Mick and Lucy Fleming bought the farm that became Chaa Creek the same year that my partner Cully started Slickrock Adventures: 1977. Their original 140 acre farm eventually grew to 365 acres and into Belize’s first and foremost environmentally active eco-resort. It’s hard to figure out how to describe this amazing place and what to include: their absolutely stunning Belize lodging options with original Belizean artwork in every room, the expansive grounds, the huge organic farm that supplies many raw materials to nourish up to 200 guests and staff, the extensive spa, their butterfly farm and on-site museum and natural history center, their safari-style jungle camp unequaled anywhere in Belize, or their program for Belize kids and teachers which they fund to benefit all of Belize. Each and every part of this huge operation reveals the careful attention to detail that I recall from the early 90s when we based out of the jungle camp during the inland part of our Belize Adventure Week trip.
It was way cool to see them again. Despite spending 1-3 months/year here I have just never run into them. They hosted our breakfast Sunday morning, and it was obvious that they haven’t let up since 1977. They build and renovate constantly. Chaa Creek is an evolving labor of love for these two very gifted and dedicated individuals.
We have already visited at least 15 excellent lodges, but still Chaa Creek stands out. Here you really can get to know Belize. Sure you can book your vacation at Chaa Creek and just luxuriate in your room and get an open-air massage or tour a ruin or cave. But you can also learn about the endangered creatures in the surrounding jungle and what you can do to help. This week you could witness their Eco-Kids program in action, as we did. You can admire a huge collection of artwork by Belizean artists. You can become familiar with Belize ecology at the museum and natural history center. Although it is very much a luxury resort, they have taken profits from this huge operation and put it back into the country. Way to go, Mick and Lucy!
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