Belize CASTAWAYS ISLAND – Full Island Takeover June 22-29, 2024

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Group Trip Name:
Belize CASTAWAYS ISLAND
Destination:
Belize
Start Date:
June 22, 2024
End Date:
June 29, 2024
Host Couple:
Castaways Travel

Belize CASTAWAYS ISLAND  (A complete island resort takeover)

This new adventure is a fun follow-up to a similar venture Castaways Travel sponsored a few years ago for a complete resort takeover on Belize’s Ambergris Caye.  We dived Belize’s Mayan Barrier Reef, 2nd largest in the world besides Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and had a BLAST.

NOTE:  The trip in this page is for a Castaways complete Belize island takeover, but it’s not Ambergris Caye.

Belize is great fun.   When you do decide to dress:  It’s shorts, swim suit,  T-shirt or tank top, a hat, sunscreen, a sundress and flip-flops…..or nothing at all.  Don’t miss this unique clothing-optional getaway with adult-themed privacy….except of course for your newfound friends and the great staff that will spoil you rotten and keep you entertained night and day.

One caveat: This is a laid-back island experience, slow-paced with no camp counselors or activity directors on staff getting you out of your chair every hour for the next resort contest.  Expect your experience to be the exact opposite so consider what you want to do while you’re in Belize.  Take some time to see the country and make some new friends.  Clients who attend the week make the week so much fun.   You will meet your share of fun-loving adults who are there to just have a good time.  Many past guests stated the clientele attracted to the property and resort staff are the highlights of the week.

So, where the heck is Belize?  It’s a little over an hour south of Cancun or Cozumel by air.  The northern border of Belize is the southern border of Mexico’s  Yucatan peninsula.  Your final mainland destination is 20-25 minutes south of Belize City by Mayan Island Air to Dangriga. From the Dangriga airstrip, it’s a short shuttle transfer to the dock for your 20-25 minute boat trip to CASTAWAYS ISLAND.

RESERVATIONS  Choose a cabana and make a reservation here.

June 22-29, 2024 Belize CASTAWAYS ISLAND Vacation

Welcome to a 5 Star Belize “CASTAWAYS ISLAND” where all-inclusive features are “included” such as Round trip boat transfers between the mainland and the island, snorkeling, 2 excursion options, meals, snacks, local beer and liquor, taxes and entertainment are included.  For adult couples, it’s clothing optional.  For beachcombers, nudist couples, adventuresome adults, snorkelers and SCUBA divers.

Please,  cover up while dining.

THE ISLAND – Getting There

Your holiday adventure is 8 miles off the coast of Dangriga, Belize.   Round-trip commuter air from Belize International Airport (BZE) to Dangriga(DGA) takes 20-25 minutes plus a short transfer to the island by open-air speedboat is also 20-25 minutes.  Belize International is served frequently by American, Delta, United, Southwest, Alaska Air, Copa plus other air carriers from the US and Central America.  Details: Fly to Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport – Belize (BZE)  and transfer from BZE to Dangriga Airport (DGA) via commuter aircraft.

After arriving in Dangriga you will transfer by van to an ocean dock where your speed boat will take you to the island on a 20- 25 minute ride across some of the most beautiful Caribbean sea to your private Castaways Island retreat for a week.

NOTE:

  1.  International flights and commuter air from the Belize Airport to Dangriga are extra.
  2. Ground transfers from Dangriga to the dock to catch your ride and the speed boat trip are included.
  3. Bus transfers from Belize International to Dangriga are included as an option.  The drive time is approximately 1.5 hours each way.

RESERVATIONS  Choose a cabana and make a reservation here.

YOUR HOSTS

Belize CASTAWAYS ISLAND adventure is hosted by Jennifer, Champagne  & James on this adult clothing-optional getaway for couples.

FEATURES – See more photos at bottom.

This 5 Star Resort offers luxurious accommodations and world-class amenities in a clothing-optional setting.  Enjoy your island with Belize dining cuisine and local bar drinks and beer included. It’s your choice:  Wander the island, snorkel, fish, enjoy each other or visit its clothing-optional beaches for an all-over tan where deep blue aqua waters will cool you in the hot Belizean sun.  Optional Scuba and additional mainland tours are available.  Participation in a choice of clothing-optional activities is NOT required or expected if you just need a break to vege out and relax considering the challenges we’ve all faced the past 2 years…..this is a time to celebrate life and being alive.   The island is yours to enjoy, whatever your choice may be….It’s YOUR HOLIDAY, your pleasure – your way.

With the Caribbean right in front of you, separate private accommodations offer their own style of island romance in a clothing-optional setting 24/7.   For an ultimate privacy escape, all cabanas are separate accommodations, each with its own balcony.   Clothing or a cover-up is required for dining.

The Belize all-inclusive cabanas offer terrific sunrises, sunsets and Caribbean breezes.   Each of the cabanas are located in a random fashion to enhance your privacy.   This resort is an ideal destination for beachcombers and naturists alike. Look forward to experiencing CASTAWAYS ISLAND adventures.

We’ve been to Belize many times including the interior and love the diving and snorkeling there.  The citizens are some of the nicest folks you will ever meet.  And Belize is the only Latin American country where English is the official language, followed by Spanish.  Plus Belize gladly takes U.S. dollars so no currency exchange is required.   You can fish, snorkel, scuba dive and explore the Belize interior including experienced tour hosts and guides. Hobie Cat Wave, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards are complimentary. Enjoy laid-back island life and all that’s there to offer…only 8 miles from the mainland, 20 minutes by speed boat.

Belize currently does not require a COVID test to enter or exit the country.   These measures are subject to change and not guaranteed.   Belize also offers optional Belize Travel Insurance for certain coverages while in the country.  See https://www.belizevisitorinsurance.com/  Belize Health and Tourism Questions:  1-800-624-0686

Shop and Book OnLine:  Select your Cabana and make a reservation here.

YOUR VACATION PACKAGE HAS EVERYTHING: Your All-Inclusive visit to CASTAWAYS ISLAND resort’s package includes clothing-optional fun.  Airfare to Belize and your commuter flight between Belize International and Dangriga is extra.
  • NOTE: Local airfare is subject to change. 
  • Transfers by speed boat between Dangriga dock and your Belize CASTAWAYS ISLAND vacation  (arrival and departure)
  • Cabanas in ocean-front air-conditioned accommodations and private bath with hot and cold water supply
  • Three dining adventures every day including packed lunches for tours + happy hour snacks and bites daily.  Please cover up while dining.
  • Unlimited drinks:  Local beer, soft drinks and local mixed drinks (mixed drinks made with local gin, local coconut rum, local vodka or local rum). Other premium spirits are extra or BYOB for tequila, whiskey, scotch, etc. or buy yours at the duty-free shops in the commuter terminal at the Belize airport.
  • Premium alcoholic drinks are discounted and featured daily during happy hour 4 – 6 PM (subject to change)
  • Daily happy hour includes snacks and bites with something different every day
  • Welcome drink upon arrival  (Try a Jennifer’s Juice, a special concoction from your host)
  • Swimming pool adjacent to the bar and beach
  • Free kayaks, snorkel equipment, Hobie Cat and paddle boards for unlimited non-motorized fun plus games including volleyball, cornhole, board games.
  • Clothes-free beach and pool and hammocks
  • Light entertainment from the mainland and Dangriga (subject to change, weather and availability)
  • Maid service
  • Internet service:  ALERT – Reception can be spotty and depends upon the local telephone service provider, weather and other atmospheric conditions.
  • Sales tax, hotel taxes and admission fee for park visits
  • Everyone speaks English (the official language of Belize)
  • U.S. Dollar is gladly accepted.  Exchange is roughly 2 Belizean $ to one USD $ (subject to change)
  • Included tours:   Each 7-night package includes tours (three snorkeling trips along Belize Barrier Reef and choice of two mainland tours)
  • Included option:  Bus transfers from Belize International to Dangriga are included as an option.  The drive time is approximately 1.5 hours each way.
  • Several optional excursions are available
  • Gratuities for all employees extrapayable upon check out  (they work their butts off every day and night)   
  • Back story:  The staff works for tips.  They spend 3 weeks out of 4 on the island away from their families each month — 24/7.  Their families are on the mainland and they see them one week a month. 
  • Suggested gratuity 10-15% payable upon check out.  A guideline is $225-$250/guest/week, equivalent to about $30/day similar to luxury cruise tips/day.  Add it to your room charge when you check out and pay by charge card.
  • Airfare to Belize and your commuter flight between Belize International and Dangriga are extra.
  • Spa services,  purchases and massages are extra    Scuba diving and fishing are extra.  See more info below at SPORTS.

Belize Health and Safety website:  https://www.travelbelize.org/health-safety/

*Your Booking Includes a choice of excursions.  Others are optional.  List below is subject to change.  Three (3) snorkel trips and 1 mainland excursion – Zipline and Cave Tubing on Tuesday or visit Belize Zoo on Tuesday.  Schedule subject to change.

  • BELIZE ZIP LINE, CAVE TUBING  -OR-   BELIZE ZOO TOUR  included
  • BELIZE SNORKELING TOURS – 3 are included
  • BELIZE SCUBA (optional)
  • BELIZE MAYAN RUIN TOUR (optional)
  • BELIZE Fishing, surface and deep sea trips (optional)
  • BELIZE Escorted tours on the mainland (optional)
  • Birding at nearby Man-O-War Caye
    Located just a 1/2 mile away, Man-O-War Caye is a designated bird sanctuary. It is home to a variety of indigenous bird species, including Pelicans, Brown Booby birds and Magnificent Frigate birds that soar in great numbers above the island.

RESERVATIONS  Choose a cabana and make a reservation here.

DINING

You never go away hungry!  Three (3) island meals daily plus snacks and extra bites during Happy Hour daily at the bar 4 – 6 PM.  Your favorite bartenders “Hot” Rod and “Swervin’ Ervin” (below-middle and right) are at your service daily at the bar.  The guest services manager is Alex on the left.

DRINKS

BYOB or purchase duty-free at the Belize airport before your short commuter flight on Maya Island Air or Tropic Air.  Several shops include extensive choices of liquor such as tequila, scotch, whisky, bourbon and more.  Wine selection is limited to a couple brands from Argentina or other Latin American sources.  Some brands show off the creativity and sense of humor in Belize.

NOTE:  A large local market in Dangriga stocks a lot of the base necessities of life and has several shelves of liquor and wine.

SPORTS

Freebies galore:   Swimming, sunning, skinny dipping, snorkeling, enjoying dolphins when they visit, Hobie cat sailing, paddle boarding, kayaks, feeding the fish, meditating and chilling out in one of the private over-water palapas.

Optional:  Deep sea fishing, fishing in the flats, bill fishing, Scuba, Mainland adventure yours, archeological tours

A Word about SCUBA:  We’ve been diving Belize since 1985 and the experience is spectacular.    Forget Cozumel and the Yucatan dive traffic.  This area around the island is pristine and accessible.   The longest unbroken barrier reef (the Belize Barrier Reef) in the world is located minutes away and offers some of the world’s finest diving. The nearby coral atolls of Glovers Reef contain outstanding and untouched dive areas. Don’t miss Shark’s Cave, it is an awesome sight!   The resort’s dive sites include areas along the Southern Barrier Reef, from slightly north of Tobacco Cay to south of South Water Cay, including the South Water Cay Marine Reserve. The Barrier Reef is a quick 10-minute boat ride from CASTAWAYS ISLAND. Most of the dives in this area are drift wall dives interspersed with sand channels where you may spot southern stingrays, spotted eagle rays, moray eels, sea turtles, barracuda, grouper, dolphins, and a wide variety of smaller tropical fish.  During the summer season, you may be lucky enough to share the reef with whale sharks that visit the area for—what else?— to find a mate in the Silk Cay Marine area.

There is a wide selection of dive sites in this area of the Barrier Reef to choose from. Dives include The Abyss, Black Beauty, Carrie Bow Ridges, Hell Hole, Little Blue Hole, Paradise Reef, South Water Wall, and Trick Ridge.

Whale Shark Dives
Dog snapper come to this area of the reef to spawn. Whale sharks follow to feed upon the spawn. The docile, gentle whale shark is the largest of all fish and can weigh up to 15 tons and be up to 45 feet in length. As many as four to five whale sharks can be seen on a dive and this experience should not be missed by divers visiting Belize during these full moons. These dives will require special arrangements and additional costs. There is a 6-person minimum on this specialty dive due to distance and all dives are weather permitting.

Diving RatesSubject to change without notice.  Rates are NOT guaranteed.  The resort maintains its own dive shop On Site.

Please be sure to bring a dive card to dive with you.  For more information please view the following link: https://www.cocoplumcay.com/belize-diving-tours/

AWARDS – Drum Roll, please

For 2022-2023, Coco Plum Island Resort earned these nods:

  • Coco Plum was named the #2 All-Inclusive Resort in the World.
  • The island was named #3 on Travelers’ Choice’s Top Worldwide Best Small Stays list.
  • Coco Plum took #5 on their Top Hotels on the Water in the World honors.
  • It landed in #2 position on Tripadvisor’s Central America’s Best Small Stays list.
  • The island also snagged #3 Best Central American Resorts for Romance honors.
Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence in 2022

Travelers’ Choice “Best of the Best” awards represent the most exceptional, highest-rated properties and are among the top 1% of all listings on TripAdvisor. Given the fact that half a million hotels greet guests on any day of the year, the owners and staff are honored to have won in TripAdvisor’ several categories. What’s more the island was even selected as the #1 in Top 25 Hotels for Romance in the WORLD!

TripAdvisor ROMANCE Awards

#1 Hotel for Romance in the WORLD
#1 Hotel for Romance in Central America

TripAdvisor SERVICE Awards

#1 Hotel for Service in Central America
#3 Hotel for Service in the WORLD

TripAdvisor Top SMALL HOTELS Awards

#1 Hotel for Small Hotel in Central America
#9 Hotel for Small Hotel in the WORLD

ACCOMMODATIONS

Castaways Island features Standard Cabanas, Jr. suite-style\ and Premium Master suite-style cabanas, as well as one three-bedroom / three-bathroom, overwater villa all with exteriors in bold, tropical colors and spacious balconies overlooking the Caribbean Sea. From Cabana Rainforest to Cabana Journey, each accommodation type has a name that reflects the environment and location along the coast of this island paradise.  With a king-size bed, modern amenities and large scenic windows framing unforgettable views, each cabana captures the true essence of a private island retreat.

CoCo Plum Private Cabana Amenities (subject to change and availability)

  • Luxury bedding
  • Large private bathroom with shower
  • Hot and cold fresh water
  • Verandah with chairs
  • Air conditioning
  • Bluetooth speaker
  • Refrigerator
  • Maid service daily
  • Fresh, drinking water dispenser
  • 110 electricity just like the USA
  • WiFi service 24/7 on the island and in each cabana.  Subject to communication availability.
  • Cell phones work there, subject to signal availability
  • In place of  satellite TV, bring your laptop and enjoy Netflix, Prime or other similar viewing sources accessible via WiFi
  • Coffee is served in the restaurant
  • A small sundry shop is on the island.  Very limited inventory.  TIP: If you have a specific need or something you forgot to pack, ask your shuttle driver to stop at a market or shop in Dangriga before your boat transfer to the island.
  • TIP # 1 Bring bug spray just in case
  • TIP # 2 Bring flashlights and batteries since power can be intermittent, although the island is equipped with a backup generator.
  • For those who require premium spirits or liqueurs such as Bailey’s Irish Cream, stock up at the Belize International Airport shops adjacent to the commuter gates before you board your flight to Dangriga.  Although premium spirits are available on the island, expect an upcharge.  See below.

TIPPING

  • Gratuities for all employees extra – payable upon check out  (they work their butts off every day and night)   
  • Back story:  The staff works for tips.  They spend 3 weeks out of 4 on the island away from their families each month — 24/7.  Their families are on the mainland and they see them one week a month. 
  • Suggested gratuity 10-15% payable upon check out.  A guideline is $225-$250/guest/week, equivalent to about $30/day similar to luxury cruise tips/day.  Add it to your room charge when you check out and pay by charge card.

Standard King Cabanas — Located nearer the bar and dining area, these cabanas offer a great choice between privacy and activities offered on the island.   Room Views: Oceanview and Oceanfront, Caribbean Sea.

ALERT:  Pricing subject to change and excludes airfare.

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Junior Suite Cabanas below – Each suite-style cabana is designed with an open floor plan, providing additional living space and enhanced with modern amenities.  Room Views: Oceanview and Oceanfront, Caribbean Sea.

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Master Suite Cabanas below – Casual elegance at its finest, these cabanas offer guests the most living space of any other cabana on the island including a kitchenette, a contemporary bathroom with double vanity granite sinks, and a walk-in shower.   Room Views: Oceanview and Oceanfront, Caribbean Sea.

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Penthouse Suite Villa below – Enjoy the comfort and luxury of our 3-bedroom, 3-bath Belize Over-water villa which accommodates 4 to 6 people. Room View: Oceanfront, Caribbean Sea (2 Couple min, 3 Couple max).

PRICING and TERMS

RESERVATIONS  Choose a cabana and make a reservation here.  Deposit: Due at the time of booking – $500 on all Cabanas ($2,000 on Villa)

Rates Per Person – USD $   (Subject to change)

Standard King Cabana – $2,925/person
Standard King Cabana – Ocean Front – $3,040
JR Suite Style Cabanas – $3,157
JR Suite Style Cabanas Ocean Front –  $3,280
Master suite style cabana – $3,575
Master suite style cabanas Ocean Front -$3,775
Villa (2 couples minimum) On Request *  – $3,575/person
*Villa Suite sleeps 4-6 persons.   Call to book

Gratuities, purchases and spa/massage service are payable upon checkout. SCUBA diving is extra and available on-site on the island.

Equal Payments to Discharge the balance:

  • Deposit $500/person due upon reservation
  • 25% July 1, 2023
  • 25% Sept 1, 2023
  • 25% Nov 1, 2023
  • Final Payment January 1, 2024

Cancellation Policy/Fees.*   Terms and conditions of Castaways Travel and Fox Traveld/b/a Fox Ascoli Travel, Inc. apply.  Terms and conditions links for both companies are posted on each page of the companies’ websites in the bottom footnote section.

Cancellation payments:

  • Deposit/person is NOT REFUNDABLE
  • Deposit: $500/person
  • November 1, 2023 – December 1, 2023 – $1,000/person cancellation fee
  • December 2, 2023 – February 1, 2024 – 50% penalty/person
  • After February 01, 2024: Full penalty – No refund whatsoever for any reason upon final payment; balance of payments forfeited cannot be transferred as funds are remitted to the Belizean corporate owner of the Belizean island.

*Any cancellation must be submitted IN WRITING to:  Jennifer@castawaystravel.com or Info@castawaystravel.com

Optional travel insurance is highly recommended.   See: Why Do I Need Travel Protection Insurance?

RESERVATIONS  Choose a cabana and make a reservation here.

CASTAWAYS ISLAND takeover is all-inclusive:

Cuisine
Belize island vacations (private island) restaurant serves a variety of Belizean and American-style dishes. Your typical daily menu consists of delicious local dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dessert is included with both lunch and dinner. Dinner is a three-course meal with a salad/soup, entree and dessert.  It’s islands gourmet, not New York Gourmet!
Libations
Unlimited free local beer, soft drinks and local mixed drinks (mixed drinks made with local gin, local coconut rum, local vodka, and local rum).  Premium drinks are extra or BYOB.   Buy your own at the Belize airport before transferring to Dangriga,
Activity for Adults
This holiday is for adult couples, clothing optional and lifestyle friendly but neither activity is compulsory….enjoy your pleasure, your way.  Please no public display of adult sexual play.   All your service staff and a few families also live on part of the island so please respect their privacy when they’re off duty.    Otherwise, it’s your vacation/your way!
RESERVATIONS

Castaways Note:  We enjoyed a similar Castaways resort takeover a few years ago on Ambergris Caye, dived Belize’s Barrier Reef, 2nd largest in the world besides Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and had a BLAST.   Belize is great fun.   The dress is shorts, T-shirts, a tank top, a hat, a sundress and flip-flops…..or nothing. (clothing required for meals).

Don’t miss this unique clothing-optional getaway with complete seclusion….except of course for your newfound friends.

800-470-2020 or  (281)465-4960 

ONLINE RESERVATIONS           Select your cabana and make a reservation here