The Sweetest (Honey)Moons in Belize

by Carolee Chanona
big rock falls San Ignacio Resort Hotel

From intimate beach escapes, picturesque private islands to breathtakingly beautiful hotels in the jungle, the only thing missing from the mix is newlyweds! Bring the love, and Belize will match with romance.

For your debut into the world as a married couple, indulge in the unmatched beauty of Belize as an enamored hideaway, whether stargazing from your island cabana over the Caribbean Sea to complimentary wake-up calls by howler monkeys in the jungle. And the warmth of your surroundings isn’t where romanticism ends—escapades spell out intimacy, where each adventure draws you closer to the other. How else would you know a private helicopter tour over the iconic Blue Hole and lunch on an uninhibited palm-studded island would be the day-date of your dreams? Craft the best beginning to your forever with a honeymoon experience that’s uniquely yours, thanks to these matchless ‘moons.

WINE TASTING for a VinoMoon


Images courtesy Turtle Inn

Few things go hand-in-hand with wine, and romance is certainly one. While you can get a great glass of red, white, or rose anywhere, some places just put a special emphasis on vino. Savor sweeping sea views of Placencia and indulge in a luxury wine tour at Turtle Inn, a Family Coppola Hideaway. A wall-to-wall glass-encased wine cellar known as the “wine aquarium” is a charming tasting room on-site, holding more than 1200 bottles of award-winning selections from Francis Ford Coppola’s two wineries in Sonoma Country, his Inglenook estate in Napa County, plus vintages from Chile, Argentina, Italy, and France. Spend your time as newlyweds enjoying the finer things in life, like the best vintages over a local cheese charcuterie board with a glass of wine from Francis Ford Coppola Winery’s Diamond Collection in one hand and the warm grip of your partner’s palm in the other. Have a magical time as you take in the sights, scents, and flavors of Belize – an idyllic blend for happily ever after.

HORSEBACK RIDING for an AdventureMoon

Horseback riding in Mountain Pine Ridge. Image courtesy Blancaneaux Lodge

Just the same as carving out a future together, though not to the ends of the earth, turn up the dial on an adventure by venturing horseback through the jungles of Belize. Exhaustive vistas and valley views, majestic waterfalls, and sacred Maya sites: as you ride through Mountain Pine Ridge, the oldest forest reserve in the country with over 100,000 acres, seclusion is guaranteed. Enveloped by nature, appreciate the gorgeous scenery of pine forest and indulge in a romantic picnic for two at the foothills of Big Rock Falls.

CATAMARAN SAIL for a BeachMoon

Pop the champagne and set sail! Leaving from Placencia, spend your day on a luxury catamaran island hopping between Southern Belize’s best unspoiled, secluded islands. Hand-in-hand, sink into the powdery-white sands of Moho Caye before being lapped by its warm shallows. Buoyed by wedded bliss, spend the day underwater by snorkeling Laughing Bird Caye’s National Park’s vibrant patch coral gardens. And with a sundowner in hand and sails hoisted overhead, greet the soul-warming sunset shoulder-to-shoulder with another day of marriage under your belt.


Ancient Maya Sites, the Barrier Reef, and the longest cave system in Central America are all top of mind when conjuring up an image of Belize, but in fact, it is a multifaceted destination brimming with sweet locations to steal a kiss, reignite a flame, or celebrate new connections—like a honeymoon. And if letting the good times roll is your idea of romance, of course, there’s plenty of that for you and your other half too. After all, we’re just getting started on the sweet charm and cozy comforts for couples with these ‘moons.

Written by Carolee Chanona for the 2021/2022 Belize Gold Book.
Feature photo courtesy of © San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Article found on page 20 of the 2021/2022 Belize Gold Book. Read more articles from the #BelizeGoldBook below:

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