Hey, are you a celebrity? Are you interested in vacationing in Belize and would like to keep it on the down low and escape the media? Well, I’m here to help.
With the rise of social media it seems that everyone has the need to document everything and it’s harder to unplug and really get away during a vacation. More and more celebrities are choosing to vacation in Belize and where they go has become so predictable that “local paparazzi” are always on the alert. Use this short guide to avoid the two common places that are known to be celebrity hotspots.
Ambergris Caye is the most visited place in Belize and it is not without merit. Picture a small Caribbean island surrounded by water that is all kinds of blue. It is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the beach or do adventure activities such as snorkeling and diving. But it’s the most touristy spot in Belize and MOST celebrities end up there. So unless you want to be photographed, avoid La Isla Bonita.
Toledo is the least visited place in Belize and it is perfect for anyone looking to escape from the ordinary. Here you can find a few secluded jungle lodges that will allow you to get close to nature. Go hiking, learn about organic farming, take a chocolate making lesson, go fly fishing or take a trip to a nearby island where you can enjoy a beach BBQ and an afternoon of snorkeling.
Placencia is a charming village and due to its beautiful coast and uber nice beach resorts, it has become the second most visited celebrity hotspot. To be honest, the main reason why it’s common knowledge that celebrities will be in Placencia is because they will stay at Francis Ford Coppola’s Turtle Inn resort. Staff personnel are forbidden to disclose the identity of celebrity clients but it still seems to make its way to the village grapevine.
Cayo is the most western district and is known as the mecca for ecotourism activities in Belize. Cayo isn’t as secluded as Toledo but the various resorts offer a lot of privacy since they are usually some distance from towns. Here you can take trips to Maya ruins, explore ancient caves, go wildlife spotting, swim in natural pools with waterfalls, and try watersports such as canoeing or river tubing.
It goes without saying that if you are a celebrity who is looking for some media attention or are someone who wants to vacation where celebrities have, do exactly the opposite of what I’ve recommended.