We had a truly magnificent honeymoon in Belize thanks to BZM! This is a family company, and we felt like family, not just customers or tourists. Maybe it was because of the off-season, but Albert & Odelia (the owners) made us feel like their top priority from the minute we landed until they dropped us off back at the airport.
Say what you will about up-front costs, but for a young and broke pair of newlyweds, it was worth every penny! Imagine trying to get a cab or take a bus from Belize City into Guatemala, to say nothing of finding attractions along the way, restaurants, suitable rest stops, potable water, etc! We never had to worry about any of this—admission into attractions, border crossing fees, lodging, even meals! Whenever we were with them, BZM made sure we had our bellies full of either home cooked food, or they took us to a restaurant and paid for us... it was all part of our package. They even took us out an extra time just to congratulate us on getting married! It was so sweet.
Our experience with the guides and drivers was also quite positive: although roads in Belize and Guatemala are narrow and bumpy by USA standards, and speed limits are mere suggestions, we always felt very safe with Albert, Odelia, and the driver they contracted for getting us around Guatemala. They each provided useful and interesting information along the way. The guides were specific to each site, which meant that we made a new friend at every attraction, and that all guides had extremely specialized knowledgeable of their site. Again, we had the off-season advantage of mostly private tours, which meant we could ask about anything and our guide would cater the tour to our interests.
If you're reading this, Albert & Odelia: don't change a thing. We loved your positive attitude, your spirit of adventure, and your timing is impeccable! You provided us a perfect balance of physical activity, amazement, and relaxation. Thank you!
For potential tourists: always bring a little extra local currency. Even if you paid for the whole tour up front, and most places take plastic, you never know when you're going to see a cool souvenir, or have an AMAZING tour with an EXCEPTIONAL guide, only to reach into your pockets and find a crumpled $2 and some cool bottle caps. You're on vacation, and you're being pampered, SO TIP WELL!
Above all, always think two steps and half a gallon of water ahead. We really learned not to take potable water for granted on this trip (Belizean tap has too much chlorine to drink). We didn't plan well enough once, and luckily Albert had our backs, but it taught us that being out of water is too late to do something about it!
Be cautious, but never afraid, and have fun! Life is beautiful! Belize is Magnificent! Thanks BZM!
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