On our Belize Adventure Week 8-night package we spend 2 of those nights at Windy Hill Resort. Windy Hill is just outside the town of San Ignacio. To get there, simply drive west from town, it’s about 3 miles past the edge of town on the right.
There are a lot of jungle lodges in the area, and we have our pick of the bunch. We choose Windy Hill for a variety of reasons, but the primary reason is that it is conveniently located to the main road, although off of it enough so that there is no traffic noise. Many of the lodges in the area are way off in the boonies on the end of a gravel or dirt road. That’s fine if you don’t plan to leave that area for days, in fact, it’s preferred. But our adventure package is vehicle based, we leave each day to run rivers and visit ruins. Being right on the main road really has its advantages. Otherwise you spend a lot of time each day bumping up and down in the back of the van.
Another plus when staying at a lodge that is convenient to town is that you can run into town for meals. There are many great restaurants in San Ignacio you won’t want to miss. (Especially Eva’s and Serendib!) If you are staying at a remote jungle lodge, you will likely be eating all of your meals with them. Most remote lodges actually include your meals as part of your package because it’s so difficult and far to go anywhere else. Being near town gives you more options, especially if you have a vehicle.
Last winter I stayed at Windy Hill for days and really got to know the place. I loved it. It is indeed on a windy hill, and it’s a very pleasant place to go “home” to after a full day of caving or birding. They have an on-site restaurant and bar, a nature trail, and a great pool we used a lot. Inland Belize is hot in April!
Windy Hill is very close to Cahal Pech ruin, and also not far from Xunantunich ruin as well. So if you are planning to visit ruins, this is a good choice. They have an in-house tour company and so can set you up with ruins, cave tours, canoe rentals, birding, and other fantastic things to do in Belize.
[photos by Kathe O’Donnelly]