seeing is Belizean

Any New Yorker will tell you. February is brutal. So our quick trip to tropical Belize this winter was a much welcomed trade from snow-lined streets of NYC. 

Technically this was a work trip - although it never quite felt like work. Commissioned by Travel Belize to capture beautiful images and share them on my Instagram.  For five days we explored the island-dotted coastlines of Belize and it's barrier reef - highlighted by a four-hour boat ride to The Great Blue Hole - a place I've dreamt of visiting for many years. And It did not disappoint. 

I'd been granted special permission by the Belize government to bring in and fly my drone. I also purchased a GoProHero6 and $35 dome housing to try an capture some underwater images - including some so-called 50/50 shots (half underwater, half above water). I wouldn't say I nailed it - but we had fun trying. 

We spent a great deal of our time snorkeling - which was a new experience for us. I think we were shocked at the amount of aquatic life just beneath the surface. We even swam with a nurse shark! 

 

 Snorkeling off the coast of Ambergris Caye, Belize

Snorkeling off the coast of Ambergris Caye, Belize

 Thatch Caye Resort, Belize

Thatch Caye Resort, Belize

 Boat life

Boat life

 The Great Blue Hole, Belize

The Great Blue Hole, Belize

Belize, at times, felt wild and untouched - teaming with wildlife, tiny tropical islands and vast jungle canopy. We didn't have time to explore the mountainous interior - perhaps next time. The city of San Pedro is charming and colorful - a bit touristy for our liking - but that was offset by it's friendly people and the fact that almost everyone drives a golf cart to get around the small island community. 

Belize's true hidden gem - we discovered - was waiting for us at Thatch Caye, a private island of quaint bungalows, communal diners, easy-going staff, and a mascot-like dog named Dewey.  A true paradise. We could have spent days doing absolutely nothing.  

Where we stayed: 
Ramon's Village Resort, San Pedro
Thatch Caye Resort, Thatch Caye

Special thanks: 
Travel Belize