Private Island Resort Belize
Adventure Island Belize – A Private Island Resort, photo by Clayton Anderson

If you are planning to visit Belize, likely you have around 8 or 9 days to spend on your vacation. Most people like to do a combination of island and inland. Then they get the best of both: incredible Caribbean island with white coral sand and tall, shady palm trees coupled with deep jungle full of tropical birds, exotic flowering plants, and Mayan ruins.

Our island packages to Long Caye are some of the best no-hassle all-inclusive adventures you can find. I find that people often like a combination of a set package with some Belize- on-your-own so that they can spend part of their week just winging it, and part of the week on our island on a no-brainer tour where everything is within paddling or swimming distance of our shore. No packing and unpacking, no figuring out where to eat or where to stay, and since it’s all inclusive, no surprises on the final bill.

Our Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef First Half package is a 6 night package, 4 on the island, and the first and last in Belize City. This will dovetail perfectly with a trip to the Community Baboon Sanctuary (Howler Monkey preserve) for 2 nights. This 8 night itinerary is mid-week to mid-week, designed especially that way so that you get the best rates on air tickets. Everyone wants weekend to weekend, so if you can do the opposite, you might save as much as $1-200!

The inland part of the itinerary takes in a wildlife preserve, a birding preserve, a Mayan ruin, the Belize Zoo, and our favorite restaurant! With this short trip itinerary, you will get to see a huge selection of the best of Belize.

map of belize one week itinerary

Here’s the itinerary with links and pricing (all rates in US$). We start out the trip by renting a car and transferring to the Howler Monkey Resort. Although simple, it’s budget friendly and in a fabulous location.

Howler Monkey Lodge
Howler Monkey Lodge

Day 1 – Fly to Belize and transfer to Howler Monkey Resort

Wednesday – fly to BZE. You will probably land sometime in the early afternoon. Go through customs and immigration and meet your rental car pickup from CarOne Rental Belize. They will drive you 15 minutes to their office which is almost directly across the highway from the Biltmore where you will be meeting us on Friday, so it will be a cinch to return the car at the end of the trip (and their airport pick-up will save you $30 on the cab ride into town). The cost for a Dodge Avenger is $60/day, and you will need it for 2 days.

Once you have your car, drive back toward the airport and beyond to Howler Monkey Resort. Located in the heart of the Community Baboon Sanctuary at the village of Bermudian Landing, you are guaranteed to see more Howlers than you have ever seen in your life! This simple jungle lodge is the perfect place to spend the next 2 nights, and it’s a great deal at $100 – $140/night, depending on room chosen, and this price includes breakfast and dinner!

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Northern Jacana, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, photo by Patti Bleifuss

Day 2 – Driving tour on your own, birding at Crooked Tree and exploring Altun Ha Mayan ruin

Thursday – Before your trip, make a reservation for an early morning birding tour with the Birds Eye View Lodge at Crooked Tree. This inland lagoon is located about 45 minutes from your lodge. Drive out past the Community Baboon Sanctuary and back to the Northern Highway and turn left (north). At the village of Sand Hill, continue on the Northern Highway (left fork). Drive another 10 miles to the turnoff to Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary and follow the signs to Bird’s Eye View Lodge. You’ll have to get there early, tours start at 6 or 7 am. They take you on a boat into the secret, marshy parts of the lagoon. During this 3 hour tour you will likely see 30 different exotic bird species or more. The birding tour for 1-3 persons is $125, each additional person is $35. After the tour, return to the lodge for lunch, which is $15 per person. Their food is delicious! Make sure they know that you plan to have lunch there after the tour. Visit this blog post to learn more about the best birding tour in Belize!

After lunch, drive to Altun Ha Mayan ruin. Retrace your route back to Sand Hill, then take the other fork, which when coming from Crooked Tree will be a left. Go about another 10 miles to the turnoff for Altun Ha. The entrance fee is $5 US per person. It’s possible to tour the ruins without a guide, but we do recommend you hire one right there at the gate. We don’t know the exact rate, but it will be very affordable and will increase your enjoyment of the ruins. Return to Howler Monkey Resort after the ruins.

Black Howler Monkey at the Community Baboon Sanctuary
Black Howler Monkey at the Community Baboon Sanctuary, photo by Patti Bleifuss

Day 3 – Driving tour on your own, Community Baboon Sanctuary, Belize Zoo, and Cheers for lunch!

Friday – This morning you will first move out of your rooms because you won’t be returning to the Howler Monkey Lodge. After breakfast drive just a mile or less to the museum of the Community Baboon Sanctuary. This cute little homegrown museum has a lot of great info, and it costs just $3/person to get in. Be sure to hire a local guide who is probably hanging out right there to take you to see the monkeys. They will walk you the equivalent of half a block to where the monkeys are right by the path. They are always knowledgeable about the monkeys, having grown up there with them nearby all their lives.

When you are done at the museum, drive back towards the highway, but take a right turn toward Hattieville at the village of Burrell Boom. This will take you through a part of Belize you have not seen before. You’ll pass the prison. Don’t stop there! At Hattieville you will hit the Western Highway, turn right toward the Belize Zoo, which is about 15 miles from this turn off. The Belize Zoo is internationally famous. All animals are rescues and all are native to Belize. It’s a fantastic zoo and you’ll get to see jaguar, jaguarundi, tapir, and other animals you may never have even heard of. The entrance fee is $15 per person. Before turning into the zoo, decide if you want to have lunch now, or several hours later. Cheers is our favorite restaurant in the whole country, and it’s just a few miles more on the left (the zoo is on the right). Drive past the turnoff to Dangriga (the Coastal Road) and look for Cheers, you can’t miss it. Lunch will cost you about $10-12 per person.

Spend several hours at the zoo, it’s incredible. Just make sure you have enough time (to be safe, leave by 3:30 pm) to drive back to Belize City, drop everyone and luggage at the Biltmore, while the driver turns in the vehicle at CarOne Rental just a few blocks away, walking back to the Biltmore. Check in and be ready to meet your Slickrock guide at 5:30 pm for your trip meeting, shopping trip to nearby Brodies for last minute items, and dinner at the hotel. We go to bed early because we are getting up early to catch the boat to the island! Once you meet us, everything but your bar bill is covered: lodging, dinner and breakfast the next morning at the hotel. The cost for the Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef 6 night package is $1675 per person although if you have a group of 4 or more, you will get 10% off for each person!

Belize cabanas
Belize cabanas – Long Caye at Glover’s Reef, photo by John Holder

Day 4 – Transport to the island, move into cabanas, go snorkeling!

Saturday – After group breakfast walk to our private dock two blocks away. Your luggage is driven. From here we travel three hours by boat to Long Caye (65 miles). After lunch, move into your cabana, explore the island, and snorkel right off our shore after the snorkel orientation. Every night we have happy hour, appetizers, and volleyball before dinner and socializing after.

Kayak snorkeling at Glover's Reef
Kayak snorkeling at Glover’s Reef, Belize, photo by Victor Myers

Day 5 – Sea kayak orientation, snorkeling out of the kayaks, learn to windsurf

Sunday – Our sea kayak orientation is this morning: we cover paddle strokes, entering and exiting the kayak, and rescue techniques. Both this and the snorkel orientation the afternoon before are required, as we don’t offer these again. Starting in the afternoon, the itinerary is open. Several things are offered at once and you can choose what you wish to do. After lunch one guide takes a group paddling to a nearby patch reef to snorkel from the kayaks, while another guide offers windsurfing instruction. Certified divers may also begin diving.

Surf kayak our wave at Glover's Reef, Belize
Surf kayak our wave at Glover’s Reef, Belize, photo by Bryony Swan

Day 6 – Learn to dive, kayak surfing orientation, paddle around the island

Monday – The first Discover Scuba/Resort course is often offered this morning for beginning divers. Others enjoy a morning paddle around the island or go diving. Both windsurfing and kayak surfing orientations are offered in the afternoon. You may join one or both, then continue to practice these sports with or without a guide for the rest of the week.

Snorkel Glover's Reef Belize
Snorkel Glover’s Reef, photo by Keith Fialcowitz

Day 7 – Paddle 5 miles round trip to Middle Caye, snorkel, island time

Tuesday – Paddle your kayak or your paddleboard five miles round-trip to Middle Caye to tour the Marine Research Center, home base for marine biologists. We go for a fabulous snorkel while we are there. You may also choose “island time” and stay on the island. You can sea kayak, snorkel, dive, surf kayak, windsurf, or just relax.

Day 8 – Snorkel The Wall, return to Belize City, overnight at the Biltmore

Wednesday – One final dive or snorkel to “The Wall”, where the ocean floor drops from 40 to 2,600 feet in under a mile. After lunch we return to Belize City. Our arrival time cannot be predicted since it depends on factors we cannot control. Therefore, guests should not make other plans for Saturday night. After checking into the Biltmore, guests are on their own for dinner.

Day 9 – Fly home

Thursday – Earliest day to fly home, or continue to other spots in Belize for the rest of your trip.

Summary of all costs

RT Flight to Belize $300 – 700 per person
Rental Car – 2 days $120 for 1-4
Gasoline $60 for all (estimate)
Howler Monkey Lodge, 2 nights includes dinner and breakfast $200 – 280 for 2
Birding Tour $125 for 1 – 3
Lunch Birds Eye View Lodge $15 per person
Altun Ha Entrance $5 per person
Altun Ha Guide $25 for all (estimate)
Community Baboon Sanctuary Museum $3 per person
Community Baboon Sanctuary guide $10 for all (estimate)
Lunch Cheers $12 per person
Zoo Entrance Fee $15 per person
Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef adventure tour, 6 nights, includes 6 night lodging, transport to and from the island, 3 meals/day, unlimited beer and soda, national park fees and fishing license fees, and complete use of our sports equipment, instruction in all sports, and daily guided activities all day long: sea kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, kayak surfing, sport fishing, kayak fishing, stand-up paddling, and board surfing. Scuba diving and kiteboarding are at an additional cost. $1675 per person
Total 8 nights, for 2 persons Approximately $2250 per person or about $285 per day all inclusive, including air.

Learning to kitesurf

If you’re looking for the next outdoor activity to get your blood racing and heart pounding, look no further than kitesurfing. Also referred to as kiteboarding, it harnesses the power of the elements as the wind pulls your kite, allowing you to power along the waves. Plus, there’s the added bonus of spending your resting time, sitting on some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.

It may sound slightly overwhelming and perhaps you might question if you can do it, but the good news is that anyone can kitesurf. You don’t have to be the next top physique model to partake, quite the contrary. As long as you are mobile, you will be able to learn, no matter if you’re 16 or 60.

Kitesurfing Training

kiteboard training
Unlike some sports or activities where you can work things out through basic trial and error, to learn kitesurfing, you’ll need good professional instruction. Not only is this for your own safety, but also that of other members of the public. It can be a wild ride if you don’t know how to handle a kite properly.

With all that said, the main question is what can you expect when learning how to kitesurf? There’s plenty of new jargon that you’ll discover, ideas and responsibilities that will offer fresh insight into how you participate, but read on and you’ll discover it can be smooth sailing… or rather surfing as you dip your toes into the world of kiteboarding.

First, find yourself an IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified instructor. Training is broken into three parts each combining theory and practical elements.

Training-Controlling the Kite

Trainer kite
This takes place on land, involving both theory and practical elements.

It’s all about determining how the wind works and various weather patterns in conjunction with how to launch and fly the kite. You’ll start with a smaller trainer kite which is a replica of the larger models. After playing around with the trainer kite in light winds, you’ll get the “feel” of the wind and how to control it. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

Training-Entering the Water

kiteboard water entry
Moving on, the intermediate course again follows with some theory and some beach work, but mostly practical activity takes place in the water whereby you will learn how to safely enter and exit the sea whilst controlling a kite. Also included is a further in-depth look at choosing the correct equipment (more on that later).

Training-Controlling the Board

kitesurf board control
Finally, the ultimate stage is mainly centered around controlling the board and your riding skills. This is where you’ll learn how to be consistent in riding both directions, changing course without stopping and riding with other people around.

There’s a pretty steep learning curve at first, and it can be frustrating when starting out… (If you’ve wakeboarded before, you’ll find it much easier) but perseverance and good instruction will see you fast becoming one of the many who can proficiently take part in this fun sport.

Where to Kitesurf

Where in the world are the best beaches to take part in kitesurfing? As the sport expands in popularity, so too are the surf spots where you can enjoy it.

Here are some of the best kite spots for beginners and experienced riders alike.

mauritius
Le Morne, Mauritius

Wind in abundance, Mauritius has a jaw dropping landscapes that will perfectly compliment your kitesurfing participation.

kitesurf egypt
Nabq Bay, Egypt

A beach town that has a plot of the sea protected by reefs, this means tides barely effect the area making this a fun destination that will give you plenty of time to enjoy kiteboarding.

kitesurf maui
Maui, Hawaii

Arguably the most well known destination for kitesurfing, Kite Beach in particular has it all when it comes to this sport. Steady winds, clean and warm water and packed with some of the best instructors in the world, this is a must visit location.

kiteboarding in spain
Tarifa, Spain

One of Europe’s top destinations for kiteboarding and for good reason; it has roughly 300 days of sun per year. The Strait of Gibraltor creates a wind tunnel which allows for consistent conditions all year around.

Kiteboarding Gear

Your local kitesurf shop will give you the best advice but here are some pointers.

Kite size
You’ll want to untimately own more than one kite so you can take advantage of different wind strengths. A 12 sqm kite is usually better for lighter wind and heavier riders and a 7 sqm kite is good for stronger wind or lighter riders. This will definitely depend on your location and wind speed.

Harness Type
There are two types of harnesses; a waist harness and a seat harness.

The seat harness is better for beginners as it provides butt support when the kite is pulling you up vertically. On the other hand, you may want the freedom of a waist harness which doesn’t feel like a giant nappy.

Board Type and Size
There are Twin-Tip boards which can go both left and right (without changing feet position) and there’s the surfboard style for wave riding. Beginners, who also haven’t surfed before, should start with a Twin-Tip board.

Other Gear
There are a few other considerations like wetsuits, helmets, pumps, lines, bar, kite shape etc. but your local kiteshop and instructors will give you the full spectrum of pros and cons of each.

A Last Word


Clearly this is a great sport to get into, with costs of equipment ranging from $1000 to $3000 it won’t be a cheap investment, but certainly one that is worthwhile if you are interested in extreme sports and staying active in the water. Combined with all of the exotic locations you’ll visit as you seek out the best beaches to kiteboard, you’re sure to have an incredible time!

Bianca
My name is Bianca.

I live in Big Bay, South Africa. A kiteboarding paradise. I’ve been kiting for about 5 years and visited countries like Turkey, Mauritius and Thailand on kitesurfing holidays. Our whole family loves the water and we’re always looking for new ways to enjoy the waves. Kitesurfing is the perfect sport for anyone looking for a safe adrenaline rush that brings you closer to nature. I really hope you enjoyed this article and that you also get to enjoy this wonderful feeling of skimming over the blue water with the wind pulling you along at no charge.

Windsurf lessons in belize

We have been teaching windsurfing at our Belize island for well over 20 years. Next to kayaking and snorkeling, this is the sport we have been teaching the longest. Both Cully and I were windsurfers from a young age, and it was natural for us to add this sport to our program.

Learning to windsurf is much easier than it used to be… the beginner boards are much wider, allowing the student to NOT have to master the balance necessary while learning to steer the board, control the sail, etc. Another challenge is teaching the sport in wind (which is, of course, the natural way to do it!) You have to yell at the student to be heard over the wind, and the student keeps blowing away!

So years ago we realized if we could mount a board on a Lazy Susan on shore, that would take care of these challenges. We can calmly explain how to steer the board and how to control the sail, and we don’t have to yell to be heard. After demonstrating, the student tries it themselves, and they don’t blow away! It’s magic!

Then when they get on the board in the water, they are way ahead of the game.

[photo by Meg Griffiths]

Kitesurfing Belize

Last March Meg Griffiths, our kitesurf and advanced windsurfing instructor, kept track of wind speeds through the month of March. Sailors visiting us this March will be glad to see most days are plenty windy for Belize kitesurfing! All units in mph.(photo above by Pete McDermott)

 

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photo of our belize island surf break

Are There Belize Surf Spots? Short Answer: Yes, One.

(If you want all the details, you can click straightaway to the main surf page of Slickrock Adventure Island’s website)

It is not widely known that a good surf location exists in Belize, and in fact if one inquires about a good surf break they will invariably get an answer that such a spot does not exist. However, this is not the case, for there is surfing in Belize at a prime break located at Long Caye out at Glover’s Reef.

The windward end of Long Caye is owned by Slickrock Adventures, and it is off this point of the island that a channel though the ring reef of the atoll sets up a nearly perfect surf break. Swells coming in from the Caribbean hit the point of this break in the reef, and roll on through another 200 yards of sloping shoal before dissipating. The shoal is composed of broken coral rubble, not live coral, which has been deposited in the lee of the reef. This forms a safe sea floor on which surfers can walk in the shallower zone, and falling off the break poses no danger in the deeper water since there are no sharp, protruding coral heads in the break zone.

The swells vary in size from an average of 3-4’ but often will break with a 6-8’ face when it has been windy. The NE Trade Winds blow fairly strong and are reliable, so there is almost always a break to surf. The wave begins in 8-10’ of water and rolls with a right shoulder break for several hundred yards on a good day. Surfers can thus enjoy a fairly long ride before the wave finally dissipates in the shallow water near the island.

Slickrock provides surf boards, surf kayaks, and stand-up boards as part of our surfing program, which has been enormously popular with our guests. See these links to our website for more information on the break and pictures of the action:

https://www.slickrock.com/surfingbelize.html

On the above link the page details about the wave, the level of surfer that should be surfing our wave, best time of year, what you need to bring, what Slickrock provides, and more.

https://www.slickrock.com/kayaksurf.html

https://www.slickrock.com/paddleboarding.html