your personal Belize Vacation Specialist - About SabreWing Travel
SabreWing Travel is a travel agency with an emphasis on custom Belize Vacation Packages that provide unforgettable experiences highlighting the best that Belize has to offer. Our business is fully based here in Belize and operated by owners Catarina Schmidt and David Berg from their home and offices at SabreWing Ridge, which is nestled among the jungle clad hills of the lovely Hummingbird Highway in the heart of Belize. Over the years we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge about all that Belize has to offer through exploring the country as travellers ourselves and through living here full-time and working within the tourism industry.
We have an extensive and up-to-date understanding of Belize’s accommodation, tour, and transportation options and a local’s insight into how things operate on the ground. This combined with a traveller’s perspective of what makes Belize so attractive to visit has provided us with the background and skills necessary to create tailor-made travel experiences that cater specifically to your needs.
We know Belize well and have personally visited the resorts and lodges that we feature and have also experienced the activities and tours that we recommend. In fact, we visit all our partner resorts in person at least every other year and personally field test our Belize adventures. SabreWing Travel is not affiliated with any particular lodge or tour company - the destinations, accommodations, and activities that we recommend have been hand selected by us because we believe that they are the best in their class, that they celebrate Belize’s natural beauty and welcoming culture, and that they will provide uniquely Belizean travel experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Owner Operated, with Love - Our Story
Originally born in Guatemala to American parents, Catarina (also a Belizean National) divided her youth between her father’s farm in the Cayo district of Belize and her mother’s home in Antigua, Guatemala. Her family decided to move to the United States when Catarina was thirteen. After the move north, she visited Belize almost yearly and spent half of the time as a local, visiting family and friends, and the other half traveling and getting to know the country as a tourist. Belize always felt like home to Catarina and she dreamed of returning to live there full time.
David, who is originally from Door County, Wisconsin, met Catarina on a study abroad program in Costa Rica while they were in university. He was quick to fall in love with the Central American tropics and he and Catarina began to explore the region. On one particular journey, many years ago, we spent several months traveling in Belize, exploring the country thoroughly and gaining an in depth perspective on all of the fantastic experiences available to visitors traveling here. We fell completely in love with Belize and vowed to return as often as possible.
One cold January, many years later, we escaped the Door County winter (where we had been living) and went south to marry in Guatemala and honeymoon in Belize. Our time here re-ignited our love of the region and we decided that it was time to take the plunge and move down to Belize full time - So we loaded up the truck and headed south!
A few months later we were settled in as the managers of Pook’s Hill, an off-the-grid jungle lodge in Belize’s Cayo district owned by long-time family friends. Once here, we made it our mission to get to know the country as much as possible and dedicated the next five years to learning everything that we could about traveling and living in Belize. Working as resort managers facilitated this mission as our duties required us to plan, book, and operate extensive travel itineraries throughout the country for our guests. Our time off was spent exploring Belize - we visited all the resorts and hotels that might appeal to our guests and made sure to personally test drive all of the tours that we offered them as well.
As a result, we have been privileged to directly experience the superb hospitality offered throughout Belize – whether at high end resorts or unique guest houses. We have also been lucky to experience nearly every Belize attraction and tour available first-hand. (It is a tough job – but someone has to do it!)
After many years of traveling in Belize and working in the tourism field, we decided to create Sabrewing Travel to share our experience by offering our custom travel planning services. We continue to explore Belize and look forward to doing so in the years to come as the country evolves and changes and has more to offer the visitor every year.