There’s hardly anything more romantic than a private island getaway in the middle of the Caribbean. In summer rom-com, we often see bickering couples reconcile at a far-flung honeymoon destination, or a meet-cute at a resort bar turned happily-ever-after. But what if this could be you minus the long flight hours? Belize sits conveniently between Mexico and Guatemala, meaning a two-hour flight from most U.S. airport hubs will have you sipping sangria in Belize in no time.
When searching for the epitome of a summer romance in Belize, a private island is undoubtedly the way to go. Belize has its fair share of private island resorts and each one is more stunning than the last. But Ray Caye Island Resort, a kidney-shaped isle off the coast of Placencia, seems like it was created by the gods specifically for madly-in-love soulmates. So turn off the Hallmark movie channel, pack a ton of sunscreen, and book that flight to Ray Caye before the summer is over. It’s time to make your own summer romance movie.
Quality Time in an oceanfront suite
Ray Caye screams private, and to prove it, their oceanfront suites boast a private veranda, private plunge pool, and a private front-row seat to the heart-stopping views of the Caribbean Sea. These rooms, aptly named the Honeymoon suites, are the perfect playground for couples to reconnect without distractions from the outside world. Yet an entirely new world awaits inside the sliding glass doors. The stunning veranda decking is crafted from local Belizean cabbage bark, infusing authenticity within the space. With spacious bathrooms, including a jacuzzi, the relaxation vibes are endless.
Beachfront candlelit dinners
Everyone knows the backbone of a romantic tropical escape is candlelit dinners beneath a blanket of stars. Whisk that special someone to the silky sands at Ray Caye to scout out the best spot for an exotic date night. Lionfish Bar & Grill, the on-site restaurant, can help you plan out a delicious seafood dinner for your date. If you’d prefer to admire the ocean views in the daytime, opt for a secluded breakfast or lunch instead.
Whether you chose to spend the day tanning on the beach or snorkeling with the Silk Caye residents (aka loggerhead turtles and nurse sharks), a sunset sail ties the bow to a perfect day. Hop aboard one of Ray Caye’s Hobie Wave catamarans to further stoke the spark between you and your better half. You’ll find the setting seems pulled straight off the set of a cinematic masterpiece. If you’re hesitant about operating the state-of-the-art vessel on your own, the resort graciously offers complimentary sailing lessons before you take off on your magical journey.
All of the above may seem too good to be true for budget-minded travelers, but Ray Caye is, fortunately, offering an exclusive summer offer from now until September 2022. Guests who stay for five nights, get 20 percent off their stay and the fifth night free. This special is ideal for travelers looking for a quick romantic escape while saving bucks. It also helps that summer is Belize’s off-season, meaning tours on the mainland may also be discounted. If you prefer to wait for a special occasion like an anniversary, Ray Caye also offers the popular romance package.
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