My husband and I are very seriously considering a trip to Belize this upcoming July. We live in California, and we can use some Delta “miles” to fly to Belize City from LAX for free. By saving money on the international airfare, if we choose lodging and activities wisely, I believe we will be able to stay for 2 weeks.
I borrowed a guide book from the library, and I have read many reviews and articles on the internet, but it seems the more I read, the more confused I get. I am, therefore, seeking some advice for an ideal itinerary for our 2 weeks.
We are in our mid-50’s and we very much enjoy being active on our vacations. We are not really “lay on the beach” kind of people, although we are not in peak physical condition, so strenuous hikes in humid conditions would probably not be fun for us. My husband loves to fish, and he is particularly interested in “in-shore” fly fishing, although I am sure he would also enjoy a deep sea fishing day. We are both certified divers, but it has been a really long time since we dived. Therefore, a place that could offer us a “refresher” course and some supervised diving would be great. We also both love to snorkel. I understand this is not common, but a location that has decent snorkel from shore would be nice, so I could snorkel from our hotel while Alan is fishing. We both enjoy wildlife viewing, especially birds. (Some of the river canoe trips look intriguing) Learning about local culture and foods is also high on our list. A trip to a Mayan ruin would be a “must.”
Lodging-wise, we usually prefer small local inns or vacation rentals over large, all-inclusive resorts. I don’t have to have super luxury, but I must admit I enjoy comfortable furnishings, and a/c. We do really enjoy good food, but it doesn’t have to be at a five star restaurant… just good, local ingredients creatively prepared.
We definitely want to spend some part of our vacation on one of the cayes, but we are torn between Ambergris and Caulker. We will also spend some time on the mainland, but this is where I have gotten lost in a vortex of indecision. If we were to choose one or two locales on the mainland, what would be our best choice(s)? Is it a bad idea to rent a car and drive ourselves around? It seems that domestic air transport could add up fast. Also, without a car, it seems we would need to hire guides or join escorted tours, which will clearly become costly. It would be ideal if our itinerary included both independent exploring and escorted tours as appropriate.
Well, I guess I have rambled on long enough. Any insight or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.