The December 2012 online edition of National Geographic has listed the Belize Barrier Reef as one of the world’s “Best Winter Trips” for 2013, Chaa Creek’s marketing administrator Larry Waight announced today.
“This is very timely in light of the new Tropic Air services linking Chaa Creek to the Belize Barrier Reef, and gives us even more reason to look forward to 2013” Mr Waight said.
In the introduction to the feature, National Geographic advises readers to “Get ready to infuse the long winter months with color, carnivals, and adventure. Chosen by our editors, this year’s best winter trips span the globe and transcend the season.”
The feature article goes on to list National Geographic’s ten top picks for 2013 winter holidays, which includes diverse exotic destinations such as Alaska’s Chena River State Recreation Area, the Ruaha National Park in Tanzania, Salzburg, Austria and the Harbin Ice Festival in China.
Belize’s Great Barrier Reef, also known as the Mesoamerican Reef is described as offering “exceptional beginner-to-expert sea kayaking and snorkeling along shallow reefs, plus secluded white-sand beaches and unspoiled nature reserves.”
Mr Waight acknowledged that Belize Barrier Reef excursions are becoming increasingly popular with Chaa Creek’s guests, more and more of whom are taking advantage of the eco resort’s unique “Rainforest to Reef” all-inclusive Belize vacation packages.
“When we first offered our surf and turf adventure holidays many travelers had no idea that you could go from the misty Maya Mountains or a jungle Maya temple to a white sand Caribbean beach in one day. The concept was still new, and many people didn’t even realise that it was possible. Now, the idea of essentially having two affordable Belize vacations in one package- a rainforest experience combined with a picture perfect Caribbean vacation has really caught on,” Mr Waight said.
Mr Waight added that recently enhanced air service between Chaa Creek, the Caribbean coast and the island of Ambergris Caye, which sits on the Belize Barrier Reef has made the Rainforest to Reef option easier.
“Or guests are now able to book a short flight from Maya Flats airstrip, which is right at Chaa Creek’s front door, to the San Pedro airport on Ambergris Caye, which makes visiting the reef easier than it’s ever been. You can literally go from an ancient Maya temple surrounded by toucans and other rainforest wildlife to a sparkling white sandy beach in a matter of hours, and that makes our packages even more attractive,” he said.
Tropic Air, which operates a fleet of 12 aircraft servicing 14 destinations in Belize, Honduras and Guatemala, began direct flights from Maya Flats to San Pedro in December 2012.
“It’s very timely indeed that just as a highly respected travel authority such as National Geographic highlights Belize’s Barrier Reef we’ve been able to enhance Chaa Creek’s Rainforest to Reef Belize vacation packages with easier travel options. It’s making an already great Belize vacation deal that much better, and it’s a great way to kick off 2013,” Mr Waight said.