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Vacation time.

Time to slow down, buy some sunscreen and head to Belize.

Maya Beach Hotel honored in the 2013 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Hotels Awards

Placencia, Belize – 17 January 2013 – Maya Beach Hotel today announced that it was chosen as a winner in three categories of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Travelers’ Choice® awards.

Now in its eleventh year, the annual TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice awards honor the world’s best hotels, earning their distinction from those who know them best – real travelers. Unlike any other hotel honors, TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice winners are based on millions of valuable reviews and opinions from travelers around the world.

“It sure is nice when our hard working Belizean employees receive kudos for their good work,” said Ellen Larson Lee, who owns and operates the Maya Beach Hotel along with her husband John Lee.

Maya Beach Hotel made the following Top 25 lists on TripAdvisor for 2013:
Top 25 small hotels in Central America
Top 25 small hotels in Belize
Top 25 hotels for service in Belize

“TripAdvisor is once again thrilled to recognize the world’s most outstanding hotels with the help of more than 75 million reviews and opinions from travelers around the globe,” said Christine Petersen, president, TripAdvisor for Business. “From the best bargain hotels to top luxury properties, outstanding service, value and quality are the hallmarks of our Travelers’ Choice winners.”

To see 2013 Travelers’ Choice winners, go to http://www.tripadvisor.com/TravelersChoice-Hotels-cSmall-g291958#25

 

Wine cellar.

Every bottle of wine chosen for the Bistro was selected by owner Ellen Lee, to pair with flavors coming out of husband John Lee’s kitchen. “We travel ourselves,” Ellen explains, “and we’re always looking for wines that work with spice, Caribbean flavors, and seafood.”

 

No shortage of things to do in Belize. Unless you want it that way.

Whether your style is do-it-yourself or do-it-for-me, the opportunities to see and experience the natural beauty, history, and contemporary culture of our area. You can have one of those vacations where you totally wear yourself out! Either that or you might wear out a hammock. We don’t mind, just as long as you’re having the experience you’d hoped for.

Do-it-yourself activities

Guided tours

Swimming. The Caribbean Sea is beautifully shallow for a few hundred feet in front of the Maya Beach Hotel. The sandy bottom makes it easy to spot many of the small fish and occasional crustacean. We haven’t seen it yet, but a lobster could walk right up to the beach and offer itself for your dinner! Snorkeling. Licensed guides will take you to fabulous locations to see Belize’s marine life. <More details>
Kayaking and snorkeling. With a little effort, you can paddle one of our complimentary kayaks out to False Caye, a small island approximately a mile away from the hotel. Take along your snorkeling gear and have a look at the coral and other underwater life surrounding the caye. The hotel maintains a small supply of snorkeling gear, but you may want to bring your own to ensure you get the size and fit you need. Diving. With the world’s second longest barrier reef just 18 miles directly east of you, the underwater possibilities are endless. <More details>
Bicycling. Take a short ride up or down the road to one of the other nearby resorts for lunch, or spend the day riding to Seine Bight or all the way to Placencia Village. It’s impossible to get lost, since only one road serves the peninsula. Dive instruction and certification. Get certified in as little as three days, or take a course to advance your skills and enhance your enjoyment of diving. <More details>
Placencia Village. Take a bus or taxi 8 miles to the lovely town of Placencia at the end of the peninsula. There, you can hang out with Creole fishermen and other locals in one of the popular watering holes. Stroll up the beach. Have a lobster burrito for lunch. Try a dive. A “discover dive” is a real dive with a certified dive instructor, a great way to find out what all your scuba diving friends get so excited about! <More details>
Seine Bight Village. This village is just 3 miles from the Maya Beach Hotel and it is where you can experience the Garifuna culture. A few small restaurants let you sample Garifuna cooking, and a popular artist named Lola also works from her studio in Seine Bight. Fly fishing. Bonefish, tarpon and permit fish are abundant, and it might look easy when you can see the fish right in front of you, but tempting it on to your hook is another matter altogether. <More details>
Bird watching. Belize is home to more than 500 species of birds. Many of them make their homes in the coastal areas of Belize, including Placencia Peninsula and the nearby cayes. Hop on a bicycle or walk the peninsula to try and spot the birds in the Maya Beach area. Deep sea fishing, spin casting or trolling. Placencia’s guides know just where to go to give you the best shot at a big fish, or just something for dinner. <More details>
Self-drive. Most of the Maya ruins and parks like Cockscomb are accessible by car. Often you can find an on-site guide once you get there. If you like to do things this way, please bring a map or a good guide book with maps of the local areas. Cockscomb Basin. A guide can take you deep into the forest, where you’ll see many species of native plants and animals as well as beautiful waterfalls and dramatic scenery. <More details>
Driving from Belize City. If you arrive to the international airport early in the day or if you are traveling here from another part of Belize, you might find it interesting to make a stop at the Belize Zoo (between Belize City and Belmopan) or the Blue Hole National Park (on the Hummingbird Highway). Check our MAP page for directions. Monkey River and Manatee tours. Join a boat tour or kayak up the Monkey River where you’ll see – you guessed it – monkeys! <More details>
Maya sites. Easy day trips from the Maya Beach Hotel can include excursions to Maya sites and villages. <More details>
Cave tours. Cool off by spelunking, hiking, swimming or floating through one of Belize’s fantastic underground cave systems. <More details>
Zipline. Woo hoo! There are several Ziplines in Belize, and they can often be combined with other cave, river & jungle activities. <More details>
Massage and other spa services. Everything from a private masseuse to larger resort spas can be arranged through the Maya Beach Hotel. <More details>