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Cruise port excursions have come a long way since the olden days of basic motor coach tours to local sites. Today, they’re exciting and adventurous, and designed to immerse cruise guests into local culture. The newest excursions focus on “wow factor,” and are aimed at luring first-time cruisers while also holding the interest... Read More

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Belize Beach

If you’re planning a trip to Belize, chances are you’ve already pulled up images of tucans perched in the jungle, the laid-back shores of Ambergris Caye, or maybe the view from top resorts like Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn and the luxury El Secreto, so named for its sense of... Read More

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Insider's Guide to Ambergris Caye

Just an hour’s water taxi ride from Belize City, Ambergris Caye serves as the gateway to snorkeling at the world’s second largest barrier reef and diving at the infamous Blue Hole. While on the island, enjoy delicious seafood in the fishing village of San Pedro, incredible wildlife, and more.... Read More

Seeing Belize on a Budget

Belize has its share of trendy resorts and exclusive retreats, but you don’t have to spend a small fortune to enjoy its lush jungles, Mayan ruins, and Caribbean coastline. With a little planning, you can afford to snorkel, dive, and explore this exotic locale on any budget. ... Read More

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Great Blue Hole

If you’re an avid scuba diver or adventure junkie, you’ve probably heard of, or maybe even experienced the Great Blue Hole in the Belize Barrier Reef (an UNESCO World Heritage Site). Around 10,000 years ago, the hole’s roof collapsed to reveal the previously concealed cave below. Measuring at around 1,000... Read More

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In life, being in the right place at the right time is often due to serendipity, but in travel, it almost always is a result of good planning. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, venture out between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, destinations are still... Read More

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El Castillo Chichen Itza

Now that 12/12/12 has passed, global attention has shifted to the next big date on the calendar: December 21, 2012. The date – which marks the end of the Maya long-term calendar and, so say doomsday theorists, the end of the world – is expected to bring a surge of... Read More

Head south for an exotic getaway in Belize at a beachfront villa resort for $216 per night. This offer from Pelican Reef Villas Resort — ranked by TripAdvisor readers as the second best resort in Ambergris Caye – saves you 30 percent on rates earlier in the season. Travel is... Read More

Belize lodge discounts

Belize, one of the countries that’s part of the Mundo Maya, has been enjoying a spike in tourism this year, with travelers flocking to experience firsthand the activities leading up to the end of the Maya long count calendar. Not surprisingly, prices for hotels and airfare have surged to... Read More

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belize places to stay phoenix ambergris caye hotels

If you’re thinking of visiting Belize for a reef-meets-rainforest romantic getaway or honeymoon, there are still a few months left to make it happen before the rainy season ups the humidity (from July through October). One of Belize’s top destinations, especially for divers and snorkelers who want to explore... Read More

El Castillo Chichen Itza

March 20, the spring equinox, marks the first major date of 2012 for the Maya Long Count calendar. The hype has already caused a bump in tourism at many already-popular sites throughout the Mundo Maya, but with a little advance planning, you can carve out some solitude (and preserve... Read More

PunchStockEscape to top winter destinations like Belize and Banff to beat the blues

Brrrr. When Old Man Winter comes to town, it’s easy to get down. But a visit to any of our favorite places to beat the winter blues will have you forgetting about the slush, snow boots, and dreary days of the long, dark season in no time. This year... Read More

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View from W Retreat & Spa Vieques in Puerto Rico

For the past decade, fans of the ABC reality series “The Bachelor” have followed a revolving door of love-seeking (and in some cases, fame-seeking) Bachelors and Bachelorettes to sexy and romantic destinations around the world. Some of these forays showcase these places to their fullest (Ali in Tahiti, Brad... Read More

Belize Passport 2012 Maya travel

Just a few days into 2012, tour operators and travel companies in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras – the four countries also known as the Mundo Maya – have ramped up their promotions for the coming year, which marks the end of the Maya Long Count calendar on December... Read More

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Six Senses   Aman Summer Palace

Hotels and hideaways have long provided a great base and an idyllic backdrop for romance, illicit or otherwise. Once in your own private oasis, away from the demands of everyday life, romance is on the rise, and senses are easily aroused. Whether it’s a romantic rendezvous, a destination wedding... Read More