Today I stumbled across an interesting discussion thread on Fodor’s, the website belonging to the great travel guide publisher, in which a Phoenix, AZ couple, “sofun1” and her husband, were seeking advise on planning a Caribbean vacation that included snorkeling and diving (for her) and surfing (for him). “We like returning to St. John, Jost Van Dyke, V. Gorda, Cancun, Mazatlan,” she wrote. Places they’d been to that did not make the “returning to” list: Turks Caicos, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Nassau. “We actually surfed on Tortolla and St. John. He loves Oahu for that but we are not in to that color of ocean. Carib turquoise is for us.”
So-o-o-o understandable. We too have a thing for that “Carib turquoise.”
The thread turned to the subject of Belize and one poster stated: “No surfing in Belize – the world’s 2nd largest barrier reef gets in the way. ”
Well, of course, we felt obliged to unburden them of this illusion. Though the barrier reef indeed does get in the way of most surfing in Belize, Long Caye on Glover’s Reef (where we operate our tiny eco-resort and multi-sport paradise,) is well outside the barrier reef and is therefore privileged to be the home of the only accessible surf break in Belize (in fact it was awarded one of the world’s top five snorkeling and surfing locations). Our evidence is below. Need we say more?
Here’s our post to the Fodor’s discussion thread:
Chrissy J and hopefulist, thanks for mentioning Glover’s Reef. I work for Slickrock Adventures and we operate the eco-resort that Chrissy stayed at. I stumbled across this thread just now and wanted to add that, in addition to surf kayaking and stand up paddle boarding offered to all our guests (along with a host of other water sports), we actually do have a selection of regular surf boards for our guests to use. And use them they do, whenever the surf is peaking (see http://www.slickrock.com/surfingbelize.html and http://belizeadventure.com/2010/12/great-surf-on-our-belize-island/ )
Granted, the waves never develop to anything of epic size, but on a good day they are plenty big enough for the average surfer. We’ve had many good rides at Long Caye. The Long Caye surf break, 50 yards off shore from our surf dock, is the only directly accessible surf break in Belize (not over living coral, and therefore safe to surf.)
And regarding hopefulist’s correct point about the rustic accommodations, he stayed on Northeast Caye, the island adjacent to Slickrock’s Adventure Island on Long Caye. He’s right. That setup really is for those who want bare-bones accommodations. But on Long Caye, we like to think we’ve been able to achieve something mid-way between that flavor of super rustic experience and the highly developed luxury of many of the other resorts in Belize. We like to call our style “five star camping”. For a look at the accommodations check out: http://www.slickrock.com/accommodationsbelize.html