We won’t sugarcoat it: holiday planning can be stressful. The food, the family, and even the emotions—can weigh more heavily on us than that second slice of pumpkin pie. And if it’s one thing to be grateful for this year, I’d say it’s the ease of travel: with no COVID-related entry restrictions, traveling to Belize has never been easier. And of course, traveling for Thanksgiving doesn’t necessarily mean giving up all of its treasured traditions, which means you can still count on a family-style feast for Turkey Day in the Caribbean. Whether your multi-generational family is cheaper by the dozen or that long-awaited friend reunion finally made it out of the group chat, the all-inclusive vacation rental of Casa Al Mar is making Thanksgiving even easier this year. Keep reading for how to give thanks to travel—and someone else cooking—this Thanksgiving for a family-friendly getaway to a Belize island in the sun.
A Sun-Splashed Stay
Depending on who you ask, the most wonderful time of the year is very, very close. And before you know it, Thanksgiving is here, which is why we’re suggesting Casa Al Mar: this oceanfront rental is perfect for travelers looking for an all-inclusive stay this holiday season. Located 9 miles by boat from Belize City on the charming island of St. George’s Caye, Casa Al Mar is truly a rustic island escape neatly packaged as a vacation rental that sleeps up to 16 guests on three floors.
A scant 20 minutes by (private) speedboat away from mainland Belize City, St. George’s Caye materializes through pearly flashes of sun glare and the back dock of Casa Al Mar comes into focus against its minty, reef green exterior. The arrangement is straightforward: the Belizean host family customizes a quote for your stay, including special requests and milestones if any, to process the reservation, recommend or book excursions, tidy up during the stay, and even deep-clean after check-out. All without the need for travelers to step inside a lobby.
Before the sun dips too low, walk the length and breadth of the island. Don’t miss the tiny but mighty St. George’s Caye Aquarium for critters of the sea. Take a stand-up paddleboarding session at sunrise, then dine on the dock for breakfast. Later, answer the beckoning call of the Belize Barrier Reef with a snorkel and swim, thanks to your own private captain at Casa Al Mar.
Savor the pace of island life in Belize and soak up exactly what you came to Casa Al Mar for: quality time with each other this Thanksgiving, sans stress. With a 5-night minimum, the all-inclusive price per person, per night starts at $259.00 USD. Learn more here. Local packages start for as little as 2-nights.