The fact that I’m submitting this essay on the very last day of the competition suggests one thing: I need a vacation.
Chaa Creek in Belize is a “getaway” in almost every sense of the word. Instead of a rushing flood of e-mails, Belize offers natural rivers and waterfalls. Instead of conquering a heap of requests and papers, Belize has real mountains to climb. Instead of the grime of “New” York City, there is the ancient beauty of Mayan culture.
To be honest, I hadn’t ever thought of Belize until stumbling upon the Chaa Creek website. It seems like an oasis so far from my everyday – not just physically, but spiritually as well. What’s so striking about Belize is its incredible diversity; how did one place manage to be surrounded by temples, the rainforest, and the ocean? It certainly gives another meaning to the phrase “all-inclusive.”
Chaa Creek, in particular, seems like a very special place. A gargantuan multi-storied corporate resort is not the way to appreciate a place as unique as this – and thankfully, Chaa Creek fully embraces, and respects, the environment. The décor of the rooms (depicted by the site’s photographs) is distinctly not mass manufactured. Perhaps this is one of those rare resorts that can help you fully absorb yourself in your surroundings.