When much of the modern archeological digs of the ruins occurred in the 1960’s, huge quantities of carved jade objects and other objects of the area’s ancient wealth was found in its 13 royal tombs. Most of the temples have yet to be unearthed in just this region alone, so when hiking and spotting exotic monkeys and birds, one must think about all the hundreds of hillside temples yet to be professionally unearthed for study. About three stories tall, the tallest temples are to be climbed by those in the good health and physical shape. And it’s worth every step to embrace the view from the top of the structure and feel the sense of accomplishment the Mayans must have felt.
If you want to see the best of Belize, Journey’s End Resort at the private Ambergris Caye five miles by boat from the bustling tourist town of San Pedro. is the place to stay once you’ve made the 20 minute flight from landing in Belize City, the capital of Belize. Fifty acres of exotic bliss await you at this tropical nirvana. With its recently completed two million dollars in renovations, the resort offers a laid back luxury not found nearby. Ruben Munoz, the general manager of the resort says it best, “People come here to forget about their cares. Here we offer them ways to do that, from the food to the sports to the beautiful surroundings.”
Accommodations come in all sizes at Journey’s End, but staying in the villas overlooking the beach is highly recommended. Decorated in bright Caribbean colors and old world woods with four poster beds and 400 thread count sheets, it’s the perfect respite after a busy day of adventuring. Whether a romantic getaway or a group gathering, the hotel can accommodate just about any need. Want to have a private beach picnic? No problem. Or a specialty themed dinner? Done. It’s all possible at Journey’s End thanks to the superior cuisine from the resort’s two restaurants, Luna for the five star dining experience and The Smiling Toucan, the other beachside eatery serving more familiar fare. While dining under the stars or Luna’s palapa thatched roof, local seafood and exotic vegetables, international specialties are a way of life here. A sunset champagne dinner boat cruise can be reserved, too, where you see the island chain and share the crisp ocean breeze by moonlight.
After a relaxing day of sunning on the private beach of the resort, try the Serenity Spa. From facials to massages, Serenity specializes in regional treatments. Recommended is the Vanilla and Mango Brown Sugar Glow, a scrubbing treatment guaranteed to help create a fresher skin tone and the Rose Mud Wrap, a silky wrap that creates a completely refreshed feeling.
When you think you’ve seen all there is to experience in this tropical paradise, there’s even more. From seeing the jaguar preserves the to the shark dives, manatee safaris, fly fishing and helicopter tours, Belize offers so much fun that ensures the reputation of this la