When planning a trip to Belize, most people are faced with a tough decision. Do they head to the beach and linger by the water for the week, or do they trek to the jungle for adventure-filled days? However, there is another solution that offers equal parts sand and stone (for the Mayan ruins). For the indecisive, this is the ideal scenario.

The Sand and Stone package is jointly offered by Victoria House, located on the Belizean island of Ambergris Caye, and Ka’ana Boutique Resort (a Small Luxury Hotels of the World), nestled in the jungle of San Ignacio, just a few miles from the Guatemala border.

For those who want the adventure part of the trip first so second half is about relaxation, then Ka’ana provides pick-up service from Belize International Airport. The adventure begins with a two-hour drive with the driver pointing out the small villages of Spanish Lookout, Georgeville, and Teakeattle, while sharing the history of Belize, which has an eclectic mix of Mayan, Mestizo, Garifuna, Mennonites, and Chinese populations.

Excursions to the impressive Mayan ruins of Caracol (full day trip) or Xunantunich (1/2 day trip) are easily arranged by the front desk. For the true adventure seeking, caving, cave tubing, and zip-lining are all available.

When enough heart-pumping activity has been had, a quick 15-minute flight from Belize City will take you to Ambergris Caye, where Victoria House is located on a stretch of white powder beach, diligently raked each morning by the grounds crew.  Swaying in a hammock, shaded by palm trees, with a drink in hand is the quintessential afternoon here, though many come to snorkel or scuba at the famous Blue Hole.

This tiny country has something for everyone, and the Sand and Stone package offers a perfect taste. As they like to say, “You better Belize it!


  1. Luke Omand
    Posted July 12, 2012 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    We did this exact trip 2 years ago. Belize is amazing! Victoria House was so unbelievable! We unfortunately had a horrible experience with Ka’ana. The staff and facilities were not enjoyable at all. The adventures around San Ignacio were great but would recommend against ka’ana

    • Leah
      Posted July 23, 2012 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

      @Luke – That is great to hear from someone else who did the same trip! That is too bad though that you didn’t have as positive of an experience at Ka’ana as we did. I am curious about the other resorts in the area (like Chaa Creek – though that was a little too out of our budget). Did you get a chance to check them out? Thanks for commenting!

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