As a family of six we had little opportunity to travel far from home. Our business also limited the distance we could explore. This past year, 2014, however, was the year of goal setting. I ended the year realizing my kids are growing older, moving out, starting careers, going to college, and don’t need me as much. I also realized our business has grown to the place we could hire people to manage it while my husband and I are gone.
Liberation! The number one goal on my 2015 list is travel. I don’t mean within my home state either. My travel goals are vast and wide; international, bi-coastal, north, south, east and west.
Belize Adventure Travel Journal
As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I haven’t flown since 1999 and never been outside the country. I’ve only travelled as far as one state north and one state east. That’s not very adventurous!
This month my husband and I had the privilege of travelling to Belize. Yes, we went all out — travelling internationally rather than just testing the waters domestically.
It was an amazing trip. Belize, just south of Mexico and on the Caribbean coast, is not only beautiful but inhabited by the most welcoming and generous people.
We experienced a hospitality beyond our expectations. In fact, I met my Belizean sister (a sister in spirit); an unexpected blessing.
Lodging on the Caribbean Sea. Amazing, peaceful, lush, pampered. A favorite is Coral House Inn in Punta Gorda.
Seafood, seafood, seafood, with a twist. Delicious. While in Punta Gorda, we always visit Asha’s (home away from home).
Coffee. I love you.
Christian school children. Loving, respectful, talented, intelligent, beautiful. Toledo Christian Academy.
Mayan Celebration. Traditional Mayan meal prepared by a beautiful Mayan family. A true honor and a delicious meal.
Landscape. Stunning. Jungle, bush, lush, different, incredible.
Road trip! Waterfalls — San Antonio and Rio Blanco. I jumped off Rio Blanco!!
Howler monkeys. In the trees off Bellcampo’s veranda. Tucked into the bush at the top of a mountain, this resort offers beautiful thatch cabanas, access to the river below, fishing excursions (fly fishing, anyone?), fantastic food, luxurious accommodations, pool. And did I mention it has a sustainable farm and rum distillery? I, know! I couldn’t ask for more.
Blancaneaux — Coppola Resort. The long, bumpy road is worth the reward at the end.
Markets and hidden restaurants. Open markets, food, vegetables, goods, handcrafted wonders. Restaurants tucked away – amazing service and incredible food.
Belize Zoo. Heading to Belmapon, Belize capital, you’ll find the Belize Zoo. It is like walking through the bush. Beautiful birds, crocodiles, and jaguars. The zoo is home to rescue animals and the goal is to preserve the different animals who make Belize home. The zoo offers fun extras like entering the jaguar enclosure for a close up encounter (a pet and a lick too).
If you have the opportunity, visit Belize. You will not be disappointed with the country, people, food, or adventure. It offers snorkeling, island adventures, jungle, exotic animals, and variety of landscape from north to south.