Looking for help with family vacation planning? Our private island in Belize is the perfect family vacation destination for multi-sport tours.

stensaas7We offer special rates for kids 11 and under and we also have special discount vacation packages for groups of 4 or more. If you would like to charter a trip (reserved only for your group of 18+) please request our charter policy.

Please note: kids are welcome on any trip we offer! There are no special “kids dates”.

 

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Probably the thing that kids enjoy the most is simply the unusual environment. Even with the many different water sports at their beck and call each day (with top notch equipment and instructors included because all of our tours are all-inclusive vacations) kids often seem most attracted by the wonders of the tropical island environment. Iguanas, hermit crabs, the island bunny… an abundance of life in the tide pools. And parents love the fact that the island, being small (about 13 acres) is a natural “container” – no need to worry about anyone getting lost or concerns about strangers. Long Caye is about as carefree a location for a family vacation as could be imagined. Families that have gone to Long Caye rave about it! (see Family Testimonials below the gallery)

Family Testimonials from TripAdvisor:

My husband , myself and our four children went to Long Caye Resort (Slickrock) last spring break and had an amazing time. Our guide was Matt who was such a great, fun and knowledgeable guy… the whole trip was perfect. Our kids were ages 12-17 at the time and we barely saw them because they were all so busy doing stuff…

“Ilovepeachs” – Sedona, Arizona

Perfect for a family with teenagers because you can give them ultimate freedom in a controlled and safe environment. Very stress free when the parents don’t have to constantly dictate and guide the day. I wish I was still there…

“staceyb” – Cincinnati, OH

We spent Christmas week on Slickrock’s amazing island in Glover’s Reef, and it truly was a marvelous vacation; one that our 3 young adult children loved. We wanted to travel with our kids before they graduate college and head off to jobs and responsibilities that tie up their lives. It did cost some money to take our family of 5, but by the second day I knew that the value was well worth the cost, and by the week’s end, I felt that it was actually a deal!…

“OutdoorsAK” – Anchorage, Alaska

The staff was amazing with our kids, the activities were extensive and kepy all of us busy for the entire half-week we were there. And to top it off, the food was just as great as the reviews had indicated. We really have no complaints. The rustic cabins were surprisingly comfortable and yes, the constant noise of the wind and surf was distracting at first but now I wonder if our home will be too quiet to get a good sleep. We enjoyed all the time the staff spent with us teaching us wind surfing, kayaking and kite-surfing, but what our family enjoyed the most was having guides available to us (thanks MJ and Luis) anytime we wanted to go snorkeling to help us find lobsters, lionfish, eels, stingrays and some of the most exotic fish you will ever see (we have also snorkeled in Hawaii and Mexico, so we have some good reference points). We were very lucky to share the island with some other families and the kids all got along great making the experience even that much more memorable…

“Ace65” – Calgary, Canada

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Today I stumbled across an interesting discussion thread on Fodor’s, the website belonging to the great travel guide publisher, in which a Phoenix, AZ couple, “sofun1” and her husband, were seeking advise on planning a Caribbean vacation that included snorkeling and diving (for her) and surfing (for him). “We like returning to St. John, Jost Van Dyke, V. Gorda, Cancun, Mazatlan,” she wrote. Places they’d been to that did not make the “returning to” list: Turks Caicos, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Nassau. “We actually surfed on Tortolla and St. John. He loves Oahu for that but we are not in to that color of ocean. Carib turquoise is for us.”

So-o-o-o understandable. We too have a thing for that “Carib turquoise.”

The thread turned to the subject of Belize and one poster stated: “No surfing in Belize – the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef gets in the way. :)

Well, of course, we felt obliged to unburden them of this illusion. Though the barrier reef indeed does get in the way of most surfing in Belize, Long Caye on Glover’s Reef (where we operate our tiny eco-resort and multi-sport paradise,) is well outside the barrier reef and is therefore privileged to be the home of the only accessible surf break in Belize (in fact it was awarded one of the world’s top five snorkeling and surfing locations). Our evidence is below. Need we say more?

Here’s our post to the Fodor’s discussion thread:

Chrissy J and hopefulist, thanks for mentioning Glover’s Reef. I work for Slickrock Adventures and we operate the eco-resort that Chrissy stayed at. I stumbled across this thread just now and wanted to add that, in addition to surf kayaking and stand up paddle boarding offered to all our guests (along with a host of other water sports), we actually do have a selection of regular surf boards for our guests to use. And use them they do, whenever the surf is peaking (see http://www.slickrock.com/surfingbelize.html and http://belizeadventure.com/2010/12/great-surf-on-our-belize-island/ )

Granted, the waves never develop to anything of epic size, but on a good day they are plenty big enough for the average surfer. We’ve had many good rides at Long Caye. The Long Caye surf break, 50 yards off shore from our surf dock, is the only directly accessible surf break in Belize (not over living coral, and therefore safe to surf.)

And regarding hopefulist’s correct point about the rustic accommodations, he stayed on Northeast Caye, the island adjacent to Slickrock’s Adventure Island on Long Caye. He’s right. That setup really is for those who want bare-bones accommodations. But on Long Caye, we like to think we’ve been able to achieve something mid-way between that flavor of super rustic experience and the highly developed luxury of many of the other resorts in Belize. We like to call our style “five star camping”. For a look at the accommodations check out: http://www.slickrock.com/accommodationsbelize.html