Sea and Water Trips:
While we have a single and a double kayak available for your use at our house, you have the option to book a day trip (or longer) with one of the tour companies.
Sailing day trips are very popular (usually cost about US$70+ per person, and include drinks, lunch, snorkeling gear). You can book ahead of time at Next Wave sailing: www.nextwavesailing.com, local phone number 523-3391 or 610-5592. Go out to one of the local cayes for a wonderful relaxing day trip. Multi-day sailing trips can be arranged through Moorings (www.moorings.com) but tend to be quite pricey and must be arranged well in advance.
Snorkeling and/or diving day trips. I highly recommend a day trip by boat to the cayes. Silk Cayes are our favourites for snorkelling, diving, or just for the ride. You will almost always see dolphins and lots of other sea life on the ride out, and the cayes have great snorkelling and diving areas. Tour companies in
Fishing. I recommend arranging to have a local guide take you out fishing. Orlando would be happy to take you out on short fishing trips in our boat (you pay the gas). You can stop for lunch at Roberts Caye which is an amazingly tiny spit of land in the middle of nowhere with a few small cabins and a restaurant / bar (you have to call Robert's Caye first to let them know you are coming - phone number is at the house). More elaborate fly fishing or deep sea expeditions can be arranged through the local tour companies (www.destinationsbelize.com).
Monkey River Town. This is a day trip by boat down the coast to Monkey River Town. You have lunch there, and head up the Monkey River to see local wildlife (howler monkeys, birds, croc's etc.). Splash Dive shop can arrange this for you.
Mayan Ruins - lots of choices - some close and some far. I have brochures available in our hose. Closest site is Lubaantun (90 minute drive) with other more developed sites taking 3 hours or so to get to.
Canoe, float, or tube through ancient Mayan caves. Many of these require booking with on-site guides. Brochures provided at the house. (Blue Creek, Inland Blue Hole,
Jaguar preserve. Located only about a 30 minute drive from our house you will reach the world’s largest Jaguar preserve. While you are unlikely to see a Jaguar (they are nocturnal), you can do one of several hikes through the jungle to some waterfalls and you can rent a tube to float down the river. This is an easy drive from our place. We have trail maps in our information binders at both Casa Edie and Casa Corazon. Detailed information is in the activities binder at the house, including directions and recommended hikes. Tiger Fern is our personal favourite hike!
Mayflower Reserve / Antelope Falls. This is not a hike for the out of shape, but it is well worth the effort. You climb for about 90 minutes to reach the top of antelope falls, where you can jump into a natural pool of refreshing spring water. You will have a spectacular view of the Mayan mountains and coastline. You will pass unexcavated Mayan ruins along the hiking path. You may want to arrange a guide for this one, but it is not really necessary and I have information and details at the house if you want to do this on your own. The longest zipline in Belize is at Mama Noots, just past Antelope Falls. Great fun, and very safety conscious.
You can plan a trip up to San Ignacio where you can visit the Butterfly farm, arrange canoeing or horseback riding, and see the Mayan ruins in this area. This is a long day trip (about 3 hours drive each way), and you may want to arrange to overnight in San Ignacio to see more of what that area has to offer. More information on the San Ignacio area is available at the house on on the internet (www.belizenet.com).
If you plan to spend some time visiting the San Ignacio area, there is a lovely boutique hotel called Ka'ana located just a couple of miles west of San Ignacio town. It is very upscale, with lovely accomodations and a great restaurant, specializing in local cuisine. It also has a nice spa. www.kaanabelize.com
Belize Zoo. Fantastic! www.belizezoo.org 2 1/2hr drive from our house, so you might want to plan an overnight trip to the Zoo and the Mayan ruins.
We have detailed information available at the house regarding the trips to the Ruins, Zoo, Jaguar Preserve, Antelope Falls, etc. and we will be glad to help you plan your excursions!
These are just a few of the things to see and do....don't forget to leave time to relax!