Belize’s relatively small size – 180 miles long and 68 miles wide – is a blessing in disguise when trying to make every precious vacation day count. In what other country can you be on an island in the morning and in the jungle by noon? The right itinerary and great time management go a long way when planning the perfect weekend getaway.
For a long weekend, all you need is the right resort in the right destination to hunker down for a few days. This way you can enjoy all the amenities offered while experiencing nearby activities. Here are three resorts that fit the bill when making the most out of a short vacay.
A few hours’ ride from the international airport, Hopkins Village is a rising gem in a region brimming with diverse adventures. Hopkins Bay Resort sits right on the beach, making marine-related activities easily accessible. The resort is complete with 18 rooms and an on-site restaurant serving only the best cuisine. The suites are vast, airy spaces with a delicate blend of nature and luxury, making it hard to leave the room at all. But when you do, the property is worth a morning’s exploration on its own. Aside from having two pools – where you can take turns trying them both – there’s a beach bar serving delicious cocktails catered to your liking.
Despite being the closest to the airport, Belize City is often overlooked for its more popular neighboring destinations. However, it does pack a punch when it comes to historical tours and authentic food, making it a great contender for weekenders. Not to mention, top-tier hotels such as the Radisson Fort George add to the destination’s allure. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea on the north side, the Radisson is the go-to stay when spending a few nights in the city. A prime location for nearby tourist attractions, the Radisson also boasts one of the best breakfast cafés in the city. Enjoy buttery croissants accompanied by well-brewed coffee at Le Petit Café before visiting the nearby museum, art galleries, and more. After a day of exploring the heart of the city, lounge by the poolside Stonegrill Restaurant and unwind with a drink in hand.
A mere 15-minute flight from the city by puddle jumper, Ambergris Caye is many visitors’ first choice to spend a quick getaway. Ramon’s Village is an easy choice when wanting a resort that has everything you need, plus a bit more. Though ideally located in the center of San Pedro Town, the property could be considered a world of its own. Both sea view and jungle suites, infinite beach lounging areas, and a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, there is nothing you shall want for. With Ramon’s divemasters offering world-class tours, your weekend is already chock-full of adventures to balance out all the relaxing you will do by the beach.