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Genuine Belize Family Adventure

12 Apr 2013  Seasoned hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, with single child in tow to see the world.
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Traveling with our 15 year old is never boring, thanks to our collective spirit of adventure. We like to blend in with the locals, learn about the culture, and go beyond the basic facade that most traveler's only see.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Hopkins, Cayo, San Jose Succotz
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Active/Outdoors
  • Appeals to: Honeymooners, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Students, Budget travellers , Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Spring
  • 1. Parrot Cove Lodge
    Parrot Cove Lodge, Hopkins, Stann Creek

    Parrot Cove Lodge is a great base for adventure. It's located in the small town of Hopkins, along the Caribbean Sea, and is a 15 minute bike ride down an unpaved, bumpy (but fun) road from the center of Hopkins. We stayed in the "upper room," which provided two bedrooms and two bathrooms, a beautiful balcony with one of the lovliest views on earth, and a kitchen. A quick trip to the grocery in downtown Hopkins, combined with local fresh fruit from the fruit stand in town and great planning to bring Ziplock baggies from home, gave us the makings for lunch each day. Sea adventures are really convenient because the guides can often pick you up at the Parrot Cove Lodge dock.

  • 2. Chef Rob's Gourmet Cafe
    Chef Rob's Gourmet Cafe, Hopkins, Stann Creek

    Chef Rob's was our favorite spot for dinner, and not just because it's the restaurant at Parrot Cove Lodge. His red snapper and "shrimps" were divine, the profiteroles for dessert were heavenly, and the prices non-heart attack-inducing. The spinach pesto dip that accompanied the bread is one of the most simple, yet delicious, things we've ever tasted.

  • 3. Thongs cafe
    Thongs cafe, Hopkins, Stann Creek

    Three of our mornings were spent at Thongs, dining on divine local bacon (more like uncured ham from the states) and eggs, french toast and fresh fruit salad (huge slices of fresh local papaya, pineapple and valencia oranges). The free (and remarkably dependable) wi-fi let us check in with home. We had one lunch there, and the grouper sandwich was the best I've ever had. Go for the food, but hang out on the thatch-covered roof to observe life around you.

  • 4. Mayflower Bocawina National Park

    Mayflower Bocawina National Park is located in the Stann Creek District of the Central American country of Belize. The four and one-half mile long access road to the park is located at mile six of the Southern Highway, south from the Hummingbird Highway. The National Park consists of 7,107 acres of primarily tropical evergreen broadleaf, lowland and hill forest ecosystems. The Park is co-managed by the local non-profit organization Friends of Mayflower Bocawina National Park, located in Silk Grass Village.

  • 5. Xunantunich
    Xunantunich, Cayo, Belize

    The journey to Xunantunich in San Jose Succotz was half of the adventure! We traveled along the Hummingbird Highway, which our guide Santos told us was once one of the most dangerous highways before it was widened and paved. The countryside is breathtaking, and though most of the houses are very meager, they tell the story of the people who call them home. Our Maya guide at Xunantunich was quiet, yet held us on the edge of our seats, so to speak. We highly recommend paying for a guide, because while the structures are lovely and my imagination can conjure up a lot of things, the reality of the Maya and the reason for building each structure is far better.

  • 6. Benny's Kitchen
    Benny's Kitchen, San Jose Succotz, Cayo

    Hands down, one of the best meals we had while in Belize. The stewed chicken, with rice and beans was heavenly. The local watermelon water was a real treat, as was the pineapple Fanta that we don't have in the states. And if you have a chance to get the Belikin Beer (or their Lighthouse Lager, or Stout), do so. I wish they'd export it.

  • 7. Happy Go Luckie Tours
    Happy Go Luckie Tours, Hopkins, Stann Creek

    Luckie was a gem! We're already big fans of snorkeling, but Luckie was a wonderful guide. Our 15 year old connected with him right away, and was quick to free dive during our adventure, following Luckie down into deep crevices to seek out lobster, eels and stingrays. His knowledge of the ocean and its inhabitants is a wonderful culmination of years of experience. I would follow him anywhere.