So, here’s the deal. Jeff turns 30, June 17th, so we thought we would take a little adventure with our dear friends Mike and Amanda to celebrate. Mike turns 40 this year also, which pretty much calls for the perfect excuse to run away to Belize.
Why BELIZE, you ask? It’s simple. NO ZIKA VIRUS. Literally the only place in South or Central America that wasn’t discouraged by the CDC to travel to, and since we are trying to stay away from that…we figured the universe was leading us to Belize!
I traveled a lot with my family growing up but I have never planned and organized my own little escapade. Thanks to Mike for taking the wheel on the travel plans. Literally all I had to contribute was the fact that I wanted something mostly adventurous and something a bit relaxing. Dudes, he nailed it.
Literally the most magical trip I have ever been on.
So, let’s recap it all shall we?
We flew into LAX and had a 5 hour layover! SO, while we waited for Mike and Amanda to join us, we decided to find an empty spot in the international airport and bust out a great couples workout. If you want to check it out #highlyreccomended just head over to MY INSTAGRAM and look up the hashtag #ssjtravels and #ssjanefitness | I dare you to bust it out the next time you find yourself chillin’ at the airport.
This meal. #Godblessit but really. This was the first meal we ate in Belize. Straight from the side of the street. Across from the airport. Under a big blue tarp. It was delicious and I survived. Really, all the food was delicious and my stomach handled it perfectly. Thank you Jesus for taking the wheel.
Once we flew into Belize City we took a 3 hour shuttle to San Ignacio. We took a red eye flight and thought we would want to hang out at the hotel the first day. Keep it really chill, but that lasted for many 3 minutes.
Just down from our hotel, we found an amazing Mayan Ruin to explore. The Cahal Pech Mayan Ruin.
We made friends with a tour guide who took us to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruin just 10 miles down the road. I left my video camera in the hotel the first day so I don’t have any footage of the magic behind the ruins, but the pictures give you a little taste of how awesome they were.
We thought the ruins were magical…and then the second day happened.
Adventuring, climbing, swimming, diving, exploring through ancient caves with skulls and broken pots. Smoke left on the ceiling from thousands of years ago and glittering walls as tall as skyscrapers blinding us from their beauty. We weren’t allowed to take a camera into the first cave but trust me when I tell you, YOU MUST go there someday. It was a spiritual adventure. For those interested, it’s call the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave!
We couldn’t get over how much we loved the caving so we booked ourselves another caving adventure. This time with some old school Inner Tubes and our own tour guide. The cave tubing can be so busy with all the cruise ship tourists but we told our guide we wanted it to be just be the 4 of us and we wanted ADVENTURE. He took us into another magical caving land.
Watch the video to get a little taste!
While in San Ignacio, we took a day to explore the city.
Top: URBAN OUTFITTERS
Culottes: SHOP & APPAREL
Fanny Pack: NENA & CO
Shoes: FOREVER 21
Sunglasses: QUAY AUSTRALIA
(ALL ITEMS LINKED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST!)
Swim: KINGDOM & STATE
Kimono: FOREVER 21
We then took a shuttle to the BEACH!!!
To Hopkins, Belize, where we stayed at the Almond Beach Resort!
Swim: KORTNI JEAN
Swim: ALBION FIT
Pants: URBAN OUTFITTERS
Swimsuit: CARBON 38
Swimsuit: designed for THE PAK PAK
While we were in Hopkins we enjoyed the sand, sun, and sea. We kayaked down to a dock that was completely desolate. It was so beautiful, peaceful, and perfect.
We literally spent 4 hours trying out different yoga poses with our husbands and I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard in my life. If only you could have seen what it took for us to get into these!
My swimsuit is from Target. Just FYI.
On the top of the food list was FOR SURE the LOVE ON THE ROCKS. A quaint little restaurant nestled right on the beach where we cooked our own food on this hot flat stones. So delicious.
Check out the rest of our travels on my travel vlog below
Oh, and we had a tub on our balcony. NBD.
Nails chipped, bruised legs, and sore bodies. Easily the best signs of an incredible vacation!
We really didn’t want to leave!
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It was a vacation of a lifetime and Jeff’s very first time out of the country! We couldn’t have picked a better couple to adventure with. Mike and Amanda, we sure love you!
Jeff kept a little journal throughout our trip and I thought it was so great! I am going to place the entries below so when we come back to this post in 10 years, we have his thoughts too!
Thanks Belize for stealing our hearts!
JEFF’S ENTIRES AND INSIDE JOKES: