BELIZE

Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the tiny and eclectic country of Belize has become one of the most popular eco tourism destinations in Central America for the intrepid traveler.

Lush tropical rain forests, pristine beaches, ancient Maya cities, diverse flora and fauna, and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere are just a few of the many natural attractions that allure the adventure traveler to visit.

 

Here are 11 reasons why you should travel to Belize:

  1. Belize is the only English Speaking Country in Central America

Belize is a diverse society with many cultures and languages (Creole and Spanish are widely spoken) however English is the official language, making it easy for travellers to get around.

  1. Wonderful Nature

Belize has some of the most intriguing and fascinating wildlife in Central America. In fact 40 percent of the land is classified as protected and is habitat to a variety of species of plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine life.

Imagine being alone, paddling down the river and hearing the various sounds of birds and other wildlife. Belize offers the cottage life experience – year round.

  1. Belizean food

Belize’s cuisine is an amalgamation of the various cultures that call the place home. Mestizo, Maya, Creole, and Garifuna. Expect to eat fryjack and refried beans for breakfast and Rice and Beans with stew chicken for lunch. Some of the top must eats are: Rice and Beans, Fry Jacks, Johnny Cakes, Stew Chicken, Gibnut, Escabeche, Tamales, Hudut, and Fish Sere.

  1. The weather

The weather in Belize is warm and comfortable all year round. The average yearly temperature is 84° F (29°C), which means that it is pretty much near perfect all year round. In addition the intact jungle and rain forests provide relief in the hot summer months, while winter can be cool but never very cold.

  1. Wonderful islands

There’s lots to do. Belize has seven World Heritage Sites just on its barrier reef, which, by the way, is the second longest barrier reef in the world. The country also claims more than 1,060 mangrove and/or sand cays. Some of these, like Caye Caulker, are inhabited; others are home only to birds, but there’s plenty for you to explore. Some of the top islands to explore are: Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, South Water Caye, Silk Caye, St George’s Caye, Laughing Bird Caye and Tobacco Caye.

You can pitch a tent and sleep under the stars on an uninhabited Caye or enjoy luxury accommodations at a secluded island. You choose. P.S. It’s not without merit that Ambergris Caye was voted the best island in the world for 2013 and 2014.

  1. The epicenter of the Maya world

Fact: Belize has the highest concentration of Maya archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. Archaeologists estimate that more than one million Maya lived in present day Belize and flourished during the Classic Period from 300 to 900 AD. Maya temple sites like Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Lamanai are just a few of the spectacular sites that can be discovered in Belize. Famous sites such as Tikal in Guatemalaand Chichen Itza in Mexico are also just a few hours away.

  1. Belize is home to the world renowned Blue Hole

The gigantic underwater Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is believed to be the world’s largest hole measuring 1000 ft across and 412 ft deep. It offers divers the ideal opportunity to see geological wonders like giant stalactites, dripstone sheets and amazing marine life such as nurse sharks, groupers and a vast array of fishes and Caribbean sharks.

The Blue Hole was made famous in 1971 by Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the French Explorer in the television series – The Undersea world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.

  1. Snorkeling

Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world and snorkeling in its turquoise and clear Caribbean water is a wonderful place to discover the kaleidoscope of colors of corals, sponges and a range of fish and marine life.

  1. Belize has one of the most intricate cave systems in Central America

Caves were used extensively by the ancient Maya to conduct their sacred rituals and ceremonies and today a plethora of impressive caves can be discovered throughout Belize. The Chiquibul Cave System for example is nearly 540,000 square foot long and is the longest in Central America and offers a treasure trove of geological and archaeological wonders.

Some of the top caves to explore are: Actun Tunichil Muknal, Barton Creek Cave and Caves Branch and the Chiquibul Cave System.

  1. You can visit three other countries easily.

From Punta Gorda, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras are each about 45 minutes by boat. The Mexican border isn’t too far, either. Belize should keep you plenty busy, but if you’re jonesing for more passport stamps, this is an easy way to get some ink.

 

 

 

  1. Belize is a nature lovers paradise

Belize has some of the most intriguing and fascinating wildlife in Central America. In fact 40 percent of the land is classified as protected and is habitat to a variety of species of plants, birds, amphibians, reptiles and marine life.

A Belize vacation is relaxing and soothing. It’s also physically and mentally stimulating. Many visitors love it so much that they later choose to retire in Belize!