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Top 4 Reasons To Plan Your Fall Travel To St. George's Caye

Sunny windward side dock Pick your paradise vantage point!

​If you are like most, you are in awe with how fast this summer is going. Pretty soon, department stores will display back-to- school racks and coffee shops with be filled with the aroma of pumpkin spice lattes. While it doesn't seem like planning a fall vacation should even be within the wheel house at this time, it is a great time to get ahead with one last getaway of the year! Belize is a great destination for a shift of paradigm and although we are a bit biased, we wanted to highlight a few reasons to come away to visit us in the fall!

CELEBRATIONS - Belizeans really know how to celebrate, and they go all out during this time of year with parties and festivals taking place during most of September. St. George's Caye Day is Sept. 10th , and it marks the beginning of celebration through Sept. 21st, which is Belize Independence Day. Check out some of the other events happening around Belize in September:

St. George's Caye Day celebrates and commemorates a battle in 1798 when the Spanish were defeated by slaves, Baymen, and British soldiers. Official cultural ceremonies and parades take place all around Belize on this day.

 Belize Expo Marketplace will be held September 14th and 15th, 2019. Now in it's 23rd year, the expo has become one of the biggest events of the year in Belize. It is a 2 day market showcasing the best products made in Belize. Thousands of people will head to the expo to sample Belizean cuisine and purchase locally-produced goods.

Independence Day is September 21st and is marked by the annual flag raising ceremony and the party continues throughout the day and into the evening with colorful parades, dancing, music, and many other fun activities. 

WEATHER - September weather is "just right" averaging 81 degrees. You'll find plenty of sunshine, and early morning and late night showers. The jungles are in green season and are bursting with color and life!

LESS CROWDED -  Although St. George's really never has crowds, things are a bit more laid back in Belize before the tropical vacation season ramps up. There are so many great excursions and popular sites, such as the Maya Ruins and the ATM Cave, are less populated during this time of year. It's also a great time to connect with the locals, who always warmly welcome visitors from other countries.

THE KIDS ARE BACK IN SCHOOL - After a summer packed full of fun with your kids, it's time to take a quick getaway to refresh and recharge. While September in Belize is full of parties and celebrations, St. George's is tucked away from the main events and is a serene private island paradise where you can kick back and relax.

You can take the "you time" that you have hoped for all summer. Just you and paradise. Let us do the rest!

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St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from main-land Belize City. As the closest resort to the airport, you will enjoy complimentary quick and easy transfers once you have landed at BZE International Airport. Your valet will meet you at the airport and with a quick van and boat ride, you will be on the island in just under an hour of pick up. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.

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Top 11 Things To Do in Belize on Your Honeymoon

One of the perks of being a Belize island resort with (very romantic!) overwater and beachfront bungalows is the number of honeymooning couples we get to meet. They love the privacy, seclusion, and personal service we offer – and the beautiful accommodations of course! 

Based on the hundreds of conversations we’ve had with brides planning their dream honeymoon in Belize (and couples celebrating their anniversary or babymoon too!), we want to share our list of the top things to do in Belize on your honeymoon. We hope this helps current and future brides (and happily married couples too) as you plan your romantic tropical getaway. 

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Top Belize Honeymoon Activities & Tours

Do one, or do them all, and make the most of your time together in beautiful, adventurous Belize!

 

 

1.     Dive (or snorkel!) the barrier reef with turtles

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2.     Climb a Mayan ruin like Lamanai Temple (we offer this as a guided day trip from St. George's Caye)

 

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3.     Enjoy a private romantic dinner under the stars with champagne

 

4.     Sleep in an overwater thatch cabana (Is there a difference between an overwater cabana and an over-the-water bungalow?)  

 

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5.     Sip fresh coconut drinks on the beach

 

6.     See the famous Great Blue Hole: dive, snorkel, or fly over!

  

7.     Zip-line through the jungle canopy

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8.     Sail in the warm waters of the Caribbean. Don't know how? Let our friendly staff teach you! 

 

 

9.     Kayak through mangroves to spot manatees, pelicans, and other wildlife 

 

 

10. Float on inner tubes through caves down a jungle river (cave tubing!)

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11. Capture the ultimate profile photo of you two in Belize to make your friends jealous!

 

Did you already visit Belize on your Honeymoon? If so, what was your favorite activity? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

We’re keeping a list of recommendations for the best Belize tours and adventures so we can provide the latest and greatest information to our guests to help them plan the perfect Belize honeymoon or adventure vacation.  

Planning Your Honeymoon Now? 

Check out our all-inclusive honeymoon packages with romantic touches like fresh flowers and Belizean chocolates in your room and a private outdoor dinner. Packages include your choice of private thatch cabana, airport greeting and round-trip transfers, coffee and juice delivered to your room each morning, first rum punch on the house every day, all of your meals, guided tours, and complimentary island activities like kayaks, standup paddleboards, and Hobie Cat sailboats. It’s a worry-free, 5-star experience you’ll never forget!

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"Girls Just Wanna Have SUN!" Girls Getaway Edition

girls getaway to belize Experience paradise with your besties!

Every lady needs a girl's weekend. With how crazy life is, quality time with friends doesn't happen as often as we'd like. Time with friends is essential for the soul just like sunshine, rest, and laughter. This time is scientifically proven to be good for you so grab your gals and pencil it in! 

Getting away with the girls is fun, but did you know it's also great for your health and well-being? It has been proven that strong friendships can extend life expectancy and lower chances of heart disease. In 2016, researchers found evidence that spending time with friends can increase the production of Oxycontin, the hormone our bodies make when we're happy!

Set a date: We know it can be difficult to work around everyone's schedules, which is why it's important to plan in advance (a year ahead of time is not out of the question!) and get a date set on the calendar. 4-5 nights with travel included seems to be the perfect amount of time for a getaway with the girls. It's not too short and not so long that it's hard for friends to commit to the trip.

​Choose a destination: Choosing your destination is the most exciting piece of planning, as it should be! There are a few things to consider during this phase of planning. Do you want to completely relax and spend your days lounging and chatting with friends, or are you looking for a little adventure? What accommodations are important? Do you want to spend time in a popular tourist destination, or does a place off the beaten path sound better?

"While we all love our families, it has been proven that friendship can extend life expectancy, lower chances of heart disease, and even help us better tolerate pain. Really!" Read more...

Travel + Leisure

Visit us at St. George's Caye:

We offer the luxury of both relaxation and adventure, which allows you to personalize your stay with us. Spend time discovering the underwater life off the dock by grabbing some complimentary snorkel gear and exploring for an afternoon. Indulge and unwind with a massage or manicure from our amazing island spa team. Or schedule an island excursion to San Pedro! This excursion is the perfect mix- a little bit of snorkeling or diving, lunch, and an afternoon of shopping and exploring. Even "hammock time" is an approved activity here on the island, so do as much of that as you'd like! J

Want us to do the planning? Book our Girls Getaway package and your activities will be set! The Girls Getaway package includes a manicure, pedicure, one-hour Swedish massage, as well as a guided snorkel trip over our amazing coral reef! It's the ultimate combination of relaxation and adventure.

If you're from the United States, Belize is an easy international destination to travel to, as there are many direct flights from the U.S., English is the official language, and U.S. currency is widely accepted. Just grab your passport, pack your bags, and you and your girls are off to an epic getaway! 

St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from main-land Belize City. Complimentary transfers are made by boat and once you have landed at BZE International Airport, your valet will have you on the island in just about 30 minutes. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.

Email for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our friendly US based reservation line at +1-507-380-9344 or toll free at 1-800-814-8493. See all of the beautiful information at www.belizeislandparadise.com

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St. George's Caye Resort - A Divers "Bucket List" Destination

Wonder abounds while diving Belize!

The undeniable beauty of Turneffe Atoll and the world renowned Great Blue Hole are just two of the many reasons you will want to add St. George's Caye Resort to your list of diving destination "must-dos". What will keep you coming back is more of a hidden treasure.

St. George's  Caye Resort - A World Class Dive Experience

As soon as you meet our dive masters and dive shop manager, you will quickly see why the diving team at St. George's Caye Resort always receives rave reviews. This level of service, knowledge and easy access to your dive sites, paired with the unique seascape makes for the perfect trip.

Underwater Safari Time

If you would like to help fend off the invasive lion fish species you are welcome to join in some lion fish hunting. Never tried it? Have no fear, the expert team will show you how to safely and successfully capture these beautiful but unwelcome creatures. 

Sea to Table and Farm To Table

Our esteemed chefs love to prepare your catch of the day. Bring back as many of these little buggers as you can and we would be happy to prepare them for your meal or appetizer. Many divers bring back enough and wish to share with the rest of our guest which is absolutely wonderful and a 100% resort approved practice. This interestingly decorated fish tastes better than it looks and is perfectly paired with our farm 

Coming with a diver, but not looking to dive? No problem, adventure and relaxation still await!

All guests enjoy incredible experiences. The resort features the best excursion guide in country and will allow you the opportunity to take your time and truly immerse yourself in the amazing culture.

During any down time on the island St. George's Caye Resort provides a variety of unique experiences from ultimate jungle adventure to complete relaxation. There is plenty of opportunity to take advantage of the complimentary kayaks, SUPs, hobie cat sail boats, fishing off the docks, and hammocks all around the property. Many find the perfect down time at the tropical island spa.

Incredible Foodie Finds – Pampering & Provisions

And then there's the food prepared by the incredible professional chefs – something you have to experience to understand. All special menu needs are accommodated and the fare is fresh, local and authentic.

Easy Travel – Save Time – $ave Money

The unique location of this dive resort is not only incredible because of its proximity to the reef but also because of its proximity to Belize City. Within minutes of passing through customs, you will be greeted and within about an hour you will find yourself settled on the caye ready to meet with the dive masters and plan your dives. Our easy by-boat transfers save you a half day travel on arrival and another half day travel on departure will give you that extra time you crave from your get away and will get you into the water that much faster!

With complimentary transfers guests save more than $150 per person compared to most island resorts in Belize. Whether time or money is more valuable to you, either way you are covered!

Find your perfect trip at www.belizeislandparadise.com for incredible diving specials and use promo code #DIVE2019 when reserving your trip.  


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Blue Hole / Lighthouse Reef, Lionfish Safari, Turneffe Atoll Diving, Hol Chan Marine Reserve / San Pedro


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Your "Un-Belizeable" Summer Vacation - 5 Summer Perks to Come Away to the Island + Summer Specials

Sunset Overwater Cabana Dock See yourself in Belize this summer!

Many people enjoy escaping to Belize during the winter months to enjoy the warm sunshine and ocean breezes. It really is no secret that Belize is a fantastic travel destination and more tourists are flocking to this hidden gem every year. But, did you know that summer is also a wonderful time to visit? Temperatures in Belize are comparable or even more mild than many places in the U.S. during the summer months, and ocean breezes and the shade of coconut trees offer much more relief than you are likely to find in your hometown – plus you will have the luxury of no responsibilities while taking it all in. Read on for our top 5 perks to visiting Belize this summer!

  • It's Grand Slam Fishing Season! 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. When you catch all three of these fish, it's known as the "Grand Slam", which is how the fishing season got its name!We are fortunate to be located adjacent to the flats, close to the reef, and a short ride from the Belize River, so guests can enjoy a variety of fishing on their Caribbean vacation.
  • While there isn't a specific time of year that is best for scuba diving, many divers prefer the calmer waters of the Belizean summer. The water is pleasantly warm during the summer at 85°F, and the sea breeze tempers the heat a bit during this time.
  • Temperatures in Belize are comparable to many places in the U.S. during the summer months, and ocean breezes and the shade of coconut trees offer relief. 
  • While summer does mark the beginning of "rainy season", don't be alarmed! This season applies mostly to the mainland (the rain forest needs its rain to thrive after all!). Rain showers are typically brief and intermittent at the island, allowing you plenty of time to enjoy the sunshine!

During the summer months, Belize has less visitors which allows you the opportunity to have more privacy with fewer people while you explore mainland excursions and attractions such as the Maya Ruins.  And you'll find that going through customs & immigration is much faster – very second gained in paradise is a win! 

June marks the start of Belize's lobster season. During this time, you'll find a variety of lobster dishes being served during our farm-to-table, banquet style dining at the resort. 

In addition, Belizeans celebrate in four different parts of the country with Lobsterfest. San Pedro's Lobsterfest is one of the biggest celebrations offering free live music and discounted prices on drinks and lobster. The San Pedro Slam Excursion is a fun way to experience Belizean culture then return for a peaceful rest of your day! Cheers to the best summer yet!


Tell your true, "My fish was this big!" story from Belize!
Sink into the best of both worlds and experience jungle and sea in one trip!
Take your first steps together into paradise!

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Find yourself... In the middle of nowhere...

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Our need to slow down and become more present in our day-to-day lives is more necessary than ever. This is why wellness travel is one of the fastest growing areas in the tourism industry.

Getting away can be essential to recharge and re-establish balance. While a simple vacation is a great way to relax, a study published in a 2016 article for Transitional Psychiatry found that people who participated in a six-day meditation retreat had fewer bouts of depression and stress-related symptoms. More specifically, yoga retreats are known to improve sleep, quality of life, cardiovascular fitness, anxiety, chronic pain relief, and strengthen the nervous system

Read on to learn about the benefits of wellness travel.

Nature allows you to unwind. Imagine basking in the warm sun, breathing in the clean air, and listening to the quiet breezes. You instantly enrich and reset the senses. Taking the time to be present in nature has shown to reduce the production of cortisol, which is our primary stress hormone.

Disconnect from technology: Unplugging may improve quality of sleep as well as your mood! putting down devices and outside distractors allows you to be fully present. Not many people know this (except our previous guests of course) so it is worth mentioning that one of the unique things about St. George's is that you can truly unplug during your stay. Wi-fi is available in the lounge area so you can check in with loved ones, but the rest of the resort is completely unplugged from the internet and TV. Guests love this quality!

Decompress and release stress: Taking a break from the daily hustle and bustle of life is essential for your mind to recharge. A 2013 study noted that more than 80% of Americans who were surveyed noticed significant drops in stress just after a day or two of traveling.

Spending time with like-minded people: Being surrounded by like-minded people who have similar goals and interests can provide you with encouragement and motivation.

Taking time for yourself: Wellness travel takes you out of your usual routine and mindset and really lets you focus on YOU. Give yourself the freedom to relax, unwind, and recharge. It may inspire you to take time out for yourself far more often than you already do!

Sounds good to us! Even on island time, we all individually take time to pause and take in this pristine land and seascape around us. We hope you join us to do the same!

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St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from main-land Belize City. Complimentary transfers are made by boat and once you have landed at BZE International Airport, your valet will have you on the island in just about 30 minutes. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.

Email for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our friendly US based reservation line at +1-507-380-9344 or toll free at 1-800-814-8493. See all of the beautiful information at www.belizeislandparadise.com

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Thirsty Thursday - Island Style

Relax with a tropical drink at St. George's Caye Resort Relax with a tropical drink at St. George's Caye Resort

 Happy Thirsty Thursday from the island! It's a beautiful day to spend an afternoon taking in the Caribbean views and ocean breezes while lying in one of our hammocks with a cocktail or ice cold, freshly squeezed juice in hand. No matter your beverage of choice, we have a little something for everyone!

At St. Georges, supporting the local economy is important to us. Fresh fish, fruits, vegetables, and juices are sourced locally and are served with pride at every meal! Our servers will even climb a tree to make your tropical island cocktail - it doesn't get fresher than that!

We serve the local beer of choice, Belikin, which is brewed "by Belizeans, for Belizeans." Varieties range from their flagship continental lager, Belikin, which is a special blend of Canadian pilsner malt and German hops, to their unique Caribbean brew, the Belikin Stout. The stout has a subtle blend of coffee, caramel, and chocolate flavors- it's a must-try in our book!

Looking for something a little more fruity? We've got you covered! Our world-class servers will treat you to a variety of fruity umbrella drinks such as the Coco Loco, Belize Rum Freeze, or the Dirty Banana (and many more!).

Want to make your own "Dirty Banana" at home? Try this recipe to bring you back to the island any time you please!

 Dirty Banana

1/4 to 1/2 cup ice cubes

1 1/2 ounces (1 standard shot) white rum

3/4 ounce (1/2 shot) Kahlua (or other coffee-flavored liqueur)

3/4 ounce (1/2 shot) banana-flavored liqueur

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) light cream

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) whole milk

1 ripe banana

Garnish: unpeeled banana slice



Directions

Gather the ingredients. Put 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of ice in the blender container. Add the remaining ingredients except for the garnish, cover, and blend until smooth, increasing the speed as necessary to thoroughly pulverize the ice. Pour the drink into a small hurricane glass, martini glass, or other cocktail glass. Cut a slit halfway through a banana wheel and hang it on the rim of the glass.

Serve and enjoy!

Upon your next visit to St. George's Caye Resort, stop by the Sand Bar Lounge inside the main lodge for an afternoon snack and check out our selection of wines, beer, cocktails, sodas, and juices. You can relax in a cushioned chair or ocean-facing swing and enjoy books, games, good conversation, ocean views, and complimentary wi-fi. 


St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from main-land Belize City. Complimentary transfers are made by boat and once you have landed at BZE International Airport, your valet will have you on the island in just about 30 minutes. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.

Email for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our friendly US based reservation line at +1-507-380-9344 or toll free at 1-800-814-8493. See all of the beautiful information at www.belizeislandparadise.com

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Your UnBelizeable Fish Story - But It's True!

Catch of the Day! Trophy fishing

Belize has some of the best game fishing in the world. As part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef – the largest in the Western Hemisphere – the Belize Barrier Reef offers unmatched fishing opportunities. Some anglers tell us it is virtually impossible to go fishing in Belize and not catch something! No guarantees of course but those are pretty good odds to hope for.

An additional factor to consider when planning a successful trip, aside from the health of our local reefs and ecosystems, is to seek out the best local insider information about the best spots. Your guide will know the most populated areas and will work to take you to locations known to host the very fish that you seek, hopefully in huge abundance.

Read more about fishing with St. George's Caye Resort's Professional Valet Guides

          

Great weather, a relaxed atmosphere and plenty of action are all part of the Belize fishing experience. Some of the favorite sport fish in Belize are snook, tarpon, jack, barracuda, bonefish, snapper, permit, plus many more!

The local Belize info resource site has up to date information on seasons, population updates and also suggestions on timing for the perfect trip. They write in their fishing info article, "May, June, July, August and early September are considered to be the best fishing months here primarily because there are good numbers of the "Big Three" of Tarpon, Bonefish, and Permit available. Summer temperatures are in the low-to-mid-90s and a steady trade wind generally makes the weather very comfortable."

Read more about local game fishing in Belize

 A fun addition to your experience is Lionfish dive hunting. This invasive species has no natural predators and therefore hunting them is necessary to manage their population. Despite their eccentric exterior, they also happen to be a delicious treat. When filleted correctly to eliminate their poison, they are described as "white, flaky, mild, tender, and delicious". When our guests catch their game fish, we are happy to prepare them. Many guests will indulge in their catch of the day with just their group, or better yet, share with the whole resort group.

Read more about Lion Fish.

At St. George's Caye Resort, your fishing experience is sure to be memorable as we feature some of Belize's best and most experienced guides. Depending on your particular needs and schedule, packages are customized to fit you and/or your party. It's never too early to make arrangements in order to ensure that all your needs are met. We would love to host you or your group for the ultimate in fishing. Come away to a place where your fish will really be "This big!"

The types of fishing trips we offer are:

  • River Fishing
  • Reef Fishing
  • Flat Fishing
  • Fly or Spin Fishing
  • Lion Fish Spear Hunting for divers

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Be Good to Yourself 2019

Take the time this year to get away and balance Take the time this year to get away and balance

Most people know that the top New Year's resolutions made are for better health and balance of responsibilities with time to enjoy the important things. 

When thinking of health, many will run out and join the gym or pick up the latest Pilates video series with hopes of refining their body. What are other things that effect this overall goal? For many, living a fast paced life means there is little time to pause and enjoy the world around them. This is shown to drastically effect health adversely. 

At St. George's Caye Resort and surrounding destinations we see travelers for many reasons. Guests may be celebrating the beginning or rekindling of romance, bucket-list diving, seeking adventure, or just to escape from it all. 

Most importantly we see people begin their trip still wanting and needing to feel connected with their phones. Slowly but surely that "connection" become less and less important as they reconnect with life, environment and relationships. NBC News featured an article on 5 Scientifically Proven Health Benefits to Travel

With all of these compelling reason to travel and admittedly, a pretty sizable planet, how do you narrow where you are going this year?

If you thrive in an urban environment, you may want to travel to New York City or London. If you are meant to brave the wilderness, working to survive the elements, possibly Tanzania or Nepal suit your travel fancy. Conversely, if you wish to relax and be pampered while completely unplugging and enjoying adventures of a lifetime, Belize may be just the ticket.


Cheers and see you in the sun in 2019! 

- Your Friendly St. George's Caye Resort Team

St. George's Caye Resort is found 7-miles from main-land Belize City. Transfers are made by boat and once you have landed at BZE International Airport, your valet will have you on the island's sandy shores in under 30 minutes. Offering an array of adventure, romance, relaxation and SCUBA excursions, this resort is acclaimed for pristine reefs, seclusion and the ability to do as much or as little as one wishes.

Email for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call our friendly US based reservation line at +1-507-380-9344 or toll free at 1-800-814-8493. See all of the beautiful information at www.belizeislandparadise.com

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Belize Unites to Celebrate Independence

Belize Unites to Celebrate Independence 

On September 21, 2018 Belize will celebrate their 37th anniversary of independence. This day commemorates when the nation was granted independent status by Great Britain in 1981. Celebrations run from 'St Georges Caye Day' on September 10th right up until Independence Day, on September 21st. During this time, Belizeans and tourists alike partake in prideful flag waving, display of colorful patriotic decorations, numerous vibrant parades, lively singing and dancing, carnivals, and indulgence in tasty feasts of local Belizean cuisine. There are also official flag raising ceremonies and more solemn observances, along with educational events on Belize's history and culture. The celebrating continues for much of the month and is known collectively as "The September Celebrations." 

Stay and Play This Independence Day 

September is a great time to venture to Belize. Tourism is still in the lower season so great group rate discounts and other specials are plentiful. Diving is desirable year round and at this time of the year can be coupled with other cultural excursions or just a little R&R

 A Brief History of Belize

European colonists first arrived in the area in the 1500s and clashed with the surviving remnants of the ancient Maya Empire. Early attempts by Spain to formally annex Belize were hampered by strong resistance from the Maya. English buccaneers later gained a foothold on the coast region, using the area to launch attacks on treasure-laden Spanish ships from Panama and Venezuela. By the early 1700s, English settlers known as "Baymen" established a presence in Belize, logging the valuable hardwood for export back to Europe. Today, the Belize flag features a stylized English "Bayman" logger in recognition of this part of the country's history. Although the Spanish initially tolerated the presence of English settlers in the area, things came to a head in 1786 when the British government appointed an administrator to oversee the region. After several years of clashes, the British gained full dominance over the region following a decisive naval battle off the coast of St. George's Caye on September 10, 1798, a date now celebrated as a national holiday in Belize. In 1862, Britain formally annexed the area, naming it British Honduras (after the Bay of Honduras, not the modern-day country of Honduras). In 1954, constitutional reforms were enacted and a constitution was written. In 1964, Britain awarded the colony self-rule and George Price became the colony's first premier. In 1973, the colony was renamed Belize and the country was granted full independence in 1981.
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Favorite Underwater Sights Diving Near St. George's Caye

BlueHoleArea-39 The beautiful coral near the Blue Hole & Lighthouse Reef
We regularly get questions from scuba divers as they prepare for their trip to Belize.
 
What is it like diving the reef in Belize? Which fish and animals am I most likely to see?
 
Snapper:  So here is a list of our favorite underwater sights on the reef near St. George's Caye.  From our island, it's only a 5-15 minute boat ride to a variety of pristine dive sites.  We are the only dive resort in the area, so there are no other boats or divers - it's like having the reef all to yourself!  Many of the fish and creatures that divers encounter can also be seen on our private guided snorkel trips over the coral reef. 

WHAT YOU'LL SEE DIVING IN BELIZE

Snapper:  many varieties, including:  Gray, Dog, Mahogany, and Yellowtail

Parrotfish:  Stoplight (pictured below), Rainbow and Queen

Grouper:  Nassau and Black 

Angel fish:  Gray, French and Queen

Needlefish

Puffer fishe

Green moray eel and Spotted moray eel

Nurse sharks

On the Belize reef you will also see Barracuda, Snook, Squirrelfish, Wrasse, Horse-eye jacks, Belize permit, Tarpon, Bonefish, Fairy Basslet, Spotted eagle ray, and Stingrays.  (We also have a beautiful, but invasive species named the Lion fish.  We removed over 1,000 from the reef in October 2016 during our Lion Fish Dive Tournament).

 

Pictured above: Resort Manager Barry spears a lionfish on a dive near St. George's Caye

Our warm Caribbean waters also have Squid, Conch, Octopus (more often seen on Night Dives!), Dolphins, and the ever-popular Green sea turtles and Hawksbill turtles (so cute!!). 

Pictured above: Snorkel guide and sea turtle near Hol Chan Marine Reserve

In the waters of Belize, you can also see a variety of Jellyfish, Blue Tang, Lobster (if you enjoy eating lobster, the season is mid-June to mid-February), and a variety of coral:  Stag Horn coral, Brain coral, Elk Horn coral, plus many more. 

Want to know more?  Here's a fantastic website with "dive reports" on the fish species seen while diving in Belize.

Have questions about diving in Belize?

Contact us by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone (800-813-8498) and we're happy to share more details on dive vacations in Belize and will help you plan the perfect trip!

 

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Belize Listed Top Underrated Tourist Destination by the Daily Telegraph

Aerial View Our beautiful remote island getaway

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

 

 

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What is a Resort Dive?

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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. 

Learn more about diving with us. 

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12 Things To Do in Belize When Not Diving

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Belize has become a popular tourist destination for many reasons:  the fabulous weather, friendly people and the fantastic variety of activities on land and in the water - especially the scuba diving and snorkeling.

As a scuba diver, you are no doubt considering Belize because of the second longest barrier reef and bucket-list dive sites like Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye, Great Blue Hole, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. The diving here is out of this world! We know you won't be disappointed. 

But even the most avid diver needs surface time. So, what else is there to do in Belize?  We've compiled a list for you!

12 Things To Do in Belize When Not Diving 

  1. Visit Maya ruins such as Xunantunich, Caracol, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech, and Lamanai. Tikal is just over the border in Guatemala and also accessible as a day trip. 

  2. Relax with a hot stone massage. 

  3. Whiz through the jungle canopy on a zip-line tour.

  4. Take a guided fishing trip for the "big three" of tarpon, permit, and bonefish. If you prefer to reef fish, you are likely to catch snapper, grouper, barracuda, and more.

  5. Kayak through the mangroves and along the reef.

  6. Try the standup paddleboarding on the calm waters around the mangroves and cayes.

  7. Go cave tubing on a jungle river with headlamp and helmet. 

  8. Take a helicopter or plane ride over the iconic Great Blue Hole.

  9. Visit beach bars and go shopping in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye (La Isla Bonita). You can also try parasailing or sky diving while in San Pedro!

  10. Buy gorgeous handmade arts and crafts from locals.

  11. Drink tropical cocktails and Belikin beers on the beach.

  12. Watch the sunset from a swimming pool (you have the perfect location at St. George's!)

 

Many of these recommended activities can be done here, or on one of the private guided tours we offer from St. George's Caye Resort. If you want more jungle time, we also have jungle-beach combo packages where you spend three or four nights on the mainland of Belize, then you come to our island paradise for the remainder of your trip.  We are less than a mile from the reef for diving, diving, and more diving. 

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Lowest Airfares to Belize We've Seen - Plus New Summer Specials

Belikin-on-the-beach-St-Georges-Belize Take advantage of summer airfare deals to visit Belize

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! 

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How warm is the water in Belize?

Diving the reef near St. George's Caye Belize

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 

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Fun New Photos of Our Belize Island Paradise

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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!

 

THE BEACH

 

 

THE CABANAS

 

 

NEED A DRINK?

 

 

 

ACTIVITIES

 

 

 

AERIAL VIEW

 

COME & VISIT

We love our little piece of paradise in the Caribbean -- less than a mile from the Belize reef, yet secluded and private (and for adults only!). Hope you enjoyed our mini photo tour of the resort. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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New Fishing Packages for "Grand Slam" Season in Belize

School of fish in Belize

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.

What are you waiting for?  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Visit this summer for the special introductory offer of $100 credit per night stayed!

 

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Get to Know Belize: New Packages Focus on Culture & History

Cannon left from the Battle of St. George's Caye, September 1798

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. 

Of course, all of our packages can be customized to fit your needs, simply This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we'll help you craft the perfect trip to Belize with all the beach time, diving, tours, and spa treatments you desire.

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Belize in the News: Hot Travel Destination for 2018

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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. 

 

Need help planning your trip to Belize? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for advice on designing your perfect Belize vacation. We work with several premier jungle resorts to provide all inclusive jungle-beach combo packages for when you want to do it all. 

 

 

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