These 8 Questions Can Win You A Seven-night Belize Vacation

by Carolee Chanona
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Does the perfect vacation package exist? I’d argue yes, so long as it includes this ‘ridge to reef’ itinerary in Belize. Hear me out, the postcard-perfect Caribbean setting on Northern Ambergris Caye—crystal clear waters and champagne-colored sands—provides the perfect foil to the hustle and bustle of life in San Pedro’s metro center. Meanwhile, Belize’s remote wilds sings sweet songs of Central America—the variety of its inland scenery is staggering, the elements always epic: jungle cascades, 360-degree trail vistas inside a jaguar preserve, towering pine forests, and a dense jungle.

Eight questions. That’s all that could stand between you and well, everything below plus more. Ready to take my word for it that Belize is paradise? Enter the sweepstakes hereYour ‘Belize Is Paradise’ sweepstake vacation includes:

  • A 7 Night, 8 Days Belize Vacation
At The Lodge at Chaa Creek:
  • Luxury Cottage Collection Accommodation
  • Tour of onsite Butterfly Farm and Natural History Center
  • Hiking within the 400-acre Private Nature Reserve
  • Canoeing on the Macal River
At Victoria House Resort & Spa:
  • Luxury Palmetto Accommodation
  • Free use of bicycles, paddleboards and kayaks
  • Free WiFi

This competition closes on Tuesday 31st August 2021. Hint: I give you two answers within this article below. Find the rest on chaacreek.com and victoria-house.com! Sweepstake is open to U.S. residents only. 

Ridge To Reef: A Sweepstake Package from Cayo to San Pedro

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Conquer Maya ruins in Belize. Image courtesy Lodge at Chaa Creek

Regionally, Belize is often outshined by its neighbors in the Mexican Caribbean. If you’re looking for all-inclusive cookie cutters, you may be better off with Cancun or Playa del Carmen. Thankfully, Belize is neither of the two.

Barton Creek cave tour | photo courtesy the Lodge at Chaa Creek

Dashing travelers have long been drawn to the country’s sprawling Maya ruins and its hundreds of pristine offshore islands, alongside cultured hilltop villages and thatch-lined coastal towns. And two of its staunchest allies has been The Lodge at Chaa Creek and Victoria House Resort & Spa. Both resorts hold forty years under each of their belts as pioneers in Belizean tourism, perfecting the warmth of hospitality against a brilliant undertone of luxury—so far from home and yet, wonderfully familial. Add English as the national first language and that it’s a quick flight from the US, and Belize becomes the perfect getaway destination.

Image courtesy Victoria House Resort & Spa.

In just a few hours, you could puddle jump from the agricultural, canopied Western interiors of Cayo District to the expat-beloved, buzzy isle of Ambergris Caye and its resort town, San Pedro. Discover that Belize is indeed paradise with just eight questions in this seven-night sweepstakes, starting with a cobalt swathe of Blue Morpho Butterflies at The Lodge at Chaa Creek and ending with your toes in the sand on the country’s biggest island at Victoria House Resort & Spa.

Curiosity in Cayo at The Lodge at Chaa Creek

 
 
 
 
 
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Ascents and descents of Cayo’s Twin Towns—San Ignacio and Santa Elena, connected by the iconic 1949 Hawksworth Bridge over the pristine Macal River—beg to be explored on foot. As the district that borders Guatemala, Cayo inspires irresistible Latin and Maya flavors that go on full display every Saturday morning; the local farmer’s market in San Ignacio fill with stalls from diverse ethnic backgrounds—fitting for Belize’s ‘breadbasket’. Set in the vibrant hillside just eight miles from San Ignacio, the property is influenced by its surroundings, internalizing regenerative practices while offering dreamy seclusion with panoramic jungle views from its dwellings.

 
 
 
 
 
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Wildly civilized.

That’s the tagline of Chaa Creek—you’re in the heartland of the Maya now, with all the comforts of modern life.

 
 
 
 
 
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Take it from me personally. Listening to the susurration of trees and the cries of jungle creatures (including the reverberations of Howler Monkeys), I have rarely felt safer than I did at that moment.

 
 
 
 
 
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Breathe in pure relaxation (and arguably a higher oxygen content, considering) from the private sundeck of your individually thatched cottage. Take all the photos your phone can possibly capture inside the flurry of color at the onsite Butterfly Farm, where the Blue Morpho emoji (re: 🦋) gets put to good use on the ‘gram. Immerse into Belizean geography and archeological relics inside their Natural History Center—educating guests since 1995.

And that’s only the first leg of the lucky winner’s vacation. Next stop, Victoria House Resort & Spa on Ambergris Caye.

White Sands & White Linens on Ambergris at Victoria House Resort & Spa

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Step into San Pedro’s energy. Image courtesy Roeming Belize

Characterized by cobbled streets and flip-flop-clad residents chatting away on their doorsteps, Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular (and largest) island. Here, palm trees dance in the sea-breeze and cheerful golf carts run the show. Derived from the heady juxtaposition of snorkel-clad activities scheduled on island time, and rooftop bars where the city dresses up to stay out late and look good.

 
 
 
 
 
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Where twentysomethings spill out from its open-front beach bars awaiting late-night street food eats and live music hums above the Caribbean Sea. Puddle jumpers frequent mainland Belize City, where in just 15 minutes, you could be on your way to sipping coconut rum and pineapple juice at a submerged thatched bar in Secret Beach, waist-deep in the Caribbean Sea.

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Sunset on secret beach. Image courtesy Blue Bayou Belize

But it’s also only half the lure of Ambergris Caye. Half a mile offshore, a wall of frothing surf cycles within eyeshot. That’s where one of the finest coral reefs in the world lay submerged below the surface, a diver’s magic kingdom beckoning.

Breezy accommodations at Victoria House Resort & Spa.

For all intents and purposes, there’s a mellow way of life on Ambergris Caye, but holiday-makers can take a heady lean into tranquility by escaping any chance of hustle and bustle outside of town. In the case of Victoria House & Spa, that’s a mere two miles south of San Pedro.

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Victoria House Resort & Spa.

As one of the oldest resorts on the island, the historic quest for sun, sand and solitude that put Ambergris Caye on the map has given way to the continued essence of Victoria House. Caribbean blue roofing shines against white-on-white dwellings and an immaculate white sand beach, inviting a modern-day pleasure hunt for more contemporary treasures with laid-back, effortless indulgence.

The winner (and whoever the lucky fellow chosen as their +1 is) will get to experience it first-hand from the breezy Palmetto Accommodation, enjoying all of its 375 square feet outfitted with rich Mahogany furnishings and a breezy, white netting. Spend the days curled up with a good book in a hammock, sunbathing poolside, making good use of the complimentary kayaks and paddleboards, or even snorkeling offshore.

 
 
 
 
 
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The Belize is Paradise competition closes on Tuesday 31st August 2021. Terms and conditions found here. This competition is open to U.S. Residents only. 

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