Lonely Planet Picks Belize as a Top Family Friendly Destination in the World
Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world has selected Belize as a top family friendly destination. In an article entitled “5 family-friendly destinations you might not have thought about” written by Robert Reid and published on February 20 on the Lonely Planet website, the writer describes Belize as an affordable Caribbean destination for families.
“ It’s compact, cheap and nearly everyone speaks English. There’s super wildlife to see – growler monkeys and crocodiles by land, sea turtles and (harmless) nurse sharks by mask and snorkel. First-timers will enjoy nice array of cabanas, often with kitchenette, from US$50 per night at the beach/diving center of Placencia, a couple hours south of the Belize City airport.
But the interior doesn’t mean sacrificing fun in the water, with underground rivers to tube, jungle lodges on swimming holes and Mayan ruins reached by boat. If you rent a car, a tad pricey (about US$80 per day), you can connect a few dots at your own leisure. For an unforgettable stay, try the remote and family-friendly Barton Creek Outpost in the Cayo District, with a rope swing on the country’s finest swimming hole. And pull in for Garifuna drum lessons at the laid-back beach of Hopkins” asserts the writer.
Mrs. Lucy Fleming, owner of The Lodge at Chaa Creek, a family friendly eco lodge in western Belize welcomed the news and said that “over the years they have seen more and more families opting for Belize adventure vacations that are exciting and stimulating yet family friendly and secure”.
“The Lodge at Chaa Creek has always been a family affair – our own children grew up here as our small family farm evolved into a 365 acre private nature reserve, and along the way we’ve had the pleasure of hosting families from all over the world. In fact, it was our own and other children who inspired many of our most popular features and activities” Mrs. Fleming s aid.
Aside from Belize, Pennsylvania, Portland Oregon, Denmark and Thailand were the other places recommended as a family friendly destination.