The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern ... More
Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System
The coastal area of Belize is an outstanding natural system consisting of the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere, offshore atolls, several hundred sand cays, mangrove forests, coastal lagoons and estuaries. The system's seven sites illustrate the evolutionary history of reef development and are a significant habitat for threatened species, including marine turtles, manatees and the American marine crocodile.
This country is amazing. You have crystal clear aqua blue/green water, and the reef. Moving inward you can experience a savannah climate, then the rain forrest and the Maya ruins. Ive been many places, and by far, Belize is the best deal for the dollar. A gem so close to home. Its a 2 hour flight from Florida.
Magical! If I was limited to one word describing my stay at Steppingstones, that would be the word.
I stayed at Steppingstones for a week, and wished I could have stayed forever. This place is amazing and the location is perfect for those who don’t want to be in the typical type resorts. Steppingstones is anything but typical. It’s located on a beach about a half mile long….narrow but still sandy… with the jungle as its backdrop.
The trip to get to Steppingstones is an adventure in and of itself. I flew into Belize City; caught a Maya flight to Placencia; and was met at the airstrip by a Belizean guy named Babe. We headed to Steppingstones it's about a 40 min. boat ride to the resort - the scenery, including the Maya mountains, and birds were amazing. The cut thru the mangroves - instead of taking the open sea - was spectacular
There are just two cabanas, well, they are really apartments. Both are nice and have the same layout but the top floor one, Treetops, where I stayed, is a bit larger. Everything is very clean, cheerful and homey – really comfortable rather than the typical cookie cutter hotel rooms. The cabanas are self catering, and Sue stocked me up with a wide range of food. They have some basics already but I wanted a few extra things which I told Sue about in the email so she had it there for me.
I also had two nights that I arranged to have dinner at the big house (the Harris’ house) which I recommend as Sue is a good cook, but it was the conversation as much as the food. Chris and Sue are amazing people and I could have stayed on that gorgeous screened in veranda of theirs for hours listening to their stories.
I don’t know too much about fishing but I know this is a number one fishing place from what I was told when I went to the Village. Seems most of Sue & Chris’s guest are into fishing – real pro kind of fishing – and this is the place to come to if you’re into fishing. [Found out Chris and Sue Harris are both well known in the world of fishing and the big name fishing pro’s stay with them - they’ve had articles about them in fishing magazines!]
I did a number of adventures but my space here is limited - Nighttime Monkey River trip and the Monkey River day trip are two that I highly recommend. Also, the Caye trip where I snorkeled in crystal clear water loaded with colorful little fish...and saw a ship wreck!
Really cool adventure - I took one of their kayaks (free) to the nearby cayes, and I saw not only dolphin but a manatee – which was actually a bit scary in the kayak – they are harmless but big! OMG….that was truly amazing.
I had a great week, and what was really nice was that if I wanted to be quiet, I could just chill out, but if I felt like company Chris and Sue (who are English) were always around for a chat.
If you don’t like the maddening crowds, and want something unique and not a touristy kind of place then Steppingstones is the place to go. I’ve already set up my next trip back there.
Oh, and the worst part of the whole trip? Having to leave at the end of the week.
If u love to enjoy the water, instead of going to hawii (way expensive) go to Balize!
By A Yahoo! Contributor, 11/7/07
We loved this place because it was awsome snorkeling and awsome people!!! SOOOO prettier than hawii's water. People who love the water would love to go here. Our family is really big on the caribean, now even bigger on just Balize.
some of the best reef diving in this hemisphere, and that's no joke.
been about three times, and its always been new and different, yet no less amazing or friendly.
incrediably safe, and more species than you can shake a fin at.
a true salty peice of land
~Diver Going Down
The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel offers accommodations in Belize City, approximately seven miles from Philip Goldson International Airport
and about 28 miles from Altun Ha Ruins. The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City is ...
Unique Jungle Resort & Spa situated in tropical rainforest, near Mayan ruins. Amenities:Air Conditioning (In Room). Refrigerator. Non Smoking Rooms.
Television. DVD/VCR. Daily Maid Service. Whirlpool. Balcony/Terrace. Mini Bar. Hotel Details:18 Rooms / 3 Floors. Built in 1980. Babysitting ...
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