Category - Field Trips

excursions, adventures, activities

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Wonderful Waterfall at Billy Barquedier National Park
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Unique food tour to the Spice Farm in Southern Belize
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Di Bruwry- di biggest pub in Belize
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Paintball/ Shrimp Farm/ Waterslide- weirdly wonderful weekend near Belize City
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Best Chocolate Tour from Placencia- Ixcacao
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The Top Tour Guide in Placencia
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Belize’s Longest Zipline Course- Bocawina Adventures
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Unique Belize Excursion: River Pontoon in the remote Vaca Reservoir
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Copalli Rum Distillery Tour at Copal Tree Lodge
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Copal Tree Lodge in Southern Belize

Wonderful Waterfall at Billy Barquedier National Park

Belize boasts loads of beautiful waterfalls.  Some are easy to reach, some are seldom seen because they’re so remote.  Some are quiet and gentle, some roar down their rock face, some change their appearance drastically from season to season.  I like a waterfall that requires a bit of effort to reach (so it feels like you’ve earned it when you get there) and has a natural pool at its base- and it should, of course, be rimmed with lush and pristine forest.  The waterfall at Billy Barquedier Park,…

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Unique food tour to the Spice Farm in Southern Belize

Another food tour post!  Belize is killing it when it comes to agritourism and I must admit, I’m IN to it!  It’s fun, it’s flavorful, it’s educational…what could be better?  In Southern Belize we have a bounty of bananas, a surplus of citrus, a plethora of papaya, a copious amount of cacao, and too many mangoes.  The climate is conducive to year-round growing and the soil is rich; which was the inspiration for the creation of the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Garden– a beautifully special property you…

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Di Bruwry- di biggest pub in Belize

“Daaammmmnnnn,” was what I thought when we pulled up to Bowen and Bowen’s new flagship pub, Di Bruwry.  This place is MASSIVE, and MODERN, and what the heck are we in North America right now?!  Bowen & Bowen, you have me shook.  It’s been quite awhile since we’ve ventured out of the village and up to the city so I was completely unprepared for this expansive and exquisite new facility near the International Airport in Ladyville, Belize. Di Bruwry is Belize Brewing Company’s (a subdivision of the larger…

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Paintball/ Shrimp Farm/ Waterslide- weirdly wonderful weekend near Belize City

Belize has so many oddities.  Fantastic oddities like some land out in Ladyville (Belize City adjacent; where the International Airport is located) that is home to a working shrimp farm and restaurant…and a public pool with a little lighthouse tower that is a waterslide…and a paintball place that is unsettlingly close to a live ammunition firing range!  It’s oddities like Captain Hook’s Shrimp Farm and Restaurant/ Lighthouse Bay Pool/ Adventure Zone Paintball that made our weekend wonderful. Some of our Placencia peeps planned an overnight trip to Belize…

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Best Chocolate Tour from Placencia- Ixcacao

An un-belize-able experience, no trip to The Jewel is complete without a chocolate tour and tasting.  Ixcacao in Toledo, the southern most district in Belize, is my top choice for a chocolate tour in Belize.  From bean to bar you can see how cacao is grown and harvested then processed in the authentic Maya tradition with ancient stone tools and elbow grease.  You’ll complete this tour sated and with a greater appreciation for this food that the Maya people regard as sacred. I had the supreme pleasure of…

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The Top Tour Guide in Placencia

There are legions of great guides not just in Placencia but throughout Belize; organized, friendly, and knowledgeable are hallmarks of a good guide and the Belize Tourism Board actually has quite rigorous requirements for licensing guides.  Guides must complete a training program as well as keep current first aid certification and annual renewal up to date.  In the crowd of good guides on the peninsula there are a few that stand out for their greatness, Dr. Lyra Spang of Taste Belize Tours is exceptional and is my choice…

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Belize’s Longest Zipline Course- Bocawina Adventures

I’ve visited and written many times before about Mayflower Bocawina National Park in the Stann Creek District of Belize, easily reached from the popular tourist destinations of Placencia or Hopkins. The park is one of my favorites- tons of great trails and waterfalls, unexcavated ruins, and on-site activities like rappelling and ziplining. Read my previous posts on the best hike in Southern Belize or the waterfall rappelling. Our friends were itching for an adventure off the peninsula the other weekend so we zipped out to Bocawina for a…

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Unique Belize Excursion: River Pontoon in the remote Vaca Reservoir

Waaaaay out west in the Cayo District, and I’m talking waaaay out there… further west than you’ve ever been, there is a massive man-made lake.  Belize has 3 hydroelectric plants on the Macal River and the first dam, the Vaca Dam, has created a year-round reservoir that is pristine and placid and seldom visited.  The lake is massive and some local innovators have fashioned a few pontoon boats to tour the area on. We had one of those magical days; one of those days where I catch myself…

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Copalli Rum Distillery Tour at Copal Tree Lodge

We recently enjoyed an exceptional agritourism experience in Toledo District at the Copal Tree Lodge. The entire operation, from “field to flask” as they like to say, takes place on the property.

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Copal Tree Lodge in Southern Belize

Real Life Recess reviews Copal Tree Lodge in Toledo, Belize. Often referred to as the forgotten district, a stay in Toledo might have the exact recipe for an unforgettable vacation. Exploring Toledo is similar to an Easter Egg Hunt of hidden treasures—from lesser know ruins to exclusive jungle resorts to fantastic fishing spots. Toledo is a cultural potpourri of proud, long-established communities of Maya, Mennonite, and Garifuna among others. We had the pleasure of spending a night at the charming Copal Tree Lodge, an eco-luxury resort near the town of Punta Gorda.

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