Recently we provided a sample itinerary for those who are visiting Las Terrazas Resort for the first time, but we can’t stop there. Though we recognize that many travelers prefer to not visit destinations they have already seen and experienced, the reality is that Belize offers so many wonderful sights, attractions, and excursions that you simply cannot see it all in one trip. Therefore, Las Terrazas Resort has created a sample itinerary for those returning guests who might be wondering what they can do on your second (or third… or sixth!) time around. For those of you who have already experienced Ambergris Caye, you will likely be more comfortable venturing into some of Belize’s off-the-beaten path adventures that you might not have considered during your first trip. Below is an example of some of the many things you can see and do for your return trip to the wonderful world of Belize.
Arrival Day: Having stayed at our Belize boutique hotel once before, consider upgrading to one of Las Terrazas Resort’s more luxurious accommodations. After you unwind from your travels with our signature Rum Punch, head to your Ocean View Sea House that leads directly to the white sand beach or Penthouse suite where you can privately indulge in your very own jacuzzi or plunge pool from the third floor balcony. If you just want to rest and unwind from your travels, consider staying on the lush resort grounds and dining at Las Terrazas Resort’s on-site O Restaurant where you will enjoy top notch poolside service. Or, for those of you who are ready to get out on the town, consider a restaurant with a view so you can take in your new surroundings with a bang. Enjoy a meal at Stella’s Sunset, a quaint and intimate lagoon side restaurant with an incredible view of the sunset (hence its name!). Here you can watch the sun fall below the horizon from the dock, dip your toes in the sand as you dine near the shore, or enjoy s’mores around their community fire pit. This restaurant is a hidden gem that is often frequented by those more acquainted with Ambergris Caye and promises to please.
Day 1: Since you’ve likely already checked out Secret Beach, head out to Tranquility Bay for the day, located 12 miles north of San Pedro Town. Away from the hustle and bustle, this secluded paradise offers a tranquil beach experience unlike any other. In fact, it is the only beach on Ambergris Caye where you can safely swim directly from the shore to the reef. Consider snorkeling this day so you can be amazed by all the marine life as you swim your way to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Be sure to bring your underwater camera or GoPro to capture the incredible sea life below. Refuel from your undersea explorations with cold beverages and lunch specials served right there on the beach. As for how to get there, we recommend that you travel by boat. While it is possible to travel by golf cart, this beach is so remote that it makes travel less easy. For a small fee, you can be picked up from the Las Terrazas Resort dock and delivered directly to Tranquility Bay. This option is easy, cheap, and allows you to maximize your time at the beach without having to deal with the otherwise two hour round-trip golf cart trek.
After a day at Tranquility Bay, head back to the resort for an even more tranquil evening. Following a day in the sun, you can decompress from your snorkeling adventure with a massage on the beach from Las Terrazas Resort’s very own Serenity Spa and Wellness Center. Offering total relaxation and bliss, this massage promises to lull you to sleep as the lapping waves and ocean breeze envelope you in peace and calm. Don’t forget to end the day with Happy Hour at O Restaurant. Offered every day from 4-6pm, this laid back end to the day will allow you to continue unwinding as you indulge in our fabulous cocktail creations. These options are pure Belizean bliss and the perfect way to close the day.
Day 2: Consider a trip to the mainland. Now that you have seen and experienced Ambergris Caye, head to Belize proper for an exciting day of excursions. We suggest a combination two-part excursion starting with the Belize Zoo. With more than 200 animals from 45 different species, this zoo will impress all who come. Come see Belize’s national animal, the tapir, up close and personal alongside other beautiful wildlife such as five native wildcat species, various monkeys, exotic birds, reptiles, and more. The native wildlife will leave a lasting impression and is sure to connect you to the heart of Belize all the more.
After a few hours at the zoo, take advantage of your time on the mainland by experiencing another awesome adventure. Consider soaring high above a canopy of rainforest trees with a ziplining excursion where you can experience an aerial zip line tour as you traverse from one tree top platform to another via a steel cable that is secured 80 feet above ground. Or exchange heights for history and opt instead to explore the ancient Xunantunich Mayan Ruins. Located just a few miles from the western border of Belize, this ancient archaeological site boasts of the partially excavated and largest pyramid, El Castillo, which offers an amazing view of Belize’s Cayo District and Guatemala from 130 feet above ground.
Regardless of which adventure you choose, Las Terrazas Resort’s Front Desk staff will be more than happy to arrange this day trip of a lifetime. The friendly and knowledgeable Front Desk staff at Las Terrazas Resort will make all of the travel arrangements necessary to get to the mainland, so that whether you opt to go by air or by water, you will get there safe and sound and free of hassle.
Day 3: If your trip the Belize Zoo left you craving more of Belize’s incredible wildlife, be sure to visit the American Crocodile Education Sanctuary, otherwise known as ACES Croc Rescue. Located in the heart of San Pedro Town, their crocodile and expedition tour is one experience that is unique only to the island. Setting it apart even further is the fact that it is an evening tour, leaving your day wide open for rest and relaxation on the beach. With ACES, you’ll join their expert croc team as you cruise through the Isla Bonita mangrove habitat into the night and search for crocodiles, birds, and other nocturnal wildlife. With our commitment to wildlife preservation, this is one tour that truly reflects the heart of both Las Terrazas Resort and Belize.
Day 4: As your trip comes to a close, we can’t help but recommend that you get back in the aquamarine waters of Belize one last time. With the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef system directly offshore of Ambergris Caye, one visit really just isn’t enough to take it all in. Consider heading back out to the water where in just one day you can experience everything from sailing to snorkeling to a delicious beach bar-b-que right on the Caribbean Sea. With this excursion, you will sail just six miles north to Mexico Rocks for your first snorkel stop. Mexico Rocks is known for many conch, banded shrimp, arrow crab, grunts, yellow tail snappers, and an assortment of Butterfly and Angelfish. The site is protected from ocean swells and currents, so it makes for easier snorkeling, perfect for beginners. Depth is only about 6 to 12 feet, so you can see everything up close, and with the Caribbean Sea offering such crystal-clear waters, visibility in this area about 50 feet or more. While you snorkel, your tour guide will prepare a delightful BBQ lunch for you that will include Tandori BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes, Thai Pasta salad, green salad and coconut brownies. You’ll finish the afternoon with more snorkeling as you make the sail back to Las Terrazas Resort.
After this full day excursion, we expect you to have worked up an appetite. If your excursion falls on a Friday, you have to experience Sushi Night at O Restaurant, where O Restaurant’s very own Chef Nolvin prepares all the sushi by hand. Chef Nolvin’s signature sushi includes a wide variety of sushi favorites including but not limited to tuna, salmon, eel, unagi, and lobster rolls. Not a Friday? That’s okay! Consider instead a private beach dinner where Chef Nolvin will customize a menu especially for you. Not only is this a romantic option for couples but is also a perfect dining experience for any group of friends or family members who are traveling together. Private beach dinners on Las Terrazas Resort’s beautiful white sand beach are such a unique event that we host no more than two per evening and is a personal, unforgettable, and irreplaceable dining experience.
We told you that you couldn’t experience all of Belize in just one trip! Prior to your departure, our US-based Reservations Office will be happy to provide you with a list of over 50 exciting tours that can be mixed and matched to create your dream vacation. Once upon Ambergris Caye, the concierge at Las Terrazas Resort’s Front Desk can assist you in planning last-minute excursions, as well as clarify any departure details. With so many native experiences that are off the beaten path, we know that you will leave your repeat trip nothing short of satisfied… and wanting to come back again, and again, and again.