So my SO and I are thinking of going to Belize for our honeymoon. We know what we like in travel - variety, diversity, a mix of relaxing (beach, resort) and adventurous (diving, hiking) things to do, local culture and food, cheap places to stay, and we enjoy roughing it a bit, though maybe not for the entire time.
We were looking into Central America and Belize seems to have everything we want: Mayan ruins, amazing scuba diving, coral reefs, good, inexpensive food and drink, music and dancing, two islands aside from the mainland, each with a slightly different vibe (according to books and such), and an excellent bus system throughout the country so we can get everywhere by hiking and bussing.
I was just wondering if anyone could confirm or deny of this information, and if you had any suggestions on things to see or do, places to stay, etc. We're thinking we'd like to find an all-inclusive resort for either a 3 or 7-day stay (and we don't know where to start there, all of my info is of the "on a shoestring" variety thus far), then take off and live from our backpacks for another week or so - we may even consider flying into Mexico, doing the resort there then heading to Belize so we'd get to see both. I could also use some tips on roughing it in a hot climate - we've only done it North of the equator, and I'm sure there are different concerns to keep in mind.
We'd like to go in December/January of '07-'08, as that gives us time to save some extra money, lets us use some of our paid holiday time off work and save that way, and also gives us something to look forward to long after the wedding is over. Is this considered prime time for a tropical destination? Is that a terrible thing, or is it just prime time for a reason? Any words of advice?
Thanks, any info is appreciated.