What an incredible-spiritual journey, in one of the most beautiful country-sides I’ve ever been to.
From the beginning, when exploring properties for my best friend’s Bachelor party, Esmeralda Del Mar quickly rose to the top of our list. Upon my initial inquiry, in less than 24/hours, I received a response from Patricia and Janice with Reef Management. After a tad bit of research, I was convinced there was nothing like this piece of paradise, and upon introducing the location to the group, we were instantly in love with this beautiful property. Once we officially committed, Janice immediately went to work, researching dependable vendors to charter the specific excursions we wanted. All we needed to do was show up.
Upon arriving in Belize City, Janice saw to it that one of our group travelers had dinning options at the Blue Water Grill, until we all arrived. Once we did, we all boarded Tropic Air together and landed in San Pedro. Janice arranged our arrival and departure ground transportation with Reinaldo Beltran. He was energetic, dependable and knew the best places to frequent on the island. Reinaldo did warn us about the pot holes leading to the property, but it really didn’t bother us, once we arrived at Esmeralda Del Mar. O’h the beauty of the tropical plants, sand ladened pathways to this mesmerizing property. The 1st and 2nd floors are amazing. The photos really do this property justice. Every room had an on-suite and all of the amenities needed for your stay. The casita had the same amenities, but the best view was from the porch and pool, steps away from the Caribbean. Once settled, Benjamin (housekeeper) made sure our stay was stress-free. On two occasions, he and his bride made a feast for the ages. Would highly recommend that they cook for a 2nd floor meal, when the retractable doors can be opened to the sea…. So beautiful!
Our excursions where handles by Brian at Castaway Caye. Deep Sea fishing was successful and fed us for two of the four days we stayed. Kevin and Eli (fishing guides) made the trip so much fun. We had a chance to visit a few islands and explore a few awesome Shoppes and eateries. On our next experience, we took a trip inland back to Belize City to travel to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins, preceded by Xibalba Cave Tubing. Charlie was our guide, and an awesome history teacher of this beautiful country.
A final day at Secret Beach was dampened by rain, but we’re planning a 2024 trip back to Belize!