The Island Life - Belize

How Low Can They Go? Roundup of the Lowest Airfares to Belize

Transfers included!

As a resort in Belize, we keep our eye on flight prices because we know how much this affects whether someone can travel to our beautiful island in the Caribbean. There are several airlines that serve Belize: American, Avianca, Copa, Delta, Southwest, and United. Airfares are getting more and more competitive thanks to the arrival of Southwest Airlines in 2015, especially during May through November.

Guests who recently booked with us mentioned getting airfares as low as $200 and $300 round-trip through Southwest Airlines. This is an incredible deal! Especially compared to the more standard fares to Belize in the $500-$800 range.

SHOW ME THE LOW AIRFARES

We had to see it for ourselves so we searched on the Southwest site for dates that overlap with our “Choose Your Discount Summer Special” (good through Sept 30th) and found:

  • Roundtrip from Houston = $368.06
  • Roundtrip from Denver = $370.66
  • Roundtrip from Ft. Lauderdale = $188.06

Yes, you read that correctly. Round-trip from Florida to Belize for less than $200!  

Talk about an affordable summer escape…what are you waiting for?!

As further inspiration, here are screen captures from the searches conducted on June 27, 2017 for travel dates in August) --

 

 

 

 

GET TO THE AIRPORT,
WE’LL TAKE CARE OF THE REST

If you combine these incredibly low airfares with some of the great summer specials available, you can design the perfect summer vacation in Belize. Once you arrive at Belize International Airport (BZE), we take care of the rest. A friendly member of our staff greets you and drives you to the marina where you’ll take a 20-minute boat ride to our private residence island. It’s only 7 miles off the coast, but worlds away. We’ll return you to the airport when it’s time to go home, but we know you won’t want to leave.

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We're Blushing! 2017 Experts' Choice Award and Best of Belize

Aerial Views of St George's Caye Resort Belize

First things first, a huge congratulations to our amazing team who makes this all possible. Without our staff, our resort would just be another resort. But with them - St. George's Caye is magic! And we love it when others agree.

Our little island resort in Belize was just recognized by the travel website TripExpert with a 2017 Experts' Choice Award and distinction as one of the Best of Belize. As their press release states, "Travelers can be confident that it is an outstanding choice for lodging in Belize."

We couldn't agree more!

St. George's Caye Resort Reviews 

 St. George's Caye Resort Reviews

 

What The Experts Say

These awards are based on endorsements by travel experts in both The Telegraph and Travel + Leisure magazine. Less than 2% of all hotels worldwide receive the honor. As the review in The Telegraph states, "This adults-only beachfront resort is the only place to stay and dine on this traffic-free, mile-long island close to the Belize Barrier Reef."

You can read the reviews here on our profile page on the TripExpert website. Then get in touch with Cap'n Ron to plan your visit and see what all the fuss is about! You deserve some R&R on a secluded island in the Caribbean.

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Smaller is Better: Benefits of Private Tours in Belize

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When people visit our island resort in Belize, some folks just want to lay on the beach or by the pool all day. And that is fine with us! On our island, "doing nothing" is an activity. 

For the more active and adventuresome guests, St. George's offers amazing off-island tours and activities to explore other parts of Belize. These tours are guided and private for our guests only (small groups of 2-10 usually), giving you a personalized experience as you uncover the wonders of this beautiful and friendly country. When driving is required, you'll be in a small passenger van rather than a large bus and you'll always be able to hear your guide and ask questions.

 

Best Tours in Belize

Some of the most popular tours we offer include:

  • Lamanai Maya temple and ruins with jungle boat ride and wildlife viewing
  • San Pedro Slam - go snorkeling or diving at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and visit the restaurants, shops, and beach bars on "La Isla Bonita"
  • Cave Tubing & Zip-line - float down a jungle river and through caves, equipped with a headlamp; then whiz through the jungle canopy on a zip-line 

To provide our guests with a premier experience, we proudly have a licensed professional tour guide on staff, Cornel Staine. Knowledgeable, personable, and a great story teller, Cornel leads most of our small tours (for resort guests only!). When Cornel is not available, he schedules our guests' tours with a few select guides whom we know and trust. Cornel also meets most of our guests when they arrive at the airport and is a wealth of information as he drives you to the marina for your short boat ride to the resort. You can learn more about Cornel here.

 

Avoiding Crowds

Once on the island, the office staff, Jahnene and Oliver, will be work with you to schedule your tours, diving, spa treatments, and other activities so you get the most out of your time with us. You can pre-arrange tours when you reserve your stay, or wait and add activities when you are at the resort.

So that our guests get the best possible experience, we have a suggested weekly schedule for the off-island tours. Certain trips, like the guided tour of Lamanai and the fun-filled Cave Tubing & Zip-Line, are only offered on certain days when there are the fewer crowds. 

 

Everything Included

Since St. George's Caye is conveniently located only 7 miles off the shore of Belize City, your travel time back and forth for mainland tours is only about 20 minutes by private boat. Tours include all of your transportation once on the mainland, and your lunch and bottled water is provided too! Most tours leave the island between 7am and 8am (with breakfast provided) and return between 4pm and 5pm, with plenty of time to freshen up before dinner on the oceanfront dining porch. 

Private, personalized tours are just one of the many reasons it's great to stay at a small island resort with limited guests. You also get your choice of beach and pool chairs!

  

 

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Watch Stars & Meteor Showers from a Secluded Caribbean Island

Watch Stars & Meteor Showers from a Secluded Caribbean Island

A favorite nighttime activity on our little island in the Caribbean is stargazing.

Since we’re more than 7 miles from the mainland of Belize and there are no towns or other island resorts nearby, there is very little "light pollution" to get in the way of your star show. Identify the constellations, find a planet, gaze at shooting stars. The show is especially engaging on evenings with a new moon or very little moonlight. 

 

 

 

Want a front row seat to a meteor shower?

Plan your Belize trip to coincide with meteor showers and low moonlight – and find a place with very little ambient light for the best star viewing, like St. George’s Caye.

Meteor showers are especially fantastic from our secluded Belize island resort. Choose a lounge chair on the beach, grab a Belikin or fruity rum drink, and lay back for a wonderful show.

Mark your calendars! We can’t wait for meteor showers that coincide with low moonlight: July 30th, Oct 22nd, and Nov 18th.

Here is a helpful calendar of meteor showers in 2017: http://www.amsmeteors.org/meteor-s…/2017-meteor-shower-list/

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.”

~Vincent Van Gogh

   

 

 

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Staff Scholarship Fund Grows to Support 12 Students in Belize

Staff Scholarship Fund Grows to Support 12 Students in Belize

As we move towards completion of our 4th year of providing student scholarships in Belize, we are pleased to provide you, our friends, with this update. As you may know, education is not free to students and their families in Belize as it is in the U.S., Canada and many other nations. Many children living in poverty are not able to get even a basic education. 

In 2013 the staff of St. George's Caye Resort came together to start a scholarship fund to help children in their home villages attend school. In August 2014 we proudly shared about the Successful First Year for St. George’s Scholarship Winner, and then a year later shared that the program had expanded to help 6 students for the 2015-2016 school year!  Read more: Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize  

 

MEET THE STUDENTS WE SUPPORT

We are thrilled to share that we now support 11 high school students and one elementary age student through our program, which is fully operated by our incredible staff.  All candidates were vetted for ability, motivation and need – and they are now very thankful for their educational opportunity. 

Here is a little bit about the twelve students we currently support:

  • Justin’s mother fights to prevent him from following in his father footsteps.  She has tried to get enough money to pay for tuition by selling tamales house by house.
  • Christian's mother has been working hard on agriculture and was able to provide Primary education but was unable to meet the higher cost of Secondary school.
  • Roshanny is daughter of a single mother of four who tries her best on providing education for them.  Roshanny was awarded the student of the year for being well-mannered, well behaved and dedicated to her studies. She would like to be a nurse in the future. 
  • Jairo is the son of a farmer who cannot provide education for him. Jairo has left an impressive legacy of hard work, dedication toward his studies at the institution where he attended primary school. Parents are supportive for his education but are not able to provide it.
  • Emily is outstanding, dedicated, hardworking, respectful and always willing to help others. Emily is a daughter of single mother and sister of six. Mother is not able to provide high school education for her. 
  • Jackelin's mother works selling bread on the streets, and her father is sick and unemployed with two children in High School.  Jackelin’s mother is requesting our assistance to be able to provide a good education for her daughter.
  • Reginaldo is the son of a farmer who is trying to provide education for three of his sons, they are currently attending High school in Belmopan where they need to travel every day.
  • Gladis's parents are farmers and can’t provide for fees. It’s been over a year since Gladis had to drop out of school due to lack of funds. She has been trying to find a job to get the funds but because of her young age she has not succeeded. 
  • Nathaly is an 11 year old with parents from El Salvador. With the help of St. George’s Caye Resort’s Staff Nathaly had been successfully promoted to STD 6 (6th grade) in the current primary school where she is enrolled. 
  • Austin had given up the hopes on continue studying, but with the recommendation of his teachers and Principal of the school where he successfully completed primary education, he was awarded our scholarship and continues his education.
  • Amilcar is the son of local farmer who was not able to provide higher education. The scholarship program got to him by recommendation of some of his past teachers and principal. Amilcar has successfully been promoted to attend his third year of high school.
  • Brian is the son of a single mother, and amongst the highest students in his class who was not able to get financial help to continue his education. Brian is attending his second year in Belmopan Comprehensive School.

 

MAKING AN IMPACT TOGETHER

St. George’s Caye scholarships are funded by the staff and the resort.  Although we do not solicit donations, our guests and friends are welcome to help us expand our support of students by donating. 

Stay tuned for further updates – who knows, maybe one day we will be telling you about the next medical breakthrough, humanitarian achievement or celebrated novel by our past scholars!

 

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What's New for 2017 at St. George's Caye Resort

What's New for 2017 at St. George's Caye Resort

Our secluded island paradise is pretty much perfect for relaxing and adventuring -- located only 7 miles off the coast of Belize and less than a mile from the reef, St. George's Caye offers great access to both ocean and jungle adventures. There are only 12 thatch cabanas and a limited number of guests at one time (and no TVs or cars!), so you can truly get away from it all. And our staff is one of the finest in the country, providing top-notch friendly service without being intrusive. 

But we're always looking for ways to improve the guest experience and make your time in Belize even better. We listen to guest feedback at the resort, via TripAdvisor reviews, and through post-stay guest surveys -- and we’ve made a few fun updates so that you have an even more incredible time at our island resort in Belize. 

Better Beach Area, New Bar Menu & More

This past fall our team rehabbed our beach to prevent further erosion and make it even better for our guests. We've added a ramp and stairs to make it easier to launch the Hobie Cat sailboats, and the sand is dotted with pink chairs and colorful hammocks for reading, napping, and sunbathing. The four Oceanfront Cabanas face this beautiful stretch of beach and offer front-row seats for the sunrise each morning. 

 

Earlier in 2016 we added stand-up paddle-boards for guests to use free of charge as much as they like. In addition to unlimited use of kayaks, Hobie Cat sailboats, windsurf boards, and snorkel gear. Read more: Some of the Best Activities in Belize are Free (for our Guests!)

 

 

In 2016 we also unveiled a new bar menu with fun tropical drinks and lower prices (read more: Happy Hour just got...) and added LegaSea to our fleet of boats. For the ultimate in comfort, we put king beds in every cabana. And we added new pool furniture (with cup holders!) so you can relax and do nothing for as long as you like. 

 

 

So that's at least 5 great reasons to visit us in Belize, for the first time or as returning friends. What are you waiting for?!

Get in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to plan your Belize honeymoon, dive trip, or relaxing getaway! (Be sure to check our Special Offers page for 2017 travel deals.)

 

 

 

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Happy Hour just got...

Happy Hour just got...

HAPPY HOUR JUST GOT HAPPIER -- AND MORE AFFORDABLE!

We enjoy providing a piece of paradise where guests and friends can unplug, unwind, and restore themselves. Whether you choose to lay in a hammock all day, or stay active with SCUBA diving, snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking the jungle, everyone ends up in our Sand Bar lounge for refreshments.

Located in the lodge with amazing views of the Caribbean, the Sand Bar Lounge at St. George's Caye features complimentary Wi-Fi internet, fun games, and friendly bartenders. This is where much of the socializing and meeting new friends happens – a very happy place! (We like to call it all-day happy hour.)

WE'RE LISTENING...

Over the past few months some guests have mentioned that our drink prices in the lounge seem high. We're always listening to guest feedback and are committed to providing a great experience and very good value, so we dug into the pricing, our costs, and what options we had. We don't want guests worrying about the price of drinks in the bar -- we want you enjoying your time in Belize!

A few weeks ago Cap’n Ron got personally involved with our resort manager and the incredible service staff to review beverage inventory and pricing in the bar -- and they uncovered a variety of ways to increase the value and in many cases reduce the drink prices.

NEW BAR MENU 

We just unveiled the new drink menu and are pleased to report that we now offer a majority of drinks in the $4 to $10 price range, with a 30% reduction on our average drink price! We have maintained very good brands, but reduced our costs through selective inventory reduction.

The new bar menu features a fun variety of tropical drinks in a kaleidoscope of colors, many with the quintessential fresh fruit and paper umbrella. Perhaps you'd like to quench your thirst with a Coco Loco, Sea Breeze, Funky Monkey, Blue Hole, or Belize Rum Freeze, all of which cost $10 or less on the new bar menu. Feel like splurging? Go for the rich and creamy Baileys Colada or the ultimate fruity drink, the Pineapple Bomber. The Sand Bar lounge also offers local beers, a selection of wines, and of course, a variety of sodas and juices. 

 

THANKS FOR THE FEEDBACK

Cap'n Ron and the team at St. George's would like to thank our guests who provided feedback – if we don’t know about it, we can’t fix it! We know that both returning and new guests will appreciate the increased affordability of a great variety of tropical beverages. 

Cheers! 

 

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Lionfish Dive Tournament a Success!

Lionfish Dive Tournament a Success!

The team at St. George's cares deeply about protecting the reef and the underwater world. Our Belize island resort is owned and managed by scuba divers and located less than a mile from the amazing Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

One of its biggest threats to the reef right now is the invasive species lion fish. These fast-breeding fish do not have any natural predators. To help keep the population under control, divers all over Belize and the Caribbean use spear guns to hunt these spiny, venomous fish. It takes skill, especially when removing the lionfish from the spear so that you don't get stung by one of their spines! But it's worth it because not only are you removing an invasive predator from the reef, but the delicate white fish is delicious to eat as well.

Over 1,000 Lionfish Removed from Reef during Dive Tournament! 

Last week at St. George's Caye Resort we hosted our first "Save The Reef" Lionfish Dive Tournament with several teams of divers competing for biggest caught and most caught in one dive. It was a lot of fun and we hope to have even more divers involved next time. (Read more: Divers Keeping the Barrier Reef Healthy: Lionfish Tournament in October)

Most importantly, we are thrilled to report that combined the teams removed 1,016 lionfish from the reef! This is a huge impact in less than a week. Thanks to everyone who participated and helped make this possible. The coral reef thanks you too!

Want to Try Spear-Hunting Lionfish? 

At St. George's we offer experienced divers the chance to participate in the Lionfish Dive Safari with our dive masters. It's an incredible way to expand your diving skills and do your part to help the reef. Get in touch with Cap'n Ron for more details and to schedule your Belize dive trip!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seeking adventure in 2017? The experts say: Travel to Belize!

Seeking adventure in 2017? The experts say: Travel to Belize!

We love seeing Belize in the travel news because that means more people will discover this awesome country and want to visit! So we were pleased to see that Belize was selected as a "top adventure tour destination" to visit in 2017 by Stride Travel, a large search and review site for tours and adventure experiences. 

You can read the press release here on Belize Breaking News.

EXPERIENCE THE BEST BELIZE ADVENTURES WITH A "REEF TO RAINFOREST" PACKAGE

Many travelers considering Belize want to spend time both in the jungle and on the beach and have a hard time deciding. We can help!

At St. George's Caye we offer four jungle/beach all-inclusive packages to choose from, so you can spend time on the mainland and on our island and have all of your meals and transportation included. Easy! We work with two different jungle lodges, each offering a different experience in a different part of the country, depending on your interests. 

Packages with Mariposa Jungle Lodge & Tours

Located in the heart of Maya country in the Cayo district on the West side of Belize (near Guatemala), Mariposa Jungle Lodge offers a luxury jungle experience with 6 beautiful cabanas and a main lodge for meals. They have a swimming pool, jungle birdwatching tower, and hiking trails onsite. Plus a large variety of adventure, nature, and cultural tours led by their professional in-house tour guides of Mayan descent. 

Maya Love & Island Bliss romance package

Maya, Cayo & The Caye adventure package

Packages with Caves Branch Jungle Lodge & Adventure Tours

Located near Belmopan in the center of the country, Ian Anderson's Caves Branch Jungle Lodge is truly in the jungle and focuses on providing fun adrenaline-fueled adventures for the whole family (it's not for everyone, they say so right on their website!). They have treehouse suites, a botanical walking trail, swimming pool, and many of the adventures are right on their property like waterfall repelling and cave tubing. 

Jungle Beach Romance honeymoon/romance package

Twice The Paradise adventure package

 

CAN WE STAY AT AN ISLAND RESORT AND STILL SEE THE MAINLAND?

Yes, definitely! We know not everyone wants to sleep in the jungle and that is okay. You can stay on the beach in one of our private thatch cabanas and take advantage of our guided tours to see more of Belize. 

At St. George's we offer a variety of day trips to the mainland so you can climb Mayan ruins or float through caves in an underground river or visit museums and the Belize Zoo. Our convenient central location only 7 miles from Belize City makes for quick travels back and forth for your jungle adventures (it's about a 20 minute boat ride each way). 

The best part about staying at St. George's is how close we are to the reef - and with no other dive resorts nearby so you have privacy and seclusion. Explore the barrier reef while diving or snorkeling and you'll likely not see another boat or diver besides our group. You'll see a wide variety of coral and fish and even the occasional dolphin or manatee!

GET IN TOUCH TO PLAN YOUR 2017 BELIZE ADVENTURE!

Cap'n Ron has been visiting Belize for more than 18 years and is happy to share his experience to help you plan the perfect Belize all-inclusive vacation. Right now we're offering 10% off any jungle/beach package with Mariposa Jungle Lodge if you book by October 31, 2016. Good for travel now through December 2017. So what are you waiting for? :)

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Divers Keeping the Barrier Reef Healthy: Lionfish Tournament in October

Divers Keeping the Barrier Reef Healthy: Lionfish Tournament in October

Lionfish are an invasive species in the Caribbean and they are voracious eaters, potentially devastating to the health of coral reefs. The dive team at St. George's Caye Resort is doing our part to rid the reef of these fast-breeding fish – and many guests who are experienced divers join our dive masters and "spear hunt" underwater! It's exciting and a fun way to control the lionfish population and a unique diving experience you can't find just anywhere. Learn more about Lionfish Dive Safari. 

 

SIGN UP NOW FOR "SAVE THE REEF" LIONFISH TOURNAMENT 

To step up our efforts to control the lionfish population, we are hosting a one-week Lionfish Tournament on October 8-15, 2016. To encourage participation, all tournament dives are half-price!

Divers can bring their own team, or join a team when they arrive. There will be fun prizes for the largest lionfish, smallest lionfish, and the most caught in one day. Come join the fun, help the reef, and maybe win a prize!

 

TOP TEN REASONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE ST. GEORGE’S CAYE RESORT LIONFISH TOURNAMENT:

10. You need a break from your normal routine

9. You want to help keep the coral reef healthy

8. You want to learn a new skill (our guides will teach you proper techniques for using the spear gun and how to catch these venomous fish safely!)

7. You're planning a last-minute dive trip to Belize and want some adventure in your life

6. You've wanted to try eating this excellent-tasting fish (our kitchen will prepare some of the day's catch!)

5. You are a competitor and you want to win prizes

4. You love to SCUBA dive – any time, any place!

3. Flights to Belize are the most affordable we've seen them. Some guests are getting round-trip tickets from connecting cities for only US$400!

2. This:

 

 

1. You need to be here!

Get in Touch to Plan Your Dive Trip to Belize

Limited space available. Contact Cap’n Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.to reserve your spot in the Lionfish Tournament October 8-15, 2016. Remember, you get 50% off all dives for the tournament!

If you can't join us in October, find another time to come down and our guides will take you on a Lionfish Dive Safari!

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Flying to Belize Keeps Getting Easier (and Cheaper!)

Flying to Belize Keeps Getting Easier (and Cheaper!)

Two more direct flights to Belize City (BZE) from North America have been announced, making it even easier to get to our beautiful Central American country!

The world-class snorkeling and diving on the barrier reef, the Mayan ruins and jungle adventures, and the really friendly native people have all made Belize a popular travel destination over the past few years. Belizeans love showing off their country and the natural beauty, history, culture, food, and adventures.

But for a long time one of the barriers for people getting to Belize was the high cost of airfare. We are thrilled that is less and less of an issue as more airlines add routes to Belize such as Southwest Airlines and West Jet out of Canada!

We are finally seeing affordable airfare to Belize which means it's time for you to come and visit. Right?

 

NEW DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DENVER AND TORONTO

Recently Southwest Airlines announced a second direct flight into Belize from the US, this time from Denver International Airport. They plan to start service on a trial basis in spring 2017 and based on demand, they will continue this route. Southwest also offers direct service through Houston Hobby International Airport. 

Canadians are about to have their first direct flight from Canada to Belize on West Jet. The new route starts in October of this year, just in time for a fall vacation or winter holiday in the Caribbean!

Many Belize island resorts and jungle resorts have been offering specials to Canadians to help them afford a trip to Belize in 2016 since the Canadian dollar has been so weak. Like the awesome Canada Special Cap'n Ron is offering right now for a stay at St. George's Caye Resort!

AFFORDABLE AIRFARE TO BELIZE IS NOW A REALITY

Competition, especially from one of the low-price airfare leaders Southwest Airlines, means that all airlines flying into Belize have lowered their fares. Hooray!

It used to cost $800-$1000 roundtrip or more, even in low season. But now we are seeing roundtrip flights from many US cities for only $400! Even the bigger airlines like Delta Airlines and United Airlines now offer relatively cheap flights to Belize thanks to increased competition and increased demand. 

And the increased demand makes sense. Look at how beautiful it is here!!

WHICH AIRLINES FLY INTO BELIZE

To help with your trip planning here is a list of the airlines that fly into Phillip S. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (BZE) and the connecting cities in North America and South America. Belize travelers from more far-off destinations like the UK, Europe, and Asia will need to connect through one of these airlines. 


American Airlines Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami
Avianca (Taca) San Salvador
Delta Airlines Los Angeles, Atlanta
Southwest Airlines Houston Hobby, Denver (spring 2017)
Tropic Air Cancun, Merida, Flores 
United Airlines Houston, Newark (Chicago, seasonal)
US Airways  Charlotte, N.C. 
West Jet Toronto (October 2016)

The Belize airport website keeps a current list of airlines serving BZE and it can be found here: http://www.pgiabelize.com/airlines.htm

TIPS FOR FLYING WITHIN BELIZE

For most visitors to Belize, once you arrive at the international airport you will need to take another flight -- what we commonly refer to as an island hopper flight. The two airlines in Belize are Maya Island Air and Tropic Air and both offer short flights to a handful of destinations within Belize and neighboring countries. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to get around the country as Belize has limited paved roads and public transportation options. 

But if you stay with us on St. George's Caye, you don't have to worry about the time or cost of an additional flight. Yes, really!

Your airport greeting and roundtrip ground/sea transfers to our Belize island resort are part of your all-inclusive vacation package. Plus, our proximity to the mainland and Belize City (only 7 miles offshore) means you don't waste precious vacation time traveling to your destination. You are on our island in the Caribbean within an hour of exiting customs at the airport, compared to the 2-4 hours it can take to get to resorts in San Pedro and Placencia.

As we like to say here at St. George's, with us you get an extra day of vacation!

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Feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he'll share his 15+ years of experience traveling to and from Belize. Or send us a message on Facebook and we're pleased to help.

Happy travels!  

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Is there a difference between an overwater cabana and an over-the-water bungalow?

Is there a difference between an overwater cabana and an over-the-water bungalow?

You’re dreaming about a tropical vacation and you soon find yourself spending hours searching the internet for the perfect little room on the beach. As you explore exotic destinations near and far (Bali! Belize! Hawaii!), drooling over the tropical rooms, some of them over the water, you will no doubt come across a wide array of descriptions, features, and amenities. You will notice that rooms may be called bungalows, cabanas, casitas, huts, etc. – with descriptions such as “private thatch cabana,” “thatch casita,” “romantic beach bungalow,” “over water casita,” “overwater bungalow,” “private cabana over the water,” “rustic beachfront cabana,” and more.

If you are like us, you start wondering, “What is the difference between a cabana and a bungalow? Why all these different terms?”  I just want a quiet, peaceful, relaxing setting on the beach, with a clean room by the water where I can sip my drink, get five-star service, and enjoy some SCUBA diving and snorkeling...

CABANA vs. BUNGALOW vs. CASITA

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Of course you can go to your dictionary, or ask Siri – and you'll get the basic definition for “bungalow” and “cabana” and “casita.” But the fact is there is no one definition for these rooms and no one enforcing rules on what resorts call their rooms! Even identically appointed rooms at two different resorts can be called a cabana by one place, and called bungalow by another.

But the good news is: you don’t need to worry about it!

It’s not what the room is called that matters, but whether the features and the amenities fit what you want:

  • Do you want to stay in a regular hotel room, or something exotic and different?
  • Do you need air conditioning? TV? Room service? What other amenities are important?
  • Do you want to be on the beach, or are you looking for the “over the water” experience?
  • Do you want to be on a private island, or in a touristy area with beach bars?

As you explore your options (here is a great site: http://www.overwaterbungalows.net), look at the pictures, read room descriptions thoroughly, and it can even a good idea to contact the resort and ask them to confirm that the pictures on their website are current and accurately portray the condition of the rooms now, especially if you will be visiting a remote location that is less regulated.

ROOM AMENITIES AT ST. GEORGE'S CAYE

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If this is the first time you’ve traveled outside of the US, be prepared for the rooms to be a little different! The style, charm, and local aspects of the room will be a welcome change from the more sterile environment in which most North Americans live.

For example, the 12 cabanas (or bungalows, or casitas!) at St. George’s Caye Resort are far more than a place to sleep—each private cabana is like a work of art built by local staff using beautiful native hardwoods and featuring authentic thatch roofs, handmade curtains, and local artwork. Your bungalow also has a covered front porch (with handmade hammock!) where your coffee and fresh squeezed juice will be delivered each morning at sunrise.

RUSTIC BEACH ELEGANCE

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We describe our cabanas as “rustic elegance” because they combine high-end amenities with a beach-hut experience. The en suite bathroom has Turkish towels, bathrobes, and a heated shower that is small and efficient (we filter all of our own water on the island), and the air conditioning works well combined with ceiling and floor fans to keep you cool, but not like it would in a standard hotel room (our rooms do not have insulation or drywall). The rooms do not have televisions or phones, and internet is only found in the main lodge/bar (time to unplug!). For most people this is exactly what they want—a true tropical experience with thatch ambience and ocean breezes.

Check out our photo gallery to see more of our cabanas.

EASY TRAVEL TO AN EXOTIC LOCATION

Belize offers the shortest travel time to over-water bungalows from the US (just over 2 hours from Texas airports!) and for a much lower price tag than many of the resorts in Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the South Pacific.

So whether you are planning a romantic honeymoon, an anniversary trip, a SCUBA diving adventure, a family reunion or holiday, or just getting away with friends, if you want a thatch bungalow at a private island resort in Belize, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! (And remember, we include your airport transfers at no additional charge making travel even quicker and easier!)

 

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Some of the Best Activities in Belize are Free (for our Guests!)

Some of the Best Activities in Belize are Free (for our Guests!)

When planning a trip to Belize, guests often ask about the best available activities, both in the ocean exploring the Belize Barrier Reef and on the mainland exploring the jungles.

"I’ve got only 7 days, how much can I fit in?"

The answers is: a lot! Especially with our island's convenient location only 7 miles from Belize City and less than a mile from the Belize Barrier Reef - making both ocean and jungle adventures very easily accessible.

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"What can I do that I’ve never done before? Can I learn to do something new, like sailing, snorkeling, or kayaking?" 

Belize offers a variety of adventures from zip-lining through the jungle canopy and cave-tubing down a river, to ocean activities like diving, snorkeling, and sailing. At our resort there are many opportunities to learn a new hobby or try something new - our local guides and friendly staff are here to help!

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"How can I stretch my vacation dollar? Do you offer any FREE activities?"

If you're like most visitors to Belize, you want to squeeze in as much fun as possible (you can rest when you get home, right?). As you plan out your vacation budget, keep in mind that at St. George's Caye Resort we include many free water activities to make sure you get the most out of your time in Belize. Read on to learn more! 

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FREE ACTIVITIES AT ST. GEORGE'S CAYE

Reflecting on our own experiences with vacations, when we planned what we would offer at St. George’s Caye we wanted to include a mix of free activities and premium tours. We knew many people would happily pay for valet SCUBA diving on the Belize Barrier Reef and the famous Blue Hole, guided excursions to the jungle to learn about Mayan ruins and culture, and to visit the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.

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But we also knew guests would have lots of "down time" on the island - maybe a free afternoon after diving in the morning, or a day to unwind without a planned activity - and many need to be mindful of their vacation budget, even if they want to do it all. 

So that's why we provide a variety of complimentary water sports equipment and fun things to do that won’t cost you anything and let you experience the best of a Belize island resort...

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KAYAKING

We have a number of kayaks, both single and tandem (sure, your partner will paddle and let you sit back and enjoy!). View mangroves with a variety of sea birds, dolphins and manatees (yes, our guests see these incredible animals on a regular basis), southern rays, spotted eagle rays, lobster, etc.

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STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS

The leeward (calm) side of our island is a large bay surrounded by mature mangroves. The water is generally about 2 to 4 feet deep, so no worries if you fall (or decide to take a refreshing dip in the ocean). This is great exercise, good for core strength, and totally fun!

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SNORKELING 

You can use our snorkel gear any time and see a variety of sea life around our docks, or right off the leeward beach. We also provide guided snorkel trips over the coral reef, just a few minutes from St. George’s Caye, for a fee. This is well worth it because the reef is where you will see the most wildlife and colorful fish, and your guide will point things out that you could easily miss. BUT, you don’t have to pay to snorkel if you don't want to. 

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WINDSURFING

We have had some of the most dedicated and well-traveled windsurfers visit us at St. George’s Caye and tell us that there is no place in the world where the conditions for windsurfing exceed what we have right in front of the caye! Glide and fly over the sparkling water alongside the Belize Barrier Reef – a magic carpet ride on water.

SAILING

We have three Hobie Cat sailing vessels for complimentary guest use. Experienced sailors visit nearby islands when the winds are good (about 98% of the time), and guests who do not know how to sail are surprised to find that our staff will take them out, teach them the basics, and that they can then go out on their own right away.

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SALINE SWIMMING POOL AVAILABLE 24/7

Sparkling, clear, refreshing, warm enough to walk right in, long enough to swim laps, never crowded, pop-up water volleyball, lounge chairs poolside, sunning deck, shaded area with hammocks – need we say more?

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TRY SCUBA DIVING IN THE POOL

We offer a no-risk program for guests to try scuba diving in our pool with a dive instructor. Get a safety briefing on the equipment and then try breathing underwater and learn a few basic diving safety procedures. Love it? Head on out to the reef for a Resort Dive down to 30 feet - or sign up to get Open Water Dive Certified!

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AND MORE!

Bocce ball, bar games, crab races, shell finding, magic tricks (when Leo is bartending!), card games, board games, and lots of hammock time, reading time, and time to get lost in the moment.

So please, come down and dive with dolphins and sea turtles, hunt some lion fish with us, go to the jungle with the best tour guides - but make sure you also plan to fill many hours with free use of our non-motorized water sports equipment and relaxing around the island. Kayaking, diving, and snorkeling offer some of the best ways to see the beauty of Belize. See you in paradise!

 

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Six Years in a Row! Your Reviews Earned Us Another Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

Six Years in a Row! Your Reviews Earned Us Another Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor

We're blushing!

Thanks to the reviews from our wonderful guests, St. George's Caye Resort has earned the 2016 Certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor. This is the sixth year in a row (wow!) and we are honored to be recognized as one of the best island resorts in Belize. 

Huge thanks to all of the guests who took the time to share their experience and help other travelers discover our secluded island retreat for divers, honeymooners, and adventure seekers. We think our slice of paradise is pretty special and we're glad you agree! Your reviews are the best thanks we can receive. 

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Most of the credit goes to the incredible staff of St. George's for providing our guests with unparalleled experiences and the ultimate in Belizean hospitality. We are especially thrilled by how many times guests specifically name the members of our staff who made their trip special. We strive to make you feel like a part of our island family when you are here. Thank you for recognizing the people who added something extra to your time in Belize.  

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As anyone who has stayed with us can agree, the staff goes above and beyond to ensure you have a memorable and relaxing Belize vacation.

Here to scuba dive the Belize Barrier Reef? Let our friendly dive masters with decades of experience on the nearby reef show you their favorite spots where you'll see lots of sea life and no other divers.

Visiting Belize for a romantic island honeymoon in an overwater bungalow? Let us pamper you with coffee and juice delivered to your room each morning, a private romantic dinner outdoors, and tropical flower petals on your bed.

Just looking to relax? We'll bring you drinks by the pool and schedule you a hot stone massage. 

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However you define your dream vacation to Belize, the staff at St. George's Caye Resort will do everything we can to make it a reality. And we hope your great experience will inspire you to write a review on TripAdvisor as well!

P.S. Besides TripAdvisor Awards (which are really awards from our guests and that is the best kind!) we've also had the pleasure of being named Best Place to Honeymoon in Belize! Pretty cool, huh? So if you know someone planning a Belize honeymoon, make sure you tell them about St. George's Caye Resort and our incredible all-inclusive honeymoon packages. 

 

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Making It Easier for Canadians to Visit Belize in 2016

Making It Easier for Canadians to Visit Belize in 2016

As a fellow commonwealth nation, we see a lot of Canadians in Belize, both as tourists and as ex-pats who've made Belize their new home. Especially in the winter months, known as "high season" in Belize, we tend to have many Canadian visitors seeking sunshine, warm waters, and world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing on the Belize Barrier Reef.

But ever since the decline of the Canadian dollar, we've had fewer and fewer Canadian guests. And this makes us sad. We love friendly Canadians!

So, to help more Canadians afford a 2016 trip to Belize, Cap'n Ron has rolled out a new special offer for Canadians only!

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For trips now through December 17th you get full value for your Canadian dollar. That means your room rate is in Canadian dollars instead of US dollars, saving you 20%, 30%, or more on a private thatch cabana in paradise! You can choose from Overwater bungalows on the sunset side, beachfront cabanas on the sunrise side, or a garden cabana nestled in the center of the resort. 

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Interested in an all-inclusive resort package? You can get the special room rate in Canadian dollars combined with any of the Adventure, Dive, Romance, or Relaxation Packages we offer.

Combine this great room rate with the incredibly affordable airfares to Belize City from many North American cities, and your dream trip to Belize in 2016 could become a reality!

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Visit Mayan ruins in the jungle, dive the Blue Hole and other epic dive sites in Belize, float on inner tubes down a jungle river through caves (called cave tubing), or simply relax on our secluded island, napping in hammocks, taking a dip in the saline pool, or getting a massage in the Island Spa.

Learn more about our special rates for Canadians on the Special Offers page of our website.

We hope to see you in paradise soon!

 

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WHY AND HOW WE SUPPORT EDUCATION AND TEACHERS

WHY AND HOW WE SUPPORT EDUCATION AND TEACHERS

Recently we've had guests ask, "Why do you offer a Teacher Bonus?"

So here is Cap'n Ron to elaborate on why education is so important to him and St. George's Caye Resort.

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The value of a good education is universally acknowledged in the western world – opportunity for better jobs, ability to make better life decisions, more awareness of the world, more understanding of and compassion for others, etc. Sometimes, however, people who are fortunate enough to have access to quality education take it for granted. We sometimes don’t see, or we forget that a significant number of people don’t have this advantage.

I ask myself, “What if the next Jonas Salk, Martin Luther King, Albert Einstein or Nelson Mandela never has the chance to achieve anything because she or he did not have the opportunity for education?” Our world is so much the poorer for not having met the great achievers, the great potential contributors who do not get to blossom due to a lack of educational opportunity.

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Students Must Pay to Attend High School in Belize

In the United States, Canada and Western Europe, education is considered a right and governments take responsibility for making education available. In Belize, education is provided for everyone through the elementary level only. Beyond elementary, there is a cost – for tuition, books, uniforms, as well as transportation and meals – that is beyond the reach of a significant percentage of the population. The result is that thousands of young people never get the chance to attend middle school, high school and beyond. Statisticians will tell us that there are great achievers in that group of uneducated people who just didn’t have the opportunity.

Scholarship Program at St. George's Caye Resort

As a successful private island resort, St. George’s is dedicated to helping identify the achievers and supporting their education – hoping to see more young people achieve their potential. Our staff not only takes pride in showing guests the Blue Hole, Mayan ruins and other jungle adventures, the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and other Belize landmarks, but they also fund and operate a scholarship program, currently putting six students through school in Belize.

Learn more about our Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize 

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Your Stay at St. George's Helps Us Support Students

Guests at St. George’s choose between an overwater bungalow (sometimes called an over-water casita) or a private oceanfront bungalow (beachfront thatch ambience!) or a cozy garden cabana. You might come to learn to dive in Belize, experience adventure travel in Belize, or come for an anniversary trip. Whatever you choose to do, with our all-inclusive packages and excellent Belize resort deals, our guests get the extra benefit of supporting the education of young people.

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Educators get extra special treatment at St. George’s. Our summer program last year with huge discounts was very popular with teachers, and this year we are offering a $100 Resort Credit to educators (and students!) over and above our sizzling Summer Specials. That means you can get a free jungle tour for two AND a $100 credit to spend on a massage or guided snorkel to the Belize Barrier Reef.

So tell the teachers and educators in your life that they deserve a relaxing summer break in Belize - and to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for their free Teacher Bonus.

Thank you to our guests for helping us find and support the undiscovered great achievers!

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The Ultimate Gift for Graduation: an ADVENTURE-FILLED TRIP TO BELIZE!

The Ultimate Gift for Graduation: an ADVENTURE-FILLED TRIP TO BELIZE!

Is someone special in your life graduating from high school or college?

Reward your hard-working scholar with a trip abroad to experience adventure, culture, and post-school relaxation. We know we’re a little biased, but we think a Belize vacation with jungle and ocean adventures is a fantastic way to celebrate a notable accomplishment!

GIVE THE GIFT OF ADVENTURE

Cap’n Ron and the team at St. George’s Caye Resort are big supporters of education because education brings opportunity (read about the scholarship program funded by our staff). We want to help you spoil your graduate, so get in touch and we'll help craft the perfect graduation trip to Belize, complete with private thatch cabana, friendly service, and endless ocean views. 


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FOR THE DIVER IN YOUR LIFE

Is your graduate certified to dive? Then they will love diving the pristine, crowd-free sites just a few minutes way from St. George’s Caye on the amazing Belize Barrier Reef. Dive with sharks, rays, turtles, grouper, barracuda, and more. Divers can even spear-hunt the invasive lionfish and our kitchen will cook up their catch that night. We can also arrange bucket-list dive trips to the world-famous Great Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef. It’s certain to be a dive trip they will never forget! 

Not certified? Try diving in the pool for free, or take the "Try Diving" resort course with our instructor, Jose, who has been with us 20 years and knows the best spots on our local reef for beginner divers. There's no better place to learn than the warm waters of Belize!

EVERYTHING FOR A FUN-FILLED VACATION

At St. George's there are plenty of fun adventures to go around with free unlimited use of kayaks, snorkel gear, Hobie Cat sailboats, windsurf boards, and standup paddle-boards.  And by reserving one of the Adventure Packages or Dive Packages, it includes everything for a wonderful vacation in Belize: airport greeting and transfers, private thatch bungalow on the beach or over the water, all meals, and select adventure-filled tours or diving.

LOW AIRFARES TO BELIZE AVAILABLE NOW!

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This is the best time to send your graduate to Belize (and for you to visit) because we are seeing the lowest air fares from the U.S. to Belize in over 15 years. Round-trip tickets are available from many U.S. cities for under $500, and we’ve seen quite a few for under $400. Act now to get these great airfares.

So if you’re thinking of spoiling the graduate in your life with a fun trip to Belize, get in touch with Cap’n Ron today. We’d love to help you make this a very special trip and gift – for your graduate, or for the whole family to celebrate together!

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Blues 'n Belize: How It Got Started on Our Little Island

Blues 'n Belize: How It Got Started on Our Little Island

Cap’n Ron, owner of St. George’s Caye Resort, is a music lover and has hosted musicians for house concerts on a number of occasions at his home in Portland, Oregon.  Resort manager Barry is a huge fan of Blues music and spent part of his career (before moving to Belize to manage St. George’s!) working with Grammy-award-winning Blues pianist Pinetop Perkins.

Both Cap'n Ron and Barry felt our private island resort offered a unique and intimate atmosphere for live acoustic music, so after reaching out to some industry connections, we hosted our first Blues 'n Belize with Doug MacLeod and Phil Wiggins in November 2015.  (Read more about the inaugural event: Blues in Belize :: A Private Island Blues Experience)

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“My heart was full the entire week, full with the wonderful music of Phil and Doug and their generous teacher spirit, full with the beauty of St. George's Caye, full with the welcoming spirit of the staff and guests, with the other-world beauty of the reef. I must add that my stomach was full with the delicious meals prepared by Ernesto. I believe that we all felt the magic at some point during that special week.”
– Marc P., guest at Blues ‘n Belize 2015

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We had so much fun

we just have to do it again,

and again!

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Cap’n Ron is excited to announce our next Blues 'n Belize with
five-time Blues Music Award nominee Fiona Boyes.

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At Blues ‘n Belize you get a tropical vacation with superior amenities AND the incredible experience of private “house concerts” with world-class musicians.

Spend your days lounging around our island paradise, enjoying complimentary watersports like kayaking, standup paddle boards, sailing, and swimming. Get a massage in the island spa or join our guides for snorkeling and diving on the Belize Barrier Reef, only a few minutes away by boat. Or take guided tours to the mainland to zip-line, cave-tube, or explore Mayan ruins in the jungle.

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No matter how you fill your days, you’ll spend your evenings with a small group of interesting people (new friends!) from around the world – enjoying a delicious dinner on the oceanfront dining porch, then listening to live Blues music with a Belikin beer in your hand (or a drink with an umbrella, if you prefer).

Doesn't get much better than that, does it?!

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How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

If you're like me, when you travel, you want to get in as much FUN time as you can. The actual travel part -- the planes, trains, and automobiles -- can be fun but it's not FUN fun. Especially when you're heading to a secluded island paradise and you want to get on the beach as soon as possible! 

When planning how to get the most beach time on your Belize vacation, you need to take into account the location of the island and the transfer times required after you arrive in Belize.

  • How many hours will it take you to get there and back?

  • Do you need to take a plane and then a boat?

  • How much will it cost?

  • Does the resort offer transportation?

 

Island Resort Options in Belize

Most of the private island resorts in Belize are in the southern part of the country, which means another flight once you land in Belize City and go through customs and immigration. Most flights are less than 45 minutes, but you will wait up to an hour or two before boarding your local flight. Then you'll likely have a van ride and then finally a 45-60 minute boat ride to the island resort. It can be worth it if you have the extra time as the cayes (pronounced keys) off the coast of Belize are pretty breathtaking!

By far the most popular option is a visit to Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye. More easily accessible than the outer atolls and southern cayes, Ambergris offers a wide variety of lodging options, from small hostels and hotels to large luxury resorts located several miles north and south of the main town of San Pedro. To get there you either fly from Belize International to San Pedro (about $300 USD per couple round trip), or if you arrive early enough in the day you can take a public water taxi from Belize City, a 75-minute ride to the San Pedro terminal. Once in San Pedro, most resorts include pickup and return to the airport or water taxi, which can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes by car or golf cart to 45 minutes by boat, depending on where your resort is located. 

So, how do you get the MOST beach time on your Belize vacation?

You stay at St. George's Caye Resort, of course! 

Our island resort is centrally located only 7 miles off the coast of Belize City making for quick and easy travel to and from the mainland. Only 20 minutes in fact. On a private boat. And then you're greeted with cool towels, tropical punch, and a friendly Belizean smile. 

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From the time you exit the Belize City Airport until you're sitting on the porch of your private cabana is usually less than an hour – and it won’t cost you a penny! (Yes, really. Transfers are included with your 3-night or longer stay.)

Compared to the 3 or 4 hours or more that it can take to get to other island resorts - both coming and going - when you stay at St. George's, you get an EXTRA DAY OF VACATION. And who doesn't want that?!

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Call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to reserve your supremely relaxing, no-travel-stress vacation on our Belize Island Paradise. (Check out our specials page to see what we're offering during your preferred dates!) 

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Exciting News: Adventure Tours Now More Affordable!

Exciting News: Adventure Tours Now More Affordable!

Popular excursions like Cave Tubing, Zip Lining and exploring the ancient Mayan temples are thoroughly enjoyed by our guests, and to many visitors are a “must-do” while in Belize. And we can't blame them -- they're a lot of fun! Many of our packages include one or more of these popular Belize Adventures

Excursions to these popular jungle sites are provided in a number of ways by tour operators: 1) Some operators function only on the mainland and provide services at bare-minimum standards; 2) Some tour operators use busses and take 20, 30 or more people at a time; 3) And then there is the St. George’s Caye Experience -- We not only provide boat transfers as part of our tours; we take only small groups from the resort and our top-notch professional guides give personalized tours during which everyone can hear the information. 

Our premium service costs a bit more and that has been mentioned several times in online reviews. Although we will not diminish the quality of our tour experience in order to offer the cheapest prices, we are sensitive to how much a vacation can cost, and so we are always seeking ways to reduce costs and pass the savings on to our guests. 

GOOD NEWS!

Cap'n Ron has just reduced the prices for our most popular tours -- by over 20% when we have 4 or more guests participating! 

We hope this makes it so that even more of our guests can enjoy mainland adventure tours and make unforgettable memories in Belize. 

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Meet Carlos!

Meet Carlos!

In a time when our world often seems continuously chaotic, unfair, mean and full of bad news - I'd like to offer you some hope and faith in humanity. 

Specifically, I’d like to introduce you to Carlos Reyes and his family. If they don't give you a glimmer of hope for humans - I don't know what will! :) Meet St. George's Caye Resort Team Leader, Carlos Reyes. A 20 year veteran of Caye living Carlos knows every square inch of St. George's and is an integral part of the Resort's success. Behind the scenes he is often unseen and unheard - but we cannot function without him! 

At four years old Carlos was brought to Belize by his parents from civil war torn El Salvador. They were immigrants fleeing a less than ideal situation in their home country. Actually it was a scary place full of violence, gun fights and fear. Sound like a familiar recent story you might have heard on the news? Well, it is not too far off. 

With not much other than their family and a few backpacks Carlos, his three brothers and sisters and parents were offered hope in a community named Valley of Peace; a village in Belize set up just for El Salvadorian immigrants. His family knew how to farm and live off the land and pretty much do any job they could to make a living. His parents went on to have seven more children - thriving in a peaceful, humble atmosphere.

Carlos and Fredis cleaning Lion Fish for staff and guests to enjoy!

Carlos went to school, learned everything his parents could teach him, and eventually at the age of 17 landed a job out on St. George's Caye. He has been here for 20 years! Anyone who frequents St. George's Caye knows Carlos. He helped build your Cabanas, pool, docks and knows every square inch or plumbing and wiring. He can fix almost anything. He's like a magician on this island. 

Carlos is the proud father of 5 children. The oldest two boys are studying abroad in Mexico and his oldest daughter Jessica will finish High school this year and will likely follow in their footsteps. Rony attends elementary school in Belize City, and the smallest little Reyes is just 18 months old! She can be found toddling around St. George's Caye, just like all her siblings did as babies. All of Carlos and Maria's children have grown up spending much of their time on the Caye. They also have a home in Valley of Peace where they raise cattle, but most of their time is spent here on little St. George's Caye. 

Carlos with SGCR Scholarship Committee & Recipients & their Families

In addition to being one of our Senior team members Carlos is also head of our Scholarship Committee. He is very active in choosing scholarship students, communicating with teachers, purchasing books for and keeping up with student progress. He is truly a pillar of his community!

READ MORE ON OUR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM 

Many guests of St. George's Caye Resort do not have a chance to meet Mr. Reyes. He is usually busy - and you won't find him lying around on the beach chairs. (Although no one would deny him time to relax and unwind on the chairs he built and the beach he rakes!) But if you do have the privilege of meeting Carlos Reyes - you won't be disappointed. Simply say hello or ask him about our Resort - he's a walking book of history and knowledge of everything St. George's! 

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Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize

Scholarships for Higher Education in Belize

Scholarships for Belize Higher Education

 

One of the ways we show our gratitude and reinvest in Belize is through educational scholarships for students who would not be able to attend school otherwise.

In 2013-14 we sponsored one young lady - paying her school tuition, books, transportation and food - allowing her to attend high school. Many students in Belize stop attending school in 6th form (or 8th grade) because high school fees and books are often too expensive for families to afford. All money to support her was given by the staff of St. George's and matched in donations by the management and owner.

Read first year scholarship recipients letter thanking staff.

In 2014-15 the staff donated enough money out of their own pockets to sponsor FOUR students! This is very exciting! It touched the staff members to see how the seemingly small pieces of their paycheck added up in a way that could change the lives of children from their villages. 

This school year, 2015-2016 we are thrilled to let you know that SIX students are now being supported by our scholarship program. Over $14,000 Belize dollars was contributed - every member of our staff chose to participate! These 6 students are all currently enrolled in school, learning and thriving. How fabulous is that! It may seem like a small number - but imagine how these six students lives are being changed by the opportunity to go to school instead of having to enter the workforce at the ages of 12 and 13. 

As a reward for our scholarship recipients, on August 23 Cap'n Ron and the staff hosted the four students and their families for a day on the island. For some this was their first time seeing the ocean. In addition to a nice meal on the beach under the almond tree, there was time to kayak around the island and visit the small St. George's Caye Aquarium. It was a memorable and eye opening experience for the students and their families.

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First ocean kayak for all Students!

All scholarship recipients are chosen by our staff's elected Scholarship Committee - a small group of seasoned team members. They communicate with school principals, parents and are aware of needs within their communities. The selection process considers need, attendance and grades before choosing. Unfortunately some students are left out. 

Why are we sharing this with you? 

When you stay at St. George's Caye Resort we want you to know you are not only experiencing a beautiful vacation on a private island - you are also supporting many local families. It is because of you, our guests, that these programs are possible! It also empowers our staff to do the best job they can serving you - knowing the cycle of giving will flow through them. They pass on their enthusiasm and authentic desire to create a great vacation to you AND they get to pass on some of their financial reward to others in need. And we wanted you to know!

Thank you! 

Its costs roughly $1500 US dollars ($3000 Belize Dollars) to completely sponsor a student - covering tuition, books, transportation, uniforms and food - if the belly isn't full the mind isn't active! If you would like to directly help us sponsor more children please let us know! Contact Cap'n Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Flying to Belize

Flying to Belize

Many people ask about flights to Belize. What's the best route to take? Who has the best prices? When do flights arrive and depart? 

So we've put together the 411 on getting to Belize by air this Fall 2015 and into 2016. 

Belize will have a whopping 66 flights per week coming from the United States.

The four major airlines offering daily service from the United States into Belize are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and soon Southwest Airlines. Tropic Air, Copa, and Avianca/Taca will get you here from Mexico, Panama and other Central American Countries. 

By March 2016, Belize will have 528 international nonstop flights per month from 16 foreign airports and 7 airlines including the newest ones Copa Airlines and Southwest Airlines!  - Via Tropic Air Facebook Page

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Southwest is currently taking the cake on best fares. Beginning October 15th, 2015 Southwest Airlines will begin DAILY flights direct from Houston's HOBBY airport. The HOU to BZE flight will take off at 1:45pm and land in Belize at 3:05pm .The returning flight from BZE to HOU will depart Belize at 5:40pm and land in Houston at 8:15pm. 

If you've never flown Southwest before - you might find them to be quite refreshing. They are known for a few key differences:

  1. Two 50 pound bags fly free with you. FREE. And you still get a carry-on. 
  2. No assigned seats. They assign boarding numbers in three groups, A, B, & C and you line up and board accordingly and take the first available seat that appeals to you. You can pay more to board earlier. They do let families with children board after all of group A has boarded. And they will assist you if you cannot find a place next to your child. 
  3. No fees to change your flight. NO FEES. You will pay fare differences, but no fees just because you want or need to change your flight. (United for example charges $200 + fare differences)

United is price matching the fares from Houston to Belize, though they operate out of IAH in Houston. 

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Southwest - Houston to Belize


There are more flights than ever landing daily at Belize's  Philip Goldson International Airport and that means more seats for the airlines to fill. Which ultimately turns out to be a good deal for you! 

Pro Tip: Set flight notifications to email you when fares drop! 

Nonstop Flights to Belize

Wondering the best airline to fly to Belize? Or where to start looking for flights into Belize? Below is listed all Airlines with flights into Belize. These are nonstop flights into Belize's only international arrivals airport.

 

Flights from the United States:

 

American Airlines  www.aa.com

Dallas DFW - 1x daily, 2x on Saturdays

Miami MIA - 2x per day

Los Angeles LAX - Saturday and Sunday Only

Charlotte - CTL - (Flight number 831 to Belize, 816 return to CTL) Saturday Only

 

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Delta  www.delta.com

Atlanta ATL - 1x daily plus 3x on Saturday

Los Angeles LAX - Saturday Only (Beginning November 2015)

 

United  www.united.com

Chicago ORD - Saturday only (Flight #1150 to Belize and #1151 returning to Chicago ORD)

Houston IAH - 3x per day and 4x per day on Saturday - a whopping 22 flights per week to Belize!

New York, Newark Liberty EWR - Nonstop to Belize Saturday's Only (Flight #1657 to Belize and #1595 returning to EWR) I am not seeing this flight on United's website until January 2016.

 

Southwest  www.southwest.com

Houston Hobby 1x Daily (Beginning October 15, 2015)

 

Flights from other Countries:

 

Tropic Air  www.tropicair.com

Tropic Air opperates out of Belize City and provides the following international routes in addition to flying all over Belize. 

Cancun 2x Daily

Merida MX 3x per week

Roatan Honduras daily

 

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 

Avianca/Taca  www.avianca.com

El Salvador 1x Daily

 

Copa  www.copaair.com

From Panama 2x per week beginning Dec 8th

 

 

Example Itineraries for the first week in November 2015 flying Chicago to Belize

 

 United - Chicago to Belize  Southwest - Chicago to Belize 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week also happens to be our Blues in Belize music week - So grab a great flight on Southwest (or your favorite airline) and head down for a once in a lifetime event. 

St. George's Caye Resort is a boutique Resort on a private residence island in Belize City, with 12 thatch roof cabanas and elegant beachfront dining. We are the closest island resort to the Belize International Airport. 

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Belize St. George's Caye Resort Named in World's Best Honeymoon Destinations

Belize St. George's Caye Resort Named in World's Best Honeymoon Destinations

Honeymooners are flocking to Belize in record numbers. Belize is easy to get to - and hard to leave! You can have empty beaches all to yourself, you can dive the Barrier Reef or the Blue Hole, zip through the jungle or fish or snorkel or just do nothing at all! And it's right at your doorstep.

World's Best Honeymoon Destinations

 

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A recent article published by The Telegraph - a UK based newsroom - name 50 best places in the world for honeymoon travel. And Belize certainly made the list! As one of the top places to honeymoon in the world - Belize's own St. George's Caye Resort offers an unforgettable private island experience. Perfect for Honeymooners.

 

Read the full article here 'The World's 50 Best Honeymoon Hotels and Destinations'

 

At St. George's Caye you'll enjoy a private island experience, fresh juice and coffee brought to your porch each morning and unmatched privacy. In Belize you can be as adventurous - zip line, SCUBA dive, or hike Mayan ruins - or you can be as laid back as you choose. Hammocks can be found on your private cabana porch and throughout the resort for ultimate relaxing honeymoon.

 

St. George's Caye Resort Romance & Honeymoon Packages

 

Belize's lush jungles and Maya Mountains also offer some amazing tranquility. Choose between Caves Branch Jungle Lodge - where you can repel into an inland sinkhole used by Maya - or Hidden Valley Inn where you can hike to an amazing waterfall. Or one of the many other Belize Hotels, Resorts or Cabanas. Can't decide jungle or beach? Split your time between both!

 

From luxury living to jungle camping - from lazy beach days to SCUBA diving the great Blue Hole - Belize has something for everyone! To top it all off - Belize is getting even easier to get to ...

Fly Southwest Airlines To Belize

 

Beginning October 2015 when Southwest Airlines commences a daily flight from Houston Hobby International to Belize City International. Low fares to Belize are going for about $300 round trip! Pictured below is an itinerary for the last week in October. Flights to Belize depart at 1:45pm CST and land in Belize at 3:00pm.

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Not on your honeymoon - no worry!! Fall in love all over again in Belize. You're only a two hour plane ride from paradise. 

 

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Meet Leonel!

Meet Leonel!

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.” 

                                                Andy Warhol 

 

Leonel is like a breath of fresh air. He embodies the Belizean spirit. His smile is contagious and you can't help but want to take him home with you. Because Leonel  sees the beauty. He sees the beauty in people. And he sees the beauty in art. St George's Caye isn't complete without Leo's beautiful outlook. 

 

When you arrive to St. George's Caye Resort Leo is one of the first team members you'll meet. You will mostly find him mixing your favorite cocktails and making sure your beer is ice cold. But Leo also loves to entertain. He's full of fun card tricks and bar games that will leave you scratching you're head. But don't ask him how he does it - because he won't tell. Sworn to secrecy by a fellow magician Leo takes his oath seriously and won't share the tricks of the trade.

 

Leonel knows how we do just about everything here at St. George's Caye. And can help you find you way around, grab you a fresh coconut drink or help you book your tours and diving. 

 

But when Leo is not using his talents to create amazing vacations for our guests - he uses his time to make art. Beautiful art. Check out some of his latest paintings. They go fast so hurry on down to Belize to grab a unique piece of art. Aren't these amazing!?

 

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Before painting, Leo was an artist designing and creating tattoos and t-shirts for special occasions. He was recently in Belize City at the annual tattoo expo sharing his love for art with others. 

 

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Like many of our team members Leonel was born and raised in Valley of Peace, Cayo District in Belize. His father is a farmer like many Valley residents - as the area is ripe for healthy crops and cattle - and his mother is a chef at a local restaurant. Leo has a brother David, who is a team member in the kitchen and younger sister who is continuing her education. 

 

Come see the beauty Leonel sees everyday at St George's Caye Resort. His beautiful spirit is essential to a care-free vacation in Belize. 

 

Check out our latest special here! Cheers!

 

 

 

 

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Beach BBQ

Beach BBQ

It has been our Saturday tradition for the last five years. A favorite of many guests. Actually it's our favorite too. There's just something cool about eating under the moon and starts while watching fire burn.

 

Beach BBQ
 
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While our dinners are normally served over four courses in the dining room - Saturday nights break the mold. Late afternoon you'll notice the guys gathering chairs and placing them in a semi-circle on the

beach.

 

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The grills come out form hiding. The fire wood is placed. And the magic begins.

 

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You'll smell it before its ready. Like mom's home cooking you want just a taste - a peek - a pinch before its ready to be served. If you ask nicely, Ernesto may just give you one. 

 

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Beach BBQ is served buffet style. And there is plenty if you want seconds! Grab a plate and choose between the weeks local meat choices, fresh veggies, beans, fresh baked bread and more! Make sure to save room for dessert. 

 

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And one weekend a month - when the moon is full - it rises at just the perfect time. The sun has set, the fire is burning - and the beautiful full moon begins to rise. Making Beach BBQ even more awesome. 

 

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When booking your trip to St. George's Caye be sure to plan for a Saturday overnight and experience the magic of Beach BBQ. It's a fun and unique offering we all love and enjoy. 

 

Read more about dining at the Caye in these blogs:

What are we Eating?

Outdoor Oceanfront Dining Now Open

 

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Paradise on a Teacher's Budget

Paradise on a Teacher's Budget

Enjoy our famous St. George’s Caye pampering while taking advantage of our special summer education prices to meet a teacher’s budget.

June – July 2015 only :: Limited space, reserve by April 30  MAY 27th!

Know an Educator that could use a great Summer vacation? Are you a teacher in need of a Summer escape? As our thank you to Educators world-wide we are extending huge discounts to you! You work hard all year long teaching our children and educating our young adults. You DESERVE a great Summer getaway. Look no further...

Up to 50% OFF Private Cabana

Choose any cabana – over water, oceanfront, or garden – and get up to 50% off the nightly room rate!

20% OFF cultural and historical tours

Explore Mayan ruins, visit museums – get 20% off all cultural and historical tours (because they’re educational!)

10% OFF diving and adventure tours

Indulge in fun activities like diving, snorkeling, and jungle zip-line at 10% off list prices

Have your BEST SUMMER VACATION ever. 

Contact Cap’n Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800.813.8498 and mention which school you are affiliated with to receive our special summer prices for educators.

 

Offer valid for stays from June 1 – July 31, 2015 for single or double occupancy; 4-night minimum stay. Must reserve by April 30, 2015. Offer subject to availability at time of reservation.

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How To Forever Remember Your Vacation at the Caye 

How To Forever Remember Your Vacation at the Caye 

 

 

Before departing you'll find most guests huddled over the bar - giggling and chatting with a team member. They've got markers. And shells. At first glance it looks a bit like kindergarten art class. It's fun to watch when the finished product emerges and the smiles begin. "Where do we put it?" a guest asks. "Anywhere you want." Theresa replies. "Ok then put it up there near the Rum."

 

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When you find a place as magical as St. George's Caye Resort you want to leave a little piece of yourself behind. For ten years guests have been leaving their marks on shells collected from our beach. Some with names and dates. Others with fantastically drawn pictures or silly messages for us to remember them by. All created with a loving memory of their stay with us.

 


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When you return home and you come across the photo of your shell -you smile knowing that shell is still in the bar sitting next to your favorite rum. And when you are home and we are here we look up at your shell next to the rum and smile - remembering your vacation. I occasionally find myself picking through the big basket of shells remembering some of the most wonderful people I've been blessed to meet. In a few minutes I can relive rainbow filled weddings, retirement celebrations and dive groups that made me laugh for days! I always smile when I find the ones that read "Best Vacation Ever" because it selfishly allows me to remember how special St. George's really is.

 

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It’s a fun little thing. Coloring on shells.
Turns out it’s the little things that make it all worthwhile. 

 

Thank you to those who've left their mark with us at St. George's.

 

 

 

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Introducing earth friendly towels for your vacation

Introducing earth friendly towels for your vacation

 

We're sorry big terrycloth cotton towels - but we're breaking up with you. Your soft, I'll give you that. Your luxurious feel is not to be forgotten. But you're bulky, hard to carry around and you take too long to dry in this humid Caribbean climate. It's not you - it's us. We still love you and take you snorkeling with us - but in the intimacy of our bathrooms we're going to have to part ways. 

 

 Introducing stylish, colorful Turkish cotton pestemal towels

 

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Pestemals are thin, large, dry quickly after use and are incredibly absorbent. An all-around better fit for the St. George's Experience. The owner and manager have been using these towels for some time and loved them so much that we decided to test them in our Oceanfront Cabanas for guest use. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response we've made the change in all Cabanas. 

 

What is a Pestemal, anyway? 

A pestemal (pesh-te-mahl) is an authentic Turkish bath towel. They are flat-woven with hand-tied fringe, typically made of Turkish cotton. It is also known as a hamam towel as it is an essential element of the legendary Turkish bath experience.  Pestemals come in countless designs, textures, weights and colors.  The hand towel version of the pestemal is called a peskir (pesh-kir). You can read more about these great towels here through Indigo Traders and purchase one for yourself if you'd like! They also have a great Gift Giving section for unique gift ideas.

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Eco-Friendly

The new towels also help us to maintain an environmentally friendly resort. The Pestemals are so light weight making them more energy-efficient than our terry cloth towels. They dry more quickly after use, so they don't take on a musty smell. They don't need laundering as often. And when it comes time to wash them, they take much less space in the washer and much less time in the dryer. Saving water and energy. When the weather is good we can even let them dry outdoors! 

 

Breaking up is always hard to do. But usually for the better. In this case - we know its for the better. Better for the Earth, better for our guests and better for our climate here in Belize. We hope you enjoy them as we do!

Have you used the new towels? Let us know what you think.

 

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Blues in Belize :: A Private Island Blues Experience

Blues in Belize :: A Private Island Blues Experience

Imagine you and your friends sitting out by the beach fire. Guitars and harps in hand. The warm breeze is blowing to the rhythm of your beat. The stars have come out to watch and listen. The moon even rising to the occasion. You stop only momentarily to refuel with warm BBQ off the grill. And the jam continues until the last breath of fire. The next morning with the sunrise you'll tell stories of creative genius and drunken stupidity over coffee and fresh squeezed juice. You'll trade tales of heartbreak and inspired lyrics during breakfast. You'll bathe in the Caribbean Sea for even more inspired lyrics. Imagine no more…

Led by Doug MacLeod and Phil Wiggins - we would like to invite you to the first Blues in Belize Experience -hosted by St. George's Caye Resort. Five sun filled, soul filled, days of music, stories, lessons and lots of Blues love. This intimate gathering has only 30 available spots. Your accommodations will be thatch roofed cabanas on a tiny residence island in Belize. Picturesque privacy in paradise! Each morning coffee and juice delivered to your porch. Family style meals with oceanfront dining makes meals conducive to group conversation. 

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A once in a lifetime opportunity - don't miss out!

Full details are available on our website. 

 

ALL PACKAGES INCLUDE:

• Airport transfers – from and to the international airport (BZE)

• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily Learn more about our Farm to Table dining here What are we Eating?

• First rum punch on the house every day

• Coffee, tea, and fresh squeezed juice delivered to cabanas every morning

• Coffee and tea available all day; juice and water with meals

• Unlimited use of kayaks, windsurfing boards, Hobie Cat sail boats, and snorkeling gear

• Free instruction on windsurfing and Hobie Cat sailing

• 24/7 access to saline swimming pool, including “Try SCUBA” in the pool

• Daily housekeeping and nightly turndown service

• Concierge scheduling of diving, snorkeling, excursions, spa treatments

• Valet luggage service for arrival and departure

• Wireless internet in main lodge/lounge and outdoor dining area       

PLUS:

• Three mornings of workshops with Doug and Phil 

• Three evening jams

• House concert one evening

• Just good fun with Doug and Phil

 

RESERVE NOW

Does this sound like music to your ears? This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve your spot or call 800-813-8498 to join us for this incredible week of blues music on the beaches of Belize. And hurry – we only have room for about 30 guests!

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