By James Abroad, August 19th 2013
I came to Belize in search of adventure and fun, allured by its amazing outdoor and ocean activities. Staying on a tropical island or in the jungle doesn’t mean having to rough it; as my recent stay at the Portofino Resort has proven. Located 6 miles North of San Pedro Town the main mode of transportation is by boat, and being whisked out to the resort made it sink in that I had left civilization behind for a secluded paradise.
The resort is made up of cabanas and suites and I stayed in a spacious room on the 2nd floor with thatched roofing, hardwood floors and a very comfortable bed. The room had met all the expectations of comfort and relaxation, but I hadn’t traveled around the world to sit inside all day. The resort offers a wide array of free activities and paid tours. Most of my days were spent relaxing on the private beach, poolside and out in the water.
While being secluded on your own little tropical beach resort sounds idyllic, it comes with the cost of not having a lot of choices for food nearby – leaving you at the mercy of the often-times not so great resort food. Thankfully Portofino’s on location restaurant had a variety of tasty options on the menu for all meal times. Jessica and I also had a romantic beach dinner under the palapa that was one of the best meals we’ve ever shared together.
I’ve always had a hard time sitting still, especially while on vacation. When arriving in a new foreign land countless miles from home exploring and adventures are my top priority. Portofino has a dive operation right on site ready to teach scuba diving certifications and take experienced divers out for amazing diving. In addition to making use of the complimentary kayaks I went out on several excursions with them.
A Beach BBQ – A small group from the hotel went out to snorkel, and we had the opportunity to hunt for our lunch – fish & lobsters. The reef near the hotel was bustling with sea life and we had a great time trying to catch some of it to fill our bellies with. After a couple hours we took our catch to a secluded little beach and picnic area for a relaxing lunch.
Snorkeling at Mexico Rocks – A perfect example of why I love Belize so much. With a kayak and 15 minutes of paddling I was out at a spot named Mexico Rocks for snorkeling. Within just a few minutes I had seen nurse sharks, rays and fish all busy going about their day and I was thrilled to witness it.
Portofino did an excellent job of combining luxury, seclusion and activities together to make a resort that really stands out.