Michael and I spent 4 nights on Ambergris Caye, Belize for the first leg of our honeymoon. I tell you it was our honeymoon because we did not pay for most of this trip! YES! You read that correctly. Michael and I did not have a traditional wedding registry. Instead, we created a honeymoon registry. Wedding guests were able to buy, for example, a night in a hotel, snorkeling trips, bike rentals, etc. This takes up-front planning to know where you’re staying, what you’re doing and how long you’ll be in the region. But the pre-planning, as you’ll see below, is very worth it! (Check out THIS POST on other ways to save on your honeymoon.)
We flew from Miami to airport outside of Belize City. We quickly hailed a cab to the coastal airstrip designated to fly patrons to neighboring barrier islands. As stated earlier, we stay on Ambergris Caye, which was only about a 25 minute flight.
Once we arrived a taxi took us to Caye Casa, our lovely boutique hotel. We changed into our swim suits and swam right off of the hotel’s dock. The water was warm, crystal clear and calm … in other words – the water was perfect!
The second day on the island consisted of exploration – both by foot and two wheels. Palm trees, turquoise water and cute beach cottages and bungalows pepper the island. Our favorite spot on the island was a thatched-hut over-the-water restaurant called Palapas Bar and Grill. (Click here for a taste of Belize cuisine!) The island is quiet and bike-friendly, just watch out for rogue golf-carts and falling coconuts.
The next day we snorkeled Hol Chan and Shark and Ray Alley. The excursion was set up by our hotel, and fabulous! SEAduced by Belize is professional and prompt, friendly and not a total strain on your finances. There were only 6 people, total, on the tour.
Our third and final day on the island wasn’t even spent on the island. Nope, we ventured back to the mainland for zip lining and cave tubing tour with SEAduced by Belize once more. We took a 45 minute boat ride (not recommended – just splurge for the flight). Once on dry land we drove to our ziplining destination. The course was lush, exciting and well-run.
After zip lining we ate lunch and then continued to the cave tubing adventure. I was not sure about this part of the day as I do not like bats. I was assured the creatures did not live in the caves we visited. Thankfully, I was told the truth!
Our short time in paradise was punctuated with relaxation and excitement, warm water and cool breezes and an all around great time.
Belize is a short 2 hour flight from Miami and Houston. It’s close, English-speaking and gives you a lot of bang for your buck. It’s highly recommended for your honeymoon, or anything other excuse you can find for travel … which is likely a long list!
Check out our 3-part series on The Lost Art of Honeymooning
- Part 1 – How to Decrease Your Wedding Budget, In Order to Increase your Honeymoon Budget
- Part 2 – Cheaper(er) Suggestions for an Unforgettable Honeymoon
- Part 3 – Honeymoon Registries and Other Money-Saving Ideas
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR TRIP, OR CREATING YOUR OWN ADVENTURES IN BELIZE? Leave a comment or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, I’d love to help!