6 Days Chocolate, Rum Culinary Holiday in Belize

  • Belcampo Belize, Wilson Road, Punta Gorda, Toledo, Belize

Overview

Cooking Vacations in Belize

Come and experience first-hand the culinary wonders of Belize. You will learn to transform high quality organic cacao into chocolate with a one-day chocolate making class. Also, you will enjoy a snorkeling excursion while the crew dives for conch, lobster, and crab; sip tropical cocktails; and enjoy lunch on the river boat. Learn the art of fish filleting as you prepare the fresh catch of the day for a seafood-style BBQ. Roast your own coffee, returning home with a custom coffee blend; relish authentic Belizian meals featuring organic ingredients from the Belcampo farm; and more.

Highlights

  • Guided farm tour in Toledo District
  • Hands-on artisan chocolate making class
  • Visit to a rum distillery with a cocktail making class
  • Snorkeling excursion with lunch onboard
  • 2 rehydrating spa treatments
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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You will spend five nights at Belcampo, Belize. Belcampo Lodge has 16 private suites offering the best in luxury and comfort. A testament to Belizes natural beauty and craftsmanship, nearly every detail, from the woodwork to the tiles to the artwork, is sourced from local artisans. Whether youre relaxing on one of the canopy beds or lounging on your own private veranda, you will experience the magic of the jungle within the comfort of your room.

Amenities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bathrobes
  • Ceiling fans
  • Complimentary laundry services
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Crisp, air-dried bedding
  • Hair dryer
  • In-room safes (upon request)
  • In-room sitting area
  • Private entrance
  • Private veranda for lounging
  • Small fridges (upon request)
  • Spacious bathroom with private walk-in showers with floor-to-ceiling jungle views
  • Umbrellas

Deluxe king suites

Nestled amidst lush, tropical foliage lies the deluxe king suites. These spacious rooms with tall ceilings and full-length windows afford an airy retreat. From freshly cut tropical flowers to locally made soap, no details are overlooked.

Jungle suites

Surrounded by beautiful vistas and spacious areas to lounge, these suites offer the best in hospitality and affordability. Situated just a short walk from the main lodge, you are never too far from the action.

Ridge suites

These four new suites offer stunning views from the Maya Mountains to the Caribbean Sea. Each 750 square feet suite provides a private screened porch, outdoor soaking tubs, and access to a 40 inch salt water infinity pool with spacious decks and a wet bar with private butler service. It has an in-room sitting area with beautifully made, custom armoires.

Day 1 - Arrival, snorkeling excursion

After your arrival, snorkel with chef Freda and a local chef and enjoy your days catch with an outdoor seafood-style barbecue excursion completed by lunch and beverages. Learn the art of fish filleting as you prepare your fresh catch.

Day 2 - Bean-to-bar chocolate making class

The bean-to-bar chocolate making class offers you a very unique opportunity to understand and participate in the entire process of transforming high quality organic cacao into chocolate. You will visit an agritourism center and experience two hours of hands-on, artisan chocolate making. Each class is led by a Belcampo chocolatier and includes a tour of the farm focusing on cacao and spices, a brief history of chocolate, an introduction to truffles and confections, as well as tempering chocolate and perfect pairings.

Day 3 - Toledo District culinary tour

Today, you will join a Belcampo guide in your safari style Land Cruiser for a fascinating inland tour to Belize Spice Farm in Golden Stream. This 15 year old farm specializes in growing many of the exotic spices you might know, but have probably never seen growing, such as black peppercorns, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and cinnamon. Stroll through the edible landscape with a local guide who explains growing, pollination, harvesting, and post harvesting techniques.

Afterwards, you will enjoy lunch with non-alcoholic beverages at Colemans Caf and then, you will visit the charismatic Eladio Pop in the village of San Pedro Columbia. Eladio was featured in the documentary The Chocolate Farmer. You will visit his home and family of 15 children and learn how cocoa is transformed to chocolate in the traditional way - hand ground on a metate. It is an authentic local experience you will never forget.

Day 4 - Spa day

Today, you will enjoy two rehydrating sugar scrub spa treatments, incorporating locally grown brown sugar and cocoa.

Day 5 - Sugar cane and rum, cocktail making class

The Belcampo Belize Rum project is the company's most ambitious undertaking to date. From the late 1800s until the 1970s, the Belcampo Belize property was a sugar cane plantation and rum distillery making the beloved Rocky Run Rum. Caribbean Culinary Tours has located the original noble purple varieties of cane and are currently cultivating 80 acres. These plants will be transferred to their Big Falls Farm, a 3000-acre property only 20 miles away, which is a rum distillery.

Caribbean Culinary Tours is working with cane industry experts and educators from Louisiana to El Salvador to produce an organic, heirloom cane with great flavor and yields as well as partnering with Serralles Distillery in Puerto Rico, the makers of Don Q rum, to bring the fine art of distillation back to southern Belize. Resident cocktail experts will instruct you in the art of mixing three classic rum cocktails. You will learn how to combine farm fresh ingredients with an array of Caribbean rums and local spirits.

Day 6 - Departure

If you have some time off before your flight, you can relax by the beach for a few hours. Later on, you will be transferred to the airport.

  • Agritourism center visit
  • Belize Spice Farm guided visit
  • Snorkeling excursion
  • Toledo district tour

This vacation will take place in Belize. Referred to as the green heart of Belize, Belcampos home region of Toledo features some of the most pristine rainforests, extensive cave networks, coastal lowland plains, and offshore caves in the country.

Activities
  • Boating
  • Cooking classes
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Gym
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa
  • Swimming
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Beach nearby
  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Mini bar
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • River nearby
  • Terrace
Services
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry
  • Local market
  • Wedding

Each island has its own unique culinary individuality, with exotic names like Jerk Chicken, Pepperpot, Coo Coo or coconut bread, Antigua Black Pineapple Pie, Barbados Fried Flying Fish, Jonny Cakes, Conkies, Souse, and the list goes on. Explore the culinary mysteries of the Caribbean islands or taste fried flying fish at the Ostins fish market in Barbados. You will learn the art of cooking authentic Caribbean dishes the way the Caribbean people cook them.

You will enjoy great food while learning the art of the islands cooking, and you will meet friendly people with the largest grins! You will build long lasting friendships, all in a tropical and relaxing atmosphere. Caribbean Culinary Tours mission is to share the tropical flavors and the unique taste of the Caribbean region through the islands cooking styles and culinary culture. Their mission, as your hosts, is to give you an enjoyable island paradise vacation while making your culinary adventure memorable.

  • 2 lunches
  • 2 spa treatments
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • All transfers as per itinerary
  • Chocolate making class
  • Cocktails making class
  • Guided excursions as per itinerary
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

The nearest airport to the location is Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE). Caribbean Culinary Tours will pick you up from the airport. The pick-up is included in the price.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Caribbean Culinary Tours an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by Keith

    "Thank you so much for your hospitality I really enjoyed the cooking."

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  • Review by Helle Sorensen from Denver, USA

    "Thank you for the unique and outstanding cooking techniques of your islands, you have left us with lifetime memories. Best regards."

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  • Review by Michael

    "It was a unique and great chance to learn the local culture, which has expanded my culinary horizon."

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  • Review by Newland

    "Thank you so much for the warm hospitality and such a wonderful day, it was a great pleasure and experience the cooking class and day in general."

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  • Review by Jennifer

    "Thank you for an amazing experience filled with fun and wonderful memories. I enjoyed not only the cooking but also learning about your islands culture. I look forward to returning one day soon."

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  • Review by Andrea

    "Freda and staff, thank you very much for the tour in Antigua, you taught us a lot about your islands culture and recipes. The friendly staff really made it a great experience. Thank you for your time and hospitality!"

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  • Review by Juliene

    "Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and expertise in the kitchen and on our Antigua tour. We have all enjoyed it tremendously and plan to come back again. Good food, good friends!"

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  • Review by Lindsay

    "Thank you so much for the wonderful experience in Saint Croix. We all had such a fabulous time and learned a lot about your islands delightful recipes."

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  • Review by Melissa

    "Freda and Freeston, Barbados was such a unique experience. I have never done anything like that before and I loved it! Thank you for your time and also for your gift bags, it was sweet of you. The food and your company were amazing!"

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  • Review by Krista

    "Thank you for the amazing experience, I had a great time learning about your islands recipes and different cultural cooking styles. Thank you very much for the backpack of goodies!"

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  • Review by Derek

    "Dear Freda and your team, thank you for the cooking class and wonderful food I had in Barbados. Cant wait to try cooking some dishes when I get home. Thanks again!"

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Caribbean Culinary Tours is perfect for travelers who want to learn the art of local flavors, while enjoying a fun-in-the sun vacation.

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