a trip to belize.
by victoria comment


pink straw roof hut with pink hammock in belize. / sfgirlbybay

as you may have noticed on , i took an amazing trip to the beautiful central american country that is belize in the Caribbean sea last week. it was my very first journey there, and it did not disappoint. i was invited by travel belize to visit the country and stay both by the seaside in san pedro, a town on the southern part of the island of Ambergris Caye and then have some jungle adventures in cayo. i was able to bring along my pal designer melissa fleis and some epic experiences ensued!

belize island resort. / sfgirlbybay

herringbone pier in belize. / sfgirlbybay

matachica resort & spa in belize. / sfgirlbybay

our first stop was matachica resort & spa in san pedro. with perfectly pastel beachfront casitas, luxury suites and villas planted directly on the barrier reef it’s the ideal spot to leave it all at home, relax and unwind. the pool is divine, and their herringbone pattern wood dock is sublime — you can hide away for the entire day in one of their cozy rattan loveseats for two, or if you’re more into action, rent one of their golf carts and explore the town of san pedro, or secret beaches. we opted for some snorkeling in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve — a channel in an offshore reef (the second largest barrier reed in the world!), along with their guides and we even swam with the sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley! nurse sharks only have small teeth we were told, and the matachica guides made us feel completely safe and stayed with us the entire time we snorkeled, providing us with one of the best snorkeling tours i’ve ever done. picture swimming among colorful schools of fish, purple and pink fan coral in the prettiest clear blue waters i’ve yet to see.

pink hut at matachica resort & spa. / sfgirlbybay

matachica resort & spa lodging. / sfgirlbybay

matachica resort & spa in belize. / sfgirlbybay

hammock and bedroom at matachica resort & spa. / sfgirlbybay

our second story suite was so beautiful and comfortable with our very own hammocks — i slept like a baby! and the fresh fish at matachica’s mambo restaurant was delicious. i don’t think i’ve ever ingested so much salsa and ceviche. we spent some lovely lazy afternoons poolside with their divine fresh smoothies and their specialty coconut mojito cocktails — do not miss those!

pink and yellow huts at matachica resort & spa. / sfgirlbybay

matachica resort & spa in belize. / sfgirlbybay

poolside at matachica resort & spa. / sfgirlbybay

palm trees and colorful huts at matachica resort & spa. / sfgirlbybay

matachica resort & spa. / sfgirlbybay

teal and pink buildings in belize. / sfgirlbybay colorful posters in belize. / sfgirlbybay

pink and yellow buildings at matachica resort & spa in belize. / sfgirlbybay

after a couple of days at matachica, we were escorted by boat to san pedro central and hopped on a small plane to cayo and headed to the jungle resort ka’ana, which was just lovely. with only a few private rooms and the friendliest staff, you’ll feel like you’re staying with family — but a family that enjoys tending to your every need. our casita was so pretty with a view of the jungle grounds and just steps from ka’ana’s beautiful secluded pool, where their ‘margarita hotline’ is just a call away from cocktails and snacks. we had several yummy meals at le ceiba, ka’ana’s lovely restaurant and everything they made us was delicious and much of it from their own organic garden, which we had an amazing tour of with gardener Abi — just the sweetest and most knowledgeable guide we could ask for and a descendant of the mayan people local to this area.we also had a really amazing yoga class which was a perfect start to our day with a really wonderful instructor. all of the staff at ka’ana were so friendly and so informative about their culture and it really impressed and made an impact on me. we made some fast friends at the resort who i won’t soon forget.

jungle resort ka'ana in belize. / sfgirlbybay

wood entrance to jungle resort ka'ana in belize. / sfgirlbybay

pool area at jungle resort ka'ana. / sfgirlbybay

ka’ana will be opening a brand new beautiful resort itz’ana in placencia soon, and i hope to go back for a visit when it’s completed in november! while in cayo we also met up with yute expeditions who took us zip lining and for a tour of Xunantunich, the incredible mayan ruins in the area. philip, our guide was also really knowledgeable about the culture here and we learned more than i could imagine! first up was a scenic ride to calico jack’s jungle tour canopy zip lining where melissa and i did the ultimate package which was an incredible and included nine different zip lines! we zipped and then hiked further and further into the jungle (and even tasted termites — a jungle ‘snack’!) and it was a blast! again, our guides were truly amazing, friendly and so informative about the jungle — and they made us feel completely safe. after a serious adrenaline rush, it was off to Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock) for a climb up the ancient mayan ruins. we hiked up ‘El Castillo’ (The Castle) which an astonishing 130-foot high ruin, which is large by Mayan standards for an epic view of over the jungle canopy of the Mopan River valley.

jungle resort ka'ana in belize. / sfgirlbybay colorful food and textiles in belize. / sfgirlbybay

jungle resort ka'ana lodging. / sfgirlbybay

inside hotel room at jungle resort ka'ana. / sfgirlbybay

bedroom in jungle resort ka'ana in belize. / sfgirlbybay

travel photos from belize. / sfgirlbybay

ruins in belize. / sfgirlbybay

next up was a stop at the marketplace along the river and some shopping for locally handcrafted goods, where melissa picked up a beautiful blanket and i grabbed a gorgeous handmade hammock. our last stop was at local and charming outdoor eatery, benny’s kitchen for a traditional mayan lunch of pibil (pork cooked in an underground oven) and empanadas and fresh watermelon juice, which was so refreshing after our hike. after that, it was back to ka’ana’s amazing pool for a swim. i can’t say enough good things about our trip to belize and i will definitely be back. it’s one of the most friendly countries i’ve ever visited. a few notes: they accept the american dollar, and speak english as a first language since they were originally from the british commonwealth, while Belizean Creole is an unofficial native language. it’s warm and very casual, so sunscreen and a hat are helpful, and pack shorts, sundresses, bathing suits and flip flops — but bring longer shorts or pants and sneakers if you plan to zip line. there’s also some mosquitoes, so a natural bug repellent couldn’t hurt. belize is a beautiful, lush and developing country i plan to return to, and i think you will love the adventure, too!

colorful hammocks in belize. / sfgirlbybay

lush green landscape in belize. / sfgirlbybay

organic garden in belize. / sfgirlbybay

gardener in belize. / sfgirlbybay

sheep in belize. / sfgirlbybay

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8 responses to “a trip to belize.”

  1. Gorgeous photos! Looks like a beautiful trip x


  2. What an amazing trip! The photos are beautiful! Visiting Mayan ruins, zip lining, hanging at the pool, sounds so fun and relaxing. That’s cool you picked up a handmade hammock too.

  3. OMG I was sooo happy to see this today! You were in my backyard sort of, we live on Caye Caulker, a small island just south of Ambergris Caye, and have a small Airbnb here I’ve been following you for a while-LOVE. Belize is, as you say, “developing” and has been off the radar of large developers for the most part-yeah- but yet I can’t wait for us to step up our game a little We have the opportunity to do it right, think boutique hotels with great food, and less Mega resorts and cruise ships. I can dream.

  4. So I completely missed my chance to shamelessly plug my cute little Airbnb (learning curve) please check it out http://www.comfortablynumb.bz you’re invited btw. As I said I follow you so I can get my dose of California, we used to live near SF and miss it terribly sometimes.
    Comfortably Numb, Caye Caulker, Belize.C.A

  5. I’ve always wanted to visit Belize. I was excited to see and read this post. Beautiful pictures

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