Located in Central America, Belize has many charms and characteristics that draw travelers from around the globe. So, if you are looking for your next vacation destination consider Belize! The country is beautiful, wild, and full of adventure. From its jade blue coastline to its hardy local food, it is the perfect destination for active travelers looking to have a bit of rum-filled fun.
Here are 5 reasons to visit Belize!
The Caribbean Coast
Sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is lucky to have a stunning Caribbean coastline. Dotted along this coastline are a number of tiny white sand islands. And, chief among these islands is the popular backpacker paradise Caye Caulker.
About an hours ferry ride from Belize City will land you on Caye Caulker’s small but, bustling dock.
After hauling your luggage down the islands sand covered streets to your hotel, your first order of business should be to book a snorkeling tour. Snorkeling is the main attraction on the island as Belize’s Hol Chan Marine Reserve sits only a short sail away. While under water, snorkelers will be able to view sea turtles, eels, nurse sharks, and countless tropical fish.
No trip to Belize is complete without experiencing the country’s Caribbean island vibes.
To put it plainly, Belize is a small country. You can travel from one end of it to the other by car in a matter of hours and no city holds more than 90,000 people. This makes it super easy to see the majority of the country’s highlights in a seven or ten-day trip.
It is perfect for those travelers who are tight on vacation time but, really want to experience everything a country has to offer.
If you are an animal lover then Belize is for you. In the country, you can get up close and personal will a huge variety of wildlife on a daily basis. Everything from howler monkeys, birds, crocodiles, and sea turtles can be observed in their natural habitat.
The best places to view Belize’s wild life can be right outside of your hotel, however, if you are looking for guaranteed sightings you can visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary, take a river safari to Lamanai, or book a snorkeling tour from Hopkins or one of the Cayes.
The Adventure Opportunities
Caving, hiking, snorkeling, and fishing, Belize has it all! No matter what type of adventure tugs at your heart you can find it in Belize.
The best place to try your hand at multiple adventure sports is the town of San Ignacio. Located in Western Belize, near the Guatemala border, San Ignacio is surrounded by mountains and rivers. Here you can explore a variety of wet and dry caves, go horseback riding, paddle in canoes, and hike through the mountains.
If you want to do something extreme book an excursion to explore Crystal Cave. This dry cave is physically demanding to climb through and is filled with a ton of Mayan History.
The kitchens in Belize churn out spectacular comfort food. On almost every menu you will find stewed meats, beans, rice, fried plantains, and the delicious fried breakfast bread, fry jacks. The food is fresh, well cooked, and lip-smackingly tasty. While many dishes are simple, this allows the quality of the ingredients to shine through.
Also, due to Belize’s geographical location, the country produces a huge variety of fruits. The best place to see and sample this abundance is at a local market. In San Ignacio, a market is set up in the middle of town on a daily basis. Here, you can find local, in-season fruit. Many items in the market are sold individually so, it is easy to buy a few exotic fruits to take back to your hotel to sample over lunch.
Finally, do not forget to sample Belize’s famous rum punch. Made with local rum and fresh fruit juice it perfectly complements any meal and tastes great after an active day.
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