Honeymoon Destination Under $3000: Belize

Spring has sprung. It’s got us dreaming of those beachy honeymoon destinations you might be taking this summer. We want to know where you are planning your honeymoon! We have some friends headed to Jamaica, some headed to Hawaii – and some headed to Marfa, Texas. The perfect honeymoon can be affordable. Today, we are sharing a honeymoon destination with you that is under $3000. Today’s destination is: Belize!

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Hello crystal clear water and the perfect blue skies. Belize is located off the eastern coast of Central America. It’s bordered on the north by Mexico and on the south and west by Guatemala.

How to get there? Belize is located approximately two hours from four major cities in the U.S., Miami, New Orleans, Houston or North Carolina. Flights out of Los Angeles connect through Guatemala and El Salvador. Relatively speaking, flights are fairly cheap for this destination. Today, you can buy a flight out of Houston for less than $200 one way. Southwest flies into Belize, making it a more cost effective way to reach your destination.

Where to stay? Belize is home to the second longest barrier reef in the world. Ambergris Caye is near the barrier reef, so we recommend staying in a resort near those locations. Las Terrazas Resort is right along the beach and offers special honeymoon packages. It’s won tons of awards and has the option for you and your new hubby to relax (hello spa and lounging on the beach) or go out and adventure (they have cave tubing, ziplining, snorkling, etc..). Right now, Trip Advisor has a deal for $339/night. A cheaper option is to stay in San Pedro at the Belizean Shores Resort, which also has beach access. Rooms here start at $210. They offer the same amenities, just at a cheaper price.

Note: Ambergris Caye is located approximately 15 minutes by air from mainland Belize. Hourly flights from the Philip Goldson International Airport as well as the Belize City Municipal Airstrip to Ambergris Caye are provided by the local airlines Maya Island Air and Tropic Air.

If you choose to stay in Belize City, you can still visit the Caye. Visitors to the Caye can travel from Belize City by local water taxis. These are open speedboats available with the ride lasting between 45 minutes and two hours depending upon whether there are stops at the other islands in between. Visitors can purchase tickets for the water taxis on the north side of the river at the Maritime Museum located at the foot of the Belize Swing Bridge in Belize City.

What to Eat? Belize cuisine has Spanish and Mexican influence. Tropical fruits are abundant and you must try the seafood. Mainland favorites are conch soup and stewed meats with coconut rice. You also must try the paella and tapas. Seafood includes lobster, conch, and a delicious array of fish, squid, mussels, scallops and even shark. The dining is relatively inexpensive in Belize – with most entrees averaging about $10.

What to do? As mentioned above, Belize has something for everyone. If you would prefer to relax and lounge at the beach, Belize is a great destination for that. Visit the spa, soak in some rays and enjoy your time as newlyweds. If you want to get out and see some sights, Belize has so many options. You cannot miss the Mayan ruins. From Belize City, arrange a day trip to explore the Mayan ruins at Altun Ha in northern Belize or Xunantunich to the west for spectacular views of Belize and Guatemala. Belize is home to the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave, so take a tour to explore that – or go horseback riding or ziplining. Snorkeling is a must. Rent a kayak or a paddleboard to see the wildlife from above the water as well.

What to pack? Plenty of bathing suits, swimsuit cover ups, hats, sunscreen and athletic outfits. Pack sandals for the beach and hiking shoes for the activities. You might also want to throw in some water shoes (we like these). Pack one or two nice outfits (depending on the length of your stay) so you can go out for at least one romantic dinner.

We created a slideshow of some honeymoon essentials for this trip. Click through below:

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