Ten Reasons why Belize is tops for Spring Break
A year ago in USA Today, in an article entitled “10 great places to take the family for spring break”author Monica Hortobagyi selected Chaa Creek as one of the 10 best Spring Break destinations in the world, right up there with locations in Hawaii, Arizona’s Grand Canyon, the Bahamas and other exotic vacation spots.
We don’t blame Monica, but each year more and more people enquire about Belize Spring Break vacations at Chaa Creek. To make life easier, here are ten of the many good reasons to try a Belize Spring Break at Chaa Creek.
Ah, Spring Break – that magic time between the winter chill and sultry summer when the urge to get away, have some fun in a new location and just kick back and relax is at its strongest. Let’s face it, the same old places are… just the same old places, and more people are starting to discover a little country with some of the best, least crowded beaches in the world, hundreds of tiny islands scattered along the world’s second largest Barrier Reef, mountains, rainforests, an incredible collection of easy-to-get-to Maya temples and ancient cities, and an assortment of cool things to do ranging from the extreme to the extremely relaxing.
That little country? You guessed it – Belize. There are many good reasons to visit this Caribbean Jewel (as locals proudly refer to their country), and here are ten just to get you started.
Location – Belize is a short hop from most major US airports, and little more than two hours from Miami, Houston or New Orleans. Leave home in the morning and be swimming with a cold pina colada that afternoon.
Ease – Belize is English speaking former British colony, and the Belizean dollar is pegged two-to-one to the US dollar, simplifying money management. It’s all a bit exotic while at the same time familiar, and this makes life easy indeed.
Activities -For such a small country, Belize boasts an amazing assortment of activities catering to a wide range of adventures, from laid-back soft to very extreme. Visitors can explore Maya temples in rich rainforests in the morning and swim with sharks that afternoon. Exotic sacred cave exploration, cave tubing, jungle horseback and mountain bike riding, zip lining, jungle river canoe exploration, the world’s best scuba diving and snorkelling and much, much more. Dancing is a national pastime, and Belizean music is big on the world music stage. You won’t be bored.
Affordability – Compared to other Caribbean destinations, Belize is quite inexpensive, and all-inclusive Belize vacation packages can result in real savings. For example, with Chaa Creek’s Rainforest to Reef packages, everything is included in the price, from transfers, meals and activities, meaning that there are no hidden costs or the usual range of incidentals that always add up and can blow out the budget on a DIY holiday.
Belize is the Heartland of the Maya -Regarded as the heartland of the Maya civilisation, Belize contains a number of significant Maya archaeological sites, ancient cities, temples and sacred cave complexes. The lovely ceremonial centre of Xunantunich, with its impressive stone pyramid and stunning views of Belize and Guatemala reveals the beauty of Maya architecture, while Carcol, a sprawling city covering some 55 sq mi, gives a first-hand feel for the sheer size of ancient Maya cities. And the majestic temples of Tikal dramatically rising out of dense jungle have enthralled visitors since they were first discovered.
Bi Lingual -English is the official language, with many people speaking Spanish as well, making it easier to engage with the friendly population. Whether on tours, dive trips or just interacting with people, speaking the same language helps you get the most out of your vacation.
Green -Eco resorts such as The Lodge at Chaa Creek pioneered ecotourism in the region and sustainable travel has been wholeheartedly embraced in Belize, so you can feel good about visiting Belize. With the Chaa Creek Cares program, 10% of your room rates go directly into environmental and community programs, so your visit actually contributes to Belize’s environment and social well being.
Surf and Turf -Although small, Belize is one of the most geographically diverse nations on the planet, with the Great Belize Barrier Reef (the world’s second largest), hundreds of small Caribbean Islands scattered along a stunning coastline, and an interior featuring the misty Maya Mountains and surrounding lush rainforests, broad savannahs, the pine tree clad Mountain Pine Ridge, an incredible cave network home to the May Sacred Caves still filled with artefacts and sacrificial skeletons, pristine rivers and more.
With Chaa creek’s Rainforest to Reef vacation packages you can have two holidays in one, going from the beautiful interior and Maya archaeological sites to sparkling Caribbean beaches in just a few hassle free hours, seamlessly trading your hiking boots for bathing suits without breaking into a sweat. Pretty amazing, when you think about it.
It’s Belize - A colourful cultural extravaganza. Along with a diverse geography, Belize is also home to a diverse, vibrant, harmonious mix of cultures. On any given day in any given town you’ll encounter Creole, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna,Chinese, Lebanese, East Indian, European and North American expats in this veritable United Nations of a country. During his recent visit, when asked what he liked best about Belize, England’s Prince Harry immediately answered, “The people,” showing he isn’t much different from the rest of us. Belizeans are a friendly, educated and exuberant people who take pride in welcoming visitors to their country. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you settle in and make friends.
These are just a few of the many reasons to have a Spring Break in Belize and take advantage of Belize vacation packages such as Chaa Creek’s varied offerings, which include all-inclusive packages with focuses on Maya culture, rainforest to reef combinations, family deals, romance and more. Contact Chaa Creek and ask them to help you put together the Caribbean Spring Break vacation you’ll be talking about for years.
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