Socially Distanced Stays in Belize

by Carolee Chanona
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With one of the lowest population densities in the world, Belize’s nature-based tourism product effortlessly lends itself to private moments in very special places. Social distancing is now a buzz word, but as we navigate planning post-pandemic, visitors to Belize can continue to expect (and benefit from) privacy. Travel for a purpose and peace of mind to bask in Belize’s reflective sunrays, stretch out in her open spaces, and take deep breaths of fresh, clean air – the simple joys that will never be taken for granted again.


Rental homes encapsulate privacy. The more remote, the less likely you are to run into the neighbors. Besides having the whole place to yourself, retreating to lower-density locations that are essentially isolated allows you refuge. Not to mention, the appeal of sharing a remote rental with loved ones also means sharing memories along the way.

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Globally, Vacasa – which manages over 200 rental properties in Belize – has noted 55 percent of future reservations were for homes with three or more bedrooms to off-the-beaten-path places, compared with 40 percent overall in 2019.

Regardless of where your ideal isolated adventure falls on the price spectrum, Belize is the place to experience it. Solitude may look like a full-service private island exclusively for just you and yours, where the Belize Barrier Reef lulls you to sleep just steps outside your coastal cottage at Coral Caye, a Family Coppola Hideaway. Or, slow time down within a private jungle reserve – whether that’s by campsite or not. Hiking to pitch a tent at summit of Tiger Fern offers spectacular views of the Maya Mountain range, but for those hoping for the same view from more modern comforts, retreat to the 22,000 acres of rainforest at Copal Tree Lodge. Here, you can recharge in the southern-most part of Belize where sustainability indulges in luxury for an agritourism-chic retreat.

Enjoy serenity and privacy at Coral Caye - a Coppola Hideaway in Belize.


As travel reopens, destinations that naturally offer more space and privacy, regardless of a room’s square footage, will undoubtedly look more attractive. Take Ka’ana Resort; this small, luxe outpost is comfortably nestled near the Guatemala border of Western Belize. Arrive in a green-sea of rainforest and enjoy an intimate alternative: a self-contained villa, private plunge pool or outdoor tub, rooftop terrace and bespoke service delivered right to your room. Big on reflective experiences, Ka’ana is also a convenient jumping off point for wellness-inspired excursions and grounding on-site experiences.

Written by Carolee Chanona for the 2020 Belize Gold Book.
All photos © of each respective property: Ka’ana Resort, Vacasa Belize, and Copal Tree Lodge. Article found on page 70 of the 2020 Belize Gold Book. Read more articles from the #BelizeGoldBook below:

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