Deep airline discounts and value-added resort rates make affordability a reality in exotic Belize

BELIZE – With its lush jungles, diverse wildlife and crystal clear Caribbean waters, Belize has always been one of the most exotic destinations in Central America. Now, for a limited time, it’s also one of the most affordable. American Airlines recently announced a significant sale on airfare to Belize City (BZE) from major U.S. gateways, that when coupled with moderately-priced resorts, can result in the trip of a lifetime costing just a fraction of the typical high season price.

The American Airlines sale is valid on travel from cities including Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, St. Louis and Washington, D.C., with fares starting as low as $149 each way, excluding taxes and fees. Rates are valid on weekday travel and flights must be booked by December 22, 2009 for travel by March 27, 2010. Sun seekers can pair this low airfare with nightly cabana rates staring as low as $240 at one of these authentically Belizean resorts to create the tropical vacation of a lifetime.

Tranquility Bay Resort, located on Ambergris Caye, is a short flight from Belize City and is a family-friendly resort popular for fishing and diving. With its convenient location near the Belize Barrier Reef, guests can literally walk out of their beachfront cabana and swim or kayak 100 yards out to the scenic reef. The resort is the only resort located on 12 picturesque acres within Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve, a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nightly high-season rates start at $240 for a one-bedroom cabana, double occupancy including daily breakfast, unlimited use of kayaks and one round trip boat transfer on stays more than four nights. / (888) 843-2293.

St. George’s Caye Resort is a secluded paradise located on an exotic island also off the Belize Barrier Reef. Only 20 minutes from Belize City, St. George’s Caye Resort is easily accessible by boat, yet feels worlds away from everyday life. The resort, comprised of 11 private, thatched roof cabanas, the island spa and a main lodge, has a high staff to guest ratio, guaranteeing a one-of-a-kind, personalized experience. St. George’s Caye Resort is known for its world-class fishing and SCUBA diving and offers privately-led excursions to sites including the rainforest, Maya ruins and world-famous Blue Hole. Nightly cabana rates start at $246 per person and include airport transfers, unlimited use of kayaks, Hobie cats and windsurfers and three freshly prepared meals daily. The 7-night “Romance on the Reef” package offers couples all this plus dinner for two under the stars, a private snorkeling trip and more for just $1199 per person. / 1-800-813-8498.

Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort on the southern coast of Belize, is just four miles from Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the world’s first jaguar preserve. Kanantik offers 25 secluded oceanfront cabanas, each designed with an ancient Mayan feel and a smart Italian style. Guests who book three nights, get the fourth free (a savings of more than $300 per couple) and when they book five, the sixth and seventh are free (a savings of more than $650 per couple). This offer is valid from December 15, 2009 to April 11, 2010 on nightly room rates, which are $300 per night, based on double occupancy. Children 14 and older are welcome at the resort. / Nanette at Elegant Adventures: 1-800-451-4398 ext. 302.

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