Savvy parents know that kids love spending time in nature and that they are curious about other cultures, and a family vacation in Belize offers plenty of both. The following itinerary, courtesy of Placencia’s Laru Beya Resort, is ideal for kids and parents who love adventures!
Day 1: CRUISE Monkey River
For kids who can’t get enough wildlife sightings, iguanas, crocodiles, and tropical birds are highlights of this 4-mile cruise upstream, but the stars of the show tend to be Howler monkeys whose cries are so loud, kids can’t help but scream back. A stop at Monkey River Village for a tour and lunch at a family-owned eatery ends a perfect day.
Day 2: Go snorkeling
Vacationing children giggle like crazy when they hear the name Laughing Bird Caye, but this and the Silk Cayes islands are ideal destinations for families whose kids have basic snorkeling skills. Youngsters find themselves in the company of turtles, trumpet fish, angelfish, damselfish, and parrotfish beneath the water’s surface. Expect a few pouts when you tell kids that it’s time to get out of the water.
Day 3: Relax on the beach and explore Placencia Village
Kids just want to have fun and run around Laru Beya’s pristine beach. They’ll let off steam and splash in the Caribbean Sea with wild abandon. Take them to the village for a visit. Your little ones can explore, ask questions (everyone speaks English), and learn more about their friendly Belizean hosts. Parents can shop for hand-crafted treasures, too.
Day 4: Visit Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Having already been introduced to Belize’s noisiest residents – those Howler monkeys – kids are delighted to discover more of them here. This expansive park is the only jaguar preserve on earth so it’s your chance to explain the importance of saving endangered species. Stop at the park’s visitor center to peruse slate plaques, baskets, jewelry, and clothing made by local Maya women.
Day 5: See Nim Li Punit and Lubantuum Maya ruins
Parents keen to make every stop a learning experience won’t have to convince their children to visit these monumental sites once home to a fascinating Maya society if they know more about them before they arrive. Aimed at kids between the ages of 4 and 8, this project book “Ancient Civilizations: Aztecs, Maya, Incas!: With 25 Social Studies Projects for Kids” is an ideal introduction.
Because you’re in the business of parenting rather than being a tour planner, leave all the work surrounding your stay up to your Laru Beya hosts. The resort’s Belize all inclusive packages include kid-friendly meals, transport to the resort, and amenities that the kids will enjoy to the max.
Add tours to your package and your entire stay will be a breeze as you move from one adventure to another knowing that you’ve chosen the perfect getaway where Laru Beya’s commitment to family enjoyment is evident. There’s just one downside to a family vacation at Laru Beya: Your kids may badger you repeatedly down the road by asking a single question: “When can we go back?”