Vancouver Sun Says Belize “Perfect for Honeymooners and Couples”

A couple enjoys an intimate moment at the top of Antelope Falls

A couple enjoys an intimate moment at the top of Antelope Falls

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Belize was recently showcased in one of the most widely read publications in Western Canada– The Vancouver Sun.

The author was specifically looking for a destination where she and her husband could escape to for a “romantic getaway” with lots of pampering and relaxation.

Although she says she was aware of Belize’s famous reputation as an “adventure destination” with world class diving, jungle trekking and ancient Mayan ruins, she was surprised to discover while researching that Belize is also becoming well-known for couples looking for perfect honeymoons or a quiet retreat.

She highlights four regions of Belize including Placencia, Hopkins, San Ignacio and Ambergris Caye.  This gives readers an excellent overview of most of the country, and she does a fine job describing the pros and cons of each region including what you can expect if you are specifically looking for a honeymoon or “couples” destination.

Of note is a glowing review for Rumfish Y Vino in Placencia (also one of my favourite restaurants in Belize)  Hamanasi in Hopkins ( she says ” we felt as if each member of the resort staff were part of our extended family”)  and also Cayo Espanto on Ambergris Caye (the recipient of over 28 awards including the Andrew Harper “Best Couples Hideaway”

The author also makes a point of mentioning that for less adventurous couples, only visiting two regions of the country might be a better idea.

If you are looking for a unique and relatively “new” destination for a honeymoon or romantic getaway with your significant other, then this article is well worth a read!


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As soon as the leaves begin to fall and the air turns from crisp to damp and dreary I start planning my winter escape. Sunshine, pampering and relaxation are the three things that my husband and I look for in a romantic getaway.

After some research I soon discovered that Belize, the Central-American country famous for its phenomenal diving, Mayan ruins and abundance of eco-activities, is also a tranquil haven for couples and honeymooners. We divided our time between four unique regions of the country; however if you crave a more leisurely trip try to limit yourself to two areas.


Barefoot perfect describes the brown sugar-sand beaches that fringe the colourful village of Placencia, on the Southern peninsula of Belize’s Staan Creek district. This once quiet fishing community has transformed itself into a burgeoning destination that thankfully retains its traditional charm. We spent our time lounging on the beach, strolling through the village and enjoying treatments at the Secret Garden day spa. Owned by the American born, Japanese trained masseuse Lee Nyhus Secret Garden is a welcome oasis in the heart Placencia. Hot Stone, Deep Tissue, Swedish, Thai and Shiatsu massages are only $50 US for 60 minutes, as is the All Natural Facial, which includes a nourishing mask and hand and foot massage. Off the coast of Placencia, at the Gladden Spitt, is also one of the few places in the world where you can snorkel and dive with whale sharks. Each spring more than 25 species of fish gather to spawn in Gladden, and the days following the full moon in March through June offer the best chance to experience swimming with the gentle giants. We were also surprised and delighted with the variety and quality of restaurants in Placencia. Rumfish Y Vino, a Central American style Gastro Pub owned by an American husband and wife, was the restaurant to steal our hearts and we’re still dreaming about the crispy conch fritters, beer-battered fish tacos and fresh fruit muddled drinks. Another favourite find was the handcrafted gelato at Tutti Frutti, which is made daily and rivals the many scoops we sampled in Italy. To immerse ourselves in the vibrant local culture we chose to bypass the large-scale luxury resorts flanking Placencia and stay in the heart of the village at the immaculate seafront Nirvana Beach Suites.

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