Story by Jill Fergus
Photos by Mark Lewis/ Imagebank
Paddle your way to an ideal vacation—try kayaking off the coast of this small Central American country just south of Mexico. Slickrock Adventures shows you how to maneuver through the water in a boat built for one or two.
Looking for a vacation that offers the ultimate dunking? Look no further. Pack up your bathing suit and go Belize sea kayaking in Central America, fly-fishing in Montana, or white-water rafting in Iceland. The weeklong jaunts listed on the following pages offer fun-filled drenchings among some of the most awe-inspiring scenery. Each provides a perfect recipe for an entertaining and challenging experience—just add water.
Want to escape to the tropics? Head to Belize for a week of sea kayaking with Utah-based Slickrock Adventures. Belize boasts some of the world’s most pristine coral reef, especially around Glover’s Reef, an atoll 65 miles southeast of Belize City. Groups of 18 or less arrive via charter boat to Slickrock’s 13-acre tropical island, Long Caye, Belize, where dozens of one- or two-person kayaks await. Guides instruct visitors of all skill levels on rolling, entering and exiting the kayak while in water, and other techniques. They also offer daily guided tours around the atoll’s shallow lagoon, where you can snorkel with barracudas, stingrays, and sea turtles. Guests decide how little or how much they want to do: Windsurfing, beach volleyball, and surf kayaking (wave riding in a kayak) available. Meals such as conch stew and broiled red snapper with fried plantains are taken in a rustic open-walled pavilion. Lodgings are in thatched-roof stilted cabanas with no electricity or plumbing. It’s a bit of an adjustment for some people, but by week’s end few want to leave this eco-paradise.
For more Belize information contact Slickrock Adventures (800-390-5715; www.slickrock.com; available December through May).