If family togetherness in a fresh location is a dream for the upcoming holidays, look into planning a family travel trip to Belize. It’s a short hop from much of the U.S. (less than an hour longer than flying to Cancun) and is an English speaking country on the Caribbean Sea.
I just spent most of the past week touring around three areas in lesser-visited southern Belize: in Placencia, on a private island, and in the Garifuna town of Hopkins. All three resorts had families in them having a great time, enjoying the warm water. Unless you’re going scuba diving, the water temperature only varies a couple degrees the entire year.
I started off at Belize Ocean Club on the Placencia Peninsula. This attractive resort has the beach and pool on one side of the road, the lagoon with mountain and sunset views on the other side. Rooms all have a full kitchen and living room and most can be booked as two bedroom suites for families. There’s a good restaurant facing the lagoon serving meals, while you can also order drinks and food at the pool bar.
At Belize Ocean Club Resort, they’re offering the following Holiday events:
Thanksgiving: Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner special
Christmas Eve: Special Menu and Live Music from 6pm-9pm
Christmas: Christmas Breakfast Buffet, Live Reggae Band from noon-4pm and a beach BBQ
New Year’s Eve: Special Dinner Buffet, Champagne Toast, Fireworks and a Band
New Year’s Day: Breakfast with Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, Live Reggae Band from noon-5pm and a beach BBQ
Later I visited private island resort Thatch Caye, where there was a mix of vacationing couples, honeymooners, and a family. Most people who visit opt for the all-inclusive dining plan with three meals and all drinks except premium imported spirits. So your only responsibilities are showing up at meal time or happy hour. There are fun excursions you can do together such as island hopping, snorkeling on the reef, hunting for spiny lobsters, or fishing. The main lounge area is loaded with board games and DVDs, while outside there’s cornhole, a Hobie sailboat, kayaks and stand-up paddleboards.
If you come with a family, you can book this overwater villa:
My last stop was across the water back to the mainland at Hopkins Bay Resort. This upscale resort is set up very well for families, with villas that can be configured as one, two, or three bedrooms. (See our existing review of Hopkins Bay here.) There’s a nice stretch of beach with lounge chairs, kayaks, and paddleboards plus two swimming pools and two bars.
All three of these resorts can arrange scuba diving excursions, with Belize Ocean Club having a full-on PADI center that offers certification courses.
One last family travel Belize incentive: rates include free breakfast with stays in November at Belize Ocean Club Resort and Hopkins Bay Resort. Just us promo code BREAKFAST when booking direct.