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It’s one of my favourite times of year

SAN IGNACIO, Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is reaching out to retirees and other flexible travellers with a new flash offer on Belize autumn vacations, the popular Belizean eco-resort recently announced.

Chaa Creek managing director Bryony Fleming Bradley said the “Sunshine On My Shoulder Season” Belize vacation packages offer significant savings to retirees and travellers who wish to take advantage of Belize’s “Shoulder Season

“I was recently reading how John Denver wrote a song about missing the sun. He said, 'You want to get outdoors again, and you’re waiting for that sun to shine, and you remember how sometimes just the sun itself can make you feel good,’ and then he wrote ‘Sunshine on my shoulders’.”

“The name seemed to fit our new autumn, or shoulder season, flash vacations perfectly,” Ms Bradley said.

“And while just the sun itself does make you feel good, we’re offering savings on lodgings, amenities and attractions that make getting out in the sunshine feel even better,” she added.

Shoulder season is what the travel industry calls the time between a tourism destination’s high and low season, as recent Condé Nast Traveller and Forbes articles explained.

“Shoulder Season is that sweet spot between the peak and off peak seasons that happen twice a year, in the spring and fall. Travellers in the enviable position of no longer being bound by rigid work or school schedules – as are many retirees – often schedule vacations during these periods,” according to a September 17, 2018 Forbes article, “Shoulder Season Travel: One of the Perks of Age.”

The article goes on to outline advantages of travelling during shoulder season; such as easier reservations, lower airfares, less crowds and that, “the weather in many locations tends to be more temperate.”

Ms Bradley agreed, and said many people aren’t aware of how pleasant Belize’s weather is during autumn months.

“The average combined temperature for September, October and November in Belize is around 78° F (25.5°C), with highs of around 83° (28°C) and lows of 75° (24°C), meaning the days are perfect for swimming, nature walks, exploring ancient Maya temples and other outdoor activities, while the evenings are pleasant and cool.

“We’ve left the dry season behind, so there’s some rainfall – mostly in the early mornings and evenings, leaving the days sunny and warm with more flowers and greenery. It’s one of my favourite times of year.

“And by adding the savings under our new Sunshine On My Shoulder Season Super Saver offer, I’m predicting that it’s about to become the favourite time of year for many travellers,” Ms Bradley said.

With the Sunshine Super Saver offer, guests enjoy eco-luxe accommodations, access to all amenities within Chaa Creek’s 400-acre private nature reserve and six of the jungle lodge’s most popular activities for US$99.00 a night.

Complementary activities include canoeing down the Macal River, guided morning bird watching walks, access to miles of well-maintained trails crisscrossing the 400-acre private nature reserve, and use of amenities such as an swimming and lounging around the infinity pool, and guided tours of the Belize Natural History Museum, Butterfly Farm, and Maya Medicinal Plant Trail.

“Considering everything that’s included for under a hundred US dollars, it’s quite an extraordinary offer, and a substantial reward for acting quickly.

“Then again, flash offers seem to suit the Baby Boomers generation, who appear to be more adventure-oriented, enjoy more outdoor activities, and are more apt to do things spontaneously to take advantage of spur-of-the-moment opportunities,” Ms Bradley said.

Chaa Creek’s Sunshine on My Shoulder Season Super Saver is now available, and will run until December 1, 2018.

Chaa Creek is also offering all-inclusive Belize vacation packages during Belize’s Shoulder Season, and Ms Bradley encouraged travellers to contact their travel agents or Chaa creek directly for more information and to make bookings.

“My parents, Baby Boomers themselves, who literally arrived in Belize with backpacks and a few hundred English Pounds between them, started Chaa Creek in the 1970s, so it seems only right to honour that generation’s spirit of adventure by encouraging others to take a leap and create their own Belize adventures.

“And, of course, our ‘Sunshine on my Shoulders Season’ offers are available to everyone, regardless of age, and with these prices, we’re hoping to introduce a wide range of people to Chaa Creek’s wildly civilised, casual eco-luxury,” Ms Bradley said.

The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a multi-award winning eco resort set within a 400-acre private nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in Belize. It was recognised by National Geographic with first place honours at the 2017 World Legacy Awards held in Berlin.

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