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This Week: Best Time to Find Summer Airfare Deals

StGeorgesCaye_2018_Dock-on-Sunny-Morning Is it summer break yet?

Thinking about summer vacation? Good because THIS WEEK is the best time to find airfare deals for summer travel!

According to Travel Pulse and a recent report by Hipmunk, booking your summer holiday flights the week of April 23 can save up to 16% on Memorial Day and 14% on Fourth of July flights. Average booking price for a ticket purchased this week is $279. Saturday, August 25 is shaping up to be the least expensive day, with average prices hovering around $224. 

Combine a cheap flight with one of our summer specials and you have an affordable and amazing adventure in Belize. Call it your best summer ever. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to start planning your tropical escape!

Read the full article here: https://www.travelpulse.com/news/airlines/now-is-the-time-to-buy-your-summer-airline-tickets.html#.Wt84uqpZOmg.email

 

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Flying to Belize Keeps Getting Easier (and Cheaper!)

Flying to Belize Keeps Getting Easier (and Cheaper!)

Two more direct flights to Belize City (BZE) from North America have been announced, making it even easier to get to our beautiful Central American country!

The world-class snorkeling and diving on the barrier reef, the Mayan ruins and jungle adventures, and the really friendly native people have all made Belize a popular travel destination over the past few years. Belizeans love showing off their country and the natural beauty, history, culture, food, and adventures.

But for a long time one of the barriers for people getting to Belize was the high cost of airfare. We are thrilled that is less and less of an issue as more airlines add routes to Belize such as Southwest Airlines and West Jet out of Canada!

We are finally seeing affordable airfare to Belize which means it's time for you to come and visit. Right?

 

NEW DIRECT FLIGHTS FROM DENVER AND TORONTO

Recently Southwest Airlines announced a second direct flight into Belize from the US, this time from Denver International Airport. They plan to start service on a trial basis in spring 2017 and based on demand, they will continue this route. Southwest also offers direct service through Houston Hobby International Airport. 

Canadians are about to have their first direct flight from Canada to Belize on West Jet. The new route starts in October of this year, just in time for a fall vacation or winter holiday in the Caribbean!

Many Belize island resorts and jungle resorts have been offering specials to Canadians to help them afford a trip to Belize in 2016 since the Canadian dollar has been so weak. Like the awesome Canada Special Cap'n Ron is offering right now for a stay at St. George's Caye Resort!

AFFORDABLE AIRFARE TO BELIZE IS NOW A REALITY

Competition, especially from one of the low-price airfare leaders Southwest Airlines, means that all airlines flying into Belize have lowered their fares. Hooray!

It used to cost $800-$1000 roundtrip or more, even in low season. But now we are seeing roundtrip flights from many US cities for only $400! Even the bigger airlines like Delta Airlines and United Airlines now offer relatively cheap flights to Belize thanks to increased competition and increased demand. 

And the increased demand makes sense. Look at how beautiful it is here!!

WHICH AIRLINES FLY INTO BELIZE

To help with your trip planning here is a list of the airlines that fly into Phillip S. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (BZE) and the connecting cities in North America and South America. Belize travelers from more far-off destinations like the UK, Europe, and Asia will need to connect through one of these airlines. 


American Airlines Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami
Avianca (Taca) San Salvador
Delta Airlines Los Angeles, Atlanta
Southwest Airlines Houston Hobby, Denver (spring 2017)
Tropic Air Cancun, Merida, Flores 
United Airlines Houston, Newark (Chicago, seasonal)
US Airways  Charlotte, N.C. 
West Jet Toronto (October 2016)

The Belize airport website keeps a current list of airlines serving BZE and it can be found here: http://www.pgiabelize.com/airlines.htm

TIPS FOR FLYING WITHIN BELIZE

For most visitors to Belize, once you arrive at the international airport you will need to take another flight -- what we commonly refer to as an island hopper flight. The two airlines in Belize are Maya Island Air and Tropic Air and both offer short flights to a handful of destinations within Belize and neighboring countries. This is by far the fastest and easiest way to get around the country as Belize has limited paved roads and public transportation options. 

But if you stay with us on St. George's Caye, you don't have to worry about the time or cost of an additional flight. Yes, really!

Your airport greeting and roundtrip ground/sea transfers to our Belize island resort are part of your all-inclusive vacation package. Plus, our proximity to the mainland and Belize City (only 7 miles offshore) means you don't waste precious vacation time traveling to your destination. You are on our island in the Caribbean within an hour of exiting customs at the airport, compared to the 2-4 hours it can take to get to resorts in San Pedro and Placencia.

As we like to say here at St. George's, with us you get an extra day of vacation!

Have more questions about traveling to Belize?

Feel free to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and he'll share his 15+ years of experience traveling to and from Belize. Or send us a message on Facebook and we're pleased to help.

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Is there a difference between an overwater cabana and an over-the-water bungalow?

Is there a difference between an overwater cabana and an over-the-water bungalow?

You’re dreaming about a tropical vacation and you soon find yourself spending hours searching the internet for the perfect little room on the beach. As you explore exotic destinations near and far (Bali! Belize! Hawaii!), drooling over the tropical rooms, some of them over the water, you will no doubt come across a wide array of descriptions, features, and amenities. You will notice that rooms may be called bungalows, cabanas, casitas, huts, etc. – with descriptions such as “private thatch cabana,” “thatch casita,” “romantic beach bungalow,” “over water casita,” “overwater bungalow,” “private cabana over the water,” “rustic beachfront cabana,” and more.

If you are like us, you start wondering, “What is the difference between a cabana and a bungalow? Why all these different terms?”  I just want a quiet, peaceful, relaxing setting on the beach, with a clean room by the water where I can sip my drink, get five-star service, and enjoy some SCUBA diving and snorkeling...

CABANA vs. BUNGALOW vs. CASITA

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Of course you can go to your dictionary, or ask Siri – and you'll get the basic definition for “bungalow” and “cabana” and “casita.” But the fact is there is no one definition for these rooms and no one enforcing rules on what resorts call their rooms! Even identically appointed rooms at two different resorts can be called a cabana by one place, and called bungalow by another.

But the good news is: you don’t need to worry about it!

It’s not what the room is called that matters, but whether the features and the amenities fit what you want:

  • Do you want to stay in a regular hotel room, or something exotic and different?
  • Do you need air conditioning? TV? Room service? What other amenities are important?
  • Do you want to be on the beach, or are you looking for the “over the water” experience?
  • Do you want to be on a private island, or in a touristy area with beach bars?

As you explore your options (here is a great site: http://www.overwaterbungalows.net), look at the pictures, read room descriptions thoroughly, and it can even a good idea to contact the resort and ask them to confirm that the pictures on their website are current and accurately portray the condition of the rooms now, especially if you will be visiting a remote location that is less regulated.

ROOM AMENITIES AT ST. GEORGE'S CAYE

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If this is the first time you’ve traveled outside of the US, be prepared for the rooms to be a little different! The style, charm, and local aspects of the room will be a welcome change from the more sterile environment in which most North Americans live.

For example, the 12 cabanas (or bungalows, or casitas!) at St. George’s Caye Resort are far more than a place to sleep—each private cabana is like a work of art built by local staff using beautiful native hardwoods and featuring authentic thatch roofs, handmade curtains, and local artwork. Your bungalow also has a covered front porch (with handmade hammock!) where your coffee and fresh squeezed juice will be delivered each morning at sunrise.

RUSTIC BEACH ELEGANCE

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We describe our cabanas as “rustic elegance” because they combine high-end amenities with a beach-hut experience. The en suite bathroom has Turkish towels, bathrobes, and a heated shower that is small and efficient (we filter all of our own water on the island), and the air conditioning works well combined with ceiling and floor fans to keep you cool, but not like it would in a standard hotel room (our rooms do not have insulation or drywall). The rooms do not have televisions or phones, and internet is only found in the main lodge/bar (time to unplug!). For most people this is exactly what they want—a true tropical experience with thatch ambience and ocean breezes.

Check out our photo gallery to see more of our cabanas.

EASY TRAVEL TO AN EXOTIC LOCATION

Belize offers the shortest travel time to over-water bungalows from the US (just over 2 hours from Texas airports!) and for a much lower price tag than many of the resorts in Tahiti, Bora Bora, and the South Pacific.

So whether you are planning a romantic honeymoon, an anniversary trip, a SCUBA diving adventure, a family reunion or holiday, or just getting away with friends, if you want a thatch bungalow at a private island resort in Belize, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! (And remember, we include your airport transfers at no additional charge making travel even quicker and easier!)

 

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Some of the Best Activities in Belize are Free (for our Guests!)

Some of the Best Activities in Belize are Free (for our Guests!)

When planning a trip to Belize, guests often ask about the best available activities, both in the ocean exploring the Belize Barrier Reef and on the mainland exploring the jungles.

"I’ve got only 7 days, how much can I fit in?"

The answers is: a lot! Especially with our island's convenient location only 7 miles from Belize City and less than a mile from the Belize Barrier Reef - making both ocean and jungle adventures very easily accessible.

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"What can I do that I’ve never done before? Can I learn to do something new, like sailing, snorkeling, or kayaking?" 

Belize offers a variety of adventures from zip-lining through the jungle canopy and cave-tubing down a river, to ocean activities like diving, snorkeling, and sailing. At our resort there are many opportunities to learn a new hobby or try something new - our local guides and friendly staff are here to help!

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"How can I stretch my vacation dollar? Do you offer any FREE activities?"

If you're like most visitors to Belize, you want to squeeze in as much fun as possible (you can rest when you get home, right?). As you plan out your vacation budget, keep in mind that at St. George's Caye Resort we include many free water activities to make sure you get the most out of your time in Belize. Read on to learn more! 

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FREE ACTIVITIES AT ST. GEORGE'S CAYE

Reflecting on our own experiences with vacations, when we planned what we would offer at St. George’s Caye we wanted to include a mix of free activities and premium tours. We knew many people would happily pay for valet SCUBA diving on the Belize Barrier Reef and the famous Blue Hole, guided excursions to the jungle to learn about Mayan ruins and culture, and to visit the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.

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But we also knew guests would have lots of "down time" on the island - maybe a free afternoon after diving in the morning, or a day to unwind without a planned activity - and many need to be mindful of their vacation budget, even if they want to do it all. 

So that's why we provide a variety of complimentary water sports equipment and fun things to do that won’t cost you anything and let you experience the best of a Belize island resort...

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KAYAKING

We have a number of kayaks, both single and tandem (sure, your partner will paddle and let you sit back and enjoy!). View mangroves with a variety of sea birds, dolphins and manatees (yes, our guests see these incredible animals on a regular basis), southern rays, spotted eagle rays, lobster, etc.

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STAND-UP PADDLE BOARDS

The leeward (calm) side of our island is a large bay surrounded by mature mangroves. The water is generally about 2 to 4 feet deep, so no worries if you fall (or decide to take a refreshing dip in the ocean). This is great exercise, good for core strength, and totally fun!

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SNORKELING 

You can use our snorkel gear any time and see a variety of sea life around our docks, or right off the leeward beach. We also provide guided snorkel trips over the coral reef, just a few minutes from St. George’s Caye, for a fee. This is well worth it because the reef is where you will see the most wildlife and colorful fish, and your guide will point things out that you could easily miss. BUT, you don’t have to pay to snorkel if you don't want to. 

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WINDSURFING

We have had some of the most dedicated and well-traveled windsurfers visit us at St. George’s Caye and tell us that there is no place in the world where the conditions for windsurfing exceed what we have right in front of the caye! Glide and fly over the sparkling water alongside the Belize Barrier Reef – a magic carpet ride on water.

SAILING

We have three Hobie Cat sailing vessels for complimentary guest use. Experienced sailors visit nearby islands when the winds are good (about 98% of the time), and guests who do not know how to sail are surprised to find that our staff will take them out, teach them the basics, and that they can then go out on their own right away.

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SALINE SWIMMING POOL AVAILABLE 24/7

Sparkling, clear, refreshing, warm enough to walk right in, long enough to swim laps, never crowded, pop-up water volleyball, lounge chairs poolside, sunning deck, shaded area with hammocks – need we say more?

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TRY SCUBA DIVING IN THE POOL

We offer a no-risk program for guests to try scuba diving in our pool with a dive instructor. Get a safety briefing on the equipment and then try breathing underwater and learn a few basic diving safety procedures. Love it? Head on out to the reef for a Resort Dive down to 30 feet - or sign up to get Open Water Dive Certified!

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AND MORE!

Bocce ball, bar games, crab races, shell finding, magic tricks (when Leo is bartending!), card games, board games, and lots of hammock time, reading time, and time to get lost in the moment.

So please, come down and dive with dolphins and sea turtles, hunt some lion fish with us, go to the jungle with the best tour guides - but make sure you also plan to fill many hours with free use of our non-motorized water sports equipment and relaxing around the island. Kayaking, diving, and snorkeling offer some of the best ways to see the beauty of Belize. See you in paradise!

 

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Making It Easier for Canadians to Visit Belize in 2016

Making It Easier for Canadians to Visit Belize in 2016

As a fellow commonwealth nation, we see a lot of Canadians in Belize, both as tourists and as ex-pats who've made Belize their new home. Especially in the winter months, known as "high season" in Belize, we tend to have many Canadian visitors seeking sunshine, warm waters, and world-class scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing on the Belize Barrier Reef.

But ever since the decline of the Canadian dollar, we've had fewer and fewer Canadian guests. And this makes us sad. We love friendly Canadians!

So, to help more Canadians afford a 2016 trip to Belize, Cap'n Ron has rolled out a new special offer for Canadians only!

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For trips now through December 17th you get full value for your Canadian dollar. That means your room rate is in Canadian dollars instead of US dollars, saving you 20%, 30%, or more on a private thatch cabana in paradise! You can choose from Overwater bungalows on the sunset side, beachfront cabanas on the sunrise side, or a garden cabana nestled in the center of the resort. 

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Interested in an all-inclusive resort package? You can get the special room rate in Canadian dollars combined with any of the Adventure, Dive, Romance, or Relaxation Packages we offer.

Combine this great room rate with the incredibly affordable airfares to Belize City from many North American cities, and your dream trip to Belize in 2016 could become a reality!

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Visit Mayan ruins in the jungle, dive the Blue Hole and other epic dive sites in Belize, float on inner tubes down a jungle river through caves (called cave tubing), or simply relax on our secluded island, napping in hammocks, taking a dip in the saline pool, or getting a massage in the Island Spa.

Learn more about our special rates for Canadians on the Special Offers page of our website.

We hope to see you in paradise soon!

 

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How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

If you're like me, when you travel, you want to get in as much FUN time as you can. The actual travel part -- the planes, trains, and automobiles -- can be fun but it's not FUN fun. Especially when you're heading to a secluded island paradise and you want to get on the beach as soon as possible! 

When planning how to get the most beach time on your Belize vacation, you need to take into account the location of the island and the transfer times required after you arrive in Belize.

  • How many hours will it take you to get there and back?

  • Do you need to take a plane and then a boat?

  • How much will it cost?

  • Does the resort offer transportation?

 

Island Resort Options in Belize

Most of the private island resorts in Belize are in the southern part of the country, which means another flight once you land in Belize City and go through customs and immigration. Most flights are less than 45 minutes, but you will wait up to an hour or two before boarding your local flight. Then you'll likely have a van ride and then finally a 45-60 minute boat ride to the island resort. It can be worth it if you have the extra time as the cayes (pronounced keys) off the coast of Belize are pretty breathtaking!

By far the most popular option is a visit to Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye. More easily accessible than the outer atolls and southern cayes, Ambergris offers a wide variety of lodging options, from small hostels and hotels to large luxury resorts located several miles north and south of the main town of San Pedro. To get there you either fly from Belize International to San Pedro (about $300 USD per couple round trip), or if you arrive early enough in the day you can take a public water taxi from Belize City, a 75-minute ride to the San Pedro terminal. Once in San Pedro, most resorts include pickup and return to the airport or water taxi, which can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes by car or golf cart to 45 minutes by boat, depending on where your resort is located. 

So, how do you get the MOST beach time on your Belize vacation?

You stay at St. George's Caye Resort, of course! 

Our island resort is centrally located only 7 miles off the coast of Belize City making for quick and easy travel to and from the mainland. Only 20 minutes in fact. On a private boat. And then you're greeted with cool towels, tropical punch, and a friendly Belizean smile. 

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From the time you exit the Belize City Airport until you're sitting on the porch of your private cabana is usually less than an hour – and it won’t cost you a penny! (Yes, really. Transfers are included with your 3-night or longer stay.)

Compared to the 3 or 4 hours or more that it can take to get to other island resorts - both coming and going - when you stay at St. George's, you get an EXTRA DAY OF VACATION. And who doesn't want that?!

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Call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to reserve your supremely relaxing, no-travel-stress vacation on our Belize Island Paradise. (Check out our specials page to see what we're offering during your preferred dates!) 

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Flying to Belize

Flying to Belize

Many people ask about flights to Belize. What's the best route to take? Who has the best prices? When do flights arrive and depart? 

So we've put together the 411 on getting to Belize by air this Fall 2015 and into 2016. 

Belize will have a whopping 66 flights per week coming from the United States.

The four major airlines offering daily service from the United States into Belize are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and soon Southwest Airlines. Tropic Air, Copa, and Avianca/Taca will get you here from Mexico, Panama and other Central American Countries. 

By March 2016, Belize will have 528 international nonstop flights per month from 16 foreign airports and 7 airlines including the newest ones Copa Airlines and Southwest Airlines!  - Via Tropic Air Facebook Page

Photo Credit Tropic Air Belize

Southwest is currently taking the cake on best fares. Beginning October 15th, 2015 Southwest Airlines will begin DAILY flights direct from Houston's HOBBY airport. The HOU to BZE flight will take off at 1:45pm and land in Belize at 3:05pm .The returning flight from BZE to HOU will depart Belize at 5:40pm and land in Houston at 8:15pm. 

If you've never flown Southwest before - you might find them to be quite refreshing. They are known for a few key differences:

  1. Two 50 pound bags fly free with you. FREE. And you still get a carry-on. 
  2. No assigned seats. They assign boarding numbers in three groups, A, B, & C and you line up and board accordingly and take the first available seat that appeals to you. You can pay more to board earlier. They do let families with children board after all of group A has boarded. And they will assist you if you cannot find a place next to your child. 
  3. No fees to change your flight. NO FEES. You will pay fare differences, but no fees just because you want or need to change your flight. (United for example charges $200 + fare differences)

United is price matching the fares from Houston to Belize, though they operate out of IAH in Houston. 

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There are more flights than ever landing daily at Belize's  Philip Goldson International Airport and that means more seats for the airlines to fill. Which ultimately turns out to be a good deal for you! 

Pro Tip: Set flight notifications to email you when fares drop! 

Nonstop Flights to Belize

Wondering the best airline to fly to Belize? Or where to start looking for flights into Belize? Below is listed all Airlines with flights into Belize. These are nonstop flights into Belize's only international arrivals airport.

 

Flights from the United States:

 

American Airlines  www.aa.com

Dallas DFW - 1x daily, 2x on Saturdays

Miami MIA - 2x per day

Los Angeles LAX - Saturday and Sunday Only

Charlotte - CTL - (Flight number 831 to Belize, 816 return to CTL) Saturday Only

 

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Delta  www.delta.com

Atlanta ATL - 1x daily plus 3x on Saturday

Los Angeles LAX - Saturday Only (Beginning November 2015)

 

United  www.united.com

Chicago ORD - Saturday only (Flight #1150 to Belize and #1151 returning to Chicago ORD)

Houston IAH - 3x per day and 4x per day on Saturday - a whopping 22 flights per week to Belize!

New York, Newark Liberty EWR - Nonstop to Belize Saturday's Only (Flight #1657 to Belize and #1595 returning to EWR) I am not seeing this flight on United's website until January 2016.

 

Southwest  www.southwest.com

Houston Hobby 1x Daily (Beginning October 15, 2015)

 

Flights from other Countries:

 

Tropic Air  www.tropicair.com

Tropic Air opperates out of Belize City and provides the following international routes in addition to flying all over Belize. 

Cancun 2x Daily

Merida MX 3x per week

Roatan Honduras daily

 

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 

Avianca/Taca  www.avianca.com

El Salvador 1x Daily

 

Copa  www.copaair.com

From Panama 2x per week beginning Dec 8th

 

 

Example Itineraries for the first week in November 2015 flying Chicago to Belize

 

 United - Chicago to Belize  Southwest - Chicago to Belize 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week also happens to be our Blues in Belize music week - So grab a great flight on Southwest (or your favorite airline) and head down for a once in a lifetime event. 

St. George's Caye Resort is a boutique Resort on a private residence island in Belize City, with 12 thatch roof cabanas and elegant beachfront dining. We are the closest island resort to the Belize International Airport. 

www.BelizeIslandParadise.com

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Frommer's Guide Suggests Belize as Top Travel for 2015

Frommer's Guide Suggests Belize as Top Travel for 2015

On Good Morning America, Frommer’s Travel Guide lists Belize as one of 15 Most Tantalizing Travel Destinations for 2015!

 

Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the Frommer's Guides, says, "We are suggesting Belize this year" she begins "This is a  life affirming destination" also adding Belize has "Glorious pristine rain-forests, gorgeous nature, incredible water sports but it also has Mayan Ruins. You're going to be climbing to the top of the Pyramids, you're going to be swimming into caves where ancient artifacts are calcified to the floor. They should be in museum's but they can't be moved."

 

Now that Belize has caught your attention - let St. George's Caye Resort be your guide! From diving the famous Blue Hole to climbing the Mayan Temples in Cayo to relaxing and enjoying the local Rum - our staff is ready to serve you! A private island experience close enough to Belize City for easy transfers to Belize International Airport. Join us in paradise and experience the Magic of St. George's Caye! 

 

Other top travel destinations include Asheville, North Carolina, known for its New Belgium Brewery, Washington DC, and also South Dakota. In 2015 South Dakota will be hosting the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally August 3-9, 2015 with 1 million bikers expected to attend.

 

 

MAKE BELIZE YOUR NEXT VACATION! 

 

 

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