Hooray! You’re on vacation (finally). While it’s easy to get carried away with one too many rum cocktails, a key part of getting the most of your vacation is to establish an easy-to-follow wellness routine. Read on for ways to stay healthy and energized on your Belize vacation and minimize that feeling of post-vacation drag.
Get Physical. Belize is an outdoor adventure playground, no gym required. Aim for at least 30 minutes of adrenaline-filled activity per day. From kayaking along the white sandy beaches of a remote island to trekking the jungle forests in search of an Instagram worthy waterfall, there are plenty of fun activities to get you moving. Looking for a challenge? Try waterfall rappelling or exploring the ATM Cave.
Eat Fresh. Locals will brag that there are no McDonald’s, Burger King or other U.S. fast food chain restaurants in Belize. What you will find is a bounty of freshly prepared, farm to table delicacies being served at local restaurants. Farmer’s stalls dot the highways and markets can be found in every town center carrying a rainbow assortment of fruits and veggies. Try a new fruit and opt for a refreshing natural juice (instead of sodas)! Local favorites include soursop, starfruit, and tamarind.
Drink Water (lots of it). Belize enjoys a climate as warm and inviting as the friendly locals. The year-round swimsuit weather means the Caribbean sun can be a bit intense for first-time visitors to the tropics. In other words, Hydrate! Hydrate! Hydrate! Water is your best friend while you’re adventuring. Pro Tip: Whatever amount of water you see a local drinking, you should be drinking twice as much.
Unwind and Go with the Flow. You’ve been patiently counting down the days until your vacation so enjoy it! The secret to a fun-packed experience is to de-stress, mentally unwind and be present in the moment. While this is often easier said than done, there are plenty of ways to get some R&R such as spending a few days sailing along the coast, visiting the go-slow island of Caye Caulker or indulging in a luxurious body treatment. Once you’ve unwound, you will be ready for the world of adventure that awaits. Plus, your body, mind and soul will thank you.
Connect with Nature. There is something about being surrounded by greenery, the sea and taking in a lung full of fresh air that has a calming, therapeutic effect on our body and mind. Being surrounded or in contact with nature makes us feel happy and contributes to our overall physical wellbeing. With over 90 protected areas consisting of national parks, reserves and sanctuaries, a natural escape is always around the corner in Belize. Dive into the cerulean blues of the Caribbean Sea and explore a treasure trove of marine flora and fauna.
Follow these tips to help you make the most of your vacation experience and enjoy your time in Belize.