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Beautiful Belize

Summer Island Travel

Summer Island Travel

Victoria House Resort & Spa Belize

Ambergris Caye has long been a favorite spot for travelers and expats looking to leave the hustle and bustle behind. Belize’s largest of about 200 islands traces its roots back to the Mayan and authentic pirates of the Caribbean. The island is located just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and checks in at 25 miles long and a little over a mile wide. Thankfully, the area is known more for white sand beaches and brilliant blue water than the pillaging and plundering of legendary pirates. The island offers numerous opportunities for blissful relaxation. You’ll find unique nooks and crannies to smoke cigars, ample island cocktails to sample and breathtaking island beauty to behold. Belize is also the only Central American country in which English is the official language and it’s relatively easy to get to–making it a favorite for many American travelers.

Victoria House Resort & Spa, located in the historic town of San Pedro, stands out for those seeking a getaway to the tropics. From brilliant beaches to top-notch cuisine, visitors won’t be disappointed with a few days–maybe even more–at this award-winning luxury property. A trip south of the border doesn’t have to stop in Mexico.

Victoria House features immaculately manicured grounds offering an endless collection of palm trees and a sublime garden atmosphere. It’s truly Zen-scape at its finest. Be sure to wear your shades because the sun shines bold and bright each summer day. You’ll have no shortage of time to take a jaunt with sunlit serenity, and drawing from your favorite habano or sipping a cocktail will enhance your stroll.

The accommodations at Victoria House range from thatched-roof casitas all the way up to beachfront suites. Guests can kick back on their own private verandas, loll about in hammocks, and amaze at the stunning views of the Caribbean. The outdoor infinity pools offer the perfect oasis to get away from the daily grind–as does a trip to the luxe spa, located among coconut palms and ample bougainvillea.

Plenty of adventure awaits. You should check in at the dive shop to schedule a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Belize Barrier Reef for some underwater exploration. Divers can even embark on a trip to experience the world-famous Great Blue Hole. This giant sinkhole measures 1,043 feet across and 407 feet deep. Legendary marine pioneer Jacques Cousteau himself declared the site as one of the top five scuba diving locations in the world. Adventurers will find crystal-clear waters and fish ranging from parrotfish to reef sharks. If fishing is more your interest, there are numerous opportunities to put out a line and reel in a memorable catch.

For visitors hoping to bring those Indiana Jones dreams to life, head to the jungle for a zip-line tour or join in a rainforest expedition. To take in some history, book a trip to explore ancient Mayan temples, marveling at the relics of an ancient civilization–no bull whip or fedora required.

Whether visitors have worked up an appetite on one of those adventurous outings or simply need a libation to gaze at magnificent sunsets, there are many options not only at Victoria House but also in historic San Pedro. The former sleepy fishing village still retains plenty of charm.

No culinary experience in the Caribbean would be complete without some fresh seafood. Victoria House’s Palmilla Restaurant offers some of the finest dining in the region. The restaurant overlooks the magnificent sea, and offers dishes like ceviche, cashew crusted grouper, grilled lobster, fresh snapper and more. Private dinners on the beach are also an option, a perfect way to wind down a romantic evening. For a quick bite and drink–head to Admiral Nelson’s Bar for fish and chips, coconut shrimp or delightfully fresh fish tacos. This is another ideal spot to fire up a stick and indulge in a frigid beer.

In town, several other attractive options await. Just getting there can be part of fun. One of the best ways to travel around San Pedro is via golf cart, which are plentiful along Main Street and available for rent. Leave the road rage behind as you putter from shop to shop or cantina to cantina. For great dinner and drinks, Hidden Treasure is one of the town’s best. Whether celebrating a special occasion or simply enjoying some time with friends, a signature cocktail and the best in Latin American and Caribbean cuisine adds to what will certainly be a splendid vacation.

Looking to cap off the trip with a stick for the road? Almost anywhere offers a picturesque location for a great smoke. Several excellent shops and lounges also cater to fine tobacco enthusiasts including Havana Cigars and Saul’s’ Coffee and Cigar House. A little coconut rum and pineapple juice only adds to the experience. Tilt one back, light one up and enjoy.

A Victoria House vacay will hold a place in your heart for a lifetime.

by Sean Chaffin

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