Cara Araneta

  • Sun Chaser
  • Designer
  • Palm Tree Lover

Cara is used to life in New York and Miami and is now enjoying the total opposite lifestyle under the palm trees of Belize.

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My 24 Hours in Belize

I start with some sunrise yoga on the villa deck at Itzana Belize. Then I grab my bike and cycle down the main street (which holds the record for smallest main street in the world). I grab a coffee and toast smothered in locally produced jam at Above Grounds Coffee which is located in a tree house. They have the best espresso! They use beans from the area and make homemade juices and jams with local fruits.

If I have the time I probably start reading a good book while laying in a hammock for a while, soaking in the Caribbean sun.

There are so many islands off the mainland, so I do a bit of island hopping and fill the afternoon with whatever I am in the mood for. Snorkelling, fishing, lounging, etc. I then go to Hatchet Caye for lunch, a little island with a bar, restaurant, and pool. Or the Tiger Beach Club where they serve the best Indian food. After Hachet Caye I stop at Moho Caye and enjoy the sandbar with a beer and a snorkel. After that I head back to the mainland and grab a Ferrero Rocher gelato from Tutti Frutti, a gelato shop owned by two Italian expats, very authentic. I like to go at least once a day!

Sunset is early in Belize, around 6pm, so I make my way to sundowners with a view at Tranquilo, a bar that hangs over the water on a nearby island. Nothing is better than coconut water and rum while your eyes are feasting on the sunset across the sea. This and tamales made by a local woman in town is seriously the best way to spend sunset.

For dinner I head to Limilita, a pop up restaurant – it sits on the beach, so while you enjoy your meal your feet are tucked into the sand and you can watch the ocean waves. The food is prepared with local ingredients and is healthy and unique. The refurbished wood bar, outdoor kitchen, and beautiful lighting makes the place so dreamy. It seats 25 people with a huge communal table where you can chat with locals and other travellers. I love the atmosphere of the place and it’s a great scene. The house cocktails are simply divine and to be honest, who can complain when you’ve got awesome food in your mouth and your feet in the sandy beach?!

Rumfish y vino has a similar beachfront setting and, as the name suggests, they focus on deliciously prepared seafood and wine.

A magnificent and idyllic place to stay is the Turtle Inn which belongs to the famous Francis Ford Coppola and his wife. It’s right next to the beach and offers individually-decorated, thatched-roof, super cozy cottages.

Locations



Itz'ana ResortPlacencia Road, Seine Bight, Stann Creek District, Belize

This lovely resort offers 21 villas and 18 cottages and will fully open in 2016. Check out the website for more information.
Above Grounds CoffeePlacencia Rd, Placencia, Belize

They serve the best espresso and get their products from local suppliers.
Hatchet CayeHatchet Caye Resort, Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize

This little island with a bar, restaurant, and pool is perfect for lounging or being sporty and active.
Tiger Beach ClubTiger Beach Club, Placencia Road, Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize

Indian food made in an authentic tandoori oven. The best in town and right on the beach!
Moho CayeMoho Caye

Another cute little island with a cool beach bar.
Tutti FruttiPlacencia Rd, Placencia, Belize

Authentic gelato made by an Italian couple.
TranquiloTranquilo, Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize

Take a free shuttle boat to the island and enjoy an incredible, typical Belizean meal on the docks.
LimilitaPlacencia, Stann Creek District, Belize

A cool pop-up kitchen directly on the beach. Reservations are a must!
Rumfish y vinoPlacencia Rd, Placencia, Belize

Great restaurant serving delicious seafood and wine.
Turtle InnTurtle Inn, Placencia, Stann Creek District, Belize

A beautiful beachfront resort owned by Francis Ford Coppola.
‘Be present for each moment and come from love.’
  • You'll find little colourful beach huts everywhere.
  • Digging your toes into the soft sand while having lunch or dinner is a wonderful feeling.
  • Doesn't this look like paradise?

My thoughts about Belize

What do you love about your destination?

It’s so under the radar and quirky and unique.

Which music fits best to your destination?

Alabama Shakes – “Sound & Color”

Cheers to sunny days and turquoise lagoons!
There are many ways to paradise.
Life is a beach.
My way of living.

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What’s your background?

I am a wanderer, designer, and heliophilic.

What is the best moment of the day?

After meditation, when I sit on my balcony, stare at the ocean, and feel completely connected.

What inspires you?

I am an observer of life and of what is around me: nature, art, architecture, food, people, experiences.

How would a good friend describe you?

Playful, creative, and loving.

Your lifestyle in 5 words?

Passion, curiosity, beauty, bliss, love.

Which books, newspapers or magazines do you read?

Afar, Monocle, Gather Journal, Self, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Which films blow your mind?

Master Chef series on Netflix. Black Mirror. Narcos. Iconoclasts.

Person you’d like to sit next to in an airplane?

Richard Branson.

What are your favourite destinations around the globe?

Placencia, Belize. Antigua. Guatemala. Tokyo. NYC. Hamptons. Big Sur.

Your life philosophy?

Be present for each moment and come from love.

Suitcase, Backpack or Weekender?

Weekender.

Travelling is…

paramount.

Life is…

pretty incredible.

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