Over spring break, photography editor Carson Sweeney is going to Belize.

When I found out I was going to Belize, my first impression was “no way.” The main reason for that reaction is because my family has never taken a trip anywhere outside of the U.S. We always go somewhere like Florida for family vacations. I’m very fortunate to be able to get an opportunity to go on this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

The trip came into thought one night when my entire family was in Tennessee at my aunt and uncle’s house and we were opening Christmas gifts. My aunt jokingly said, “We should take a family trip somewhere for Spring Break.” That’s when we all started looking for places to go and found a private island in Belize called The Enclave on Placencia Caye.

The Enclave is probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life, and the galleries on the website prove why. The Enclave is fully equipped with a private gourmet chef service, air conditioned bedrooms, WiFi, a large private ocean pier, white sand beaches and swim area, daily laundry service, separate staff housing, large private suites, flat screen TV in each bedroom and main living area, full high-end commercial kitchen & bar, large fresh water pool, gas golf cart on mainland, kayaks, paddle boards, ping-pong table, pool table, and other lawn games. All of this and more makes The Enclave one of the most luxurious islands in Belize.

The Enclave is 100 yards from the Placencia Harbor and the village of Placencia, which is home to the world famous Placencia sidewalk. The sidewalk is 4071 feet long (approximately ¾ miles) and is home to several restaurants and villager shops. It is a must see if you ever get the chance to go to Belize.

During the month of April, the largest fish species in the world visits Belize’s warm tropical waters, creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to swim with a Whale Shark. This is something I hope I will be able to do when I go on my trip.