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Top 5 Belize Festivals You Don’t Want To Miss

Known for its sparkling blue Caribbean shoreline and lush jungle rainforest, Belize is a tropical treasure. But, what exactly keeps visitors coming back year after year to Belize? The answer is simple really: its people.

What was once a British colony that gained independence in 1981, Belize is neighbored by several Spanish Central American countries to the west and the Belize Barrier Reef along the Caribbean to the east positioning Belize as a true melting point of various cultures. As a small nation with a little over 350,000 residents, Belize is rich with different ethnic groups such as Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, Mennonite, Chinese, East Indian, and Lebanese all of which harmoniously co-exist by bringing distinct parts of their culture to Belize whether that be in the form of language, art, music, or food.

So, what’s the best way to experience the vibrant Belize culture? Well, there’s almost always something happening. Visitors can take part in one of the many festivals, national holidays, and events to witness the very best of Belize.

Here are The Top 5 Festivals in Belize You Shouldn’t Miss: 

  1. The Belize Lobster Festival belize-lobster-festival

    Summer in Belize kicks off with annual lobster festivals held in the major coastal towns of Belize. These weekend long beach festivals celebrate lobster in all its glory by cooking all sorts of fresh lobster delicacies and ending the day with live music and beach parties. In general, the tropical climate of summer in Belize marks the opening of various foods coming into season and lobster is no different. At Coco Plum Island Resort, we host Lobster Fest on different dates in June and July. What starts with a morning of lobster hunting ends with cooking your fresh catch of the day served in the form of a three-course meal. Bar snacks include a wide variety of lobster cooked in almost any way you can think of including: lobster fritters, lobster ceviche, lobster bruschetta and many more. Enjoy live entertainment by local drummers and dancers along with friendly competitions hosted by Lord Byron. You don’t want to miss this explosion of Belizean culture.

    Dates for 2018 Lobster Fest: June 20, June 27, July 4, and July 11.

  2. The Hopkins Mango Festival hopkins-belize-mango-festival

    Did you know that Belize is home to over 20 varieties of mangoes? Number Eleven Mangoes, Julie Mangoes, Blue Mangoes, Thundershock Mangoes – you name it and Belize has it. As mangoes begin coming into season throughout the country of Belize, you’ll see many locals cooling down with a refreshing mango on the street side, riverbanks, or on the beach. Most locals eat the mango hole, tearing the skin with their teeth; others also mix the mangoes with a specialty “sauce” made up of salt, black pepper, and habanero pepper. As a matter of fact, Belizeans take their mangoes so seriously that they have dedicated an entire festival for mangoes in Hopkins, Belize! The annual Mango Festival is held at the start of the mango season usually in the beginning of June. Our sister resort, Belizean Dreams, participates in this annual festival with its own booth complete with an assortment of juicy mangoes, mango smoothies, and games.

    Dates for 2018 Mango Festival: June 2 & 3

  3. Belize Independence Day Celebrations & Carnival carnival-in-belize

    The entire month of September is filled with joyous celebrations as Belizeans around the country honor their independence marked on September 21, 1981. Patriotism is at an all time high as you can expect to see streets, houses, and businesses all decorated in red, white, and blue colors with Belizeans proudly waving their flags. It is not uncommon to witness block parties, national pageants, and children’s parade through the street. One pageant in particular, the Queen of the Bay National Pageant, dates back to 1946 when Belize was still a British commonwealth nation. This pageant is held every year on the September 10th national holiday that commemorates Belize’s original independence from Spain at the Battle of St. George’s Caye in 1738. It is rooted in tradition and each year hosts a specific national theme unique to Belize. Coco Plum Island Resort and Belizean Dreams Resort are proud community sponsors of the past two Queen of the Bay winners reigning from Dangriga. The culmination of September celebrations ends with the Carnival March in Belize City as parades line the entire city with participants dressed in colorful Caribbean colors dancing through the streets!

    St. George’s Caye Day 2018: September 10

    Independence Day: September 21

  4. Garifuna Settlement Day garifuna-settlement-day-belize

    Garifuna Settlement Day is a Belizean national holiday held on November 19th of each year commemorating the arrival of the Garifuna people to Belize in the early 1800’s after being exiled from the neighboring Caribbean islands. Regarded as a mixture of African slaves and Arawak Indians, the Garifuna people make up a special part of Belize’s population. Towns like Dangriga and Hopkins are the hubs of the cultural celebration throughout the month of November. Imagine witnessing scenes of drumming, dancing, and local street food as you excitedly learn about this rich culture. On the eve of November 19th, the streets close down for an all night party. Residents wait for the arrival of the yurumei in the early morning as local Garifuna people reenact the original arrival along the shores of Belize in wooden canoes. It’s truly a sight to behold! The actual day of November 19th ends with a parade in Dangriga Town. In the past, Coco Plum Island & Belizean Dreams has had its own float for employees to take part in the festivities! You too can partake in the activities as Coco Plum Island will be offering live drumming and dancing weekly on every Monday in November.

    Garifuna Cultural Festival at Coco Plum: November 5, 12, 19, and 26

  5. Jankunu Christmas Festival  Jankun Festival in Belize

    Christmas in Belize is rooted in various cultural and religious traditions. Specifically, in Dangriga Town locals gather around the streets to witness the Jankunu or “John Canoe” dancing acompanied with Garifuna drumming. This colorful masquerade dance is actually a warrior dance where the males are outfitted in pink masks and head wraps, white clothing, and seashells below the knees that shake artfully with each movement. This dance is a careful act that represents the Garifuna resistance to slavery with a special meaning behind each movement. Today, Dangriga is home to the annual Jankunu Festival hosted at the Ecumenical High School where senior Jankunu groups compete against each other. Each group practices the routine for several days and always gives a memorable performance. All Belizeans look forward to the festive cheer the Christmas season brings!

    The Jankunu Festival usually occurs after Christmas each year.

    So, what are you waiting for? Book your flight and head down to Belize to experience one of our many festivals!

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    Coco Plum Bloggers

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Meet the Honorary Mayors of Coco Plum Island Interviewed by Guest, Kris R.

My husband and I visited Coco Plum (CP) for the first time in 2016. This was also the first time we heard the island had, not one, but two honorary mayors. Their names wafted through the conversations of guests and staff alike, accompanied by tones of reverence, a bit of awe, and always delight. There’s been an air of mystique surrounding them since we first heard of them. This dynamic duo has enjoyed the wonders of Coco Plum Island Resort 14 (yes, that’s right, f-o-u-r-t-e-e-n) times. Can you imagine taking a vacation only to return to the island almost every year after?

On our third trip to CP in February we struck gold. Oh, for joy, Mr. and Mrs. Mayor were there too, and what fun we had! Their reputations had proceeded them, and they did not disappoint. They were fun, warm, vivacious, charming, and hospitable. Meeting the famed couple was a highlight of our trip. I sat down with them at the Overwater Villa to ask the mayors a few questions with CP blog readers in mind.

Meet Bonnie and Sam Ellerbee. They hail from the great state of Georgia and both have that wonderful southern accent as a result. Bonnie is a retired school teacher and principal of 33 years and Sam, also retired, wrapped up his career working as a Land and Legal Rights Advisor for Georgia Transmission. In addition to Belize, they have traveled to Alaska, Norway, South Africa, Ireland, Germany, Budapest, Scotland, England, US Virgin Islands, Aruba, Costa Rica, Jamaica, and have been on many Caribbean cruises.

Their first trip to Belize was in 2007. Sam had wanted to explore Belize for quite some time but traveling to the country from the US was difficult then. When a helicopter pilot friend of his told him new flights had just recently become available, Bonnie hopped online to do a search, and Coco Plum was the first resort to appear. Here’s what they had to say about Coco Plum:

Tell me about the first time you came to Coco Plum Island. What did it look like then and what were your first impressions?

Bonnie: I remember saying to Sam ‘There’s no way this place is as pretty as it looks on the internet’, but when we arrived it was not only as pretty as it was online, it was even better.

As far as what we saw … there were just 7 cabanas back then. The dock was long and straight with just one palapa. All the rest of the island was undeveloped. The dining and bar area were there but looked far different than they do currently. Bird island was three times as large as it is now. The water was just as beautiful then … that hasn’t changed at all. As for greeting you, they didn’t do quite as much then as they do these days, but they’ve always made you feel like royalty when you step off the boat.

Sam: My first memory was the waist high water that was so clear and clean, and of looking over the side of the boat at all the star fish.

Bonnie: Before the island was fully developed, they used to do bonfires at the end of the island. Those are some good memories too.

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What keeps you coming back year after year?

Sam: The people.

Bonnie: We travel to a lot of other places, but this is really the only one we keep coming back to, and it really is the people.

Is it also the culture?

Sam: Yes, we have enjoyed going inland and attending some of the soccer games, visiting Placencia and Dangriga, and spending time with staff on their days off.

Bonnie: The staff treats you like family and they include you in some of the things that they do as a family.

Sam: In fact, on our refrigerator we have pictures of our Belizean Family along with the photos of our own family.

Bonnie: Speaking of the culture, one of first impressions was what I perceived as poverty when we went inland to explore the jungles and to do some of the excursions. But I don’t see that poverty anymore, or rather, I don’t see it as poverty. These people are, as a whole, very happy people. They do not have many material things or some of the financial advantages that many Americans have, but they have everything that is needed in life and they are happy people. They have their priorities right.

I love it! They live up to their slogan. You truly are only a stranger until you arrive.

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What are some of your favorite activities here?

Sam: I really enjoy the cave tubing … and the soccer matches when we’ve gone to the mainland. We’ve also enjoyed the starfish and hermit crab races over the years!

Bonnie: Meeting other island guests. We’ve met some wonderful people here … people I’ll never forget. I enjoy the snorkeling too. I love being in the water.

What advice can you offer to CP Blog readers coming here for the first time?

Bonnie: Explore! Don’t sit at the bar all day. Go out and visit the neighboring islands. Snorkel, take pictures, collect shells, go kayaking, and paddle boarding and see what’s here. If you’re lucky, like I was, you’ll get to swim with a manatee.

Sam: Enjoy the water! Even if you don’t swim, the water is so warm and shallow that you can walk to the other island to the south and explore it. Grab a fishing pole and fish off the dock. Bring some great books and RELAX.

Finally, to wrap this up, here’s what Bas and Michelle Zabaneh, owners of Coco Plum Island Resort, had to say about Coco Plum’s honorary mayors:

“Over the years, the Ellerbee’s have truly become family. When we first started Coco Plum with only three cabanas it was so easy to get to know each and every guest. As we’ve grown, we take such pleasure in meeting a few of our travelers. The Ellerbee’s are a true testament to what Coco Plum is all about – arriving as strangers and leaving as family.”

One last bit of advice from me … do be sure to enjoy the other guests on the island. Take a minute and introduce yourself. You never know what adventures you’ll have together, and you might just make a friend for life.

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Blessings fellow travelers,
~ Kris

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Ready to Book Your Stay at One of the Top Small Hotels in the World?

Every day, millions of travelers from around the world share thousands of hotel reviews on TripAdvisor. Regarded as the world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor enables travelers to share candid and trustworthy feedback on a huge selection of hotels in all regions of the world. Each year, TripAdvisor analyzes these reviews to name the very best hotels rated highly by travelers in several categories including, but not limited to, Best Hotels, Best Small Hotels, Best Hotels for Romance, and Best Hotels for Service.

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Each year, Coco Plum looks forward to these awards as a true testament of our dedication and success in the hospitality industry. It is the exceptional customer service, genuine Belizean hospitality, and world class amenities & offerings that has earned us the honor of being awarded a 2018 Traveler’s Choice Award for the 8th year in a row. We are grateful and appreciative to all our wonderful guests for sharing their inspiring stories. As a result, Coco Plum Island Resort is the #1 Hotel in Belize in the categories of the Best Small Hotels, Romance, and Service. We also won in the category of Top Small Hotels in the WORLD!

For the third time, we have been named the Most Romantic Hotel in Belize. There you go! Our little slice of heaven on earth is the most favorable romantic destination. We like to think that our private island escape was founded on the basis of romance. Owners, Emilio & Michelle, were newlyweds themselves when they began developing Coco Plum almost 20 years ago with a dream of creating an adult only, romantic oasis. Whether you are getting ready to tie the knot or simply rekindle the love from a hectic spell of wedding activities, Coco Plum Island Resort is a great place for a relaxing, tropical romance for you and your partner. Culturally diverse and with endless adventurous things to do, your experience will be unlike any other trip that you’ve experienced.

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We are truly excited and honored to have been recognized, yet again, as the #1 Hotel for Best Service in Belize. For us at Coco Plum, this award is a true indicator of the effortless and premium personalized customer service that our guests receive from their island family. We are immensely proud of our extraordinary team members!

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To put the icing on the cake, Coco Plum is officially named the #1 Best Small Hotel in Belize and the #4 Small Hotel in the WORLD. The Small Hotel category is made up of boutique-style properties with a limited number of rooms. Coco Plum Island Resort is an all inclusive 16-acre private island resort comprised of 18 standalone oceanfront cabanas and one three bedroom / three bath overwater villa. Our intimate size allows for an exclusive private island experience — you will feel as if you have the entire island to yourselves.

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With great humility we are not only #1 in Belize, but have taken several top spots throughout Central America & in the World! In fact, Coco Plum Island Resort is the only hotel ranked in the World categories from Belize!

TripAdvisor Romance Awards:

#1 of Top 10 Hotels for Romance in Belize
#2 of Top 25 Hotels for Romance in Central America
#7 of Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the World

TripAdvisor Best Service Awards:

#1 of Top 10 Hotels for Service in Belize
#1 of Top 25 Hotels for Service in Central America
#9 of Top 25 Hotels for Service in the World

Trip Advisor Best Small Hotel Awards:

#1 of Top 10 Best Small Hotels in Belize
#1 of Top 25 Best Small Hotels in Central America
#4 of Top 25 Best Small Hotels in the World

With such momentous rankings, Coco Plum Island Resort is without a doubt the perfect getaway! As a locally owned & managed resort, this global recognition means so much to us. To our Coco Plum Family, we are exceedingly thankful to you for your continuous and incomparable contribution in making these rankings possible. You did it again — even bigger and better! Thank-you for the excellent ratings through Trip Advisor.

Experience it for yourself & book your vacation now! And for our Coco Plum families remember that all return guests are entitled to 10% off your stay.

Warm Regards,

Coco Plum Bloggers

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New Year; New Amenities

Happy 2018 from the owners, management, and staff of Coco Plum Island Resort!

With the last few days winding down in 2017, we can gladly reminisce on all the joyous moments we had this year—from our numerous awards, to our succulent feast of lobsters, to the cultural activities we hosted for all our guests during Garifuna Settlement Month. We can rest assured knowing that 2017 went perfectly as planned and that a good time was had by all. To celebrate, we’ll surely end the year with a bang at our annual New Year’s Eve festivities which includes fireworks, music, great food and dancing. Just imagine bringing in the New Year on your very own private island listening to the swaying sounds of the Caribbean while watching the fireworks over the Sea! We are also excited to announce the addition of our new spa facility & yoga deck.

Here are a few pictures graciously shared with us by our guests who vacationed with us in 2017!

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Now, with that said, we are anxiously awaiting 2018 as we hope to go above and beyond the standards and expectations that we met this year.

Here are the Top 3 Things We’re Looking Forward To In 2018:

1. 2018 is marked with the official grand opening of the Coco Plum spa, the Serenity Spa. For years, guests have enjoyed massages by the Sunshine Massage team on any of our overwater docks. Nestled within our lush mangrove landscaping, our guests will now enjoy their massages in the brand new Overwater Spa which will provide an even more private and relaxing ambiance. Complete with two indoor massage rooms and an outdoor deck equipped with spa beds and fully loaded amenities, the Serenity Spa is the epitome of peace and tranquilty. The magical hands of Mariel, Stacey, and the Sunshine team will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Guests will also enjoy a multitude of additional spa services—facials, manicures, and pedicures to name a few. Are you ready to get pampered from head to toe? Mention that you are interested in spa services upon booking and your services will be confirmed upon check-in!

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2. Revitalize your senses with sunset yoga overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Maya Mountains. Complementing the Serenity Spa in 2018, our new yoga deck is located on the boardwalk near the front end of the island. This breezy, open-air yoga deck, complete with teak flooring and breathtaking views is the perfect place to get in a yoga session. Private classes will be available upon request (72-hour notice required) or guests can choose to simply practice on their own. Complimentary yoga mats available. Join us with all hands on deck in 2018!

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3. Lastly, but of course not least, this upcoming year marks the celebration of our 3rd Annual Lobster Fest. The last two years have seen great success as guests have enjoyed beers by the bucket, scrumptious lobster delicacies, and live cultural entertainment. The 3rd annual Lobster Fest will be another event for the books! If you’ve had the pleasure of enjoying any of our previous fests, then you better book your cabana for next year as you definitely won’t want to miss it!

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As always, we look forward to hosting both new and return guests on our all inclusive little island paradise in 2018. The entire Coco Plum Crew will be waiting for you with open arms. We all love helping you create new and lasting memories while enjoying the sand, sun, and fun at the most beautiful place on Earth. Will you be joining us in 2018 for any of the above? We sure hope so! Call or email our reservations office today to secure your oceanfront oasis!

Warm Regards,

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Have a Belize Private Island All to Yourselves

Why limit yourself to booking hotel rooms for a group vacation, when your family & friends can rent this entire 16-acre private island all for yourselves? Whether it be for a destination wedding, family reunion, or corporate retreat, Coco Plum is an exclusive private island with an easy, stress-free Belize private island rental all inclusive package.
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Gather at least 32 of your pals and make this a vacation to remember. Complete with 18 brightly-colored oceanfront cabanas, each with its own king-sized bed and a few with a queen-sized futon, the island is yours to do as you please. Comfortable accommodations for a maximum of 60 people are just the start as our Belize private island rental all inclusive package includes everything from meals, local alcoholic beverages, local air & ground transportation, as well as a multitude of island activities and excursions.
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This 16-acre private island gem is a quick a 30-minute boat ride from Dangriga Town, Belize which is only a two-hour flight from major U.S. cities like Houston or Miami. So, it’s just a short trip to get to one of the most exotic places in the world.

When you’re not lounging on a beach bed sipping a tropical frozen concoction, enjoy the unlimited use of all water sports equipment, including hobie cats, SUP’s, and kayaks. Perks of having the entire island to yourself include having approximately 20 of the absolute best team members at your beck and call arranging group dinners, snorkeling trips along the barrier reef, and a day of friendly competition with fun and games.
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So, what are you waiting for? Spend this holiday season planning your ultimate private island getaway.

Contact us directly today to speak with a Team Member about renting the entire private island.

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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

Warm Regards,

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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

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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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