiasts. It combines over 2,900 feet of zip line comprised of 9 runs and 15 platforms that take you over and through the jungle.
  2. CJV Extreme – This 2-hour activity combines the Ultimo Explorer zip line tour—over 2,900 feet of zip line over and through the jungle— with a cable walk over Rock Canyon. You then climb up a rock and subsequently rappel approximately 50 feet and end this tour zip lining back on our 500 foot run in superman style.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 25 minutes on unpaved roads

Adventure Level: Moderate. This adventure is pure adrenaline without too much physical effort, although not for those afraid of heights.

What to Wear & Bring: Comfortable shorts or pants, shirt, and tennis shoes. Don’t forget to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

*Restrictions: The recommended age for children is 5 years or older, and the CJV Extreme requires that children be at least 40 inches tall.

Duration: Half-day tour

Combinations: None


Zip Line at Nohoch Che’en to Combine with Cave Tubing or as a Belize City Transfer Add-On

Near the Caves Branch River a little more than half-way from Belize City, the zip line at Nohoch Che’en is offered as a combination tour with Cave Tubing or as an added stop on your ground transfer to or from Belize City (you must arrive in Belize no later than 1:30 PM or depart Table Rock at least 4 hours prior to an international flight check-in). First, you will be briefed by the tour guide on the safety procedures. You will then be hooked up on a harness, fitted with a helmet and then attached to a cable system. From a platform up in the jungle, the ride of your life begins! You will whisk through the rainforest like a bird with nothing below you but green vegetation on over 2,700 feet of zip line and 7 runs that will take nearly an hour to complete.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 75 minutes

Adventure Level: Moderate. This adventure is pure adrenaline without too much physical effort, although not for those afraid of heights.

What to Wear & Bring: Comfortable shorts or pants, shirt, and tennis shoes. Don’t forget to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

*Restrictions: Recommended for children 5 years and older.

Duration: 1 to 1.5 hours

Combinations: Available only when combined with Cave Tubing or ground transfer to or from Belize City.


Tikal Zip Line

Available as a combination with our Tikal excursion, this zip line is in the park reserve and is able to be experienced at the end of your Tikal ruins tour. This zip line covers a distance of 1.3 kilometers, or a little less than a mile. The Tikal Canopy Tour consists of a total of 10 platforms connecting 9 zip lines of 75, 100, 150, and 200 meters long at an altitude of 25 to 30 meters above the forest floor.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 2 hours

Adventure Level: Moderate. This adventure is pure adrenaline without too much physical effort, although not for those afraid of heights.

What to Wear & Bring: Comfortable shorts or pants, shirt, and tennis shoes. Don’t forget to bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent.

*Restrictions: Recommended for children 4 years and older

Duration: 1 hour

Combinations: Available only when combined with Tikal


  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked with Tikal or Cave Tubing as a combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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Chechem Ha Cave

23Sep

CHECHEM HA CAVE

Located beyond the towns of Cayo and high into the lush primary growth jungle of the Vaca Plateau is Chechem Ha Cave (“Cave of the Poisonwood Tree”).  Discovered by the local land owners and their hunting dog a number of years ago, this cave is a sacred Maya burial site containing artifacts that date back two millennia.  A variety of ancient pots and a carved stela used for ceremonial purposes can be viewed up close, and visitors are surprised by the final chamber of the cave which opens into a cathedral-like cavern where Mayan ceremonies were once held.  This cave rivals ATM, but without the water element, and is typically used as a substitute for ATM when it is closed.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 1 hour

Adventure Level: Strenuous.  To examine some of the pottery you’ll have to climb ladders and hold onto ropes, and getting to the cave entrance requires a scenic, yet mildly challenging, 35-minute hike through the jungle.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking or hiking shoes. You should also bring along extra water, sunscreen, and insect repellent for the hike.

*Restrictions: Adventurers must be in at least moderate physical condition to enjoy this excursion

Duration: Half-day tour

Combinations: Make this adventure a full day by combining it with Xunantunich.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, gear, and entry fees. When booked as a full-day combo tour, it also includes lunch.
  • Minimum two persons
  • A 50% cancellation fee applies to any tours booked and then cancelled by the guest less than 24 hours in advance
  • Prices subject to change without notice
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