Kick Back in Belize

WHERE TO STAY

Ambergris Caye

Ramon’s Village – Family-friendly package deals and lots of guided tours through Ambergris Caye’s exuberant waters.
(1-800-624-425, www.ramons.com)

Victoria House – A truly breathtaking beach view and luxe accommodations are worth the extra cost.
(1-800-247-5159, www.victoria-house.com)

Punta Gorda
Machaca Hill
–An expansive private nature reserve is at your fingertips, plus eye-opening trips to the Mayan villages nearby.
(501-722-0050, www.machacahill.com)

The Lodge at Big Falls – This intimate eco-lodge has the benefit of one-on-one attention from the charming couple who owns it. Plus, you’ve never seen so many stars in the sky than you will right here.
(501-671-7172, www.thelodgeatbigfalls.com)

San Ignacio

The Lodge at Chaa Creek – Eco-lodges are rarely so upscale—take advantage of all the on-site activites, from canoeing to horseback riding, then reward yourself with a Cocoa Massage at the spa.
(877-709-8708, www.chaacreek.com)

WHAT TO BRING

Dollars (the Belizean dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar at 2:1), water shoes, sunscreen, and most importantly, insect repellent! The pesky mosquitoes really come out at night, but it’s nothing a little deet can’t buffer.

-Monica Herrera