A Travel Trend To Stay: Private Villa Rentals in Belize (And Where To Go)

by Carolee Chanona

In North America, Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial shotgun start to the summer, but that’s not to say it’s a free-for-all. Privacy still reigns supreme as the travel industry reels from the pandemic, with some trends seemingly more stable by the day. Demand for tropical escapes, sans far-flung flight time, remain top of mind—and we know just the place. Factor in uncrowded corners, family-friendly adventures, wide spoken English, 2-to-1 conversion of USD, and easy access to the Caribbean Sea from the privacy of your own villa? Sounds like a good deal to me. Here’s why Belize should be on your radar, and how a villa rental in Ambergris Caye could be the perfect solution to your travel-starved pandemic fatigue.

Why Northern Ambergris Caye

Although the center of San Pedro Town has its fair share of liveliness to keep vacationers of all ages entertained in Belize, northern Ambergris Caye has a certain je ne sais quoi, almost reminiscent of a private island. It’s quieter, even closer to the reef—a.k.a. the second largest in the world—and more often than not, offers a different dose of seclusion.

Pronounced Am-burr-gris Key, Belize’s largest island at 25-miles stands as its most visited destination too. After all, no trip to Belize would be complete without fully exploring its crystalline waters, and there are more than 400 cayes (small coral, mangrove, or sandy islands) to get guests started on any aquatic adventure. A total of 185 miles of the Belize Barrier Reef cozies along the entire mainland’s coast, drawing snorkels and divers from around the world. Did we mention Belize is also home to the Great Blue Hole, a giant sinkhole in the ocean visible from space?

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An aerial flight of Belize’s Great Blue Hole. Photo by Duarte Dellarole

Explore the Caribbean Sea at your own pace with a private villa rental, leading the demand for group bookings. And luxury villa rentals make it even easier for larger families or groups to reconnect with almost all the amenities you’d find at a resort. Like home, but better.

With more than a handful of places to stay in a villa on Northern Ambergris, we’re counting the ways one in particular—La Perla del Caribe—offers personalized experiences and a dedicated personal luxury concierge to help plan everything in Belize as smoothly as possible.

Why La Perla Del Caribe

The hotel is as secluded as it is eye-catching, with pops of color to match each individual villa’s name; nine total villas sleep up to 11 guests, and every single one is named after a gemstone. I mean, La Perla del Caribe does translate to the Pearl of the Caribbean. High ceilings, ocean views, plush couches, en-suite tile, and marble bathrooms—plus the Caribbean Sea as each villa’s backyard. You’re about 30-minutes by boat outside of town, or a 45-minute drive.

When hunger or thirst hits, guests can take their pick of surrounding resorts with just a short beach walk away, or even an in-villa private chef. During the day, make good use of complimentary WiFi, satellite cable, complimentary kayaks, or the pool and its pergola-covered lounge area. Request a fresh-cut coconut (that even comes branded for the perfect Instagram shot) or a beachfront yoga session.

And the option to do nothing is available, on-demand, daily too. Curl up in a handmade hammock inside your villa’s sunroom with a good book and watch the day end, swallowing pastels whole on the horizon. From the 2-bedroom Villa Sapphire to the 5-bedroom Villa Ruby, La Perla del Caribe is the anti-generic villa getaway in the Caribbean you’ve been craving. Time to set your schedule to island time.

All images courtesy La Perla del Caribe.

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