Many travelers who visit Belize for more than a quickie cruise ship stop like to do a “surf and turf” vacation: part of the time on the Caribbean, part of the time in the jungle. With a stay at Kanantik Reef and Jungle Resort, you can do both in one place.

Located on an isolated stretch of coast between Placencia and Dangriga, Kantika sits on 300 forested acres filled with wildlife. It also is connected to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Santuary, which offers the chance to spot even more—like jaguars and pumas. Our correspondent awoke one morning to find jaguar paw prints on teh beach outside her cabana.

This is an eco-sensitive resort, but you don’t have to rough it.

The Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort’s twenty-five private cabanas merge Mayan rustic décor with contemporary accents. They’re quite spacious, with expansive decks, vaulted thatched roofs, living rooms and dressing areas, all paneled in local Belizean hardwoods. Furniture is handcrafted by locals who utilize indigenous techniques. Indoor/outdoor showers maintain privacy while providing a view of the sea.

You may encounter more than a few creatures stopping by, however. “Insectophobes might want to second-guess their stay.”

See our full review of the lodge and get more information on transportation and tours here: Kanantik Reef and Jungle Resort review.

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