Groupon to San Felipe, Belize

The mass purchase discounter is offering a 50% discount for a four night, breakfast included stay, to San Felipe, Belize, near the Moho River, the Blue Creek Cave and the Lubaantun Mayan Ruins

BELIZE, July 27, 2011—This Groupon special will last only until the end of the month, but this travel one is worth checking out.

For $739, a 50% discount, the Cotton Tree Lodge, Belize is offering four nights in a deluxe cabana, with breakfast, for two. Also included are one guided tour, and transfers from the Punta Gorda airstrip.

One of many cabana centered eco-conscious resort found in Central America, The Cotton Tree Lodge is located in San Felipe, near the Toledo District and the Punta Gorda Airstrip. 

You access the property by flying into to Belize City and then taking the small Tropic Air craft, hi-wing craft that run from airstrip to airstrip not unlike an airborne bus service.

Tropic Airflight loading at Belize International Airport.  Click to enlarge the photo, and at the top of the stairs, the white haired man is Ted Dansen who was traveling with his wife Mary Steenburgen.

Tropic Airflight loading at Belize International Airport. Click to enlarge the photo, and at the top of the stairs, the white haired man is Ted Dansen who was traveling with his wife Mary Steenburgen.

But it’s an easy transfer that will end deep in the San Felipe jungle along the Moho River.  You do need to arrange, with the lodge, transfers from the hotel to the lodge.  This is not a “DIY” rent a car environment.  Roads are rough, and generally unmarked.

While I have not stayed at the Cotton Tree Lodge, the Toledo district is extremely lush due to its more mountainous environs.  Punta Gorda is a small town, with a market and some shopping, and you can get the basics that you might need there.

While there you can tour the ancient city of Lubaantun where the Mayan ruins are unique and extensive.  They are also fairly accessible though it does take an uphill journey over grass and without stairs to reach the ruins. 

Lubaantun, the Mayan city ruins outside Punta Gorda (Image: Jacquie Kubin)

Lubaantun, the Mayan city ruins outside Punta Gorda (Image: Jacquie Kubin)

Along the way, local women and children display their handiwork, all for sale. Items are colorful and some of the children do lovely embroidered handiwork. 

The costs are minimal, and the vendors will accept America or Belize dollars (Belize to American is two to one, two Belize to one American) so plan on helping the locals out and pick up a take-home or two.

In addition to the ruins, visitors can also visit caves and local village and parks, take horseback and hiking excursions into the jungle or kayak the Moho River.  The lodges offered purified water for drinking and tooth brushing, though you are in the jungle. 

I always suggest that a jungle kit includes band aids, antiseptic cream, sun screen, strong (don’t forgo the Deet) bug spray and hand sanitizer which you should use often while in the jungle.  Other things you might want to bring are Tecnu (for poison ivy type plant exposure) and plenty of socks.  They are always wet and you want to wear them, even with your hiking sandals, while in the jungle.

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Jacquie Kubin

Jacquie Kubin is an award winning journalist that began writing in 1993 following a successful career in marketing and advertising in Chicago.  She started Communities Digital News in 2009 as a way to adapt to the changing online journalism marketing place.  Jacquie is President and Managing Editor of Communities Digital News, LLC and a frequent contributor to The Washington Times Communities as well as a member of the National Association of Professional Woman, New American Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalist.  Email Jacquie here

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