All You Need to Know About Planning Your Island Vacation in Belize

Belize is quite a small country, and Ambergris Caye is an even smaller island. One of the many pleasant surprises about vacationing on our rock is the sheer variety you can experience. There are many types of getaways that Belize is the right fit for, from a romantic honeymoon for two, a family spring break with little ones or a large group of friends reuniting in paradise. It is an easy day’s travel from many hubs throughout the USA, Canada and Central America, and English speaking. Just offshore lies the second largest barrier reef in the world which offers access right at your fingertips to world-class snorkeling, diving, fishing or boating. Located just a few miles from the mainland of Belize, we are the perfect launching point to see the dense rain forests or explore ancient Mayan ruins. Wondering how to plan your perfect trip? Let us help!

Island Vacations in Belize

Perhaps the first thing to consider is who is going on the trip with you. Gauging the interests of your fellow travelers will help you to narrow down not only accommodations but also the types of excursions you all would most enjoy.  Is this trip just you and your sweetie?  Got kids in tow?  Lots of young-at-hearts looking for a lively time?  Answering the question of who you will be traveling with will get you off to a great start in planning your Belize Vacation.  The next thing to think about is what time of year you’d like to come.  If you are all about meeting other travelers and talking it up over cocktails at the pool bar, you’d do best to come during the peak tourist season from Nov-April.  During the offseason from May-Oct, you can feel as though you have the place to yourselves.

Sandy Point Resorts- An Award-Winning Collection for your Belize Island Vacation

Sandy Point Resorts is a collection of unique island properties with just the right fit for everyone. Belizean Shores Resort, Coco Beach Resort, Costa Blu Adults Only Beach Resort and X’tan Ha Resort have something for everyone.  Whether it is a family seeking a value-oriented vacation, a diver looking to experience one of the premier diving spots in the world, a couple planning a romantic getaway, or a traveler who wants nothing more than a luxurious private villa overlooking the Caribbean, Sandy Point Resorts offers the right option for every vacation.

Coco Beach Resort- Laidback Luxury

Located just 3 miles north of San Pedro Town, Coco Beach Resort offers a unique vibe of laidback luxury.  It’s the perfect fit for families, honeymooners, and groups.  Arriving at Coco Beach Resort, guests immediately feel relaxed and dive right into the laidback, quiet environment.  Communications and planning with our staff are smooth, there is no need to worry.  The luxury that we speak of is not luxury that you pay for, but rather that you feel.  There is time here for relaxation, for family, for work, and yes, for having that cocktail pool-side.  There is a range of accommodation types to suit every traveler, choose from a Luxury Penthouse to a spacious Casita.

  • Luxury Seaview Penthouses- Occupancy is 4-6 persons including children.
  • Two Bedroom Luxury Seaview Suites- Occupancy is 4-6 persons including children
  • One Bedroom Luxury Seaview Suite- Occupancy is up to 2 adults and 1 child
  • Two Bedroom Pool View Villas- Occupancy is up to 3 adults and 1 child or 2 adults and 2 children
  • Luxury Honeymoon Casitas- Occupancy is up to 2 adults and 1 child
  • Luxury Hotel Rooms- Occupancy is up to 2 adults and 1 child

There are several dining options at Coco Beach Resort, all of which you may charge to your room for your convenience.  Cocoblanca Restaurant is open daily providing all-day pool and room service menu with a separate fine dining menu available inside the elegant restaurant serving dinner. Coco Cabana Pool Bar with swim-up heated pool is the place to be, especially for happy hour. Coco Café serves breakfast daily during the morning hours, along with specialty coffees, pastries and sundry items available until 5 pm.



Belizean Shores- Feel At Home

You’ll feel at home while enjoying the peaceful and beautiful landscapes of Ambergris Caye, Belize. Belizean Shores is just north of Coco Beach Resort at mile 3 North on Ambergris Caye.  Relax in the privacy of your room or explore all the fun of our amenities without worrying about anything but your own delight.  For families and groups looking to make their vacation dollars work for them, Belizean Shores offers that home-away-from-home.  We bring together all aspects of the body, mind, and soul to allow our guests that homey experience.

Belizean Shores Resorts offers suites suited to jovial family life and provide:

  • A separate master bedroom with king or queen bed
  • Suites have one bathroom with shower only
  • A living and dining area
  • Kitchen
  • Private balcony or patio

Some suites also include a loft space with a sofa bed or 2 twin beds. Choose from the following suites:

  • Beach Level Suite - Max Occupancy is 4 Persons including Children
  • Sea Front Beach Level Suite - Max Occupancy is 4 Persons including Children
  • Upper-Level Suite - Max Occupancy is 6 Persons including Children
  • Sea Front Upper-Level Suite - Max Occupancy is 6 Persons including Children

All-day menu options: Available daily from 11am to 9pm, pool and room service.  Made with the freshest ingredients from land and sea in creating your perfect meal.  Great food and fun island drinks you will enjoy!  Serving pizza from 3pm to 9pm.  The Blue Hole Pool Bar is the heart of the resort and with ample and varied seating throughout the pool, you’ll never need to hustle to get your favorite spot.  Another great option for dining is the food court across the street.  Several small casual restaurants serve a variety of local cuisine, breakfast and coffee, and seafood.  



Costa Blu Adults Only Beach Resort- Dive Into Your Undiscovered Dreams

Costa Blu Adults Only Beach Resort is located 6.5 miles north of San Pedro Town.  Costa Blu Adults Only Beach Resort is the place to stay to get away from it all in a tropical paradise.  Our onsite excursion center can help you explore all that Belize has to offer, from this hemisphere’s longest reef and the amazing Blue Hole to whale sharks, atolls, Mayan ruins, and jungle trekking.  Costa Blu Adults Only Beach Resort is a unique property that combines pristine Caribbean waters, natural beauty, and exceptional personal service to create an idyllic tropical island retreat.

Surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens, all suites offer a large private balcony; perfect for taking in the tropical breezes and viewing the beautiful Belizean seascape. A seawall protects our waterfront; stone stairways along the property as well as our spacious dock allow for easy access to the warm water.  Each suite comes fully equipped with a kitchenette which includes a mini-refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.  Choose from an upper or lower suite.

  • One-bedroom Sea View Suite Lower Unit-Max occupancy 2 adults
  • One-bedroom Sea View Suite Upper Unit-Max occupancy 2 adults

Enjoy the fantastic views while dining at Costa Blu.  Blu Restaurant is open daily, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  Dine inside our restaurant or al fresco on the large covered veranda.  Blu Restaurant serves global fusion cuisine and Blu Beach Bar specializes in crafted cocktails, complete with heated swim-up bar.



X’tan Ha Resort- Waterfront Paradise

A waterfront paradise resort with a Mayan heritage able to immerse our visitors in new and extraordinary colors, flavors and experiences. We take care of every little detail in order to create extraordinary memories for our clients. The resort offers one-bedroom casitas and villas, fully furnished with private veranda or balcony.  Each unit has a kitchenette with a small refrigerator, electric cooktop, microwave, and basic kitchen utensils.

  • Casita - Max Occupancy is 2 Persons including Children
  • One Bedroom Garden View Villa - Max Occupancy is 2 Adults and 2 Children (No Additional Adults allowed)
  • One Bedroom Pool View Villa - Max Occupancy is 3 Persons including Children
  • One Bedroom Sea Front Villa - Max Occupancy is 3 Persons including Children

Mari'y-harr Beach Bar is just steps from the shoreline, offering terrific views of the sea.  It’s open daily serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner and features Belizean cuisine with colorful, local flavors.  Mari'y-harr Beach Bar is right on our dock, over the water.  It’s the place to meet up, relax and enjoy the view, with your favorite tropical libation.



Belizean Cove Estates- Luxury Beachfront Villas

Belizean Cove Estates offers a collection of secluded, luxurious beachfront villas each elegantly decorated with its own unique style and décor located 3 miles north of San Pedro Town. Privacy and spacious luxury are at the forefront, with the comfort and convenience of front desk services during the day. The villas are well suited for large family groups or couples traveling together who are seeking an intimate, secluded and elegant holiday home for extended vacations or special occasions.

All villas feature ceiling fans, air conditioning, WIFI, Cable Television including all major networks and specialty channels including HBO and movie channels, full kitchens, quality linens and towels, gorgeous views and more. Highlights include:

  • Large Gourmet Kitchen with cooking utensils
  • Direct access to outdoor pools
  • Private outdoor patio with furniture
  • Each villa has 3 bedrooms but can be rented as one or two-bedroom options as well.

Choose from these stunning villas, all with their own unique flair and details:

  • Villa Solemar- Max occupancy 8 persons
  • Villa Paraiso- Max occupancy 8 persons
  • Caribbean Soul Villa- Max occupancy 6 persons
  • Villa Del Mar- Max occupancy 8 persons
  • Brushstrokes Villa- Max occupancy 6 persons
  • Villa Watina- Max occupancy 6 persons

Belizean Cove guests enjoy signing privileges at nearby Coco Café, Cocoblanca Restaurant, and the Island Tavern.  Provision services are available, as well as private chef services.  Additionally, the town of San Pedro features a variety of restaurants offering everything from traditional Belizean to international cuisine.


Tips for Travel, Activities, and Excursions in Belize

Choosing your accommodations is one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make.  But what about airfare, local transportation and maps to help you get around once you’re here?  We have you covered!  Visit Traveling to Belize for all of that, and more.

Planning activities and excursions needn’t be complicated.  Our tour partner, Tuff E Nuff Tours, has a team of friendly, knowledgeable and fun staff ready to get you out there to experience all the adventure that Belize has to offer.  Belize is home to the second-largest Barrier Reef in the World. The reef offers world-class snorkeling, diving, and fishing. A wide variety of water sports are also available. Windsurfing, sea kayaking, sailing, jet-skiing, parasailing, and kiteboarding are among the many to choose from. The mainland of Belize offers a variety of adventurous activities. You can choose from Mayan Ruin exploration, zip-lining, cave tubing, river kayaking, horseback riding and much more. For those looking for relaxation and a little pampering on vacation, a variety of spa services are available via our mobile spa. Our front desk will be happy to help you arrange any of these activities. Or, if you prefer to take the guesswork out, you can plan your tours before you even leave home.  Contact us today to book your excursions.

You are all set to continue on with the planning of your next Belizean island vacation!  For fun, why not learn a few Belize Kriol phrases to get you in the island mood.  We look forward to hosting your getaway!  What type of trip are YOU planning next?