Summer vacations mean exploring new worlds and making memories with your loved ones. If you thought the cold winter months were ideal for escaping to the natural beauty of Belize, think again! Why not spend your summer days with your toes in the white sand beaches of Belize with an ice cold Belikin in your hand? With our rich culture and amazing cuisine, summer is an ideal time to explore the diversity that is Belize. Recharge your batteries in the luxurious setting of Las Terrazas Resort, located on stunning Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Here are 7 reasons to visit Belize this summer:
1. Your safety is our priority
Las Terrazas Resort is a Gold Standard Resort, meaning we adhere to the highest cleanliness and safety standards as set forth by the Belize Tourism Board. You can be assured that your safety is our priority.
In addition, traveling to Belize is easy. Simply show your proof of negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of arrival or negative rapid test taken within 48 hours.
For your convenience, Las Terrazas Resort offers concerige covid testing (at your expense) prior to your return to the US.
Questions about traveling to or within Belize? Visit our up-to-date informational page or contact our US-based Reservations Office at (713) 780-1233.
Belize is gorgeous any time of the year. During the summer months, the average temperature is in the mid-80s during the day. Although the mainland receives over twice as much rain as we do on Ambergris Caye, visitors can expect regular rain showers, mainly at night. For those rains that dare to interrupt summer vacation days, they usually hang around for a quick 5 to 10 minute shower – nothing strong enough to disrupt your plans for long. We welcome those quick bursts of rain that push out the humidity and cool the air. Pack light clothing and a pair of sturdy hiking shoes for days that you might dare venture away from Las Terrazas Resort’s private white sand beach. Throw in a good sun hat, and you’ll be all set for an unBELIZEable summer adventure.
3. So many fish in the sea
Whether you prefer to observe them in their natural environment or reel them in, Belize is a fish lover’s paradise. Belize’s commitment to the protection and conservation of its natural resources is clearly visible in the pristine waters and unspoiled beauty of the famous Belize Barrier Reef. The second largest barrier reef system in the world is over 185 miles long. Conveniently, it is located less than 1 mile off the coast of Ambergris Caye. With a plethora of superb snorkeling sites such as Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, and Mexico Rocks located only minutes from Ambergris Caye, snorkelers will see manatees, nurse sharks, sting rays, groupers, eels, and turtles, not to mention sea fans and elkhorn, staghorn, and brain coral.
Summertime is considered to be the best months for fishing in Belize because the famous 3 (tarpon, bonefish, and permit) are plentiful. Tarpon are one of the most popular targets around Ambergris Caye, with most catches averaging 60-90 lbs and some reaching 100-150 lbs. Large schools of bonefish are waiting for you in the lagoons and flats. And if you are looking to nab your first ever permit, Belize is a must. Snook, barracuda, snapper, grouper, and jackfish are also plentiful in the area.
4. Lobster Season
In order to protect the lobster from overfishing (overlobstering??), lobstering is only allowed in Belizean waters for about 8 months per year. Residences and businesses alike are not allowed to sell, serve, or even have lobster in the freezer once the season closes. So, we will all rejoice in Belize when the summer lobster season opens again on July 1, 2021. Lobster ceviche, grilled lobster, lobster kebabs – Bubba Gump would be proud of all the ways that we serve up this local cuisine on Ambergris Caye. It’s not easy, but guests have speared their own lobsters while snorkeling and on fishing excursions. (Just make sure you are not in a protected reserve!) And we will gladly cook up your catch to your liking at O Restaurant at Las Terrazas Resort.
5. So many festivals
Yes, we love our lobsters on Ambergris Caye! The biggest festival of the summer is the San Pedro Lobster Fest, typically a 10-day festival celebrating the opening of lobster season in Belize. You will find special activities and celebrations all around town. Local eateries – and Las Terrazas Resort’s onsite O Restaurant – serve up delicious lobster-themed delicacies. The 2021 Lobster Fest will look a little different than in years past, but it is definitely worth celebrating after being cancelled last year. This year's festival has events from June 29 - July 10, 2021.
Visitors also flock to the International Costa Maya Festival during the first week of August. Miss Costa Maya, selected from one of the 8 countries represented at the pageant, is crowned on Thursday night. Festivities continue throughout the weekend with live music concerts and summer beach parties at bars all over the island. **Of course, every year is different, and we are still awaiting details on the 2021 ICMF. You can verify specific dates of activities on a number of FaceBook pages, or call us at the US-based Reservations Office.
6. "Go Slow" on Caye Caulker
Take a boat from Ambergris Caye to visit tiny Caye Caulker. Stroll the length of the island and browse the craft and jewelry booths for souvenirs for friends back home. Colorful beach chairs and hammocks dot the shore. Your day on Caye Caulker is a great day to relax in the shade with a refreshing summer cocktail from one of the many bars. Dining options abound, but definitely try the local catch. You can eat pizza every other day of the year. For a more active Belize vacation, try your hand at kitesurfing or take a dip at the split. And if you find a local in the know, ask where you can find the seahorse habitat.
7. Summer Specials
Whether visiting Belize with a group of friends, your family, or as a couple, Las Terrazas Resort is offering a variety of summer specials to suit your needs. Take your kids for a walk on the wild side and make precious memories. When you book one bedroom for mom and dad, you’ll receive the 2nd bedroom free for the kids. Submerge yourself in the rich culture of Belize (and the turquoise Caribbean Sea surrounding Ambergris Caye) and receive one night free when you stay 4 or 5 nights. Bonus! Receive two nights free with a stay of 6 or more nights. Or are you looking for a sampling of the luscious Belize rainforest to go with your beach vacation? Ask us about the Reef and Rainforest package.
Of course, all our special packages include accommodations in our luxury accommodations. Las Terrazas Resort’s oversized residences feature 1, 2, or 3 bedrooms with 2 or 3 full bathrooms, full sized kitchen, dining and living rooms, private balconies or terraces to enjoy Belize’s sweet summer nights, full sized washer and dryer inside every residence, as well as free WiFi throughout the resort. All our specials are available online, and our Reservations Manager is available to answer all your questions.
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