Sanctuary Caye: Sanctuary Belize’s Private Island Getaway is SPECTACULAR

Over the weekend, I visited Sanctuary Belize, the massive development – (I’ll call it the) town planning project just south of Hopkins, Belize and just north of Placencia.   14,000  acres.  1,800+ lots developed and being developed. The planned project is epic (and I don’t like that overused word one bit)…the plans and the possibilities are astounding.  The land is amazing.  There is so much work going on right now.  Just the marina itself?  Just try to imagine digging a 200 slip marina out of hard packed clay that will soon be able to harbor 150 ft yachts.  Incredible.  It’s already filled with water.


Saturday, we spent the day touring Sanctuary (that blog post is coming!) and yesterday, Sunday, we took an hour boat ride out to Sanctuary’s private caye.   Belize’s southern cayes and reef systems are pretty amazing.  Until yesterday, I’d only seen it from above.

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We visited the island that Sanctuary owners will own. And it was beyond amazing.  As soon as the boat pulled up to this island, my mouth was hanging open.  Sanctuary Caye is perfection.  I’m not even kidding when I say heaven on earth.

Our view from the dock as we unloaded…


It’s kinda the 5 acre island of my dreams.


I took quite a few pictures.  This caye was made for it.  Here are some…

IMG_1611 IMG_1615 IMG_1617Honestly, I was crouching behind every single tree and bush taking pictures.  ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.  Have you seen anything prettier?



There are 2 caretakers and 2 dogs living on the island.  Life is tough on Sanctuary Caye…



IMG_1630 IMG_1635 IMG_1641The island is surrounded (like a horseshoe) with mangrove trees that protect it from high tides and storm surges.  The barrier reef is another 2 miles away and the sea is dotted with tiny cayes.  Beautiful.

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We all had 30 minute massage appointments here.  Over the water.  More heaven.  IMG_1654


View from the hammock you see above.


And the reef side of the island.


I’m not apologizing for being repetitive.  Doggie after feasting on the remains of our HUGE BBQ lunch.



I got my toes in the water, my tongue in the sand…life is good today.

The caretakers’ house.


And the water off the boat dock.

IMG_1679I was reluctantly pried off the island to make my way back to Kanantik and then to Hopkins Village for a night here.  SO MUCH TO DO!

And after all the beautiful things that I’ve seen in Belize over my 7 years here?  Sanctuary Caye may be most perfect thing I’ve ever seen.  I can only plot my return…

And for those asking, I am not advertising for, I haven’t been paid by Sanctuary Belize.  I said it in my last post…I sent them an email asking if I could see the property and they invited me out for the weekend.

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