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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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5 Cool Things to Do at the San Ignacio Market

17Oct

The San Ignacio Market in the Cayo District of Belize is a colorful and vibrant outdoor space right on the banks of the Macal River. Full of vendors at stalls selling everything from papaya to natural herbal medicines, there is a little something for everyone. Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays are the biggest and most interesting days to visit the market—the place to see and be seen if you’re a local. Although the market is open 7 days a week, your best bet for getting the most out of this unique cultural experience is a Saturday morning visit.

So, what are you likely to see and what are our top picks for a morning at the market? Read on for 5 Cool Things to Do at the San Ignacio Market:

1. EAT SOME PANADES

Similar to what you may know as Empanadas, Belizean Panades (pronounced “puh-NAH-duhs”) are one of the tastiest and most common types of fast food to be found in the country. The name comes from the Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread. Belizean panades are made by folding corn massa (dough) over a stuffing, which most commonly consists of meat, fish, or refried beans. Or try some of the other delectable Belizean-style fast food fare–rice’n’beans, meat pies, coconut tarts, and garnaches, just to name a few.

2. CHECK OUT HAND CARVINGS ETCHED IN SLATE

Using techniques passed on through the generations, locals artisans retrieve this beautiful black stone from “the bush” and spend painstaking hours carving intricate details by hand depicting Mayan symbols, Belizean cultural icons, and wildlife. You can also find loads of other unique handmade cultural items, like clothing, handbags, beaded jewelry, and wood carvings, from Belize and nearby Guatemala at the market.

3. BURN SOME COPAL

Copal, the traditional Mayan incense made from the cured sap of the fragrant copal tree, is just one of many traditional Mayan items you’ll find for sale at the market. Get yourself a small block and try it out in a handmade clay incense burner.

4. FIND A NATURAL CURE FROM THE RAINFOREST

Traditional cures using homeopathic remedies from the jungle have been in use in the tropics for thousands of years and continue to be widely used and accepted in Belize. From treatments for skin rashes to diabetes, you’re bound to find something to cure whatever ails you.

5. TRY SOMETHING FRESH

Ever eaten a soursop? How about a sapodilla fruit, star fruit, coco yam, or custard apple? Market is the perfect place to try a new tropical fruit or veggie. Get wild and crazy and take a big bite of life!

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Table Rock Helps Students Succeed

27Jun

Table Rock Helps Students Succeed

Table Rock’s generous guests answered the call to help others again this year by making it possible for us to award three laptops and one tablet to top performing kids in need as they prepare to move on to high school next year. Thanks to great travelers wishing to make a big impression while leaving a small footprint, Table Rock matched the donation of two refurbished Dell laptops with a Sony laptop and an Apple iPad.

For a country where high school is is not free and is only optional, and where the average dual-income family brings in less than $25,000 USD per year, the financial strain of advancing one’s education is not always a possibility. For those students whose families do find the funds to send them on to high school, the tools we know to be necessary for success aren’t always able to be had. Laptops and tablets, items most of us consider indispensable for learning and producing quality work, are prohibitively expensive for many families in Belize.

So, it is with great joy and appreciation that four outstanding students graduating from primary school receive these wonderful gifts of technology that will undoubtedly create a huge positive contribution toward their success as students at the secondary level.  Congratulations to Raonie, Joanna, Lorely, and Kasie!

WANT TO HELP? PACK FOR A PURPOSE.

By packing for a purpose each time you travel, you can help local communities with important needs and social projects. Putting just a few items–soccer balls, pencils, printer ink cartridges–into your suitcase can add up to a big difference throughout the year for those who live in the places you visit. Table Rock supports two local schools with needed school supplies and technology. Check out how you can help at Pack for a Purpose or contact us at info@tablerockbelize.com!

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