Week Trip: Eco-Island Adventures on Long Caye, Beilze

Posted on August 2, 2011


Glover’s Reef encompasses over 80 miles of shallow lagoons and coral mazes about 35 miles off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea. In fact, the ecosystem has been designated a National Marine Reserve and in 1997 was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Week Trip: Eco-Island Adventures on Long Caye, Belize

Tucked away within this pristine and flourishing landscape is Long Caye, a half-moon-shaped island where Slickrock Adventures has operated their private adventure-island eco-resort since 1992. Slickrock partners Cully Erdman and Lucy Wallingford take pride in the “non-development” practices of running their facilities, which runs on solar and wind energy, but the real satisfaction of their surroundings comes in the form of playtime.

Stocked-full of any water toy imaginable, the island’s watersports center has one purpose: to support your playtime. Activities around the island includes sea kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, kayak surfing, sport fishing, kayak fishing, SUP boarding and even surfing if the swell is right.

At the end of the day, retreat to one of 15 that are scattered along the beach –literally just steps away from the water. Slickrock can host up to 34 people on the island at once, but they’ve also held court for as little as four guests.

Slickrock's watersports center --and all the toys-- on Long Caye, Belize.

The island isn’t a luxury retreat by any means, due to its minimalist footprint, so you won’t find air conditioners, housekeeping service or flush toilets, for that matter, but you will find a propane-powered fridge permanently loaded with Fantas and Belikin beer.

Offering a one-stop transfer for getting to/from the island, Slickrock runs a boat between the island and Belize City so there’s no additional travelneeded –if you don’t want to. On the other hand, if you want to spend a few days in Belize before or after your island escape, Splitrock has a partnership with the Biltmore, a full-service hotel located on the outskirts of Belize City just three miles from the airport.

Offering a few dozen five- or nine-day trips each year between December and April, your all-inclusive –and exclusive– eco-island adventure runs from $1,300-$2,000 per person. This package doesn’t include airfare to Belize, but it does cover your mainland hotels and meals, all the food and beer you can consume, and unlimited access to their gear and guide services.

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