Honeymoon In Belize At An Ambergris Caye Resort

A Honeymoon in Belize is becoming a popular option, and the hard part then is putting together a honeymoon package, after deciding where to stay. A good choice would be the Xanadu Island resort on Ambergris Caye.

A Honeymoon resort benefits from being small, and Xanadu Island resort has only eighteen rooms, right on the beachfront within ten minutes walk of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye

The kind of accommodation you might decide to take on your honeymoon package could well be Suite number two which is an oceanfront loft with views to die for. Get up early, about half past six, make a cup of coffee in the kitchen, go outside onto the deck, and watch the sunrise, and if you do this once, you’ll do it everyday.

Ambergris Caye is a real island getaway, and Xanadu Island resort even more so. It is hidden on a beach lined with palm trees, and what you see from your dawn and daily outlook is the turquoise Caribbean, and the white line of the reef.

The breakdown of the accommodations is a Studio, Loft, or 1,2,or3 bedrooms. Each suite is airconditioned, plus ceiling fans, cable Television, unlimited internet access, as if you’d want that on your Belize honeymoon!!

Added to that hairdryers, safe, beach towels, and not forgetting your own private deck which is shaded from the sun.

There is a long pier with a thatched shade at the end and a swimming platform, so you can snorkel over the hotel’s own man made reef. There is a lovely pool, and loads of hammocks and sunbeds around the pool and on the beach.

The complimentary bikes and kayaks allow you to explore Ambergris Caye, and the bicycles are especially useful to take you into San Pedro to the great restaurants there. If your honeymoon in Belize isn’t to be just relaxing at the Xanadu, but you wish to be more energetic, then why not try Scuba Diving, sailing, fishing or take a guided eco tour to the rainforest.. In addition tours to Mayan ruins can easily be arranged.

Whilst there is no restaurant at the resort, this won’t detract from your honeymoon vacation at all, after all who needs boring hotel restaurant food anyway. There are two local markets close by, so snack meals can easily be organised in the kitchen which is very well equipped.

Some suggestions for feeding yourself are George’s for breakfast, Casa Picasso for dinner, Crazy Canuck’s Bar on the beach, and Monkey Bites for breakfast or lunch

The management team at the Xanadu Island Resort go out of their way from even before you arrive for your honeymoon in Belize to ensure you have an enjoyable and stress free time. From the immaculately maintained property, well looked after rooms, nothing is left to chance, even ensuring flights and taxis are all there when you need them.

Xanadu Island Resort on Ambergris Caye could give you the perfect honeymoon in Belize, and research shows that most people who have gone there for their Belize Honeymoon would return.

For more information on a Honeymoon in Belize go to http://www.caribbean-vacationspots.com/categories/Belize/

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This post was written by JB on September 18, 2008

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Belize Travel – Want a Crack at Something Different?

A Belize vacation is unlike vacations in many other parts of the world. Belize attractions and activities can captivate your imagination and make your Belize travel a delight.

Fortunately Belize, for the most part, has not paved over its natural wonders. A Belize vacation is ecotourism in action.

Ocean activities

Belize is blessed with clear waters, vibrant coral and an abundant marine life. That’s what attracts scuba divers and snorkelers from around the world.

Want to swim with nurse sharks and southern sting rays? Then head to Shark Ray Allen on your Belize holidays and you can find them all around you on your underwater adventure.

On the way you’ll probably catch site of turtles, iguanas and lizards.

Bird watching and other exotic delights

Take a hike through Belize’s twisted jungle paths overhung with vines,exotic orchids and bromeliads. You might feel as if you’re strolling through the Garden of Eden.

You’ll want to check out this wetland environment because it’s an ideal habitat for all sorts of exotic birds and animals.

Bird watching is a natural. You’ll probably hear the call of parrots and toucans interspersed with the roar of the howler monkey.

Sport fishing’s also quite popular. And you might even catch sight of the elusive jaguar.

Belize holidays should include a trip to the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. This protected area helps conserve the frigatebird and red-footed booby bird. If you’re there in the winter you will probably see osprey and white-crowned pigeons as well.

Belize attractions

If you’re into sports you’ll see plenty on your Belize travel.

Although soccer and basketball are the most popular sports, there’s also boxing, softball and volleyball to capture your attention.

Like to cycle? Look into the Annual International Cross-Country Cycle Race held every Easter and maybe you can make history.

Belize weather and geography

Belize is the site of the second largest barrier reef in the world.

It’s a small country in the Caribbean that’s on the eastern coast of Central America and is bordered by Guatemala and Mexico.

If you’re planning a Belize vacation, there’s a good chance it will be hot and humid.

And any Belize travel should be done during the dry season, December to April.

A friend of mine was traveling in Belize during the rainy season. The downpours were so huge that the streets of the towns got flooded making it almost impossible to get anywhere on foot. It can rain from 60 inches per year in the north up to 160 inches per year in the south. That’s a lot of water.

So it’s best to avoid taking a Belize vacation between early May and November.

A little bit of history

The history of the country is rather interesting and influences the lives of the people down to this day.

Belize travel will bring you into contact with a wonderful mixture of ethnic groups including African, Arab, Asian, Caribbean, Creole, Hispanic, Mestizo cultures and more. The earliest recorded settlement is the Maya civilization. Explore the ancient Mayan ruins – its temples and ballcourts – and you can almost hear history whispering in your ear.

Belize is the last British colony in the Americas. Queen Elizabeth II is it’s sovereign. Matter of fact, together with its parliamentary democracy it’s the only country in Central America with English as the official language.

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An Introduction To Belize

Belize is found in Central America, bordered by the Caribbean Sea northwest of Mexico and southwest of Guatemala.

History

Between 1500 BC and 900 AD, the Maya civilization occupied Belize. The first European settlers arrived only during the 16th century. British settlements started pouring in by 1638.

The name Belize is believed to be a derivation of the Spanish pronunciation of Wallace, who was the first pirate that established the first settlement in the land. Another possibility for the origin of the name may come from the Mayan word “belix” which means muddy water, pertaining to the Belize River.

In January of 1964, what was then still known as British Honduras became the first self-governing colony of the United Kingdom. It was in June of 1973 that the land was renamed to Belize. At this time, it was the only colony of the United Kingdom on American soil. In September of 1981, George Price led Belize to full independence, but this was delayed until 1992, because of a territorial dispute with Guatemala.

Up to this day, the territorial dispute between the two lands has not been resolved. Help for mediation has been sought from the United Kingdom. Record books have always stated that Guatemala tried to stake claims to the territory of Belize. Although the dispute has not been settled, both Guatemala and Belize have entered cooperative measures to help both countries progress.

Holidays for Vacation

National holidays for Belize include Baron Bliss Day celebrated on the ninth of March; Commonwealth Day set on every second Monday of March; Labor Day celebrated on the first of May; the commemoration of The Battle of St. George’s Caye on the 10th of September; Belize National Independence Day every 21st of September; Pan American Day on the 13th of October; Garifuna Settlement Day on the 19th of November; and Christmas Day, celebrated in Belize and throughout the world on December 25. Belize provides detailed information on Belize, Belize Real Estate, Belize Vacations, Belize Weather and more. Belize is affiliated with Barbados Weather.

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This post was written by JB on September 15, 2008

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My Apprentiship with a Maya healer

Sastun tells the story of American herbalist Rosita Arvigo, whose quest to explore the healing powers of plants led her to the rain forest of Belize where she befriended one of the last remaining Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti. While learning his secrets during her apprenticeship she unearthed her lifes work: to preserve Don Elijio’s ancient healing knowledge and to bridge the gap between science and traditional healer’s wisdom. Funded by the National Cancer Institute in New York, Rosita Arvigo is in a race against time, scouring the tropical rain-forests of Central America in search of cures for many deadly diseases like AIDS and Cancer, before they are wiped out by deforestation. a film by Guido Verweyen distributed by Documentary Educational Resources
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This post was written by JB on September 14, 2008

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The Ancient Maya Site of Lamanai, Belize

One of the few remaining original ancient Maya city names designated by the Maya that still exists today is Lamanai. This site itself is located in northern Belize on the west bank of the New River Lagoon. The ancient name of Lamanai was recorded by the Spanish in the 16th century and brought to light again by historian Grant Jones through his work in the archives in Seville, Spain. The name Lamanai is loosely translated as “Submerged Crocodile”. Knowing these two facts tells us two very important things, one, the ancient Maya were still residing at Lamanai when the Spanish arrived. And two, the site name indicates the importance of the Morelets’ Crocodile whose remains are rarely found in midden deposits indicating they were rarely consumed due to their important status within the community. As one visits this site it becomes apparent that this translation is fitting because there are numerous representations of crocodiles that appear on ceramics, stone, architecture and accompanying stucco facades.

An estimated 30 – 60,000 Maya may have resided at Lamanai during the height of the civilization and the occupational history well exceeds many other Maya cities with 3,000 years of unbroken human history. This history of occupation carries right through to contact period, and it certainly is the case that the Spanish would not have constructed two churches at this Maya site if there were not a population residing at Lamanai to convert. The first Spanish church, Structure N12-13, dates to approximately AD 1570; it was constructed some time after Lamanai became part of the Spanish encomienda system (royal grant to a Spaniard for the right to labor and tribute a native population, who is also responsible for christianizing the natives). This first church was built over an existing Tulum-style Postclassic building that contained painted murals; in this case it appears the Spanish were attempting to convert the Maya to Catholicism by substituting one religious practice for another. Conversion was difficult and the archaeological evidence for this exists in the form of a burned and destroyed first church and the caching of various figurines around and near the churches in traditional Maya fashion. Although a second Spanish church was constructed, Structure N12-11, ultimately the Spanish were never able to establish a strong hold in this area. It was in AD 1638 that there was a widespread revolt by the Maya that ended in the retreat of the Spanish at least for the time being.

The Late Postclassic and historic/colonial periods at Lamanai are certainly fascinating and are what the majority of current research is focusing on. But the fact that Lamanai has one of the tallest securely dated Preclassic structures in the Maya world, Structure N10-43, indicates that it certainly had a strong foundation upon which to build and thrive. This Preclassic stronghold may have been one of the reasons why Lamanai survived what many other major city-states suffered during the 9th century.

It was during the Late Classic period that there was a decline or collapse of the Maya civilization that consisted of a political and/or economic breakdown, a possible drought, and possibly a population increase that severely stressed the food supply. This decline affected numerous Classic period city-states such as Tikal, Copan, Palenque, and Caracol. During this time these city-states were almost completely abandoned and monumental architecture was no longer constructed, production of pottery declined, and carved stone monuments no longer told the stories of the elite ruling class of the Maya. Lamanai survived this decline or collapse and there are several theories why, one already mentioned is the strong Preclassic foundation, and a second being the construction of the city on a large body of fresh water today called the New River Lagoon. During ancient times, as well as modern, this lagoon provided food, a means of transportation, drinking and bathing water, a sacred haven for the revered crocodile, and a suitable setting to carry out sacred rituals.

Due to Lamanai’s close proximity to the New River Lagoon the ancient Maya residing there may have escaped the possible environmental degradation seen elsewhere. It has also been suggested that Lamanai was fairly isolated from other major cities, we know the Maya never had a central, capital city, and that there were constant conflicts during the Classic period. It may have been the case that Lamanai’s somewhat isolated location, to some extent still the case today, again protected it from this decline or collapse.

Ancient and more recent history of Lamanai (see Belize History: The Maya, Spanish, and British Occupation, by L. Howard) mirrors the development of the young nation of Belize with occupation by the Maya, Spanish, and British. The British commercial pursuits during the colonial period at Lamanai included production of 200 acres of sugar cane by the British who constructed a mill whose success was really never seen during the 15 years of operation from 1860 – 1875. The extensive iron works that were once one of the only steam-operated mills in Belize is located in the western portion of the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

Laura J. Howard holds a Masters’ of Science degree in Anthropology with a specilization in Maya archaeology. After researching in Belize for five years after her graduate work she now splits her time between south Florida and Belize. She has been active in Belize tourism and Maya archaeology since 1996, and now has a unique ecotourism company, Beyond Touring, that focuses soley on Belize, the ancient Maya, and natural history. Beyond Touring also offers an authentic cross-cultural experience that allows clients to ‘give back’ to the wonderful areas they visit in Belize. The projects Beyond Touring supports aim to provide sustainable economic endeavors for local residents of Belize, specifically Indian Church Village, located in northern Belize and adjacent to the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve.

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For Community Development: http://www.beyondtouring.com/Giveback/Scholarship.htm

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This post was written by JB on September 12, 2008

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