Turf and Surf Getaway

Coast & Interior Belize: (IT-BEMS01)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/central_america_belize_turf_surf.aspx

Introduction
Coast & Interior Belize
Adventures in Belize - horseback riding, the Mayan Ruins of Tikal or Caracol and three days on the beach!

Your adventure will start on the banks of the Mighty Belize River, central to all of Belize. A ranch is nestled in the verdant jungle with over 90 horses, 80 head of cattle, an abundance of tropical birds, a few monkeys, and  is complete with a resident jaguar on property! Here  the horses roam free and huge iguanas laze in the branches above the bamboo. The lush land all around is surrounded by evidence of the ancient Mayan civilization and the region's historic logging tradition. Home to the finest equestrian center in Belize, the ranch can cater to riders of all riding levels. There is riding instruction available for  the novices and there are brisk and more challenging outings for the experienced riders who come to stay here. You can certainly expect something  unique for this vacation - awaken each day to the shimmering glow of dawn materializing through the tropical haze and the well kept horses, lush pastures, delicious meals, and friendly people will keep you in a good mood throughout the day and into the night.  The quiet river, gentle breezes, ancient trees, and brightly colored parrots will speak to your soul.  There are miles of trails under the heavy forest canopy surrounding the property, some with amazing, long canters though the jungle - an exhilarating experience!

Take a break from the horses and we will go on a splendid sightseeing trip to the Mayan Ruins of Tikal or Caracol (with minimum of 3 participants) or else a full day of riding.

After four days of discovering the jungle landscape, you will move the adventure over to the coast, either by ferry or a short flight, to explore beautiful San Pedro on the Ambergris Cayes. It is a small island full of life, yet with quiet  and relaxing beaches. A nice 3-star beach hotel with an ocean view suite will keep you comfortable and cool after a day of activities under the sun. There are many exciting activities to choose from each day*. We recommend the half day snorkeling trip to Holchan and Shark Ray Alley as it is a must for visitors to San Pedro and an excursion that you will not soon forget. You can also join a snorkeling trip with the Manatee Watch or live the lifestyle with a Belizean BBQ on the beach!  We will take care of all your airport transfers and lodging with breakfast each day ... the rest is up to you to design!

*activities for Surf portion of trip are not included in the package price & arranged locally!

Accomodation

Accommodations
This is a progressive ride, so nights will be spent in different locations.

Description
You will be staying at the jungle accommodations for the first 4 nights and the beach accommodations for the last 3 nights.

Night 1 - 4: The Jungle Accommodations 'Turf Portion'


The Lodge
Nestled near the river in a quiet jungle setting, in the midst of birds and other tropical wildlife! The tropical jungle resort features delightful accommodations that blend with the local landscape and culture. You will stay in standard rooms in the main lodge or in cabanas with roofs made from jungle bay leaf thatch and are uniquely designed. Built by local craftsmen with fine Belizean woods, they are, in themselves each works of art. All standard rooms and suites are equipped with A/C for your comfort (we also have some rooms in the cabanas with A/C). The cabanas and chalet rooms are equipped with ceiling fans and / or standing fans. On site you'll enjoy a swimming pool, bird sanctuary, and 14" Meade telescope for star gazing at night. Wireless is available at the front desk/reception area of the lodge and in the Chateau Brio building. Laundry is also available.


Standard Rooms
Beautiful stained glass windows and solarium bathrooms make theses all delightful places to stay. The unique use of sea shells in a bathroom mirror, Carolyn Carr art, artistic tiling, local arts and crafts, honor the Belize culture and beauty in these designer rooms. Rooms are air-conditioned and have a reading desk, comfortable easy chair, as well as a queen bed, and most of them have a single bed as well. Four of our standard rooms are in the lodge which has a communal sitting area, adjacent to a patio that overlooks the river. The other two standard rooms are in our Chateau Brio. The building features curved stairs with beautiful banisters and amazing masonry around all the windows. On the second floor there is a large patio where evening conversation can be enjoyed. Inside the rooms you can relish the view of the beautiful landscaping and pool through arched, stained glass windows.


Cabanas
With roofs made from jungle bay leaf thatching are uniquely designed. Crafted by the Banana Bank craftsmen with fine Belizean woods, they are, in themselves works of art. Each cabana has a solarium bath, a sitting room, and two bedrooms, each room with a queen size and single bed. Four to six family members, friends or groups traveling together can be easily accommodated in each cabana. Carved doors, original oil paintings and jungle ambiance create a truly memorable surrounding.

Night 5 - 7: The Beach Accommodations 'Surf Portion'



The Hotel

Located on the Caribbean shores of Ambergris Caye and resting gracefully on the finest beach, this resort is just far enough south of San Pedro Town for real tranquility. Our Resort is a luxurious haven in one of the most scenic places on earth - San Pedro, Belize. This hotel consist of one, two, three, and four bedroom suites with full kitchen and living room. There are two freshwater swimming pools at the hotel and private beach access. You can enjoy full spa treatments at the resort’s Massage Hut, with professional massage therapists specializing in Swedish massage and deep tissue therapeutic massage. The hotel specialist can book extra activities for your from snorkeling/ scuba diving to caving tours, Mayan ruin tours, and more!


Ocean Front Suite
The Ocean Front Suite comes with a king size bed. The suites have kitchenettes equipped with cooking utensils, microwave, stove top, refrigerator, coffee maker, and toaster. The living room areas are equipped with AC, ceiling fans, cable Flat Screen TV (100+ channels including STARZ, HBO, and Encore), direct dial telephone, an in-room safe, and a private bath. They are furnished with Belizean Rattan furniture, including a sofa sleeper in the living room, and are decorated with ceramic/wood art and hand woven tapestries from the Yucatan. Additional twin size beds may be added to any room upon request.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement is mandatory if you are traveling as a single rider.
Triple occupancy is possible.


Meals

Turf Portion
All meals from lunch on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 5 are included in the turf portion of the trip. The dining room has an exotic feel to it. The tone is set by the soaring thatched roof. Carved banisters, pink gypsum stonewalls, and rich local hard wood paneling make this a beautiful place to enjoy. Our meals are served family style and are widely reported to be some of the best in Belize. The family atmosphere provides a setting for lively discussion between guests from different parts of the world and diverse interest. Menus vary but center around the kind of home cooking we call "grandma's food" although our girls cook up some of the best local cuisine found in Belize.

Surf Portion
For the "Surf" portion of your trip, meals are not included. There are several nice beach restaurants close by. The hotel has an excellent restaurant as well at the "El Divino". This elegantly appointed restaurant features both outdoor seating and indoor air-conditioned split level dining with high ceilings, local artwork and private booths. The wonderfully decorated lounge invites you to enjoy the island's largest selection of drinks, cool tropical cocktails and of course, martinis. A spacious yet intimate setting creates a romantic ambience with exquisite food presentations that taste as delicious as they look. Our Chef puts food first and insists on top quality and absolute freshness in all the ingredients. A tempting selection of fresh seafood, USDA meats, pastas and more add to your dining pleasure. You can expect the highest quality in a "decontracte" ambience, excellent food at excellent prices and the finest service in all of San Pedro.

Dinner entrees selections include... 
- Filet Mignon & Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Cabernet Sauce 
- Sautéed Shrimp, Herb Pest Couscous & Flavoured Oils 
- Pork Chops, Steak, Fries & Warm Apple Chutney 
- Steamed Local Lobster tail with Saffron Risotto 
- Pan-Seared Grouper & Garlic Mashed Potatoes with Grapefruit Beurre Blanc 
- Sautéed Snapper over Black Bean Salsa with a Caribbean Citrus Sauce

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding

Riding
Your Belize horseback riding vacation will be unlike any other vacation you have had before. We offer the best horseback riding in Belize with miles of jungle trails combined with years of experience, on the 4000-acre property. Allow us to show you the thrill of riding through the tropical broad leaf forest as we point out birds, wildlife, trees and medicinal plants. Learn about the culture and the beauty of Belize.

Pace
Rides can vary from 2-hour rides to 4-5 hours in the saddle. For the all-day rides we offer two options. You can either go out to ride in the morning – come back to the lodge for lunch – and then continue the ride in the afternoon, or, you can carry a picnic lunch with you and go a further distance riding. With so many trails and activities, it is all up to you!

Horses
About a hundred horses of thoroughbred mixed with quarter horse breeds are found at our farm. Years of careful hands on training from when they are foals, provide trustworthy but agile mounts that will easily carry you through the jungle trails. We train our horses as per horse whispering concepts and methods. We are experts at matching horses and riders.

Tack
While we mostly ride western, we do have two sets of English saddles and tack for your use.

Staff
Our cowboys are eager to meet you and take you on memorable rides throughout the many trails. Cesar, Sherman, John and Chico will show you the joy of riding through the jungle. All our cowboys not only conduct the rides, but they train as per horse whispering methods and John Carr horsemanship practices, all our born and bred horses.
 

Your Activities at the Beach
(all prices in US dollars and include tax - subject to change)
 
Belize Snorkeling
Holchan & Shark Ray Alley $40.00
Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos $35.00
Coral Garden & Hol Chan $50.00
Coral Garden & Shark Ray Alley $50.00
Glass Bottom Boat - Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley $50.00
Glass Bottom Boat - Mexico Rocks & Tres Cocos $45.00
Night Snorkeling (Flash light not included) $40.00
Robles Point Snorkel Paradise And Beach BBQ $100.00
Manatee Watch & Beach BBQ Snorkeling trip $105.00
Caye Caulker snorkeling trip by speedboat $75.00
Beach BBQ snorkeling & fishing $90.00
Bacalar Chico Snorkeling trip $105.00
   
Belize Diving
 
1 Tank Dive $45.00
2 Tank Dives $75.00
3 Tank Dives $105.00
Blue Hole Day Trip Diver $250.00
Blue Hole Day Trip Snorkeler $185.00
Night Dive (Belize diving at night) $50.00
Combo Trip (Diving & Snorkeling) $70.00
Turneffe Elbow Diving $185.00
Turneffe Elbow Snorking $125.00
Island Spree 2 tanker $100.00
Resort Course $160.00
Referral Course $300.00
Open Water Certification $500.00
Advance Open Water Certification $390.00
Refresher $137.50
Rescue Diver Course  $450.00
Dive Master Course $660.00
Nitrox 32% per tank $14.00
Nitrox 36 % per tank $17.00
Diving Rental Equipment per day:
Mask, snorkel, fins is $8.00 ($4.00 Each)
Mask & Snorkel $4.00
1 BC $9.00, 1 Reg $9.00, wet suit $10.00.
Full set of diving equipment is $25.00
Flash Light $10.00
 
Belize Parasailing
Solo $80.00
Tandem $143.00
Triple $182.00
   
Belize Fishing  
Reef Fishing 1/2 day $195.00
Reef Fishing full day $245.00
Flat Fishing 1/2 day $200.00
Flat Fishing full day $265.00
Bone Fishing 1/2 day $200.00
Bone Fishing full day $265.00
Tarpon Fishing 1/2 day $200.00
Tarpon Fishing full day $265.00
Night Fishing $200.00
Deep Sea Fishing 1/2 day in a 32 footer boat $440.00
Deep Sea Fishing full day in a 32 footer boat $660.00
Deep Sea Fishing 1/2 day in a 38 footer boat $495.00
Deep Sea Fishing full day in a 38 footer boat $715.00

Itinerary

Sample Itinerary - subject to changes

Day 1
We will meet you at the Municipal or International Airport and transfer you to the lodge. If you have an early arrival coming from Belize City or International Airport we can take a side trip to the zoo (entry fee not included). If arrival to is before 2:00pm, a short horseback can be arranged upon request. Dinner and lodging in the thatched roof cabana or standard air-conditioned room. You have free time to wander around the properly before dinner around 7:00pm. LD

Day 2
After breakfast enjoy a half-day jungle horseback ride and half-day Cayo West Tour. Explore the vast area of the 200 acre farm with agricultural fields, tree farms, cattle grazing, and horse pastures. Cross small streams, canter on jungle paths and swim with the horses in the Belize River. After lunch, visit either Xunantunich or Cahal Pech.
For those interested in a little less riding and more sightseeing - you can do the full day Cayo West Tour: The day starts with a visit to either Xunantunich or Cahal Pech. Each of these are unique sites and choosing which to visit is difficult as all are equally impressive. Your guide then takes you to have a wonderful lunch and shopping in San Ignacio or you may wish to visit the Butterfly Farm or the Mennonite settlement known as Spanish Lookout.
Family style dinner served in the evening. BLD

Day 3
Today you can choose all day riding ,which can be divided into a morning ride and afternoon ride with coming back to the lodge for lunch, or you can take your lunch with you picnic-style and enjoy all day out on the longer trails.
Or you may even wish to only do a half day of riding and spend the other half of the day on the Belize River by boat or river tubing. Meander down the Belize River with our tour guide pointing out  plants and wildlife (birds, iguanas, otters, howler monkeys, etc.).
In the evening, join the rest of the guests at dinner time and share all the day's adventures. Get a good rest and early bedtime because tomorrow is a big day! BLD

Day 4
After an early breakfast, we head for either Tikal or Caracol. To visit Tikal we cross the Guatemalan border and head for the largest Maya site in Central America. Your English speaking guide will lead you through the 5 major temples built around 700 AD. (We must have a minimum of 3 for the Tikal tour) Caracol is located in the Mountain Pine Ridge area of Belize. It is the largest site in Belize and you will learn of CAANA (Sky House) and the important role of it’s King Lord Can ll. Caracol is credited with the conquest of Tikal and Narajo. (Minimum of 2 for Caracol tour) BLD
Or more riding and exploring the jungle on the Howler Monkey Trail, Tiger Creek Trail, and Devil Dip Trail. These trails span over the 4000 acres and let you experience the beauty of the jungle as well as open fields and teak plantations.

Day 5
Transfer to the coast. Take the ferry boat or a short flight to the San Pedro island. (For more information how to book a Water Taxi or a short flight - please check "Meeting" on our website). Take a taxi to the per-arranged hotel (the hotel will pay your driver) and check into your ocean front suite! Later, we invite you come to the office to go over the different activities* that we can offer you and we will help you to design the beach vacation you want. B
*Beach activities are not included and are to be booked locally at the hotel. Meals are also not included.

Day 6 & 7
Taking advantage of the many different options, you can be active all day or take some time out and relax on the beach. We can take you on an all day excursion to the "Blue Hole" for snorkeling and diving, explore the surrounding islands by motor boat - maybe try fishing for Bonefish, or we can take you out to the breathtaking reefs to explore the marine life just 10 minutes from your hotel.

Day 8
Breakfast and departure before noon for your flight back to Belize City. End of services.

B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner


Rates and Dates for Turf and Surf Getaway

Rates include:

7 nights accommodations (4 nights standard room or cabana at Jungle Lodge and 3 nights Ocean Front Suite at Beach Hotel), all meals at the Jungle Lodge, 4 riding days at Jungle Lodge, Cayo West Tour, Tikal/ Caracol tour, river boat/ tubing, pick-up from Belize airport, taxes

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescription US$
    A
    20198 day Turf and Surf (High)$1260
    • Single supplement$980
  • B
    20198 day Turf and Surf (Low)$1235
    • Single Supplement$920

Rates Note:

Possible to book December 20-Jan 3 with a minimum of 5 nights at the Surf portion. Please inquire for rates.

* prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy

Rates Note:

Possible to book December 20-Jan 3 with a minimum of 5 nights at the Surf portion. Please inquire for rates.


Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfer from Belize City and all road transfers are included
2019 Ferry boat shuttle to the island is about $15 each way pp (instead of flying)
2019 Surf activities are not included

Season Seasons  Min / MaxReserve
A 2019 01/04 - 08/31 8d / 7n 8 day Turf and Surf (High) 2 /12 Reserve
B 2019 09/01 - 12/17 8d / 7n 8 day Turf and Surf (Low) 2 /12 Reserve

Dates Note: Arrival can be any day of the week

Rates do not include:

Beach activites, meals at the beach hotel, transfers from/to San Pedro, drop-off at end of trip, alcoholic drinks, gratuities

Other Info
Meeting: Belize City
Airport: Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)
Transfer: Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) or Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA)

Climate:
                                                Belize City area


Month

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Average High Temperature (°F)

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83

Average Low Temperature (°F)

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Average High Temperature (°C)

28

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28

Average Low Temperature (°C)

20

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Average Precipitation (days of rain)

12

6

4

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11

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11

Source: NOAA

Belize weather features a temperate climate with 2 distinct seasons, the rainy and the dry.  The rainy season occurs between June and November with rainfall averages ranging between 60 inches/1,524mm in the north to 160 inches/4,064mm in the south. The rainfall is variable from year to year.

What To Bring:

Remember that you are in a subtropical climate so dress lightly - we recommend cotton clothing rather than synthetics.
A poncho, in case of rain, will be provided. Riding helmets are provided but please feel free to bring your own to guarantee the fit.

For the horseback riding, jeans (single seamed) and light boots or ankle high shoes are most suitable.

You don't need electrical adapters if coming from North America!
Plenty of water will be provided to you. Bring a bottle or camel-back if you wish.
In San Pedro, the streets are sandy and unpaved so be sure to leave your fancy clothes and high heel shoes at home! 
 

This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport
Visa (check with your consulate)

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots + Minichaps
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Hat (with chin strip) for sun protection

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Comfortable T-Shirts/Shirts
Jeans
Shorts
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Light summer jacket
Comfortable shoes/sneakers
Swimsuit
Bandana
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for an emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Camera and enough extra films
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm