Although heading south for a summer vacation may sound counter-intuitive, it makes perfect sense if the destination is Belize, and the traveller takes advantage of newly announced summertime discounts, according to The Lodge at Chaa Creek.
Elsie Pacheco, Chaa Creek’s reservations administrator, said that she’s not surprised to see more and more families, couples, groups and individuals choosing to spend their summer vacations at Chaa Creek.
“Although many people may not realise it, Belize’s unique climate and geography often make summer months cooler and fresher here than they are up North. Fresh sea breezes from our Caribbean coast combine with the vast jungle tracts to keep summer temperatures averaging between 86°F (30°C) and 84°F (28°C),” Ms Pacheco said.
Ms Pacheco also pointed out that even Belize’s most popular attractions are often less crowded than many state, national and amusement parks in North America and Europe.
“You’ll never find long lines or overcrowding in Belize as often happens in popular vacation spots during summer months elsewhere. Our high season is during the winter, so things are less crowded and more laid back in Belize during the summer,” she said.
Ms Pacheco said that Chaa Creek is offering extra incentives to come down to Belize during the summer with a featured monthly all-inclusive Belize vacation package for each summer month that combines discounts with specially designed holiday packages.
“Throughout June we offer a ‘Beach and Jungle Adventure’ seven day all-inclusive vacation that allows guests to split their time between Chaa Creek and one of our Caribbean partners resorts, giving travellers a chance to experience Belize’s two most popular attractions during one seamless holiday and for one affordable set price that covers accommodation, all meals, transfers, activities and everything else for a perfect vacation.
“July is ‘All You Need is Love’ month which, as the name implies, includes everything needed for a luxurious seven day honeymoon or romantic interlude, and August features a ‘Free Night Stay’ offer, where guests only pay for two nights out of a three night vacation,” she said.
Ms Pacheco said that in addition to the monthly features, Chaa Creek also offers guests an opportunity to get up close to one of the world’s largest creatures with the “Whale Shark Adventure Package.”
“Between June 20 to June 28 2016 Chaa Creek will once again partner with Robert’s Grove in Placencia to offer the Whale Shark Adventure all-inclusive Belize vacation package, which gives visitors a rare opportunity to get close to these magnificent animals while enjoying a very full yet relaxing Belizean holiday,” she said.
June 21 is also when the Maya Summer Solstice is celebrated at Chaa Creek and throughout the “Mundo Maya”, or Maya world, that takes in Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, with ritual celebrations held at many ancient Maya temples and archaeological sites, Ms Pacheco noted. “Due to our central location between Caracol and Tikal, the area’s most important ancient Maya cities, with Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, El Pilar and other Maya sites close by, Chaa Creek makes a perfect home base for exploring the world of the ancient Maya this summer,” she said.
Regardless of whether a visitor wishes to take advantage of the featured specials, there is still plenty for families, couples, groups of friends and individuals to do during summer, Ms Pacheco said.
“Chaa Creek is known throughout the travel industry as Belize’s ‘Destination within a Destination’ due to the number of things there are to see and experience right here within our 400 acre private nature reserve with miles of trails and over 70 recorded ancient Maya archaeological sites.
“With the Mariposa restaurant and lounge featuring farm-to-table dining, the internationally renown Hilltop Spa, the onsite Belize Natural History Museum, Blue Morpho butterfly exhibit and traditional Maya organic farm, as well as an infinity pool, lush tropical gardens, miles of well maintained trails perfect for nature walks, horseback or mountain bike riding, guided birding and nocturnal nature walks, and canoe excursions down the beautiful Macal River, there’s no end of things to do no matter your age or interests,” Ms Pacheco said.
And considering Belize’s close proximity to North America, with recently expanded air service by major international and local carriers, a Belizean summer vacation is easy and need not cost more than a domestic holiday, she advised.
“When you consider how much there is to do right here, and weigh up costs for a comparable vacation elsewhere, a Belize vacation at Chaa Creek becomes very affordable. Especially with our wide range of all-inclusive Belize vacation packages, where there’s nothing to plan and you’re not paying separately for each and every item, a Chaa Creek vacation looks very attractive. You return home truly relaxed and having had an exotic overseas vacation without facing those unwanted credit card surprises.
“We have a team of consultants who are more than happy to work with people to create the perfect Belize vacation catering to their specific interests and budgets,” Ms Pacheco said, adding that travellers may contact their travel agents or Chaa Creek directly for more details or to make bookings.
“Great weather, a wealth of exciting things to do, exquisite dining and plenty of opportunities to relax in a hammock or around the infinity pool with a cold drink and book in hand… it’s easy to see why more and more people are choosing Belize for their dream summer vacation, and we’re here to make those dreams come true,” Ms Pacheco said.
The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a multi award winning eco resort set within a 400-acre private nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in Belize.