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Charlyn Keating

Exotic, Accessible Belize

By November 21, 2007

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Bedroom of my villa at Ka'ana Boutique Resort in Belize Belize is one of those exotic-sounding places I've always wanted to visit ever since I was a child, when my grandfather, who used to do business there, would return with stories from his travels.

I finally got a chance to go this summer, and was surprised by how accessible this exotic country was. The official language is English (although Spanish is widely spoken). The currency exchange is two Belizean dollars to one U.S. dollar. Even arriving in Belize was easy -- I navigated customs and immigration in the tiny airport in just a few short minutes, and walked right outside to fresh air and a driver sent by the resort.

Although Belize is known for its Caribbean coastline and scuba diving (their coral reef is the second largest in the world, next to Australia's Great Barrier Reef), I ventured farther inland to the Cayo District. Just off the border with Guatemala, this area at the base of the Yucatan Peninsula is replete with Mayan ruins, ancient caves and natural beauty.

Ka'ana Boutique Resort, just outside of the friendly town of San Ignacio, brought luxury to this area when it opened earlier this year. It's small (only fifteen rooms and villas), but has an infinity-edge swimming pool, a spa, a gourmet restaurant and a wine cellar. My private villa, with its vaulted ceilings, shaded terrace and white feather bed, was the perfect home base from which to explore. That's as close to roughing it as I get.

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December 7, 2007 at 9:54 pm
(1) Better In Belize says:

Yes Belize is a wonderful place that is not all that well known compared to other near by contries. That is now changing and it is fast becoming the centre of eco friendly developments like ours.

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