With an abundance of sunshine, delicious food, and lots of old-fashioned holiday cheer, it’s no wonder that Belize is one of the hottest destinations for an excellent Christmas vacation.
After winning an impressive four gold medals and one bronze medals at the recent Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, American gymnast and member of the Final Five announced that she would soon be heading to her ancestral homeland of Belize for a vacation in order to relax and unwind after all the excitement.
Thanks to its delightful weather, beautiful unspoiled nature, and amazing adventure destinations, it’s always a good time to visit Belize. But September is truly something special in this small Central American country as the locals celebrate their young nation’s history with parades, street dancing, and plenty of music, food, and fun for the whole family.
Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize and one of the top tourist attractions in the country, is becoming one of the most popular vacation spots thanks to its lovely beaches, delicious restaurants serving up fresh-caught seafood, and its close proximity to both the mainland and the famous Belize Barrier Reef.
One of the most intriguing Maya tombs ever discovered in Belize has been unearthed in the ruined city of Xunantunich in the western part of the country. Archeologists are just now beginning to piece together the hieroglyphic panels found in what is believed to be a royal tomb that describe a “Snake Dynasty” that once ruled the area 1,300 years ago.
The ancient Maya believed that caves were sacred places that connected the aboveground world of humans to the underworld of the gods. Tubing down the Caves Branch River passes through some of these sacred cave sites that still have carvings, artifacts, and items left behind by the ancient priests.
Many visitors to Belize are pleasant surprised by the wide range of foods and drinks available with something for everyone’s palate. Belize is a true melting pot of different cultural influences, resulting in a delicious melange of dishes with British, Spanish, Chinese, American, Creole, Maya, Caribbean and Garifuna influences.
There are hundreds of islands offshore of Belize but one of the most beautiful is the Lighthouse Reef Atoll. In the shape of a nearly perfect circle, Lighthouse Reef Atoll is regularly voted as one of the top 10 premiere diving destinations in the world due to the Belize Blue Hole located in the center of the atoll. Formed by the rising waters at the end of the last great Ice Age, the Belize Blue Hole now offers experienced divers the chance to explore exceptionally beautiful underwater canyons.
The whole family can enjoy fun educational activities like taking a trip to the Belize Zoo, an animal sanctuary that rescues injured and abandoned animals, or explore ancient Maya ruins like the city of Lamanai, inhabited by locals for more than 3,000 years. For outdoor fun, families can relax on inner tubes while floating down a river that passes through a network of caves, go zip lining high up in the jungle foliage, or engage in a friendly competition to spot some of the hundreds of bird species that call Belize home.