Celebrating Milestones and Making Memories in Belize

Life is full of events worth celebrating. And celebrating a milestone event – family reunion, 50th birthday, graduation, or long-awaited wedding reception – with a once-in-a-lifetime milestone vacation is one of the best gifts you can give. Make memories and celebrate the good times at our Ambergris Caye, Belize, luxury resort.

Here are 4 things to consider when planning a milestone vacation.

1. Plan ahead

Scheduling the date of a milestone vacation might be the hardest part, but it’s important to make sure that everyone has enough time to plan their time away from work, as well as to schedule around all of life’s other commitments. “High season” (also known as the dry season) in Belize runs from around late November until mid-April. Tourists fill the country during high season, looking for a relief from the colder weather. This means higher rates and less availability, both in accommodations as well as excursions. Holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas book up as much as a year in advance, so you should start planning well in advance if you are looking to bring a group to Belize during the holidays. Summers are known as the rainy season, and you can expect an afternoon shower to occur almost daily. However, the rain clears out quickly and the crowds are sparser during the summer, which is sometimes easier to navigate with a large group.

2. Location, location, location

Booking individual rooms can quickly drive up the price of your vacation. On the other hand, no one wants to hear Grandma snore so consider your living quarters carefully. When traveling with a large multi-generational group to celebrate a milestone vacation, your main goal is probably spending time together and making new memories. But vacation can also be tiring work, and everyone appreciates their own space after a busy day of adventuring. Consider booking fully-furnished residences with a full range of features. Being able to cook up a quick breakfast in your private kitchen and recounting the previous day’s adventures is a precious way to begin the day. Having a full arsenal of snacks and beverages on hand will help you control your dining budget. Gathering on your private balcony over after-dinner drinks to reminisce about past vacations is another opportunity to make memories that isn’t available in a traditional hotel set up.

The oversized luxury residences at Las Terrazas Resort feature 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms with 2 or 3 bathrooms, and a completely furnished kitchen, dining room, and living room – plus full-sized washers and dryers (but doing laundry on vacation is optional!). Complimentary WiFi, cable TV, DVD players, and surround sound keep everyone entertained during your downtime.

3. Organize excursions with everyone in mind

It’s possible that some of your group is dying to SCUBA dive Belize’s Barrier Reef, while others would prefer to lie on the beach with a frozen cocktail – and that’s okay. Planning a milestone vacation with a large group of people should also include planning a range of excursions in order to offer something for everyone. Some of Belize’s amazing excursions require physical capabilities that the older members of your group may not possess, such as climbing to the top of the ancient Mayan ruin of Lamanai or hiking through the Belizean jungle for a cave tubing adventure. Nevertheless, there are many activities that groups of people with different ages and physical abilities may enjoy together. We recommend a Catamaran cruise and beach picnic, with rum punch and snorkel stops included. In addition to water sports, Belize is also famous for its fishing, horseback riding, and zip lining. 

Our Reservations Manager can send a complete list of adventures and excursions to you and help plan an exciting itinerary prior to your arrival or you can view a list of adventures here. Additionally, our onsite concierge is available throughout your stay to book outings once you arrive.

4. It’s all in the details

It’s the little things that will make your trip most memorable for the guest of honor. Notifying your resort of the special occasion in advance will help the staff to greet the guest of honor properly upon arrival and allow the resort to show some extra love.

Other tips include:

  • Consider hiring a photographer to catalog that day on the Catamaran cruise or capture generations of smiles with a photo session on our picturesque property. 
  • Arrange for a welcome bouquet of local tropical flowers to greet the guest of honor upon arrival. 
  • Make use of the resort’s WiFi and share photos with friends and family who are unable to join you on vacation and allow them to send greetings and well wishes.
  • Take advantage of a grocery stocking service (see #2 above re: arsenal of snacks!) and have everyone’s favorites waiting for them. There is usually a nominal fee associated with this service, but it will save you precious vacation time and keep everyone happy.
  • Your crew will enjoy the fabulous eateries on the island of Ambergris Caye, but be sure to plan at least one sit down dinner with true Belizean flair. Chef Nolvin and the team at Las Terrazas Resort’s onsite O Restaurant are famous for our Belizean Beach BBQs, served buffet style on our private white sand beach. If you would rather watch the sun set before partying the night away, plan a dinner at our Rooftop Sky Lounge, where the views will stun you as much as the cuisine. 

When you are ready to start planning your special milestone event, call our US-based Reservations Manager at (713) 780-1233 or (800) 447-1553, and we will answer any questions you may have about Las Terrazas Resort and travel in Belize. We look forward to customizing the adventure of a lifetime.

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Going Green in Belize

When you think of Belize, you often think of the beautiful turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean that surround the coast. These days, we are all about thinking green. “Green living” refers to a conscious effort on both the part of a government and its citizens to become more environmentally aware and friendly by engaging in cleaner, greener practices for the well-being of our planet. Belize is proud to lead by example in showing the world how to live green. 

Belize does not suck

When a recent report predicted that plastic in oceans would outnumber fish by 2050, Belize took action. In March 2018, the government began a phase out of styrofoam and single use plastics by April 22, 2019 (Earth Day!). Single use plastics are things such as straws, soda bottles, baggies, and plasticware. The goal is to reduce pollution to protect the terrestrial and marine environments within our borders. Another goal is to reduce the enormous costs associated with pollution cleanup. Though single use plastics and styrofoam may only be used for a few minutes, its material stays behind for a lifetime. Literally, they remain for decades in landfills or as litter that lines roads or fills our rivers and oceans.  

Do you need that straw?

Belize has won recognition and praise for our dedication to the cause. Impressively, its offshore reef was recently removed from a list of endangered areas. This proves that we Belizeans aren’t just talking the talk, but are putting our words to serious action. The bulk of the island residents make their livelihood as fishermen and tour operators for the surrounding sea and rainforests. Therefore, green living is not just an idea but a conviction. Belizeans are going green, not as a trend but as a way to protect the land for the future generations. When participating in one of the island’s many fabulous excursions, the old adage remains especially true: Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints. We can all help keep Belize clean and green by limiting the trash we consume and bring with us.

Belize rainforest

It is not just the government and island residents committed to the cause, but companies and corporations as well. Las Terrazas Resort on the island of Ambergris Caye has put forth numerous green initiatives. Our luxury island hotel has completely done away with all styrofoam and plastic straws, bottles, and coffee stirrers onsite. Kitchen waste is turned into compost. We use LED lightbulbs to save energy and have installed water-saving shower heads and toilets throughout the property. On-demand water heaters warm up upon use, saving energy and eliminating the need to heat enormous tanks of water. Going above and beyond in our commitment to being green, Las Terrazas Resort brings all used ink toner cartridges to the USA to be recycled as there are currently no such facilities in Belize to do so. 

As you can see, it is important to Las Terrazas Resort to not only commit to the idea of green living, but practice it as well. And you can help! In addition to the green alternatives Las Terrazas Resort already offers, you can contribute to our efforts with a little planning ahead to make your next vacation as green as possible. 

Here are some travel tips to help you reduce your environmental footprint while on vacation at Las Terrazas Resort

  • Invest in reusable water bottles to avoid plastic bottles
  • Bring your own soap, shampoo, and conditioner in bar form rather than the plastic travel-sized versions
  • Carry a reusable shopping bag with you to prevent adding more plastic bags to the landfills
  • Enjoy our amazing local fruits and produce while snacking versus prepackaged snacks
Fresh fruit

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Get Your-self(ie) to Belize – Part 2

As promised in our previous post, below are even more must-have photo ops to capture when you visit Belize. Be sure to share your vacation photography of these historical, breathtaking, adventurous, and favorite foodie destinations on your social media platforms, and invite your friends to experience a glimpse of Ambergris Caye.  

Las Terrazas Resort canons
  • Historical hotspots. Belize is famous for our ancient Mayan ruins, and taking a selfie on one of these historical tours is a must. With the help of our fantastic hotel concierge, we can arrange a journey to the mainland where expert guides will take you on a tour of ancient ruins, temples, and other amazing archaeological sites. Prefer to stay on Ambergris Caye? Show off your best pirate pose with the Las Terrazas Resort cannons, located on the side of our famed dock. Initially onboard a British warship in the 1800’s, these rustic cannons now reside on our resort property and serve as a reminder that though Belize was formerly British Honduras, she proudly won her independence in 1981. It is believed that these two large cannons were retrieved from Rocky Point, a rocky promontory where (rumor has it) many wartime shipwreck treasures were once located before being spirited off the island. 

Belize Barrier Reef
Photo courtesy of the BTB
  • Caribbean Sea. We would be remiss to not mention the Caribbean’s beautiful aquamarine waters as a prime photo op. But don’t just take a picture IN the Caribbean – get UNDER it and capture those moments too! Belize is famous for underwater excursions like snorkeling and diving, and the underwater pictures are truly priceless. Grab your GoPro and astonish your friends back home with pictures of yourself amongst the nurse sharks, sea turtles, and countless species of coral and fish that dwell beneath the water’s surface. The pictures you will get underwater are truly unlike any others.
  • Shoot from the sky. Speaking of excursions, don’t forget the amazing pictures you can take from the sky. Enjoy the Belizean jungle from above as you zipline along a network of tree-top platforms eighty feet above ground. Or venture even higher and take in a bird’s eye view of Ambergris Caye from 300 feet above as you parasail with Castaway Caye. Regardless of how high you decide to go, these sky-top selfies will impress all your friends and will leave you with memories that make you soar.
O Restaurant
  • O Restaurant. Come for the photo op, but stay for a meal and cocktail from O Restaurant at Las Terrazas Resort. The fountain in our palapa lobby, cabanas on our private white sand beach, and Rooftop Sky Lounge are all fantastic spots to pose for a picture. Even better, you can arrange a private beach dinner where your own personal waiter can capture the perfect shot of you and your loved one with the sun setting on the Caribbean Sea just beyond your table. Do you photograph your meals before digging in? You are in for a treat. Our beloved Chef Nolvin is a genius in the kitchen, whipping up his own creative recipes and personalizing them according to guest preferences. His seasonal menus showcase fresh, locally sourced ingredients that boast of Caribbean and Central American flavors. If you are visiting on a Friday, you’ll definitely want to enjoy Chef Nolvin’s Sushi Night, a picture-perfect meal. **Please note that O Restaurant’s operation and hours may vary due to reduced tourism on the island. You may check the current hours by calling the Front Desk or contacting the Reservations Office.

Ambergris Caye is the place to be, as these infamous photo ops will show. The next time you visit us at Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris Caye, snap a picture and boost your social media likes with these prime photo ops. (And be sure and tag us!) But before you book your next trip, check out our Belize Vacation Packages to find the best deal on a beach getaway.

Get Your-self(ie) to Belize – Part 1

If a picture tells a thousand words and a memory lasts a lifetime, then what better way to create such lasting memories of your Belize adventure than through photographs? Below is a list of the best photo ops on the island of Ambergris Caye — spots that will remind you of the island’s best treasures and bring those memories back into sharp focus after your tans fade away.

Las Terrazas Resort swing
  • The Las Terrazas Resort Swing Set. Situated just outside our Belize beachfront hotel, guests of Las Terrazas Resort are invited (and encouraged!) to splash into the water and swing their hearts out under our very own hand painted and wood carved Las Terrazas Resort sign and swing set. This is one photo op that is impossible to replicate anywhere else on Ambergris Caye and is much more than a picture to take – it’s an experience to be had. Don’t forget to swing by and snap a picture the next time you’re in Ambergris Caye.
Secret Beach
  • Secret Beach. This not-so-secret beach is a favorite among tourists and locals alike. Hailed as one of the top 5 swimming spots in Ambergris Caye, this laidback beach is the perfect spot to take a dip, float on a tube, rent a water toy, or even eat lunch in. The shallow water picnic tables ensure that you don’t have to choose between food and fun while on their shore. The beach itself is livelier with food trucks, beach tunes, and bars, but there are places to wander off and escape the energy if you so desire. Nearby palapas offer a serene place to relax and enjoy the view of the mangrove islands in the distance or to enjoy some peace and quiet as you overlook the beautiful turquoise water for which Belize is famous. Reclining beach chairs and hammocks line the shore, promising a blissful snooze as you soak up the sun and listen to the lapping waters. Whether you are looking to relax, swim, snooze, party, or play, Secret Beach really does have it all, and their enormous sign may just be one of the best parts. Pose on the letters for a picture-perfect moment of your time at the beach.
The Truck Stop
  • The Truck Stop. Building with shipping containers is all the rage right now, and there is no better way to utilize them than by filling them with food. The first shipping container food park on Ambergris Caye, The Truck Stop is the place to be on the island. Great food and an abundance of fun and laughter are shared in this local hot spot, where weekly cornhole tournaments, movie nights, game shows, trivia nights, live music, and more are scheduled on the regular. The food trucks offer a variety of options, from a bar to an ice cream shop and mouthwatering menus that boast of Southeast Asian and Latin American flavors, even pizza. A photograph by this unique San Pedro Belize shipping container sign will contain memories for years to come.
Belize sign
Photo credit: My Beautiful Belize
  • Belize Signage. Want to show others exactly where you are? Be sure to stop by both of these colorful Belize signs for prime pictures to post. This cute sign belongs to the magazine My Beautiful Belize, but with such little display room of their own, it is hung on the large wall space on the side of RC Elementary School. Their hand painted Belize sign is the perfect place to stop for a selfie.
Belize sign
  • If you are heading to mainland Belize for an excursion or day trip, you must stop by the Belize Sign Monument in Belize City. These bright, bold, rainbow color letters are placed just in front of the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea, making it perhaps one of the most popular photo ops in the entire country. This sign and its picture-perfect background make for fabulous photos and the letters are great for climbing on, laying across, jumping in front of, or happily posing next to. This is a sign you definitely don’t want to miss.
Polo Loco sign
  • Poco Loco. Situated on Front Street on Ambergris Caye, Poco Loco is a miniature food court with a giant and colorfully painted San Pedro sign. With multiple food stalls, Poco Loco offers a plethora of unBELIZEable flavors with something for everyone. Whether you have a hankering for burritos or burgers, soup or salad, or even cocktails, crepes, or ice cream, you are sure to find what you are looking for at Poco Loco. The San Pedro sign at their entrance will help you find them, but their food will make you stay. A great meal AND an Insta-worthy picture? What’s not to love?!

Stay tuned! Our next post will feature even more prime photo ops that are sure to wow your family and friends back home and keep you reminiscing about your time on the island. Until then, head on over to our reservations page to book your trip today. Don’t just look at our pictures – get yourself(ie) to Belize to take some of your own.

7 Reasons to Visit Belize this Summer

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.

summer weather

2. Weather

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.

offshore fishing

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. 

lobster season

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. 

lobster fest

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.

Caye Caulker

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.

summer specials

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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Loving Life on the Caye with Curl Bell

Las Terrazas Resort and Residences wouldn’t be the luxury island hotel that it is if it weren’t for the unBELIZEable staff that keeps it running day and night. With a diligent work ethic, we would be remiss to not take the opportunity to introduce the remarkable employees who are the heart and soul of Las Terrazas Resort. It is a pleasure to introduce the one and only Curl Bell who leads the Front Office team here at Las Terrazas Resort in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Born in Belmopan, the capital of Belize, Curl was raised by his parents Martha and Derek on a farm brimming with chickens, livestock, and produce. At a young age, Curl learned the art of “catch to cook”, a skill that allowed him to prepare and enjoy food caught by his own hands. When he was not working on the family farm, Curl pursued his passion – football, known as soccer to those in the US. He grew up practicing his skills at every opportunity and became an avid fan of the Real Madrid. Though he does not have a favorite player, he is drawn to the team’s free flowing style, with the ball being passed along by crisp moves that are unhindered by fouls, opponent interference, or falling out of bounds. These days, Curl enjoys playing for the San Pedro Veterans league in his spare time.

Las Terrazas Resort has been blessed by Curl’s presence since its inception. He began his career with the organization when he was employed at the former Journey’s End Resort on Ambergris Caye as the Activities Coordinator more than eleven years ago. After Journey’s End hotel closed, he was promoted to Front Office Clerk at Las Terrazas Resort with a focus on tours and activities. His unflappable nature with all guests, knowledge of Belize activities, as well as his exemplary team leadership, made him a natural choice for the position of Front Office Manager where he now oversees the Front Desk Team. Eleven years into his tenure and he is still as enthusiastic about his job as the day he first began, happily leading the Front Desk Team through the joys and challenges that make the resort run smoothly and efficiently. Our guests enjoy challenging Curl’s athletic abilities, as he leads daily games of beach volleyball. Never lacking in patience with our younger guests who are new to the sport, and always with a smile on his face, our guests young and old, athletic or not, enjoy the fun “island” spirit Curl brings to Las Terrazas Resort.

While he is not always on the front lines helping guests, his leadership undoubtedly sets the tone of the resort, providing a positive lasting impression on our guests. Curl leads the rest of the team in hospitality and customer service, entrusting them with special tasks that include but are not limited to check in, dinner reservations, spa appointments, tour and excursion recommendations, the chaos of lost and found, and so much more. It is his warmth, hospitality, and leadership that has cultivated a team that excels in making Las Terrazas Resort guests happy and comfortable during their stay on the island. As regular Greg Johnson, who comes to Las Terrazas Resort annually for a father/son fishing trip, puts it, “Nothing is too big or too small for Curl to expertly take care of – and always with a smile. From lost luggage to the best fishing guides, Curl takes care of our every need each year.”

Managing the Front Desk is so much more than just a job to Curl. It is his passion! When asked what gets him out of bed each morning, he eagerly shares that he loves the variety and challenges that each day brings. The respect that he has earned from the owners and staff alike are motivating, not to mention the obscure and sometimes naughty requests he sometimes gets from the guests. Though these untold secrets keep him laughing, he declined to comment in more detail – undoubtedly forging the trust that wins over those who enter the resort doors! Never one to be bothered or put off by all of the unique challenges that come with managing the Front Desk, Curl explains that he is proud to be “open all hours” and is happy to help every hotel guest no matter the time of day.

Curl has a great future ahead of him both personally and professionally. He just welcomed his second child into the world, a bouncing baby boy who made his debut on August 27th. Professionally speaking, Curl is just getting started in his career, with long term aspirations to one day run his own hotel in the Belize jungle. He longs to combine the fond memories of his rural upbringing with his current day resort experience, hoping to incorporate produce, wildlife, and hunting into the mix of luxury island hotel life. Until then, Curl is happy to lead the Front Office team with warmth, professionalism, and smiles by day and retiring to the soccer field by night.

Curl is much loved by all who encounter Las Terrazas Resort and is recognized by his smile from a mile away. Come visit our luxury boutique resort and make sure to meet Curl and the rest of his Front Desk team for yourself on beautiful Ambergris Caye, Belize!

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21 Things to Know Before Visiting Ambergris Caye

We know that traveling to a new country raises questions about what to expect and how to create the best experience during your beach vacation. For those planning your first trip to Ambergris Caye, Belize, let us help you come prepared. Below are 21 things, in no particular order, that you should know before experiencing the island and our Belize luxury resort for the first time. 

  1. We take COVID precautions seriously here in Belize, but we guarantee that you will still have a fantastic adventure. A negative rapid test is required upon landing in Belize City, masks are to be worn in public, and you must stay at a Gold Standard hotel such as Las Terrazas Resort. You may find more information on our website and in the Belize Health App. Other than that, you may still explore the Belize Barrier Reef, venture into the rainforest to the Mayan Ruins, head offshore to fish, and lounge by our 70’ infinity pool or white sand beach. 
  1. Free Wi-Fi. Las Terrazas Resort makes it easy for you to stay connected to home from our island resort – free Wi-Fi is available to all guests, both in the residences and throughout the hotel, helping your international vacation feel as close to home as possible. 
  1. The early bird gets the worm! The sun rises bright and early – around 5:30am year-round. Ease into your day with a traditional Belizean breakfast and fresh-pressed juices while relaxing by the infinity pool or opt for a beachside brunch at the one of the best Ambergris Caye restaurants the island has to offer. Or rise with the sun and get a head start on adventure; the island has many fantastic excursions to offer. Not an early riser? That’s okay! Our resort in Belize offers luxury rooms complete with heavy drapes to keep your room cozy and dark, giving you permission to laze the day away if you so wish.
Sunrise over the Caribbean Sea
  1. If you are traveling from the US, no adaptors are needed. The standard voltage in Belize is 110/220V and the typical 3 prong outlets used in America are used on the island and at Las Terrazas Resort hotel as well. 
  1. Don’t overpack – our Belize Spa Resort provides luxury bath amenities, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and lotion. Also available for your use are hair dryers, umbrellas for those surprise pop up showers, and yoga mats. Your kitchen will come fully stocked with plates, silverware, paper towels, coffee, cream and sugar. Pharmacies and grocery stores can be found in San Pedro town, and ask us about grocery stocking service prior to arrival. 
  1. Water. Your safety is a priority at Las Terrazas Resort. While you should drink bottled water while out and about, Las Terrazas Resort has an on-site Reverse Osmosis plant where well water goes through a series of filters to purify it and is tested quarterly to ensure its safety. Our luxury island resort is the best place to drink your heart out – both in terms of water, and by way of our fantastic O Bar on site. 
  1. No rental cars or GPS necessary. There’s almost zero risk of getting lost as the island is literally three streets wide, with Front Street running along the coast, Middle Street that runs from Las Terrazas Resort straight into town, and a third street on the lagoon side of the island. Las Terrazas Resort offers printed maps should you desire one, but otherwise this is a safe and easy island to blindly navigate on your own. From golf cart rentals (yes, you can really scoot your way around the island this way— see number 8) to land and water taxis, getting around is easy and affordable.
San Pedro Town, Belize
  1. Las Terrazas Resort wouldn’t be a true Belize beach resort if we didn’t have golf carts available for rent. This is a fun, unique alternative to public transportation and is an easy, breezy way to explore the island. Unlike many other countries, you can feel safe and at ease on our island roads— just watch out for pedestrians. There are no sidewalks in San Pedro so be mindful of those traveling on scooters, bikes, or by foot. 
  1. When in Ambergris Caye, you will be on “island time.” Expect a laid-back approach to life, where everything moves at a nice, slow pace that allows you to soak up all the island has to offer. Ambergris Caye is a place where you can leave your worries behind and slow down for a change.
  1. Speaking of island time, Belize offers a casual, happy hour vibe. Bars tend to be tame at night as people are more likely to retire early in order to hit the waters the next morning. Belize is home to the Belikin Brewery and to order a “beer” here means to expect a Belikin in return. One helpful tip: If your beer comes decorated with a napkin, use it to wipe off the mouth of the beer. When the salty air hits the recycled glass, rust tends to form so a quick wipe down will do your body (and your drink) good. 
Belikin Beer on the beach
  1. Be sure to tip in Belize. In some countries, tipping can be taboo or even offensive, but this is not the case in Belize. This generous gesture is comparable to the American practice; 15% and up is a good rule of thumb.
  1. Check your passports before booking your trip. All visitors must have a passport to enter the country, and passports must be valid for no less than six months after the intended period of stay. Most individuals don’t require a tourist visa to enter Belize. 
  1. Contrary to what you may have heard, Belize is not a third world country; it is more accurate to describe it as “developing” or “emerging”. While more rural areas might fit the third world description a bit more accurately, this is not the case on the island of Ambergris Caye. With high-speed internet, cable TV with channels in multiple languages, electricity, indoor plumbing, A/C, international airport, sophisticated transportation system, advanced and easily accessible healthcare, and impressive high literacy, low infant mortality, and high life expectancy rates, Belize is modern and advanced. While some maintenance standards might be lower than travelers live with, it is certainly nothing inconvenient or unsanitary, and these differences are hardly noticeable once you get acclimated. 
  1. Traveling with children? We love kids! US airports as well as Belize immigration require children under 18 years must travel with a valid passport. Immigration officials might also ask to see kids’ US birth certificates. Children traveling with one parent require a notarized letter of authority from the other parent indicating travel consent. Be sure to include your dates of travel, hotel name and location, name of the child, and who they are traveling with. Our Reservations Manager will provide additional information upon booking your reservation.
Kids are always welcome at Las Terrazas Resort
  1. Just like on many beaches across the world, sand flies – or “no-see-ums” – are present on Ambergris Caye. They are thought to be most active in the sand after a rainstorm, but a few simple tricks should help you avoid these pesky bugs. Wearing baby oil on your legs is a great deterrent as they can’t bite through it. DEET works and is also a great repellant for the mosquitos – especially between the hours of 5-7pm, as they are most active at dusk.
  1. Despite the assumption that many developing or central American countries are unsafe, you will find Belize to be relatively safe – and this is especially true of Ambergris Caye.  There are few violent crimes, though petty theft does occur on occasion. Pay attention to your belongings, don’t flaunt your things, and don your fanny pack or money belt if you dare. Las Terrazas Resort also has in-room safes to keep your valuables secure. What’s important to you is important to us, and your valuables are safe in our care.
  1. While our luxury island resort is a paradise on its own, we encourage our guests to get out, mingle with the locals, and experience authentic Belizean life on the island. Belize is known for the warmth, hospitality, and easy camaraderie found among its citizens. You truly won’t meet a stranger while on our turf. 
  1. Unlike other tourist destinations, in Belize you will not be overwhelmed by vendors hoping to sell things to you. Entrepreneurs invite you to buy – it is their job after all – but the culture here is much more laid back. A simple “no thanks” will do the trick; vendors will let you peacefully move on to shop. On the other hand, if you enjoy bartering and want to find the best deals, this style of shopping is acceptable among the open-air vendors in town (think flea markets). Belize is known for its jewelry and wood carvings, and the best place to shop for them on the island is along Barrier Reef Drive. The vendors are friendly and can usually provide you with a neat back story on their business and how their items were made. 
Local Shopping – Photo by AJ Baxter
  1. Speaking of island shopping, it is helpful to know that the currency exchange rate is set at $2BZD to $1USD. Currency exchange is available at the airport, but American currency is widely accepted on the island and credit cards are accepted at most Ambergris Caye resorts and restaurants. It is worth mentioning that AmEx is not widely used on the island and ATMs don’t always have cash available. Should you pay in cash, you may receive Belize currency in change (which works great for tipping), but heads up that there is not an exchange service when you depart from the airport.
  1. A tropical island like Ambergris Caye is more affordable than you may think. Enjoy local fare, like stewed chicken, rice, and beans for just $5USD. Local beer and alcohol typically run for less than $3USD per drink. The island has a plethora of affordable options available to you, but let’s not forget what draws us all to Ambergris Caye in the first place – its natural beauty! The Belize Barrier Reef, Mayan jungles, Caribbean Sea, and ancient ruins are some of the many astounding reasons people are drawn to the island.
  1. Belize is known for its beautiful beaches, but please know that they are not always 100% pristine. In fact, sea grass and sargassum seaweed are to be expected on the beaches. Sea grass grows completely underwater, is a valuable part of the ecosystem, and is what the sea life here dines on. This means awesome snorkeling, from the famous Mexico Rocks and even right off the shore at Las Terrazas Resort. Sargassum, on the other hand, floats on the water, and ocean currents take it to beaches all over the Caribbean. While this does not always make for the most attractive beach, Las Terrazas Resort rakes the beach daily to minimize damage to the beach while making it most attractive for your vacation photos. We guarantee that you will experience a beautiful and pristine beach while on our property!

And there you have it…. The top 21 things that first-time visitors to Ambergris Caye should expect! You’ve been warned: once you come to Ambergris Caye, you may never want to leave.  

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Las Terrazas Resort’s List of the Best in Belize Cocktails

Are you dreaming of Belize, but can’t quite get away? Are you craving a tropical vacation… or at the very least, a drink?! Let the attentive staff at Las Terrazas Resort bring the island of Ambergris Caye to you with these unBELIZEable cocktails, straight from our bar to yours! In the words of Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet – it’s five o’clock somewhere and this happy hour is on us!

Curl and Las Terrazas Resort's famous Rum Punch
Curl and Las Terrazas Resort’s famous Rum Punch

Belizean Rum Punch

A classic creation from the Caribbean, Rum Punch is now served all over the world… though nobody makes it quite like Belize! Made from the lush sugar cane crops that grow so well in coastal regions, rum has become a widespread and iconic liquor in this part of the world. This distilled spirit mixes well in fruity cocktails and can even be enjoyed neat or on the rocks as it is known for having a high quality and smooth taste. Its sweet undertones of molasses that linger past each sip make this an alcohol that does not bite.

While this is one liquor every Caribbean visitor is encouraged to try, even more impressive is that Rum Punch has been declared the national cocktail of Belize! Found on nearly every menu and enjoyed by locals and travelers alike, there is truly no better way to greet island visitors. As such, this refreshing cocktail is the Welcome Home drink for all Las Terrazas Resort guests! Served on the dock upon arrival by our staff, including the fantastic Curl Bell (pictured above!), we can make our Rum Punch extra special with the addition of a paleta! Made from organic tropical fruits, these Spanish popsicles are delightful and full of flavor, giving our punch a special twist. Las Terrazas Resort is proud to partner with Regina Sansores from Las Paletas by Regina, as her handmade paletas are a local favorite on the island and provide a special addition to our already special cocktail. Her paletas boast of variety; her menu offers more than 15 flavors and includes both water and cream-based treats. When it comes to our Rum Punch, one thing is certain: this is one drink that leaves a lasting impression and has guests longing for more… and now you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home. 

*A selection of several juices can be used to create your own special drink for all occasions.


1 oz. Dark Rum (such as Travellers or One Barrel— both of which are distilled in Belize!)

1 oz. Coconut Rum

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

1 oz. Orange Juice

1/2 oz. Lime Juice

Dash of Grenadine or cherry syrup

Garnish with fruit

Pour over ice

The "Monica" Shot
The “Monica” Shot

The Monica Cocktail

This ‘Happy Shot’ was first dreamed up for a destination wedding by our beloved bartender, Monica. Tasked with creating a special drink for the groom and gentlemen of the wedding party, it was initially served as the Green Chable but has since been dubbed the Monica Cocktail, for obvious reasons. An impressive combination of hues and flavors, this is one drink that is sure to wow your guests! 


1 oz. Hyper Vodka

1/2 oz. Peach Schnapps

1/2 oz. Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz. Blue Curacao

Shake all ingredients over ice and strain through a Hawkes strainer

Pour into a large shot glass or small rock glass with ice

Garnish with fresh pineapple

Pineapple Mimosa
Pineapple Mimosa

Pineapple Mimosa

Otherwise known as the Mimosa 2.0! We’ve upgraded this popular cocktail with pineapple juice in lieu of the classic orange juice recipe with which most are acquainted. Spice up your next brunch with this simple, yet brilliant, twist!


3 parts Sparkling Wine

1 part Fresh Pineapple Juice

Garnish with sliced pineapple and Maraschino cherries and let the bubbly do its job! 

The Terrazas Cocktail
The Terrazas Cocktail

The Terrazas

A beautiful shade of blue with a perfect blend of tropical flavors, this signature drink was created with the Las Terrazas Resort logo in mind! This cocktail will perfectly satisfy the palette, all while giving you a craving for what Ambergris Caye does best: the beautiful Caribbean waters! Head to our pristine 70’ Infinity Pool with this drink in hand or order one as you lounge on the white sand beach, overlooking the aquamarine waters of the Caribbean Sea. There’s nothing better than drinking The Terrazas while lounging in luxury at Las Terrazas Resort! 


2 oz. Coconut Rum

1 oz. Blue Curacao 

1 oz. Coconut Cream

1 oz. Pineapple Juice

1/2 oz Fresh Lime Juice

Serve blended over ice and enjoy! 

Did you enjoy a cocktail at Las Terrazas Resort that you haven’t quite been able to replicate at home? Would you like the recipe for a famous O Restaurant special that you enjoyed during your stay? Don’t hesitate to reach out to us and ask for the recipe – we’d love to send a little Belize your way and help you achieve a sunny state of mind…regardless of your current destination. 


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7 Ways to Stay Active on your Belize Vacation

While some people prefer to use their beach vacations as a break from working out, others like to remain active even while traveling. Regardless of the category you fall in, Ambergris Caye, Belize, is the destination for you! Offering both complete relaxation and an abundance of fitness options, the little island of Ambergris Caye can meet all of your fitness goals. And while our boutique island resort does not have an on-site gym, we do offer several amenities at Las Terrazas Resort, such as bicycles, kayaks, and Hobie Cats that all allow for both an awesome beach workout while also exploring the island and nearby Caribbean Sea. If you are looking for something a bit more specific or extreme, then look no further than the island of Ambergris Caye itself. Below are several other activities that are sure to meet your fitness preferences during your Belizean vacation.

CrossFit class
Drop in on a CrossFit class
  1. CrossFit. The W.O.D. Zone is a local CrossFit gym on Ambergris Caye that is owned and operated by Sushil and Lucien Pollard, who make other people’s fitness goals their own personal priority. So well-known is their gym that they actually have the highest drop in rate of any CrossFit facility in all of Central America and the Caribbean! Catering to the many travelers who vacation in Belize, this facility offers a $30 BZE drop in rate for one class, or a weekly pass for $100 BZE (6 classes, including Saturday). Be sure to check out CrossFit San Pedro Town for their address and class schedule. And a tip, just for free: You might want to drop in for an active Saturday class as rumor has it, they sometimes have mimosas! 
  1. Fun in the Sun Aquafit. While Las Terrazas Resort’s 70’ Infinity pool is perfect for lounging, taking a casual swim, and delectable pool side dining, if you are looking for a more strenuous water workout, be sure to check out Fun In the Sun Aquafit. Trainer Eileen Jamison will not only whip you into shape on vacation but will keep you laughing while doing so. She is famous for helping you maintain what she calls a “beauteous gluteous” and for getting rid of that pesky muffin top. Classes are held on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10:00-11:00 and are only $15 BZE to attend. A steal of a deal for an hour of fitness, free equipment, and fun in the sun!
Dawson's Pit Fighters
Dawson’s Pit Fighters
  1. Mixed Martial Arts. For martial artists visiting Ambergris Caye, be sure to check out Dawson’s Pit Fighters. Run by local coach Martin Dawson, this MMA school champions both people and values and trains in self-defense techniques such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, kickboxing, and Lima-Lama. Dawson’s Pit Fighters also seeks to empower the community; they recently partnered with Hope Haven, a nonprofit children’s home in Belize, where they offer the organization’s young girls free monthly self-defense tactics meant to empower and protect. You can check out Dawson’s website to see about current class times or contact him here to inquire about visiting a class. 
  1. Cardio Dance Fitness. Looking to get your Zumba on while on vacation? Located next to Barrel Bar just north of San Pedro High School, this cardio dance class will get you moving and grooving as you raise your heartbeat through fast paced, fun-filled active dance moves, punching, and kicking. Classes are $15 BZE for a week and are offered on weekdays at 6:00 am and 6:00 and 7:00 pm. Get your groove on as you sweat your heart out.
Private yoga classes by appointment
  1. Yoga.  The discipline of yoga can be both physical and spiritual and with the view of the aquamarine Caribbean waters, the salty breeze drifting through the air, the sound of the waves lapping nearby, and the adoption of physical postures meant to strengthen your body and purify your mind, this is one practice that will truly appeal to each of your senses. Las Terrazas Resort offers yoga mats for your own personal use, or with the purchase of our popular Wellness Package we can arrange for your own private lesson on our signature dock that overlooks the Caribbean Sea! 
  1. Gym. If you are looking for a more traditional gym experience, the Train Station Fitness Club is the facility for you. Famous for their quality equipment, professional and well-trained staff, and delicious smoothies and shakes, this is Ambergris Caye’s most popular gym. The Train Station offers a wide variety of free weights, weight machines, cardio equipment, personal training, and group fitness classes and has a little bit of everything for everyone to stay active while on vacation. Check them out the next time you are visiting Belize. 
ATM Cave
Hike breathtaking ATM Cave
  1. Hiking. While Ambergris Caye itself is fairly flat, the beach does offer a 25 mile stretch for oceanside walking or beach runs. If more traditional hiking trails are what you are looking for, consider an excursion to mainland Belize for a dose of historical, architectural, natural, and active adventure. A day trip to Actun Tunichil Mucknal (or ATM Cave for short) includes hiking through flat shaded nature trails through the jungle as well as through three different knee deep steams, followed by a trek through caves that are often chest deep in waters. This day trip from Las Terrazas Resort is moderate in difficulty and is the perfect blend of physical activity and exploration through ancient Mayan civilization.

Ambergris Caye is a perfect option for those who enjoy a fit and active beach vacation. Be sure to check out any or all of these fitness options when planning your next trip to Belize. Contact our Las Terrazas Resort reservations office to book your trip today! 

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My Family Vacation to Belize: A Travel Agent’s Perspective

Ambergris Caye is the perfect beach vacation destination for family members of all ages. From educational experiences rich in history and culture, adventures that take you far above treetop canopies and deep down beneath caves, to soaking up the wind and the waves by way of jet skis, kayaks, parasailing, and sunset cruises, one thing is certain: the island of Ambergris Caye is full of adventure and is made for creating memories that will last a lifetime.

We interviewed Kris Nelson, who recently traveled to Ambergris Caye for spring break. As a travel agent formerly with Strong Travel Services, Kris had been to Ambergris Caye once before with a group of travel agents. Although she did have the opportunity to explore famous jungles of Belize, she was technically still at work, and she did not get to experience everything on her wish list. However, her time here in Belize was enough for her to know that she would one day come back. Kris was drawn to the amazing light blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, fell in love with the authentic community that is evidenced on the island, and delighted in the fact that golf carts are the main mode of transportation around town. These things made her return to Ambergris Caye a simple choice, and she could not wait to return to Belize for her family’s spring break trip.


Not only did Kris bring her own family to Las Terrazas Resort on Ambergris Caye, they invited friends to travel with them, because travel is alway more fun with friends! Between both families, there were two teenage boys – a great age in that they were old enough to drive the golf carts (valid driver’s licenses are required to drive), were able to experience nearly all that the island had to offer, and could have explored San Pedro on their own if they had wanted. And though the island was perfectly suitable for these near-adults, don’t be discouraged if you have younger children in your family; the resort alone has much to offer for children of all ages. Ask our Beach Captain for lessons in climbing a coconut tree, sailing the Hobie Cat, or scouring the sea grass for starfish. And be sure that your camera is nearby – the smiles you capture are definitely Christmas card worthy.

As far as Kris’ family and friends, they opted for an excursion to mainland Belize where they rode through the jungle on ATVs, hiked to a cave, and then went cave tubing through ancient, underground rivers… all of which were a huge hit for every member of their trip, headlamps and all!


The Truck Stop, Belize’ first ever shipping container food park and beer garden, was also a favorite shared experience. The Truck Stop’s proximity to Las Terrazas Resort, the variety of food, and the laid-back ambiance made this a fantastic spot for these two families to hang out. Visitors will love the live music and activities like watching an outdoor poolside movie, singing karaoke, or playing ping pong and corn-hole. You might even find yourself on stage for the Not-So-Newlywed Game or Family Feud.

The Truck Stop

Staying at Las Terrazas Resort was a no-brainer for Kris and her family. As the most luxurious spa resort on the island, and the only Virtuoso property, Las Terrazas Resort was an easy pick based on seclusion and elegance. The family enjoyed fry jacks for breakfast each morning and raved about the fine dining offered at O Restaurant, the resort’s onsite eatery.

Despite Las Terrazas Resort’s luxury and glam, Kris did mention that it would be helpful for families to know that Ambergris Caye is not a place to expect opulence at every turn. While there are certainly pockets of luxury, the island is overall known for being a relaxed and casual destination where the locals are very proud. They welcome you to try their food, crafts and customs… and you should! Kris suggests knowing where the island’s hidden gems are, like the Secret (not so secret anymore!) Beach and Elvi’s Kitchen.

Elvi's Kitchen

With all of the traveling that Kris has experienced in her career as a travel agent, it is an honor to know that she chose Ambergris Caye and Las Terrazas Resort as her family’s spring break destination. And while it might seem easy to just book a trip yourself in today’s digital age, using a travel agent is still such a valuable resource.

Resort View Residence patio

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