Don’t get me wrong—waterfall-like showers, stand-alone tubs, and in-room fireplaces inside all make for cozy lodgings. And they feel even better after a day of adventure, too; Hidden Valley Inn’s heated tub and jungle spa guarantee your exhaustion fades in no time.
Do: Book Any Time of Year For Any Occasion
Whether’s it family travel, solo jaunts, or romantic escapades, I promise—Belize is the answer. Delightfully accessible by just one 2-hour (or less) flight from the continental U.S., Belize sits in the middle of Central America. Although, it boasts more in common with the Caribbean than our neighboring Mexico and Guatemala. Four paved highways (yes, in the entire country) connect one corner to the next, English is the first language, and the U.S. dollar is also widely accepted thanks to a 1:2 conversion to the Belize dollar.
Its 240 miles of coastline is peppered by more than 450 cayes, while inland, teeming mountains are lush with broad-leaf rainforests that conceal ancient Maya temples. Visiting seasonally throughout the year has its benefits; the dry season coincides with peak tourism and the rainy season equals extra savings on both flights and stays. Do stay flexible: prioritizing what activities you’re most interested in can help you decide what time to visit. Otherwise, there’s plenty to keep you entertained for any month of the year.
Don’t: Be Too Ambitious
Caracol – Maya Site © Duarte Dellarole Photography
Biodiversity. It’s the big, bright heart of Belize, and the country’s only caveat is perhaps not being able to experience it in solely one visit. Places like Mountain Pine Ridge—and by extension, Hidden Valley Inn—are meant to be savored. Sure, there are five major waterfalls onsite at Hidden Valley Inn alone, but what about Big Rock Falls, Rio On Pools, or the 1,000 Foot Falls that’s around the corner? Or the towering Caracol Maya Site and Rio Frio Cave? And that’s just within the Pine Ridge; you’ve barely scratched the surface of inland adventure, much less ventured offshore. However, don’t pack too much into an itinerary that you burn out by check-out time; instead, let the experts curate a package instead.