Christmas in Belize

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In my quest to teach my daughter to cherish experiences not things I planned a big Christmas surprise. On Christmas eve I had my daughter open a box that had a cryptic message in it that stated she had 5 hours to pack a suitcase we had a plane to catch to a secret destination. When we arrived at the airport she learned we were heading to Belize for 3 days of fun! She was so excited!!! We took the morning flight out so we would spend Christmas day in Belize. Our first day we just relaxed because I had lots of stuff planned the next few days. 

In my previous post I took Southwest to Belize this time we took United

Waiting on our flight to Belize

While driving around in San Pedro i found the cutest shops. This one caught my eye because for one I'm a hair stylist and 2 it was super cute. I also did a bit of shopping while on the island. I tend to look for unique items so I was so happy to find a very unique boutique called RubiMoon Boutique. The owner Anke Doehm creates her own unique clothing for women and children. This artsy boutique boasts unique beach style wear and one of a kind jewelry peaces made from local artisans. It is a must stop place on San Pedro.

After a long day of sightseeing we found this beach side restaurant and bar Lily's Treasure Chest. Your able to sit by the sea and enjoy a great meal while people watching. The drinks are very good as you can see in my previous picture I was enjoying it a lot.

Photo bombed by the cutest dog 

My daughter mad a new friend

After our taxi ride back to Belize City we decided to have a sweet treat on our walk back to the hotel. Near the water taxi station there is a lovely gelato place called Igloo Gelato Italian Ice Cream. It is a cute place and the gelato is superb. I recommend going there on your next visit.

A must stop place

On Tuesday is was our adventure day! We had a full day of fun things to do starting with hiking to the river to float trough the caves, zip ling above the tree canapes and riding a four wheeler in the mud. It was a freaking awesome day of fun with my daughter.

going to look for batman in the caves

my daughter experiencing her first cave 

Floating down the river

My daughter high above the tree tops

Mommy daughter adventurers

Time to get dirty

bonding in the mud

Best four wheeler guide ever! I think he had just as much fun as we did
We got up early in the morning to take a ride to Cayo, Belize where we wanted to see  Xunantunich Maya a beautiful Mayan ruin on the boarder of Belize and Guatemala. I advise everyone to visit this site. It is breathtakingly beautiful. If you want to climb the tallest monument there you must not be faint at heart and wear proper shoes unlike me.

Street tacos are the best

You know the tacos will be amazing when they are made from street vendors

On the manually operated ferry crossing in Cayo

Xunantunich the Ancient Maya archaeological site

Climbing to the top 

A view from the top

Mommy and daughter exploring the world together

History should be taught not only from a book but from experiencing it.

Best guide ever. So knowledgeable about the Mayan culture
On a way back to Belize City we stopped to have lunch at this roadside restaurant called Amigos Country Bar and Grill. A nice place with a great atmosphere and food. You can tell it gets a lot of tourist traffic but you can see many locals enjoying the food as well.

I cannot end my post without giving praise to the best tourism based transportation owner Kareem Staine. I met Kareem my first stay in Belize and he made my inaugural stay with my friend one of the best experiences I had ever had with a tour company. When I decided to surprise my daughter with a trip to Belize I called him instantly. He planned every excursion and personally escorted my daughter and I to everyone of them. He made this trip worry free and I got to really enjoy my holiday with my daughter because he had everything planned to the very last detail. When going to Belize please contact Kareem Staine he will make your stay in his country simple amazing. I always try to end my posts with a quote so here is another favorite.....

“Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

Happy Travels All!
Nicole Hagans

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  1. What lovely pictures! The workshop looks quite interesting and I think participants had a great time in the workshop. Looking at these wonderful food shots woked up my hunger prones. Would like to visit Dubai in Christmas in the upcoming Years.

  2. Excellent post! Your trip to the Gambia looks quite exciting & the images do show that you had a wonderful time over there. I, on the other hand, am planning to apply for a Dubai Visa so that I can visit some of the most popular attractions of Dubai with my lovely wife. I might just take some cues from your blog to make our Dubai getaway fun-filled, relaxing & memorable.


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