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June 2021

By Slickrock Adventures on June 25, 2021

Dear Slickrock Friends,

I trust all’s well with you and yours.

As the rainy season officially begins, we’re looking to navigate our way through the biggest crisis most of us have experienced in our lifetimes and Slickrock’s biggest challenge since it was established way back in 1977.

My two biggest priorities are to look after the Slickrock family now and in the long term, as well as carry on the torch that Cully Erdman lit 44 years ago and Lucy Wallingford re-ignited 35 years ago.

The Belizean team can easily run the show, and I see myself transitioning into empowering everyone confidence-wise to really make their own mark on our unique island, and the business.

When I first met them as a somewhat lost 26-year-old at a crossroad, trying to decide whether to make a life in the UK or Belize, a country I fell in love with three years previously, they personally were the real reason I chose the latter.

Caribbean Friends

My friends in Belize
Are like roots to the trees
No matter the breeze

They’re there when in need
It’s not about greed
Not for money, just a deed
I would financially bleed
To return such a deed

And prove how they are seen
As bright as a beam

In other news, Alaska Airlines has confirmed a new non-stop service from the West Coast of the United States to Belize, commencing later this year. Belize will become the fourth country that Alaska Airlines flies to from its West Coast hubs, joining Canada, Mexico, and Costa Rica.

The land borders with Guatemala and Mexico reopened for tourist (only) yesterday, 31st May 2021. Things are finally starting to head towards what we knew as normal before Covid shut the world by the end of Q1 2020.

We have reduced our pre-Covid price by 18%, and have included airport shuttles, dinner, breakfast, and accommodation on both the Friday night and Saturday night stays at Best Western. It used to exclude the shuttles, dinner, and breakfast on Saturday night.

As part of the recovery from a 95% drop in business since March 2020, the only change going forward is discontinuing the 10% discount for repeat guests due to the extra costs incurred. We will be keeping this price for all of 2021 and 2022.

We will honour the 10% discount on private charters exceeding 20 guests, only.

We have been inundated with enquiries as of late. For private charters next season (minimum of 15), the last week of November (26th) and the first two weeks of December (3rd and 10th) are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Next season’s non-charter weeks will be open to anyone on 31st December 2021 for New Year’s, 11th February 2022 for Valentine’s, 18th March 2022, 25th March 2022, and 1st April 2022 for Spring Break.

Christmas sold out yesterday, so we will open up further weeks in 2022 for general bookings (non-charters).

We look forward to welcoming you back, or for the first time.

Please feel free to call anytime between 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Friday Belize time (Central America Time).

Thanks for your support in the past, present, or future.

Cheers,
Phil Dowsett

CEO – Slickrock Adventures
+1 800-390-5715
slickrock@slickrock.com

Covid-19 Travel Update

With regards to Covid-19, we became a government-approved Gold Standard Hotel (Long Caye Adventure Camp), and Gold Standard Tour Operator (Slickrock Adventures), implementing extra sanitisation and safety measures, which won’t dampen the experience. Prevention and minimising risks, even without Covid-19 on the scene has been our priority. This is for your peace of mind, as well as our Slickrock team.

The Belize government’s requirement at this moment in time is simply a negative Rapid Antigen test 48 hours before arrival, or a negative PCR test 96 hours before arrival.
*The Belize government announced the discontinuation of the Travel App requirement previously in place, and has waived the Covid test prior to arrival if you have been fully vaccinated two weeks or more before travel.

https://belizetourismboard.org/belize-covid-19-update-for-travellers/

In accordance with CDC to re-enter the States, we have arranged a Rapid Antigen test for US$75 per person. They will come to Best Western as you arrive back from the island and you’ll get results within 30 minutes.


Covid-19 Cancellation Policy

If you are unable to travel due to restrictions placed on your home country or Belize by the government(s) or airlines, or if the resort is unable to open due to government restrictions, any paid bookings are eligible for rebooking for future dates of up to a year from your original check-in date. Guests will receive full credit for the amount paid to apply to the future rebooking dates, subject to availability.

As with previous terms, all cancellations are subject to a minimum US$100 administration fee, if not re-booked for an alternative date.