Glenn Boer joined us this December and he just sent a great video of his trip to our island, combined with his trip extension to nearby Guatemala. The first 3 minutes is about our island an includes the boat ride to the atoll, his cabana, paddling near the island, a kitesurfing lesson, and snorkeling with underwater footage! A fantastic montage! Thanks Glenn.

Belize adventure destination-glovers reef

For adventure lovers, Belize still remains somewhat of an underrated destination. In 2009, only a surprising 231,249 travelers visited this tropical paradise. Competing with the other great adventure destinations, it’s easy to see why Belize can often be over looked.

However, once you’ve experienced a taste of what this unique, vibrant and diverse culture, it’s guaranteed that you’ll never want to leave. With a whole plethora of exciting activities on offer, a beautiful and historic landscape and a near-perfect climate, there are endless reasons why you should book a trip to Belize right now and consider never returning!

Belize Adventure Diving and Snorkeling

Probably one of the most famous diving landmarks in the world is located just off the coast of Belize. The Blue Hole is a unique geographical feature, where a sinkhole has formed in the center of the Lighthouse reef. The result is one of the top scuba spots in the entire world; with endless tropical sea life and crystal blue waters, it truly is not to be missed.

Beginner divers can also find a paradise in Belize. There are numerous scuba and snorkeling lessons and courses available, and organized tours can take you out to help you find the best spots for marine life. Once you’ve taken your first dip, you’ll be hooked automatically.

The Watersports

It’s not just under the water that makes Belize a hotspot for adventure lovers. The weather and location make it the ideal place for watersports of all time. Whether you’re looking for a serious adrenaline rush or just a bit of fun in the sun, Belize is the answer. All over the beautiful coastlines there are watersport schools that offer lessons and equipment hire for a reasonable price.

Learn to kitesurf at Slickrock's kitesurf school in Belize

Whether you’re a beginner or expert, you can go windsurfing, kite boarding, surfing, kayaking and paddle boarding—to name just a few! The views are beautiful, the water is warm, and there’s endless fun to be had. It’s no wonder why so many people struggle to leave.

The Hiking

There is also plenty of fun to be had while staying dry on this beautifully varied set of islands. With its lush jungle canopies and thick rainforest, there are plenty of hikes available that will fulfill any traveler’s thirst for adventure. With numerous national parks and nature revelations all over, there’s no shortage of choice.

Head to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve to see the only true pine forest in all of Central America and one of the best waterfalls worldwide, or visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary for epic tropical trails and the largest concentration of wild cats on the planet. Whatever you decide will make a fulfilling day out, and you’ll always know there’s more to pick from!

The Caving

Somewhat surprisingly, there’s a massive caving culture in Belize. The cayes, islands and intricate waterways have left a labyrinth of picturesque rock formations that are incredible to explore. Hokeb Ha Cave and Tiger Cave are only accessible by swimming through a cool pool of water, but once inside, the stalagmites and stalactites makes you feel like you’re on another planet.

Kayak caving is also extremely common in Belize. You can take the boats up smaller streams and water passages to gain access to the many caves on the island. Doing this is a novel spin on your generic caving excursion and allows you to explore the island in a truly unique way.

The Mayan Ruins

You can’t talk about the highlights of Belize without covering the Mayan Ruins. Many of the best-preserved ancient Maya sites can be found in this country, nestled away in the thick jungle and luscious countryside. These awe-inspiring centers of culture and history are dotted all over, and many require long treks to reach. However, for adventure lovers, nothing is comparable to arriving at your destination and uncovering these stunning ancient buildings through the canopy of leafs.

Xunantunich Mayan ruin in Belize

Top spots include Tikal (in nearby Guatemala), the ultimate Mayan city; Xunantunich, a hilltop castle and the most easily accessible; and Lamanai, which is usually accompanied by a river safari. They are truly beautiful sights, both historically and aesthetically, and the thought of having them right on your doorstep can make it very hard to consider leaving Belize!

With endless amounts of fun, excitement and stunning attractions, Belize may not be the most popular adventure destination, but it’s definitely that sort that makes you want to stick around for longer. After experiencing all it has to offer, the only thing left is to gain access to Skype to ring your loved ones and let them know you’re not coming back! However, you’ll need to have a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to do so because all VOIP services are blocked in Belize, and a VPN will help you get around these regional restrictions.

If this list isn’t enough to convince you contact Slickrock Adventures with any questions about making Belize your next vacation destination!

Jess Signet is an avid traveler and enjoys writing about her adventures. Knowing there’s more to the world than the bubble she lives in makes her want to travel even further.

[photos: Kenny Stein, Keith Fialcowitz, Henry Georgi]
Uncrowded conditions in Belize
Uncrowded conditions in Belize

Ever since we opened our kite school on the island, our kite instructors have always marveled at how open and uncrowded our location is. We have a 2-mile stretch of sand flats that is coral free and only waist to chest deep, perfect for our instructors to teach students the basics of kiteboarding. The learning process requires a lot of space for students since they initially have little control and spend a lot of time dragging across the wind while learning to control the kite. And once up on the board, beginners need even more room to run across the water while learning how to steer the board. All this requires a lot of open space since students initially have little control.

I am a beginner kiteboarder, having learned the sport at our island in Belize. So I was used to the free open spaces on our sand flats, where there were literally no other kites on the water. Now I am at Hood River in Oregon, where I spend a lot of time in the summer for windsurfing. Kiteboarding is very big here these days, and I have been out a lot on a kite practicing my skills. However, kiteboarding here is a whole new ballgame with the huge crowds out on the water, and everyone has to constantly be aware of all the other kites since a tangle with another kite is the ultimate disaster! It is not that tough for experts but for us beginners there are a lot of close calls. Check out this short video to see what I mean!

Crowded conditions at The Gorge
Crowded conditions at The Gorge

Now I understand what our instructors are talking about on the island; we are truly lucky to have a private, uncrowded location in which to kiteboard!

I am here in Belize and have been for almost two weeks. I came off of the island a couple of days ago and am going back out today with our new arrivals. By the time you read this, we will have been sailing, paddling, and snorkeling for days.

What a great week last week was, we did everything. Paddleboard surfed, kitesurfed, snorkeled, fished and kayaked; we even had a really big storm and the windsurfers were ecstatic.

(Click on any picture below to see the full image.)

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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MAX WIND SPEED

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Kitesurfing Belize

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

 

DATE

9 am

12 noon

3 pm

6 pm

AVERAGE

MAX WIND SPEED

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8

8

11

13

10

13

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11

17

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Kitesurfing Belize

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

DATE

9 am

12 noon

3 pm

6 pm

AVERAGE

MAX WIND SPEED

1

16

14

13

14

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16

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6

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I’m writing to tell anyone who is thinking of kite surfing to go for it! Our family, mom, dad (50 something’s), 18 yr. old daughter and 13 yr. old son came to experience all of the Slickrock adventure, but especially to learn kite surfing. I’d taken a lesson in Seattle but the breeze never filled enough to get on the water. Having sailed in Belize before, I couldn’t image a better place to learn how kite surf, warm water and sun! My expectations were far surpassed by the experience we had with Meg.

Belize kitesurfing

Beginning with the trainer session the entire family was ready to hit the water. The learning area has to be one the most ideal locations in the world to begin the first stage of the lessons, handling the kite and body dragging. The stretch of water between Long Caye and the next Island is waist deep with the reef on the windward side and steady breeze. Our son and I partnered for the remainder of the lessons as did my wife and daughter.

Learning to kitesurf in BelizeThe lessons progressed quickly, the 1st afternoon everyone learning to fly the trainer kite. The sand spit was a great location to practice to get the hang of how the big kite will feel.

It turned out that our daughter, who had the hardest time with the trainer, was the best at combining everything we learned and had the longest rides of anyone.

For our second we left on the pontoon with Meg for the trip to the end of the island, which is the beginning of the biggest runway to learn the sport you could dream of. I dragged the distance (be sure to keep your mouth closed) and then learned essential self-rescue techniques. My son did the same with one of us holding him to prevent him from flying away.

Our third trip to the training area was all about adding the board and getting to learn the feel of the power stroke and riding. What an incredible experience. Once you are out of the water and flying the kite you never want it to end! My biggest challenge was riding switch, for my daughter it was no problem. I spent a 4th day working on my technique and left feeling ready to hit the water in Puget Sound.

Our thanks to Meg and the entire staff for an amazing experience, all we need to do now if figure out when we can return!

Harry Brown, Adventure Island at Glover’s Reef, April 2011

Belize kiteboardingSlickrock has partnered with Vela Kitesurf Resorts to open their newest Kitesurf outpost. Our guests can now learn to kitesurf in Belize!

Kiteboarders will want to join us on the island to enjoy the excellent Belize kitesurfing conditions at our location (see our Belize kiteboarding page for further details). As a Vela associate, Slickrock maintains a selection of late model equipment for our guests; kiteboarders who wish to kitesurf on their own should bring their own kites and Slickrock provides boards so guests will not have to deal with airline hassles in transporting them.

Kiteboarding lessons are now available from our instructor, Meg Griffiths (in photo above). Guests can enroll for advanced lessons on their way to becoming a proficient kiteboarder, covering all aspects and skills need to master the sport.

Skills such as basic kite control. body drags, power strokes, board launching, and upwind reaches will be taught in a progression of lessons out on the sand flats near the island.

 

Photo by Bryony Swan.

Kitesurfing Belize

Last December Meg Griffiths, our kitesurf and advanced windsurfing instructor, kept track of wind speeds through the month of December. Sailors visiting us this December will be glad to see it’s a windy month! (photo above by Pete McDermott)

Date

9 am

Noon

3 pm

6 pm

Average

Max Wind Speed

1

21

18

15

16

18

21

2

19

17

18

16

17

19

3

14

13

10

10

12

14

4

15

16

13

10

13

16

5

14

9

11

13

12

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6

17

16

13

12

15

17

7

16

16

17

16

16

17

8

2

3

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5

3

5

9

23

18

12

10

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10

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