5 Hidden Gems of Belize’s Ray Caye Island Resort After Dark

by Vivian Roe
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When we think of a Caribbean vacation, many of us think of the daytime adventures and fun in the sun. Snorkeling, diving, fishing, swimming and spending time on the Caribbean Sea. Whilst Ray Caye boasts all these and much more, there is something quite magical about the island once the sun sets and night falls dark. Make the most of every hour on your holiday, and choose to stay somewhere that is just as special at night. Here are our top nighttime activities at Ray Caye.

Star Gazing from your Oceanfront Suite

Photo by Duarte Dellarole

The oceanfront suites at Ray Caye offer ultimate privacy and breathtaking views from their private verandas. The veranda decking, crafted from local Belizean Cabbage Bark, makes a stunning location for stargazing. And because the secluded island is just surrounded by the sea, the stars really shine at night. In addition, each suite features a personal plunge pool. Should you be tempted to go back indoors, the spacious bathrooms offer a Jacuzzi, double sinks and large rainfall showerheads.

 

Nighttime Snorkeling

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Photo by Duarte Dellarole

When you’re staying at Ray Caye, amazing Belize snorkeling adventures are literally right outside your door. This is one for the brave! Guests can grab their snorkeling gear and experience the thrill of night snorkeling. Jump in at the end of our pier and experience the reef at night. The lights attract fish, rays, squid, turtles and various other marine life. So you’ll find yourself swimming amongst some of the most beautiful underwater wildlife.

Ray Spotting

Ray Caye is aptly named after the spotted eagle rays that call its shores home. These majestic creatures come out at night. So head to the pier with your flashlight and watch as the rays glide beneath the crystalline shores.

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 Candlelit Dining

There is something special about dining alfresco with candlelight, the moon and the stars as your only form of light. At Ray Caye, you can choose to dine in the restaurant pavilion, pool side, at the end of the pier or beachside. The Lionfish Grill uses local produce and the freshest seafood to produce delicious dishes. Our recommendation has to be one of the lionfish dishes. Lionfish, while exotic and beautiful, are a menace to the waters of Belize. Ray Caye help to control the local lionfish population and support the Belize Lionfish Project. This seems them catch and use the fish in some of their signature dishes.

 

Watch the Sunset

Enjoy outdoor dining at Ray Caye Island Resort. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Whilst not exactly a nighttime activity, we’re including enjoying the sunset in our round-up as it’s just so special. From the South dock, the pier of the beach, the island boasts so many magical spots to watch the sun set.  Grab a special cocktail from the Lionfish Grill before heading to your chosen spot! The Ray Caye Rum Runner combines local dark and light run with craboo liqueur, orange juice, pineapple and grenadine. Indeed, the color will almost match the sunset!

Tempted to stay after the  sun sets at Ray Caye? The private island officially reopened to international guests in October and is recognized as Gold Standard Certified Resort. Furthermore, the hotel is offering 30% off stays in 2020! For more information or to book, visit their website

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