Blessed with 300 kilometers of the worlds’ most stunning natural reef, the country of Belize is one of the most popular snow bird escape-the-cold destinations in the world. It’s the ideal getaway for adventure seeking multi-gen families particularly those who enjoy underwater sports. There are 200 islands, or Caye’s – as the locals call them, that dot the Belizean coastline all offering easy access to the sea life below.
Here are 5 of the best Caye’s for multi-gen families who enjoy traveling together.
Buzzing with golf carts the liveliest Belizean Caye, and one of the few with an active nightlife, is Ambergris Caye. Active families have lots of outdoor activities to experience including cave tubing, zip lining, scuba diving, snorkeling and an unforgettable helicopter flight over the famous Blue Hole. Aside from the many restaurants and trinket shops to visit in the main city of San Pedro, the most interesting on-land activity is visiting the ancient Mayan ruins of Lamanai (which means submerged crocodile). The best spot to stay is Las Terrazas Resort and Residences, a property designed for second home living. All 36 units, available to travelers, include fully functional kitchens, dining areas that seat six and in-room laundry facilities. The resort also offers a high end restaurant, pool, spa and a private beachfront.
Second on the list is Ambergris Caye’s laid-back neighbor and Belize’s second-most-visited island is Caye Caulker. It’s vibe is much more in line withe the nations “go slow” sensibility. There are many more bicycles than golf carts and a lilt of reggae fills the air. Large families traveling together will feel comfortable staying at CayeReef. The rooms are spacious and clean with good storage. They’ve got well equipped kitchens and dining areas plus comfortable balconies overlooking the sea.
Next best is St. George’s Caye. It’s not only a national landmark but also Belize’s first capital. Just a 20-minute water taxi hop from Belize City, it is also the quickest Caye to get to, perfect for impatient youngsters. The finest property on the island catering to multi-gen families is St. George’s Caye Resort. There are plenty of water sports available on-site from kayaking, diving, snorkeling or simply sitting by the pool.
For those who are up for a longer journey and a more remote experience South Water Caye is a good option. It is a three-hour journey south from Belize City. The Caye is only six hectares so you and your family can make a cross island walk in 5 minutes. The best spot to stay here are in the cottages at Pelican Beach Resort. They offer barefoot access to snorkeling directly off their beach into the South Water Caye Marine Reserve. This happens to be the largest protected marine park in the country. Family members can also dive, fish, kayak, or tour the nearby islands.
Finally, a bit further south of South Water Caye and even more rustic is Tobacco Caye. It is ideal for families who are looking for great snorkeling on a budget. The six over-water cottages of Tobacco Caye Paradise is the best and most well-maintained location for you to stay. Scuba diving, snorkeling, dining on the catch of the day and relaxing on a hammock under the palm trees are the primary activities on this tiny island.
Regardless of which island you choose you are sure to be receive a warm welcome from the Belizean locals. Ninety-five percent of the countries population is employed in and around the tourism business. They appreciate your visit.