The Island Life - Belize
Your wedding guests would love to help you experience your dream honeymoon in Belize! We're excited to announce we now have an online registry where you can create your own personalized honeymoon gift registry. Not only can guests contribute gifts towards your private Overwater or Oceanfront Thatch Cabana on the beach, they can also purchase special experiences you select such as spa treatments, breakfast in bed, mainland jungle tours, scuba diving, snorkeling, and a private happy hour for two at the sandbar near the reef.
Check out our new Gift Registry in the Romance & Honeymoons Packages section of our website, or by going directly here: https://belizeislandparadise.celebrationwishes.com/ Simply click "How It Works" in the upper right corner to get started! Online instructions are provided as you go, so it's easy to browse and select the items and experiences you want to add to your registry.
Using our Gift Registry system, you can also create a free personalized wedding website and send announcements to all of your friends and family! Now your wedding guests can help give you the experience of a lifetime and, more importantly, you'll be on your way to creating your first memories as a married couple with an amazing honeymoon in Belize.
Yay! Thanks to your guest reviews the team at St. George's just earned another Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor -- AND receiving this Certificate for the last five years gets us in the Hall of Fame!
We are beyond thrilled and so proud of our team. Read our announcement from last year: We're Blushing! 2017 Experts' Choice Award and Best of Belize.
On behalf of our team, THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts! This means the world to us -- we live for your reviews. 2018 is off to a great start in continuing our unmatched level of service. In fact, we have some surprises up our sleeve for you. Come visit us again soon!
Have you seen the news? In an article published in the Daily Telegraph, a British newspaper, Belize was ranked among 15 of the most underrated travel destinations in the world! What wonderful news for our beautiful country. We hope this encourages more people to visit our little slice of paradise in the Caribbean with beautiful beaches, an abundance of history and culture, and amazing dive spots like the Great Blue Hole and Belize Reef.
The author of the article writes, "One joy of traveling here is how empty Belize seems. While neighboring Mexico and Guatemala are famously populous and exuberant, here the roads are quiet, the beaches are relaxed and the archeological sites are often blissfully free of crowds."
Can you imagine a vacation with little to no people? That's exactly what you'll experience here at St. George's in Belize!
Best Things To Do in Belize
Based on years of introducing guests to this amazing travel destination, the team at St. George's has a list of our favorite activities, besides the awesome diving and snorkeling on the nearby reef. We can introduce you to these spots with our in-house tour guide on small, private tours. See everything you want, ask all the questions, take all the pictures!
- Cave tubing and jungle zip-lining
- Lamanai Maya ruins
- St. Herman's Cave and Blue Hole National Park
- Belize Cultural Adventure
- Day trip to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye
Our island's close location the the mainland means you have easy access to jungle adventures to see Maya ruins and you won't waste precious time traveling back and forth. We're the perfect island location if you want privacy and seclusion, but also be close to all the adventures and fun of Belize!
For more details on Belize Tours and Adventures, check out our activities page at www.belizeislandparadise.com/activities/belize-adventures
Learning to scuba dive is an amazing experience, but not everyone is ready to jump in for the full open-water scuba certification course. That's where the resort dive comes in!
A resort dive is a safe and excellent introduction to scuba diving that requires no previous diving experience. The half-day course is very popular because it lets you experience the underwater world without having to invest a lot of time. The open-water certifications require classroom time, an exam and take 4-5 days to complete.
The experience and cost for a resort dive can be credited towards further training if you later decide to get SCUBA certified (usually for a period of six months).
What's Included in a Resort Dive?
Resort courses are a half-day and may include your dive equipment such as BCD (buoyancy control device), regulator, gauges, tanks, and weights. During the course you receive basic training from a Certified Dive Instructor (CDI) on safety and equipment, followed by a dive in open-water to a maximum depth of 30 feet. After completing the course, you are free to dive as many times as you like as long as it is with a CDI and the depth is no deeper than 30 feet. Most dive centers in tourist locations offer this introductory half-day course. SSI calls the course "Try Scuba" NAUI calls it "Try Scuba/Passport Diving" and PADI calls it "Discover Scuba."
Our resort has a SSI-Certified Dive Center and we offer "Try Scuba" to our guests. In fact, you can complete the introductory session with our CDI for FREE in the pool! Afterward, if you like it, we will take you out to the reef for your official resort dive. The dive sites are only 5-10 minutes away by boat.
Did you see the amazing deals? There are round-trip flights to Belize for less than $350!!
Airlines are getting very competitive for summer travel and we are seeing the lowest airfares to Belize in almost 20 years. If you've been waiting for the best time to visit, here it is! Summer 2018.
In honor of these Belize travel deals, we're excited to bring back St. George's popular summer special, "Choose Your Summer Discount." Stay anytime now through September and you can choose from Free Airfare, 2-for-1 Scuba Certification, or your 5th & 7th Nights Free! It makes your trip to Belize all that more affordable. Can you see yourself in a thatch-roof Overwater Bungalow, relaxing in the hammock on your private porch? Thought so! (Find full details on our special offers page.)
Tips for Finding Cheap Flights
A member of our team recently purchased tickets for a summer vacation and she had this to share: "What I have found in the past week is that prices can change within the same day from morning to afternoon, and may go up again for two weeks, then suddenly drop again. My tip - set a reminder to check multiple times every day and be ready to BUY when you see a good deal!"
Which Airlines Fly to Belize?
There are connecting flights to Belize through Houston, Dallas, Miami, Atlanta, Newark, Chicago (seasonal), Denver, and Los Angeles. Flight time is just over two hours from Texas airports, making Belize an easily accessible destination for most of the US.
The following US-based airlines fly to Belize (BZE): United, American, Delta, and Southwest Airlines. Plus several international carriers like Copa and Avianca, and the local Belize carrier Tropic Air does international flights from Honduras and Mexico.
So now you know how to get to Belize and when to find the best deals on flights. What are you waiting for? We can't wait to see you in paradise this summer!
Thinking about summer vacation? Good because THIS WEEK is the best time to find airfare deals for summer travel!
According to Travel Pulse and a recent report by Hipmunk, booking your summer holiday flights the week of April 23 can save up to 16% on Memorial Day and 14% on Fourth of July flights. Average booking price for a ticket purchased this week is $279. Saturday, August 25 is shaping up to be the least expensive day, with average prices hovering around $224.
Our secluded island resort is less than a mile from the Belize reef, so we were thrilled to see recent news that the health of the reef is improving. The Mesoamerican Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, stretches over 600 miles through of the waters of four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras.
The Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, or HRI, is a consortium of scientific, government, fishing, and conservation organizations that produces regular "report cards" on the health of the reef, pulling together data from more than 300 sites along the reef that measure the live coral, algae cover, and fish populations.
HRI's January report card on the state of the Mesoamerican Reef says fish populations have grown, as have the coral that make up the reef. Despite some differences in how sections of the reef are doing, the general health as a whole has risen from "poor" in 2006 to "fair" today. Although HRI says more than one-fifth of the coral reef has been bleached, scientists did not observe any coral death in 2015 or 2016. And coral cover and populations of commercially important and herbivorous fish, such as parrotfish and surgeonfish, have grown. All good news for reef lovers like us!
Learn more about what's working to "turn the tide" on the health of our reef here: https://news.mongabay.com/2018/01/mesoamerican-reef-gets-improving-bill-of-health/
Travel+Leisure Magazine is encouraging couples to think beyond Hawaii or Bermuda for their tropical honeymoon, and of course, we couldn't agree more. They just published, "14 Under-the-radar Islands for the Ultimate Romantic Honeymoon" and St. George's Caye is the only island in Belize on the list. We're thrilled!
The article recommends beautiful off-the-beaten path resorts and secluded honeymoon spots in the US Virgin Islands, Africa, Indonesia, Ecuador, Malaysia, America Samoa, and Greece. Their exact words in describing St. George's Caye Resort in Belize? "Textbook definition of paradise." We can't argue with that!
As they say in the article, "Some of the best honeymoon islands may be the less well-known spots that aren’t overrun with tourists. When you’re choosing a honeymoon spot, you don’t need to decide between absorbing history and culture or laying on a beach. You can do both, especially if you choose one of these 14 islands."
Read the full article here: http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/honeymoon-destinations/unique-island-honeymoon-destinations
We get this question often as guests plan their trip to Belize: how warm is the water?
Water temperatures in the ocean off St. George's Caye range from 78-84 degrees, depending on the time of year. Ideal for swimming and snorkeling in the Caribbean right off our docks! (Snorkel gear is free of charge. So are kayaks and Hobie Cat sailboats!)
Belize Water Temps by Month
January, February, March, April -- water temp 78 to 79 degrees
May -- outside temps and water temps increasing
June, July, August, September, October -- water temp around 84 degrees
November -- water and outside temps begin to cool off
December -- water temp dips below 80 degrees
Will I need a wet suit to dive the Belize reef?
That depends on you and how deep you plan to go. Most divers get away with a 3ml "shorty" wet suit here, especially in the summer when the waters get above 80 degrees. The full service dive shop at St. George's has wet suits you can rent if you decide you need one.
When's the best time to visit the Belize cayes?
We think Belize is wonderful all year round -- out on the cayes (keys), we call it "endless summer" with palm trees and white sand beaches. The coolest time -- meaning temps in the upper 70s and low 80s -- is in winter, from December through March or April. Learn more about Belize weather to plan your visit: www.belizeislandparadise.com/location-and-weather
Who doesn't love photos of tropical island weddings? Last year we shared A Few of Our Favorite Honeymoon & Wedding Photos on St. George's Caye.
But now we need to update our list! It's not every day we have an adventuresome couple, still in suit and dress, get on stand-up paddle boards (SUPs) at sunset for photos. A picture perfect moment!
Looking for a secluded island for your destination wedding?
What is it like on our island in Belize? You may have noticed some beautiful new images appearing on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram feeds, and on our website. We recently had new photos taken of our secluded island resort and we're excited to share them with you!
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When's the best time to fish in Belize?
Fishing here is excellent year-round, but the best times to catch the "Big Three" of tarpon, bonefish, and permit is in June, July, and August. We call this Grand Slam Season. (This is also a time when you can find the lowest airfares to Belize!)
To help you plan the perfect trip, we're excited to announce four new Fishing Packages -- from a short weekend trip with one day of fishing, to a full-week fishing extravaganza complete with unlimited beer in our Sand Bar Lounge. And fishing off our docks is always complimentary.
Summer 2018 Special = $100 Credit Per Night!
This May through September, we're offering an extra incentive: get a $100 credit per night stayed when you book any fishing package for two people directly with the resort. How cool is that?
But isn't it hot in the summer?
Yes, it feels very tropical! :) In general we experience temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s (with a few days over 100 but not many), and on our island we have a nearly constant breeze. All room have a/c and fans, and there is plenty of shade and cold beverages. Be prepared for the occasional thunderstorm, usually passing over at night. Summer is considered "rainy season" in Belize, but that's more for the mainland than the cayes (pronounced "keys"). Learn more about our weather here.
"The Big Three": Tarpon, Permit, and Bonefish
Did you know the shallow waters of Belize contain the only classic tarpon flats outside of Florida? Our flats offer the opportunity to site cast to tarpon 12 months of the year. Tarpon numbers begin to increase in April and May and drop off in September or October, with the peak months being June, July, and August.
Permit are found on what is called “the bonefish flats” and on many of the tarpon flats as well. They are found in large schools and range from four to thirty pounds, with the majority in the range of eight to ten pounds. Jack crevalle, barracuda, cobia, and snook are also found on the flats and in the mangrove lagoons.
The bonefish in the waters of Belize run from two to five pounds and are plentiful year-round. Most fly fishing for bonefish is done from the bow of the boat, but there are flats that may be waded as well.
Not everyone comes to Belize just for the incredible scuba diving and fishing and drinking beer on the beach (although GREAT reasons to visit!). Many folks also yearn to explore the rich history and diverse cultures of our "little melting pot" - from the temples and ruins of the ancient Maya to the Garifuna communities in southern Belize. Are you one of those travelers?
We keep getting requests for more history and culture - and we love to show off our beautiful country - so we're excited to unveil the new Culture of Belize packages featuring our best cultural tours combined with your choice of room, meals, and transfers!
NEW CULTURE OF BELIZE PACKAGES
The Intro to Belize Culture package features an exploration of Belizean culture in and around Belize City with our friendly and knowledgeable tour guide Cornel (Meet Cornel :: Authentic Belizean Tours). Called the Belize Cultural Adventure, this full day tour is tailored to your interests and potential stops include several museums, old town, the zoo, a rum distillery, and more. It's a wonderfully personal way to learn about the many facets of Belize. This package also features a fun visit to the St. George's Caye Aquarium, a small family run operation on our island that helps rehabilitate sea animals.
The Multi-Cultural Belize Experience package features even more fun with an amazing full day guided tour to the Lamanai ancient Maya temple and ruins with jungle boat ride and wildlife viewing. The customizable full day Belize Cultural Adventure is also included, along with a 10% discount on Belizean beverages and a 10% discount on all gift shop items made in Belize.
If you're planning to spend time in the mainland jungles exploring more nature and wildlife and Maya ruins and caves, check out the combo package with Mariposa Jungle Lodge that includes 3 nights in the jungles of Cayo and 4 nights on our island paradise.
We're so excited to show you the recently enhanced guest dock at our resort! Last month we shared that the New Swimming Dock is Nearly Complete.
Our hard-working team has now finished the upgrades and the guest dock features spots to lay in the sun, tile roof for shade, and a hexagonal swimming platform. It's an ideal place to relax and take in the incredible views or go for a dip in the warm Caribbean. Grab some free snorkel gear and get to know the rays and fish that hang out in the calm shallow waters (about 4-6 feet deep).
Here's a 1-minute video where you can take a walk with us, from under the almond tree and across the beach and out onto the dock:
It was a calm and sunny morning about 6:15AM when this video was taken. Listen carefully and you can hear some of our resident birds greeting the sun-filled day.
Doesn't it look relaxing?
Can you see yourself lounging on the dock, having a fruity cocktail delivered?
Did you see Belize in the news? Our little country is making headlines as a "hot" travel destination in 2018 - and a great place to live, too.
BELIZE: BEST PLACES TO TRAVEL IN 2018
MSN Lifestyle included Belize in their list of the hottest destinations to visit in 2018. The article explains that Belize’s raw beauty and stunning barrier reef make it one of the best travel destinations to visit this year. “Belize is undoubtedly one of the ‘hottest’ coolest destinations to visit this year,” the article states.
And it's easy to see why - with the variety of activities from cave tubing and climbing ruins, to diving the barrier reef and relaxing on one of the many islands dotting the coast - Belize has a lot to offer for such a small country. Not to mention friendly, welcoming locals and amazing food, all in a Central American country that accepts US currency and speaks English as the official language. Sounds good, doesn't it? What are you waiting for? The flight is less than three hours from several US airports like Houston, Dallas, and Miami.
BELIZE: A GREAT PLACE TO LIVE, TOO
According to an article from the popular website, Live and Invest Overseas, Belize is one of the best places to live in 2018. They identified San Pedro on Ambergris Caye as number 4 on their list; “They compete with the best the Caribbean has to offer.”
The article ends by encouraging readers to include Belize in their list of places to visit in 2018. We couldn't agree more! And our close location to the mainland makes St. George's a great home base for exploring Belize as a possible place to live, from Placencia and Hopkins on the southern coast to the famous Ambergris Caye in the north and many wonderful little communities in between.
Just in time for a busy winter season in Belize, the new dock on the reef-side of our island is nearly complete. Guests of St. George's will soon have even more space for lounging in the sun and shade over the sea, and several platforms for easy swimming and snorkeling in the warm waters right off the dock.
(Picture above is a guest jumping off of our old dock, unfortunately lost to the storm last year. The replacement is bigger and better!)
Here are a few images of the new dock in process:
The last image shows the dock nearly complete - with a guest boat arriving and friendly Oliver there to greet them. We're excited to see this new guest space come together and can't wait to share it with you!
Located between the swimming pool and the Oceanfront Cabanas, The Villa features three private suites adjoining a large living room and veranda with expansive views of the Caribbean. Until now this space was used by the owner, and for occasional overflow and groups needing more than our 12 thatch cabanas.
But we can no longer keep this beautiful space and impressive view to ourselves…so we’re excited to announce the newly remodeled oceanfront villa and suites at St. George’s Caye Resort!
RENT A PRIVATE SUITE – OR THE ENTIRE VILLA
Starting this winter, each of the three air-conditioned suites – the Coral Suite, Dolphin Suite, and Captain’s Suite – is available to rent as a private room, or you can rent the entire Villa. With gorgeous Belizean hardwood floors, bright tropical accents, and sweeping ocean views from the living room and veranda, The Villa is the perfect space for a group of friends, two or three couples, or family to enjoy our island paradise together.
Just like the private cabanas, your private villa suite comes with coffee & fresh juice delivered each morning, your first rum punch on the house every day, unlimited use of kayaks, SUPs, sailboats, windsurf gear, and saline swimming pool, and all other resort amenities.
Let's go on a photo tour!
The Living Room
The Coral Suite
Large Oceanfront Veranda
A NEW WAY TO EXPERIENCE OUR PRIVATE ISLAND PARADISE
We love looking at gorgeous wedding and honeymoon photos. Don't you?
Here we've rounded up our team's favorite photos of destination weddings and honeymoons at St. George's Caye Resort in Belize, our little island paradise. If you're looking for inspiration for a dream tropical wedding or honeymoon, you've come to the right place!
The jaw-dropping photo at the top of this post was taken at a wedding earlier this year by Conch Creative, a local Belize photography company that does amazing work. The clouds created a dramatic backdrop that looks like a movie set. Wow!
3 of Our Favorite Honeymoon Photos:
2 More Awesome Wedding Photos
This photo was taken at sunset right after the couple said, "I do." So romantic!
And finally, our all-time favorite, nicknamed "The Rainbow Wedding" because the rainbow appeared right after the couple exchanged vows. (We wish we could order the weather to do that, but what a fine coincidence in timing!)