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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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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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Chaa Creek Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm & Natural History Center with Xunantunich

15May

CHAA CREEK BLUE MORPHO BUTTERFLY FARM & NATURAL HISTORY CENTER WITH XUNANTUNICH

Start your day with a guided tour of the ancient city-state of Xunantunich. Famous for its hand-cranked ferry crossing and having the second tallest man-made structure in Belize, Xunantunich will bring the noble history of the Mayan civilization to life. Enjoy a leisurely lunch and then head over to the Chaa Creek Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm and Natural History Center. Learn about the entire life cycle of Belize’s most beautiful butterfly and get a chance to interact with them in their enclosure. The Natural History Center takes visitors along a fascinating time line, which begins with prehistoric land formation through to the shifting of the continents. You are able to see the movement of life in Belize through the ages–from Mayan temples in the steaming jungle to modern day traditional healers.

Drive Time from Table Rock:40 minutes

Adventure Level:Easy. Take it up a notch by climbing to the top of El Castillo temple at Xunantunich.

What to Wear & Bring:Shorts or lightweight long pants and shirt with comfy shoes for walking on hiking trails.  It’s also nice to bring along sunscreen, insect repellent, a hat, and a little drinking water.

*Restrictions:None.

Duration:Full day tour.

  • Includes licensed tour guides, entry fees, lunch, and transportation to and from Table Rock
  • 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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Cahal Pech

23Sep

CAHAL PECH

One of the oldest Maya sites in Belize, Cahal Pech (“Place of Ticks”) was once a robust city with a population of 10,000-15,000 people. During its heyday between 1200 B.C – 900 A.D. Cahal Pech was a one of the most important centers in the Belize River Valley Region. Located in the heart of San Ignacio, this is one of the easiest ruins to reach and also one of the most comfortable, with large shady trees providing a nice respite from the Belizean sun.

Drive Time from Table Rock: 20 minutes

Adventure Level: Easy.  The site is nicely shaded and easy to navigate.

What to Wear & Bring: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Extra water, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also great to bring along.

*Restrictions: None.

Duration: Half-day tour.

Combinations: Make it a full-day tour by combining Xunantunich.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, and entry fees. Does NOT include lunch unless combined with Xunantunich.
  • 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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Caracol

16Sep

CARACOL

Caracol (Spanish for “snail”) is the most spectacular Mayan site in Belize, as well as one of the most impressive in Central America.  Once home to as many as 200,000 people–more than half of the entire modern-day Belizean population, Caracol was a metropolis with five plazas and thirty-two large structures covering almost one square mile including Belize’s tallest manmade structure, the temple of Ca’ana.  Altogether there are some 35,000 buildings at the site, though only a handful have been fully excavated. Your day will end off with a leisurely stop at either Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls for more breathtaking scenery and a swim. Be sure to have your camera batteries fully charged and a fresh memory card available, as not only the grand Mayan architecture but the surrounding jungle and wildlife will keep you snapping photos all day long.  A must see!

Drive Time from Table Rock: 2 hours

Adventure Level: Moderately strenuous.  An amazing, but very bumpy two-hour drive on unpaved road takes you through the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, Elijio Panti National Park, and the lush broadleaf rainforest of the Chiquibul National Park.  Choose to climb to the tops of the temples to add an even greater adventure level.

What to Wear: Shorts or lightweight long pants, shirt, and comfortable walking shoes. Bring along your bathing suit to change into for swimming after touring the ruins. A hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent are recommended, as well.

*Restrictions: This tour is not for those who suffer from car-sickness. Rio On Pools is the recommended choice for those with more limited mobility and for children under 5 years of age.

Duration: Full-day tour. Combines with either Rio On Pools or Big Rock Falls.

  • Includes licensed guide, transportation to and from the lodge, lunch, 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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