How to Satisfy Your Hunger for Authentic Belize Travel in 2023

by Larry Waight

Trend trackers with a propensity for finding places that are off the beaten path but are regularly disappointed might want to do a happy dance in advance of this prediction from a range of reputable authorities: 2023 is projected to be a banner year for folks who crave more authenticity and less predictability.

An insightful survey conducted by GetYourGuide, “the leading travel booking platform for unforgettable experiences,” found that 90% of inquiry respondents want to experience destinations “as locals do” in the year ahead. This is especially true for Millennials (ages 26 to 41) whose collective voice resonates deeply since they travel frequently.

Translation? According to PR Newswire, “When it comes to traveling in 2023, Americans want to be more than mere tourists.” They want their visits to be highly personalized.

“Today’s leisure travelers are seeking one-of-a-kind experiences that highlight destinations through an authentic lens,” said Caroline Berger, Head of Brand U.S. at GetYourGuide.

Where will you find your authentic getaway?


Ray Caye. Image via Duarte Dellarole

If, like most savvy travelers seeking to maximize time, you prefer not to tether yourself to an airplane seat for so long (you’ll arrive at your destination cranky and tired), Belize is one of the best nations you can choose. Plus, here you can stay on a private island without having to sell your stock portfolio to do it!

Ray Caye Island Resort puts you in the middle of all of the island adventures you could possibly ask for. So if you’re like the 90% of people in the abovementioned survey, you’ll be happy to experience a wealth of cultural sites (there are 900 Maya sites in Belize!). And, you’ll get your fill of history, culinary delights and arts, too.

How to experience all of this while sequestered in paradise?

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Snorkel the BBRRS with Ray Caye Island Resort to spot locals, like this turtle. Photo by Duarte Dellarole


The advantages you gain by staying on Ray Caye rather than a crowded mainland Belize resort are immeasurable. Located 18 miles off the coast of Placencia, this small parcel of land, surrounded by Caribbean waters, gives you a base from which to explore the nation. Identify your fondest wishes for a customized stay by browsing Belize vacation packages that prioritize your interests.

Even the most modest accommodation on the island is travel magazine-worthy. And because you’ll be surrounded by beach, the amount of privacy guests enjoy is restorative. It’s exactly the sort of atmosphere you need in-between your hand-picked adventures. Balance on-site activities with tours and build the itinerary you seek. Get to find the authentic Caribbean experience that enticed you in the first place.

Everything authentic about Belize found at Ray Caye Island Resort

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SUP at Ray Caye Island Resort. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

At Ray Caye, your needs, tour experiences and adventures will all be handled by some of the friendliest and most accommodating staffers you’ve ever met.

You’ll be tantalized by the authentic cookery served up by Lionfish Bar & Grill staff throughout your stay. You’ll also get your fill of off-island time by taking trips to Placencia on the mainland for browsing art galleries, pubs, shops and attractions that offer you insights into Belize’s remarkable and diverse society.

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Enjoy oceanfront views from your private plunge pool in Ray Caye’s romantic Honeymoon Suite.

Returning to your digs from each of your outings, you’ll be treated to extras few private islands offer. That includes a dive shop offering all the gear you’ll need to explore the waters off the island, including at the Belize Barrier Reef. It also includes a full-service spa on premises staffed by professional masseuses who deeply understand the needs of guests.

Get nothing but authenticity when you choose the island prioritizing personalized service over crowds during your 2023 escape. An added perk? Their affordable rates could surprise you— especially if your upcoming getaway is scheduled for shoulder or low season. Check out Ray Caye’s rates here. You’ll be delighted as much by the resort’s affordability as you are about experiencing the authentic face of Belize.

Featured Photo by Duarte Dellarole

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