‘Travel Pods’ Trend and Belize’s Beachy Vacation Rentals Are Perfect

by Carolee Chanona
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Belize is poised to meet all the top travel trends of 2021, and the resurgence of ‘Travel Pods’ is no exception. Although, two main types of pod vacations are gaining popularity. However, the shift to more remote and socially-distanced stays with a group of family or friends outshines the latter. If anything, 2020 has reminded us of the importance to connect with our loved ones; travel pods are perfect for those wishing to come together to share an adventure. At the same time, while reducing the risks associated with socializing with others. Entire homes have officially replaced apartments as the most popular among rental guests for 2021, providing controlled, private space for pods. Whether it means traveling to be close to family members, or reuniting with a group of friends, ‘pod’ travel is here to stay for those looking to travel. And Belize’s beachy vacation rentals offer just that.

“We are seeing vacation pods and travel pods coming up when two families or more who have the same philosophy on social distancing come together.”

– Misty Belles, managing director of global public relations at Virtuoso.

Casa Al Mar – St. George’s Caye

Found 9 miles by boat on the charming island of St. George’s Caye, the all-inclusive vacation rental of Casa Al Mar slows things down on this one-of-a-kind vacation village. Comprised almost entirely of vacation homes, there are no grocery stores, no cars and no shops. The island is powered entirely by generator, so you can indulge in a true Belize experience of being socially-distant on the island; days are filled with activities above and below the Caribbean Sea and nights are meant to recharge. Sleeping up to 16 persons, Casa Al Mar includes complimentary airport and boat transfers; plus, your own island cook, housekeeping, WiFi, non-alcoholic drinks and island-based activities. Besides, there’s also two private docks, a private boat, designated captain and licensed tour guide that’s ready for any add-on tours.

Casa Al Mar is in the process of becoming a certified Gold Standard property. 

Escape Away Belize – Ambergris Caye


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Three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a killer view all combine for the classic beach house of Escape Away Belize, although the new 450 foot infinity swimming pool doesn’t hurt. This vacation rental, found in the sunny town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, makes privacy effortless: your own private resort-sized dock, 450-foot infinity private pool, private beachfront, and private chef would spoil just about anyone. Sleeping up to 10 persons just 8 miles from the San Pedro airport on a newly paved gravel road, you can enjoy complimentary airport transfers, WiFi, and 40% off bookings for November via VRBO. Bonus: Escape Away Belize will reschedule your visit—for no extra cost—if your PCR test within 72 hours of arrival is positive.

Escape Away Belize is a certified Gold Standard property. 

Vacasa Rentals – Placencia, Hopkins, Caye Caulker & Ambergris Caye

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People crave hidden gem travel destinations, and you can find yours when exploring Vacasa’s 200+ vacation rental options in Belize. As North America’s largest vacation rental management company, Vacasa professionally cleans each rental and stocks with EPA-approved disinfectant. Additionally, rentals are backed by 24/7 customer service and a local team in Belize; enjoy contactless check-in via smart boxes or lock boxes. Find a restful retreat, oceanfront villa, and Caribbean cabana fit for your budget for both short-term and long-term stays.

Various Vacasa rentals are certified Gold Standard properties. 

During travel nowadays, safety is more important than pricing. While many travel companies are offering new options for those interested in pod travel, travelers should stay up-to-date on all relevant health authority information from Belize.

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