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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. 

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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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