Paradise in Belize with Island Expeditions

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It’s Reef Week 2015 here in Belize. Coupled with Island Expeditions being recognized this week in Outside Magazine’s Best Trips 2015, I could think of no better time than now to share images from my recent trip to their Half Moon Caye camp.

Some people head to Cancun and Tulum to vacation. This five-day trip to Lighthouse Reef Atoll reminded me why I’d rather pick Belize.

I fell in love with the Jewel all over again. And I felt immense gratitude that I get to write about this gem of a country and explore it for work.

Days were spent paddleboarding, kayaking, kayak sailing from Half Moon Caye to Long Caye, snorkeling the Blue Hole and the Aquarium–we had these spots all to ourselves–spending sunrise on the beach with yoga, enjoying homemade meals and happy hour laughs with a fantastic group of adventurers.

For the first in a long while, I wanted to stay in this unplugged paradise, escape the world for just a little longer.

A big thanks to the entire Island Expeditions team–from their knowledgeable, multi-talented Belizean guides (shout to to Daton and Pablo) to the activities and safety tips, the warm Garifuna kitchen staff and even the dedicated on site Audubon staff and Coast Guard.

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For more information on Island Expeditions’ unique outdoor adventures and Belize itineraries, visit their website and Facebook Page.

To view my Instagram shots from this trip, click here.

My visit was sponsored by Island Expeditions–but the opinions are wholeheartedly mine.

Lebawit Lily Girma

Lebawit Lily Girma is an award-winning travel journalist, photographer, and guidebook author specializing in the Caribbean region. Her work has been published in major travel publications, including CNN, AFAR, Delta Sky, Lonely Planet, Shermans Travel, and BBC, among others. A self-professed "culture-holic," Lily left her native Ethiopia at age one, fast developing a passion for the expat Caribbean life. In 2008, she ditched her US corporate law career for the road and created Sunshine and Stilettos—a travel photography blog showcasing authentic ways to experience the Caribbean, through culture and nature. Lily has since partnered with Caribbean tourism boards and travel brands on major content projects. She also authors print guidebooks on three destinations, including Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Jamaica. Read more on her site,

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