A June 2002 trip
to Belize by p-cook
Quote: I can't say enough positive things about our first trip to Belize. It was AMAZING! There were wonderful people, gorgeous water, excellent food, and love that Belikin beer! My husband, who’s somewhat of a homebody, was talking about our "next trip here" just hours into our vacation, so that alone speaks volumes.
The first day we did some kick-ass hiking on their trails up the side of a mountain to a summit from which you can see Guatemala. The second day we did a three-hour horseback-riding trip right from the Lodge through the jungle to Vaca Falls and relaxed in the pools by the falls. This was the best part of our stay. We spent the afternoon tubing down the river. Each of these events was followed up by the coldest Belikins ever. I love that Belikin beer (and am craving it already now that I am home). And the food at this place was also amazing.
After three nights here, we took the water taxi from Belize City to AC and found our way to the Palms. Another great choice, and again, better than we expected. We had a one-bedroom beachfront condo with a living room, dining room, and kitchen – all the comforts of home. The location would be hard to beat – close to town, but not in town, yet easy to walk to everything. And having Ramon’s right next door was also a plus.
We snorkeled off their pier a couple of times and were actually impressed with the variety of fish we saw there. Be patient out there and you’ll see some interesting ones. We also snorkeled at Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley and loved it.
We went to lots of great restaurants and also enjoyed the food from the street vendors in town. My husband loved when a guy came by selling meat sandwiches door to door (better than Girl Scout cookies).
Nightlife? Three nights in a row we went out for "a drink," planning to make it home early for a mellow night, but always managed to find ourselves having too much fun to leave. That is probably why we loved it so much and can’t wait to go back.
If traveling to the jungle, be sure to pack ziplock bags. Things get damp and it is great to be able to pack that stuff away from all of your other dry stuff when it's time to leave. Check out Belize.
Once you are at the resort, you feel like you are in another world. Even the birds sing different songs than the ones I am used to in Pennsylvania! Take advantage of the horseback riding tour through the jungle or just grab a book and spend the afternoon lounging on a hammock overlooking the river. We also enjoyed playing Scrabble on the large deck.
All of your meals can be eaten at the Lodge. The food is delicious! Breakfast and lunch are made to order from a menu. Dinner is served at 7:00 and all guests eat together (chef's choice). Every meal seemed even better than the one before. Upon your arrival, you will be asked about any dietary restrictions or preferences. This is not a place if you like nightlife. You pretty much have to entertain yourself after the sun sets, but we wore ourselves out so much during the day that it didn't matter one bit. The people here are wonderful and the grounds are beautiful. Enjoy your stay!
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on June 5, 2004
Black Rock Lodge
San Ignacio, Belize
Hotel | "The Palms"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 5, 2004
Ambergris Caye, Belize