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Our Romantic Private Island Getaway At The Adults Only All Inclusive Beach Resort, Coco Plum Cay In Belize

Below is a guest blog post by Ady of Verbal Gold Blog.

It doesn’t get any better than staying on a private island off the coast of Belize. Coco Plum Island Resort Belize is an all inclusive beach resort for adults seeking a romantic private island getaway. Our stay was truly the most relaxing vacation of our life. Coco Plum is known as the honeymoon hotspot and I can see how the vibe there would make the perfect honeymoon, anniversary, birthday, or getaway for the absolute best vacation with the love of your life!

I was really impressed with the welcome we received as soon as we stepped off the boat. We were greeted with a cocktail and shown to our room as we were given more information on the island. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming. I’m not sure what other resort you can go to and be on a first name basis with the staff. They were incredible at making you feel right at home. Coco Plum is paradise. I’m thinking of making it an annual thing.

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Transportation

Coco Plum Cay is a little island nestled 8 miles off the coast of a small town 80 miles south of Belize City named Dangriga. Belize City is only a two hour flight from several major U.S. cities such as Miami, Houston, or Dallas. It was only a 3 hour flight from Atlanta and is the closest over-water bungalow vacation.

Once you get to Belize City you get to hop on a puddle jumper to Dangriga which is a 15 minute flight. From there you’ll be picked up in an air conditioned van that will take you to a boat. Driving through Dangriga was pretty interesting. I love seeing how people live in different parts of the world. Once you’re on the boat, it’s a 20 minute ride to Coco Plum Cay. Don’t worry, your luggage is taken care of, carried, and stored under the boat by the staff. It gets delivered straight to your cabana once you arrive.

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Resort + Rooms

There are a limited number of comfortably appointed ocean front cabanas so it’s never over crowded. In fact, I really felt like I owned the entire island because everyone was off doing their own thing. I’m a huge fan of the “adults only” island because that’s how I like to enjoy my vacations… kid free. There are 18 cabanas, including 1 two story three bedroom over water villa that’s perfect for a girls trip or 3 couples. The overwater villa includes your own private entrance, sunning porch, and an array of other exclusive amenities.

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The beach cabanas are all painted a variety of happy colors ranging from pink to yellow to blue and nestled along the private island right at the edge of the water, steps from your own private porch. Perfect for early morning cups of coffee overlooking the water or resting in the colorful hammock. Obviously I’d go for the pink one! There are 3 different types of cabanas that range from standard to premium with the only difference being the amount of space in the room. Quite frankly, you’re on a private island in your own private room so they’re all pretty great options. The interior in most is white and bright with exposed wood beams and high ceilings. Most of the premium cabanas sit at the end of the island so you have more privacy. There is a volleyball net and a private dock at the end of the island as well as multiple lounging areas and daybeds.

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Our room had complimentary water bottles with purified crystal springs gallons of drinking water so you could refill and stay hydrated during your stay. No other place I’ve been to has offered that and I thought it was a major plus. Such a nice touch when resorts pay attention to the little details like that. All rooms have air conditioning, a major plus, ample counter space in the bathroom, and ocean views. All things I look for before I book a beach vacation.

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There are quite a few areas to hang out and relax on the private island. You will find multiple lounging areas over the water or under a thatched roof umbrella along the beach. There’s even a private beach at the very end of the island that is hidden by mangroves. There’s a bamboo pole for hanging your clothes and well…you get the idea.

The 16 acre island is lush filled with mangroves, palm trees, and tropical flowers. The island is covered with perfectly manicured sand raked daily, so shoes are optional. At night, the island is well lit so you can find your way to dinner and the bar but the light isn’t obvious and doesn’t take away from the island feel. You almost don’t even notice it. You’ll find conch shells everywhere you look as most are used for decoration around the island.

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Food + Drink

The resort is all inclusive. There are multiple packages but regardless all of your food and drinks are covered. Yes, even local alcoholic ones and mixed drinks. Now before you turn your nose up at the thought of an all inclusive resort and you start thinking about buffets let me stop you right there because this was the farthest thing from that image ever.

Think white table cloths, 5 star dining, 3 course meals made from all naturally sources local organic island delicacies (with wide eyes slowly shuts gaping mouth). You don’t even get a menu. The breakfast lunch and dinner meal is written on the board daily. They are extremely accommodating to your meal preferences, allergies, and dietary restrictions. For example, we had burgers for lunch one day but they were offering fish, beef, or chicken and since I don’t eat meat I went with the fish burger. Belize it or not (see what I did there lol) it was the best and even better than a real burger. I didn’t eat anything I didn’t like while I was there and for an only child who is an extremely picky eater that’s major.

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There is a dining hall where guests can eat along the water outside or take in the ocean views from an air conditioned dining room. There’s also a bar which is everyone’s favorite place to hang out during the day. You can hear the waves crashing underneath you while you sip the most incredible island drinks at the open air bar with some of your newest but now closest friends. For happy hour every day you’re served “bar snacks.” They are like appetizers and the perfect amount of food to hold you over until dinner, which is from 6:30-8:30.

Coco Plum is in the Top 10 most romantic destinations in the world according to Trip Advisor and they did not disappoint. One night they surprised us wth a private romantic dinner on the dock with candles and flower petals. I can see why they were named the 2017 Travelers Choice. We had baked lobster and I swear it was the best thing I’ve ever eaten. Mrs. Jude, the chef on the island, can cook y’all!

My husband went fishing while we were there and brought back his catch for dinner. Mrs. Jude let us in the kitchen and showed us how to prepare and cook it island style (where you eat allllll the parts). We made fried red snapper, fried trigger fish, and blackened barracuda and it was delicious! Probably one of the coolest experiences!! Then we got to share it with everyone on the island. Seeing all the guests and staff enjoying your catch and just smiling and happy was such a treat.

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Now onto the drinks! Normally with all inclusive you get watered down sugary crappy drinks with bottom shelf alcohol that begs you for an upcharge to upgrade your drinks, but not here! The drink menu was insane. I don’t think I even made it through the entire list…but I tried. The fresh picture perfect cocktails couldn’t have been better. There was something for everyone on the menu but I stuck to the frozen rum drinks and tried one in every flavor! Mmmmm delish! Pretty sure I had one in my hand at all times. Don’t forget to try the local beer, Belikin. I loved it!

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Activities

There are so many activities on Coco Plum that you’ll run out of days before you get to do everything. Try not to squeeze everything in your stay or you’ll end up tired and drained. Save some things for your trip back! Remember, it’s a vacation so spend the majority of your time relaxing and take it all in. Yes, they do have wifi but disconnect and enjoy everything the island has to offer.

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Coco Plum offers an array of tours you can do on your stay. They offer mainland tours or local water activities you can enjoy. Choose from zip lining, cave tubing, snorkeling, fishing, charter a boat, scuba diving, sunset cruise, Belize zoo, or explore the Mayan Ruins of Xunantunich “Maiden of the Rock.” We were only there for 4 days so we chose to keep it close to home and go snorkeling at the reef. Mike also went fishing in the morning one day and really enjoyed that!

There are also a ton of water activities you can do on your own that are complimentary. Most places will charge you to rent paddle boards so I love that everything at Coco Plum was free to use at any time! We paddle boarded one day (I only fell once), took a kayak out, hopped on the hobby cat for a sailing lesson, and snorkeled just steps from our villa. There are also fun games to play scattered around the island. There is a volleyball court, ping pong table, corn hole, and ladder ball toss. There are board games, cards, and even a library of books that you can read. The amenities are crazy. I swear they thought of everything!

Need more encouragement too book? Check out 28 Photos To Inspire You To Visit Coco Plum Island Resort Belize by Verbal Gold Blog!

Thanks Ady, it was a pleasure hosting you both from Verbal Gold Blog!

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Coco Plum Family Updates

What’s Happening with the Coco Plum Staff?

Coco Plum Island Resort is renowned for the astounding experiences and exceptional services it offers to travelers from all over the world – each of whom instantly become a part of the Coco Plum Family upon their arrival to our Belize private island. These services and experiences are provided by remarkable and genuine team members who have continued to grow and improve their skills. 2017 has been an insightful year offering unique growth opportunities, team building, and in true Coco Plum fashion, a ton of fun.

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The Coco Plum staff ventured in a host of new experiences to help them grow as individuals and further assist them in providing the superior Customer Service for which they were awarded this past year by TripAdvisor, including the more recent TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

In August 2017, all the Coco Plum and Belizean Dreams resort staff, including the reservations staff and a few operational staff members, embarked on a Customer Service Excellence training with the Institute of Professional Development led by Mr. Paul Lecky. During this two-day course, staff participated in several group activities, some of which gave them the opportunity to recreate challenging real-life scenarios to really help them polish their approaches and increase their knowledge while fostering stronger team spirit. This training certainly re-energized the staff! Later in the year, all department Supervisors received yet another specialized training in Management & Leadership Skills to ensure that they are adequately equipped to continue nurturing and developing staff. See what Guest Services Manager, Alex R., had to say below:

It was truly mind opening.

This stronger team unity was a huge plus at the first annual Beach Summer Fest hosted by the owners and administrative staff as a thank-you to all frontline and resort staff. The owners and administrative staff decided to take some tips from our other team members and chose to serve and host them for this fun-filled celebration. Needless to say, all had an enjoyable time as they participated in various games like dizzy-izzy, 3-legged race and even a watermelon eating contest! The first place winning team consisted of staff from both Coco Plum & Belizean Dreams. Congrats again to Charles, Patricia, Nicole, Ervin, and Ber for taking the top place at Summer Fest 2017! Of course, the night ended with live music and a punta dancing contest. This event was certainly one for the books and we are sure every member of the team very much appreciated receiving the warm service they are accustomed to providing for others. In addition, several of the Coco Plum team members took a much deserved mini-vacation in Cayo as well!

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Lastly, Coco Plum recently celebrated earning 1,000 TripAdvisor reviews. This milestone comes from the excellent service our staff delivers to all guests. Join us in saying thank-you to our Coco Plum team members!

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As a result of these staff initiatives, Sunday Funday was born! Free to all guests who book any of our amazing All Inclusive Packages – the Sunday Funday is an entire day dedicated to both the staff and guests’ enjoyment of the island, creating a unique opportunity for all to enjoy time with each other in fun and merriment. Let’s just say, the fun really begins when the games begin!

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Enter to Win an All Inclusive Belize Vacation for 2!

Something big has happened … Coco Plum Island Resort & Belizean Dreams Resort have teamed up to create the ultimate Belize vacation package. Now, you can experience it for yourself by entering our contest to win an Island and Island Package for 2. 

As the season of giving is quickly approaching, Coco Plum and Belizean Dreams would like to once again provide an invaluable experience to our loyal followers! Last year a lucky couple won our Belize Inland & Island Package giveaway which awarded them with a 7 night all inclusive vacation. The winners enjoyed both a private island escape to Coco Plum Cay as well as an opportunity to explore the cultural hub of Hopkins during their stay at Belizean Dreams.

Our Inland & Island All Inclusive Package includes snorkeling tours to the world’s largest Barrier Reef, zip lining atop the plush rainforests, cave tubing in a underwater Mayan system, and of course relaxing as the salty breeze washes over you, cool drink in hand. Both resorts apart from being world-renowned are also locally owned, managed and staffed by Belizeans, who are always delighted to share the best our little jewel has to offer.

Now, it’s your chance to potentially win this fun-filled All Inclusive Inland & Island Package.

ENTER TO WIN! 

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Enter our contest above for a chance to win a 7 night / 8 day all inclusive Inland & Private Island Vacation Package for two people at Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort. There are several different options to gain extra points. The more you do, the more you can increase your chances to WIN BIG! For example, if you check the “Enable Refer-A-Friend (aka. ‘viral sharing’)” button when entering our giveaway, here’s what will happen: after one of your entry options has been completed, such as entering our email newsletter, a ‘Bring Your Friends!’ entry option will appear on the widget that will give each of you a unique URL to share with your friends. For each friend that enters the giveaway through that unique URL, you will receive +1 entry into the giveaway. You can refer up to 10 people for each giveaway. Additionally, you can submit a total of 8 entries. To submit all entries you must complete the steps such as “Visit Coco Plum Island Resort on Facebook” after visiting, at the bottom of the submission will have an option to click such as “I visited”; this will need to be clicked to submit that entry – you will see this then checked off as completed and the counter at the top will reflect this entry as well. Feel free to share with friends and visit our Facebook page for updates and reminders. The contest is open from now until midnight November, 6th 2017 and the winners will be announced directly after.

Experience our Inland & Island Package by watching this video!

Certain restrictions apply: One (1) prize will be awarded. This prize consists of a 7 night / 8 day stay for two at Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort with the Inland and Private Island All Inclusive Package. This Inland and Private Island Package includes a three (3) night stay at Belizean Dreams Resort and a four (4) night stay at Coco Plum Island Resort along with local transfer to the resort. International airfare is NOT included in this prize. Dates are based on availability at both resorts. Our resort policies are applicable to all guests which include, but not limited: cancellation policy, occupancy restrictions/availability, and booking policy. The winner will be notified immediately and has three (days) to accept the prize. The prize will be valid and able to be claimed until December 14th, 2018. Blackout dates include: December 21st 2017 – January 7th 2018, March 24th 2018 – April 2nd 2018, and November 17th 2018 – November 24th 2018.

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How I Discovered Complete Relaxation and Bliss in Paradise

Below you’ll find a guest blog post by Mary Kate of Travel Blog Mary Kate Navigates. It was such a pleasure hosting you and we cannot wait to see you again! 

It has been one year since I went to Coco Plum Island Resort, an all inclusive resort in Belize and still, even just the thought of this incredible place brings me feelings of complete relaxation and utter happiness. I first discovered this little island paradise years ago when casually perusing Trip Advisor for interesting places to visit – because that’s the hobby of a normal person. Right? What can I say, I’m a huge travel nerd.  Immediately I knew it was something special.

Coco Plum Island Resort is an adults-only, private island oasis off the coast of Belize. It only has 18 cabanas – that means at any given time there will only be 36 guests on the entire island.

Arriving in Paradise…

After a long but exciting travel day including 3 flights, car rides, a boat ride, and not to mention years of hope & anticipation, we had finally arrived at Coco Plum. As soon as we got off of the boat we were greeted by the island manager, Alex, along with a couple of their famous frozen Mosquito Bites (man, I miss those drinks). At some point when Alex was introducing himself I’m pretty sure Dan (my husband) hugged him – but I can’t quite remember because I basically blacked out from sheer excitement and utter happiness. After the initial feelings of “Holy cow – we are actually here” wore off, we got a tour of the island while we enjoyed our frozen beverages. The last stop of the tour was our cabana where our luggage was waiting for us. Once we were in the privacy of our own cabana, I cried tears of vacation joy. I’ve planned a whole lot of trips and it’s always such an exciting moment when you finally get to where you wanted to go for so long – but it’s just impossible to explain the feelings of arriving at Coco Plum Island Resort.

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These are a few of my favorite things (I know you’re singing along with that one) … about Coco Plum: 

Turn Off Your Brain ~ Relax ~ Enjoy

I’m a planner and a hard-core researcher to my very core. It’s who I am and it’s who I have been since birth. One of my favorite things about Coco Plum is the lack of things you need to make decisions on. You can really just totally unwind and feel like you don’t have a care in the world – everything is taken care of for you. The hardest decision you will have to make at Coco Plum, is what drink to order.

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Social Butterflies or Private Seclusion?
The Choice Is Yours.

When you’re at Coco Plum, you can be as social (or as secluded) as you wish. Some days we felt like socializing and getting to know the other guests and the staff – then other days we wanted to spent time alone and enjoy a peaceful paradise where we felt like we were the only two people in the world. With such a limited number of guests, the island quickly feels like a quaint tropical island community and it was a lot of fun meeting people. The bar area is the main place where people gather and socialize – but people would also grab drinks and wander off to find their own secluded spot on the island. It is the perfect place to really make your vacation exactly what you want.

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How Long Should We Stay?
Is Forever Too Long??

We stayed at Coco Plum for 11 nights and it was absolutely perfect. Their weekly schedule goes from Saturday to Saturday so if you stay for a week in that schedule you won’t repeat any meals and you’ll have the option to go on both of the mainland excursion days. Here are a few added benefits for those of you who make your trip to Coco Plum a more extended holiday…
1. More time in paradise – duh!
2. More Island Time! We participated in the mainland tour days our first week there, then the next week we were able to skip the excursions and stay on the island – and we basically had the island to ourselves.
3. One Week is Just Not Enough! When we hit Night 7 on our trip to Coco Plum we thought, “Ok, if we had only done 7 nights we would be going home now.” And I am telling you, the feeling of knowing we had another 4 nights at that point was exhilarating and the best money we ever spent.
In a perfect world, I would recommend two weeks on this amazing island.

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Worth Every Single Penny

If you’re a bargain traveler like me, the price tag for this kind of resort might cause some slight sticker shock. Don’t let that scare you away! Just breathe a little and soon you will realize that for what you get at Coco Plum, the cost is extremely reasonable and absolutely well worth it. Of course, I researched many, many, many other private island resorts – I found some that were as much as $10,000 per night AND they were not as nice as Coco Plum and they did not include all of the amenities and extras that are included with your stay at Coco Plum.

**Quick Tip – if you go in the summer you can get their off-season rate to save some money. They also occasionally offer special deals, so be sure to check their website for any ongoing specials. Currently Coco Plum is offering a FREE NIGHT if you book 6 or more nights when you stay between October 1st, 2017 through December 21st, 2017!

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Just Go!

If you’re looking for an incredible all inclusive tropical destination for your next adventure, consider Belize & Coco Plum Island Resort!

Check Out My Other Posts About Coco Plum Island Resort & Belize.

The Food
The Drinks
The Cabanas
The Wildlife
The Perks & Random Tips
Zip Lining & River Cave Tubing
Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
Deep Sea Fishing

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Join Us In November To Celebrate The Rich Cultural Heritage Of The Garifuna People

Garifuna Settlement Day, one of Belize’s biggest annual celebrations, will be off to an amazing start with special offers at Coco Plum Island Resort.

Garifuna Settlement Day is a Belizean national holiday held on November 19th of each year. This day marks and celebrates the arrival of the Garifuna to Belize in the early 1800’s after being exiled from neighboring Caribbean islands. Regarded as a mixture of African slaves and Arawak Indians, the Garinagu people make up a large portion of Belize’s population, offering a uniquely rich culture that helps make Belize what is it today.

Like any major celebration in Belize, one day is not enough! The festivities begin as early as November 1st of each year. The streets are filled with yellow, black, and white decorations, commemorating the Garifuna flag. Delicious smells of Garifuna dishes such as cassava, seafood sere, and hudut permeate the air. Drumming is heard in all corners, each with its own small crowd gathered to show off dancing skills. At Coco Plum Island Resort, the celebration is no different!

Last year Coco Plum Island Resort and our sister resort, Belizean Dreams, joined forces to sponsor a float in the Dangriga Town Parade. This year, we will take our guests to watch the parade on November 19th, 2017. Our Belize private island is located only eight miles off the coast of Dangriga. Watch clips from the parade below.

November Cultural Special

Through the month of November, our guests are invited to join an exceptional celebration of the Garifuna culture as part of the annual Garifuna Settlement Month. Sample our hospitable culture complete with local cooking lessons by Ms. Jude as well as live drumming and dancing at no extra cost for each Monday during the month of November 2017 only at Coco Plum Island Resort. Use your #FREENIGHT special offer and join us during the month of November!

Ms. Jude cooking a traditional Garifuna meal, Hudut at Coco Plum Island Resort

Traditional Garifuna Hudut at Coco Plum Island Resort

Garifuna dancing and drumming at Coco Plum Island Resort

Special Offer

Visit Coco Plum Island Resort and allow us to offer you a complimentary night on us. Book 6 or more nights and get 1 night free when you stay with us between October 1st, 2017 through December 21st, 2017! Spend an extra day lounging on the beach, snorkeling along the largest living barrier reef in the world, and enjoying our magnificent island views. Use code #FREENIGHT and join us for the month of November as we celebrate Garifuna Settlement Month!*

*Certain restrictions apply. Valid for stays during October 1st, 2017 through December 21st, 2017. Blackout dates include: November 18th through November 25th, 2017. Valid for new reservations only. Cannot be used with any other special offer. Must mention this special offer at time of booking. When booking online, in the comment section please insert the Free Night discount code. Kindly note: once we receive your booking we will adjust your final balance to reflect the applicable discount and thereafter send your revised confirmation email. Your booking will come directly to our reservation desk.

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The Ultimate Honeymoon Destination

Coco Plum Island Resort All Inclusive Belize Honeymoon Package 

After celebrating one of the most memorable occasions of your life, it’s time for the real relaxation to begin as you enjoy your romantic honeymoon in an exotic locale.

Coco Plum Island Resort is the Ultimate Honeymoon Private Island

Set against the glistening Caribbean Sea and only five miles from the largest living barrier reef, Coco Plum Island Resort is the ultimate honeymoon destination. Accessible only by boat, our private island oasis allows for no more than 42 guests at a time – so you can be sure that you and your honey will have plenty of space to enjoy the seclusion and intimacy of a private island honeymoon. So much so, that it almost feels as if you have the entire island to yourselves.

Read it for yourself from a few wonderful TripAdvisor reviews:

TripAdvisor Reviews of Coco Plum Island Resort
TripAdvisor Review of Coco Plum Island Resort

 

 

Romantic Inclusions

We love to pamper our newlyweds by including extra perks in the Belize all inclusive honeymoon package. We offer a complimentary bottle of wine and nightly turndown service complete with fresh flowers and chocolate. Honeymooners can also share a romantic candlelight dinner served on our overwater docks. Toast to a lifetime of memories as you delight in your newlywed bliss. In addition, the honeymoon package includes oceanfront accommodations, meals, local alcoholic beverages and guided adventure tours to the Belize Barrier Reef and Belize’s mainland where you can explore ancient Mayan temples or zip atop the rainforest canopy.

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TripAdvisor Reviews of Coco Plum Island Resort

 

 

Romantic Candlelight Dinner in All Inclusive Honeymoon Package

 

Suites Ideal for a Honeymoon

And what’s the ultimate honeymoon without an utterly romantic suite? Our premium suite style cabanas are perfect for honeymoon couples and come fully equipped with an additional bottle of champagne, luxurious king-size bed, kitchenette and spacious veranda just inches from the Caribbean Sea. Think: rooms with high-beamed wooden roofing, floor-to-ceiling windows, blackout curtains, plush bedding & bath robes, and luxe granite countertops. Our premium cabanas are set toward the South end of our private island, thus offering the utmost privacy.

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TripAdvisor Review of Coco Plum Island Resort

 

 

 

Honeymoon Suite at Coco Plum Island Resort

 

You can’t go wrong with an all inclusive honeymoon at Coco Plum Island Resort. After all, we weren’t named the Most Romantic Resort in Belize and one of the Top 10 in the World by TripAdvisor for nothing! Contact Monique or Nicole to begin planning your perfect honeymoon. We’re here to make your honeymoon dreams come true ☺

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Lobster Fest 2018

This summer Coco Plum hosted its 2nd Annual Lobster Fest, which by guests’ account went splendidly! Last year’s Fest seems like truly a test run, as this year the island staff, chefs and management went above and beyond in enhancing the festivities for our guests.

The Belizean Island Lobster Fest comes at no additional cost, and is just one more perk of the all inclusive packages Coco Plum offers. A typical day during Lobster Fest begins with a snorkeling tour, lead by Rojo. During the tour, he dives for lobsters among the various coral patches ensuring that there is fresh lobster available to feast on throughout the day!

Lobster Catching at Coco Plum Island Resort

Fresh caught lobster in Belize at Coco Plum Island Resort

This year the bucket beers saw their return. We found that ladies preferred Lighthouse – a lighter lager – to regular beer. Guests enjoyed ice, cold beers as they feasted on the new and exciting dishes created by our kitchen staff! Lobster stuffed bread, lobster guacamole, lobster deviled eggs, and lobster dip were only SOME of the new dishes we offered this year.

Second annual Lobster Festival at Coco Plum Island Resort

Lobster delicacies at Coco Plum Island Resort

Lobster fest included in our all inclusive vacation packages

Last year, we played cultural Garifuna music and this year we brought it to life in living color for our guests. Colorfully dressed Garifuna drummers and dancers enthralled the audience as they beat the rhythmic drums of their ancestors, while showing off their fabulous dance moves. Lord Byron came out as our honorary host and DJ this year, and as all our loyal Coco Plum Family knows, he surely brings the party with him wherever he goes! After live Garifuna drumming and dancing, Lord Byron attempted to steal the show with his endless island antics.

Guests had a blast as they limbo’d into the sunset. We also had mosquito bite drinking contests, beer drinking contests, 3 legged races, hula hoop contests and lime & spoon races. After these festivities, our guests enjoyed a few more minutes of dancing before they ate a delectable lobster dinner and ended the night with a round of lively karaoke along with a special guest appearance by the infamous, “Shaggy.”

Customer service at its finest with Byron as the host of Lobster Fest

Contests and game at Coco Plum's second annual Lobster Fest!

Nightlife fun and dancing on the beach at Coco Plum!

Don’t believe us about how awesome it was? Then just check out a couple of Coco Plum’s 5-star TripAdvisor reviews written by our lovely guests:

TripAdvisor review about Coco Plum's second annual Lobster Festival

5-star TripAdvisor reivewAs the saying goes, “the third time’s the charm!” And it certainly will be as we are already planning for our 3rd Annual Lobster Fest. For those of you would like to join us for next year’s festivities, whether again or for your first time, you are more than welcomed to! The dates for next year’s Belize Lobster Fest at Coco Plum are as follows:

June 20, 2018
June 27, 2018
July 4, 2018
July 11, 2018

So mark your calendars and book your oceanfront cabanas now for Coco Plum Island’s 3rd Annual Lobster Fest.

Warm Regards,

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Seven Reasons Why We are In Love with Coco Plum Island Resort

The fact that guests have an unBELIZEable vacation with us and decide to return year after year fills us with great pride. We are honored to share this guest blog post by Kris Rocha who is already booked for her & her husband’s third trip in March 2018. Happy reading!

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7) “Welcome to Coco Plum Island”

Say that in your best Mr. Roarke voice and subconsciously replace “Coco Plum” with “Fantasy,” because that’s what it feels like from the time you first step off the boat until the time you leave. As you arrive, a smiling staff member waits to greet you with cool towelettes, the famous mosquito bite adult drink and your name already committed to memory. From there, your luggage is whisked away to your cabana and you are told “You’re on vacation now! We’ll take care of everything for you from here on out.” If you do offer to help, it is graciously declined. If you’re like me, you might tear up a bit as your mind tries to reconcile what your eyes are seeing and you may wonder “is this real?” Good news – IT IS!

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6) Your New Home Sweet Home!

From the bright, Caribbean colored oceanfront cabanas, to the appealing furnishings, to the luxurious bedding (seriously – I asked the staff what brand it was and bought some for my house!), your new vacation home will feel like home. Comfortable, relaxing, well-appointed, thoughtfully designed and just, ahhhh …. Not to mention the awe-inspiring ocean views from your own private veranda.

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5) R&R … The Dream is Real

Having never traveled to a tropical locale prior to Coco Plum, my hard-working husband’s dream vacation was/is what he calls, “The Corona Moment Commercial.” The Corona moment is defined by a deserted white sand beach, two chairs, an adult beverage, lapping waves and unreal aqua water (we’ll get to that in a moment). This is precisely what Coco Plum epitomizes! There are no TVs on the island, WIFI is intermittent and there are only 18 cabanas on the 16-acre, adult-only oasis. Say hello to your “Corona Moment.” You deserve it!

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4) The Dining Experience Will Ruin Your Favorite Restaurant Forever

Most of the food is freshly caught and locally sourced – much of it is actually grown right on the owner’s farm! The menu consists of a superb mix of Belizean and American foods. The home cooked delights are delicious, varied, bountiful (just ask for more) and completely satisfying, not to mention aesthetically pleasing. A recent text message from new friends of ours made on the island says it best – “We stopped at our favorite Mexican restaurant on the way home, and man has that place gone downhill since we left (5 days ago). They didn’t know our names, they didn’t know what our favorite drinks were, and we even had to order from a menu. To top it all off, they actually made us pay for the meal! Scratch that place off the list …” – Steve. S.

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3) Would You Like to Watch the Sunset? Or the Sunrise? Or Both? 

We looooooove sunsets, but in our neighborhood, we’re sun-blocked by buildings and trees. So, we were delighted to find that on Coco Plum Island, you can watch both the sunrise AND the sunset! Oh, for joy! Sometimes the little things aren’t so little.

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2) That Aqua Water

The pictures don’t do it justice. In fact, more than half way into our first visit to Coco Plum, I finally said of the view, “This is Photo-shopped. It’s GOT to be Photo-shopped.” You’ve just never seen water so aqua, or sunsets so intense or sand so white. It’s almost literally stunning. Soak it up when you’re there. It’s magic.

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1.) Their Slogan 

Coco Plum’s slogan is “You’re only a stranger until you arrive” and they’re not kidding even a little bit. The number one reason my husband and I keep coming back to Coco Plum is because of the island owners and staff. If it’s true that “actions speak louder than words” then you may want to pack some heavy-duty earplugs for your trip, because the sincere care you’ll experience and friendships you’ll form there speak loud and clear: These people truly love their guests. I can’t say it better than the conclusion of my first Trip Advisor review:

“FINALLY …STAFF:
You know when you’re getting ready to leave from a vacation and you go to hug the staff goodbye (have you ever hugged staff goodbye?) and you unexpectedly burst into tears because somehow, magically, they’ve buried themselves into your heart and become more than wonderful people who showed you a good time, more than friends – somehow they’ve become your extended family? No? Never happened to you? Me either … until now. Is it the culture? Something in the water? I must give credit to Belize and the hiring practices of Coco Plum for this. They are seriously stellar people. They started as ‘staff’ and ended as family. I don’t know how, but it happened and we felt like we were leaving our family behind and part of our hearts with them.

And so, this is why we’ve already rebooked for our 3rd trip next year. Yes, the island is gorgeous, the food is fantastic and the air is rejuvenating. Yes, you’ll relax and sleep like a baby and get a nice tan and see some amazing things you’ve never seen before. But it’s the people we can’t wait to get back to. It’s the people we love and miss. San Francisco? NO. We left our hearts in Belize on Coco Plum Island Resort.

In conclusion, welcome to Fantasy … Coco Plum Island! It’s even better than what you’ve been dreaming of.

Blessings, fellow traveler,

~ Kris Rocha

Now that you’ve heard it from a fellow traveler like yourself, we invite you to contact us directly and join us in paradise! Our best rates of the summer run from August through September and we’re offering 10% off all inclusive packages stays. No stress – just reserve your cabana and everything else is included!

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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Belize Group Vacation Deal at Coco Plum Island Resort

Summertime is upon us. Who isn’t craving a bit of fun in the sun? Wouldn’t it be amazing to plan an island escape with a group of family & friends? Well, here at Coco Plum Island Resort, flip flops, sunscreen, a swimsuit or two plus a handful of close friends are just a few of the essentials needed to enjoy a warm summer day. With as little as ten people travelling together to Coco Plum, your group can take advantage of our Belize group vacation deals.

A group vacation at Coco Plum with your closets friends and family is a great way to enjoy all that we have to offer. Create memories of a lifetime as your entire crew enjoys the privacy and comfort of our 16-acre Belize private island. With only 18 standalone oceanfront accommodations, an overwater restaurant & bar, and exciting tours, Coco Plum is an ideal group vacation destination!

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Whether it’s a dream wedding, couples getaway, or special event, group vacations are made easy with Coco Plum’s special Group Rate Discount. And now, our end of summer 10% off special allows groups to get even more bang for their buck! Once you’ve got your group together and are ready to book the vacation of a lifetime, the booking process is easy. Simply choose a group name to use as your code (for each reservation?) – this way our reservations office knows to apply your discount. Then, guests can choose any of our many Belize all inclusive packages – so there is no obligation for the entire group to do the same package. For those in your group who just want to sunbathe, swim, and relax with a cool drink in our comfortable beach beds, they can take advantage of our Just Chilin’ package. Our All Inclusive, Fishing, and Diving packages are all great choices for those who are seeking a more customized adventure during their stay. And of course, our Honeymoon/Lovers’ Getaway package is perfect for those couples who are coming to rekindle their flame, with a little adventure on the side.

What’s even better is that we have customized our current Summer Lovin’ Special for our group vacationers! For new group vacations (of 5 couples/cabanas or more), each couple or cabana can get a 15% discount on their reservation! Our Summer Lovin’ Special surely is all love! So hurry to gather your friends and family members to take advantage of this knock out deal, which is valid for all new reservations for August and September stays.

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Email us directly at contact@cocoplumcay.com and let us help you plan your private island getaway!

Warm Regards,

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Tips For The Perfect Honeymoon by Honeyfund

Guest post by: Wendy Dessler

Today’s brides and grooms are mature, educated, and unique couples. In past decades, couples often went from their mother’s home directly into a marriage. We no longer hang up our high school cheerleading uniform and slip into our grandmother’s wedding gown.

Today’s bride and groom are usually in their late 20’s. They have graduated college and begun a career. They have lived on their own for a while and have taken the time to get to know each other before making a life long commitment.

When the modern couple designs a wedding, they know what they want and they work hard and spend a lot of time and money to create it. While their parents may (or may not) help them financially with their wedding, they certainly will contribute.

And this all-important day will be followed by a honeymoon vacation they have dreamed of most of their lives. This is a dream they cherish and want to share with all those they love. Their friends and family are anxious to celebrate with them and send them on their journey as a family in style.

Honeymoon Dreams

To many couples, the honeymoon is the most important part of the wedding plans. This is the first journey they will take as a husband and wife.

This is the beginning of a life together and they want their first memory to be breathtaking. Some couples are forced to omit their dream honeymoon due to the expenses of the wedding. This is how Crowdfunding began.

Friends and family expect to purchase a wedding gift for the new couple. They are often frustrated because it is difficult to buy something they know the couple wants or needs and that several other family members do not purchase the same gift.

Store registries helped in some ways, but they are not easy to set up and they often do not allow enough choice for the guests. Sure, the couple may list a serving spoon that matches their set and cost $50.00, but few guests want to hand a bride a gift box containing a serving spoon. Fortunately, registries have evolved.

Registries

The options for weddings are endless. Whether they want a formal cathedral wedding or a destination wedding in a paradise like a Belize beach wedding, it is easily obtainable. If you are dreaming about the perfect Caribbean destination wedding and would like to have it at the most romantic place you can think of, then look no further than TripAdvisor’s most romantic resort in Belize, Coco Plum Island Resort! 

And while the type of wedding is a major factor in the expense, there is no such thing as a low-cost wedding. The challenges of the modern couple having the wedding of their dreams is what gave birth to the latest trend in wedding gifting.

Crowdfunding is a way to set up an easy to use, online service which provides an avenue for guests to contribute to this special event in your life. Plumfund is one of the most popular crowdfunding sites. There is no fee to your guests. You set up your account to show what you would like. Instead of (or along with) traditional store registries, you can set-up items like airline tickets, hotel rooms, dinners at particular places, and activities you would like to do while on your honeymoon. Your guests can purchase all or a portion of a particular item. This allows several guests to pool their resources to provide you with exactly what you want. It is easy and does not cost your guests any fees.

Non-conventional gifts

Because more couples are established before getting married, they do not need the traditional gifts like toasters, dishes, and towels. As young adults, they probably have student loans and other debt that must be paid off. They may be saving for a downpayment on a house, or a remodel.

This couple may opt to create a Honeyfund or Plumfund account to assist them in these milestones instead of asking for a honeymoon.

Your wedding is a once in a lifetime event. You will never again be at this moment in time again. No matter what style wedding the couple wants and no matter where they begin their journey your wedding day and your honeymoon is unique and for you alone.

Allowing friends and family to participate in making these dreams a reality is a precious and bonding experience. The smartest and easiest way to help them and yourself is with crowdfunding.

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Experience your dream destination wedding & honeymoon at Belize’s premier private island, Coco Plum Island Resort!

Author Bio: 

Wendy Dessler. Title: Super-Connector at OutreachMama Wendy is a super-connector with OutreachMama and Youth Noise NJ who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking. She frequently writes about the latest advancements in digital marketing and focuses her efforts on developing customized blogger outreach plans depending on the industry and competition. You can contact her on Twitter.

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