This year our long time guide Neri Chi undertook the long drive down to Belize for us, driving a new truck and trailer full of new gear: 3 paddleboards, 2 sea kayaks, 3 sit on top boats, paddles, lifejackets, solar panels, and other assorted parts to keep our island resort well-supplied. I have done this drive 25+ times over the course of my career, but this year Neri agreed to do it for me.

Each year I spend at least a month prior to the drive down ordering new equipment for the island. Everything is shipped to Moab and stored in Lucy’s shed in her backyard. After weeks of organizing and the final two days of packing Neri and Karl Larson (a friend of ours from Moab who never says no to adventure) headed out. It takes 3 days to get to the Mexico border at Brownsville, TX then one day to get through Mexican Customs. We are required to travel with a Transit Permit through Mexico, so that requires lots of paperwork and hiring an agent. Once through the border, Neri took the route down the Gulf Coast, first passing through the border zone of the drug cartels, then the cities of Tampico and Veracruz before hitting the isthmus and the tropics in southern Mexico. The roads vary between nice four lane interstates to crowded, narrow, and pot hole strewn two lane roads. It’s a slow trip, and we never travel after dark. This is the fun part of it, staying in the best hotels all the way down. (Click on each photo below to see the full image.)

Upon reaching Chetumal at the border with Belize, we spend another day getting into Belize, where we have to pay duty on all the gear and vehicle before driving the final 2 hours to Belize City. After 8 days on the road, it is a welcome relief to finally pull into our driveway and relax!

Today Neri and Karl are just arriving at the Belize border, they’ll be at our Belize City house tomorrow. Neri, welcome home and Karl, welcome to Belize!

Within the travel business, Trip Advisor, the travel recommendation site, is widely considered the most significant of the bunch. Travelers trust the user rankings and reviews for their honesty and integrity.  After many years on Trip Advisor, we are proud to announce that today we became ranked as the number one resort on Glover’s Reef.

Below is a recent review one of our guests wrote after returning from a week on our island:

“Best Family Vacation Ever”
Reviewed April 3, 2012
We just returned from the 9 day vacation at Glover’s Reef on Slickrock’s private island. My husband and I travelled with our two sons, ages 10 and 13. To put it simply the week was magical! All four of us had a phenomenal time. Our guide, Marc, took excellent care of us the entire time. We got to enjoy a variety of activities and we all learned something new. The evening lectures were both kid and adult friendly. The food was delicious. The beachfront cabanas, more than we imagined. Even the composting toilets, that scared me a bit at first, were clean and functioned great (no smell, incredible!). We highly recommend this trip to any active family that enjoys the great outdoors. It doesn’t get any better!