The Best Vegan-Friendly City Stay in Belize

by Carolee Chanona

Traveling while vegan or plant-based can be a total drag if you’re staying at resorts that can’t accommodate your dietary restrictions. Fresh fruit for breakfast is nice, but plant-based muesli, pancakes, waffles, and omelets are even better. Fortunately, there are many strictly vegan and vegan-friendly resorts — especially in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. In Belize City, there’s only one property that’s geared perfectly for plant-based travelers in the region. Bonus points: it faces the Caribbean Sea within walking distance of one of the city’s greatest landmarks, plus has a spa and yoga studio attached.

Harbour View Cottages, and its onsite Martha’s Cafe

All flights to Belize go through Belize City but before you skip over the metropolitan area stay a night at Harbour View Boutique Hotel which is home to the Om Shanti Yoga Studio and Martha’s Veggie Cafe.

The vegan-friendly garden-to-table menu is full of Caribbean favorites, such as coconut curry lentils and ceviche from the heart of palm, plus classics like the no-tuna chickpea melt and an Instagram-enamored avocado toast.

To drink and refresh in the Belizean sun, enjoy cold press juices and creamy dairy-free smoothies. Enjoy a vegan meal after a yoga class before you make your way off to the country’s barrier reef, famous cayes, or into the jungle to geek out over ancient Mayan ruins.

After lunch, take a stroll around the nearby park for a quick BELIZE sign photo-op or download Belize City’s walking tour app — another great way to explore downtown. Stop at the Museum of Belize just a few blocks over for a crash course on history, then stop in at The Ice Cream Shoppe for a vegan-friendly scoop of sorbet.

Om Shanti was originally featured on The Beet. All images courtesy of Harbour View Cottages/Om Shanti.

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