Belize: Beauty, Biodiversity

Another One of Marcie's Expert Travel Picks -- Adventure, Romance, Family Fun

Seeking a most-memorable adventure? With sub-tropical climate year-round, the Caribbean country of Belize also offers tourist its colorful culture, barrier reefs, beaches, extensive caves, scuba diving, flora, fauna, varied cuisine, snorkeling, birding, Mayan Ruins, chocolate making and delightful places to stay, including luxury resorts, jungle lodges, hotels, condominiums, vacation rentals, guesthouses, live-aboard vessels, campgrounds and more. Additionally, Belizeans are simply easy to be around. 

Marcie Boyle, owner of RSVP Events & Travel and Travel Leaders Chesterfield, declares every element of Belize as Instagrammable.

"With a single connection, Belize is an easy destination to reach. The official language of Belize is English, with no need to exchange money, as merchants widely accept U.S. currency. With so many unique discoveries, it's a great place for honeymooners, vacationers and families alike."

Marcie says she's happy to share her personal knowledge and planning expertise regarding three major regions in Belize: 

San Ignacio

Known for its rainforest and remote jungle land, Marcie says this area enables honeymooners, or those celebrating anniversaries, to get off the grid for a while to focus on romance.

San Ignacio is a town in the Cayo District of western Belize, on the banks of the Macal River. It's the second largest in the country, after Belize City. Complete with hanging bridges, hiking and kayaking, the area's residents also are eager to teach visitors about the rainforest. 

One place that Marcie recommends staying within this region is Chaa Creek Resort. Rated one of the world's best eco lodges and a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize since 1981, owners Mick and Lucy Fleming sum up their philosophy of this jungle resort that's located in the heart of Maya civilization as "wildly civilized." This spot is recognized as one of the best examples of sustainable, green tourism.

Marcie says the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek is a "magical, spiritual experience."

Ambergris Caye/San Pedro

As Belize's largest island, its sandy streets are lined with wooden houses, seafood restaurants and beach bars. The area is known for the Blue Hole in the center of Lighthouse Reef Atoll,  a 1,000-foot circular coral reef that drops 400 feet into an incredible cavern. Marcie says visitors can transport themselves around with golf carts, taking in excursions including fishing or swimming with sharks.

Marcie recommends staying at Victoria House Resort & Spa. Located on a breathtaking, private island, this boutique resort features 42 rooms offering a variety of world-class accommodations that pamper guests--whether in a pool villa, luxurious suite, stateroom, or a romantic tropical casita.


A long, narrow peninsula of sandy white, palm-lined beaches hugging Belize's Caribbean coastline, Placencia is a popular destination for sunshine lovers. Marcie says its brightly colored neighborhoods and rustic, beautiful vibe woos visitors into walking barefoot on the boardwalk while enjoying gelato. She suggests staying at either luxury, personable and intimate Naïa Resort and Spa that serves as a natural playground, or the 28-room, charming seafront hideaway Turtle Inn with its unspoiled beauty.

For Belize travel plans, email or call 636.778.1081. By booking with Travel Leaders, vacationers can receive significant, free lodging upgrades or credit. Marcie says Belize abides by COVID-19 standards for cleanliness and health standards.

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