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What to Expect When Diving Belize’s Great Blue Hole

The Great Blue Hole of Belize is perhaps one of the most highly rated scuba diving locations in the world, and there is good reason for this. However, some who make the journey to Belize leave feeling a twinge of disappointment after visiting the Blue Hole simply because they had unrealistic expectations about what to to expect. Therefore, it is important that you plan for this amazing experience and set your expectations in check with what the actual adventure may be like.

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Belize: Top cultural vacation destination for travelers

Belize is one of the most beautiful countries in the world thanks to an unspoiled landscape of tropical rainforests and jungles, fertile plains, mountain summits, and a unique coastline that is home to vibrant marine ecosystems. Travelers to Belize have a unique opportunity to explore the natural wonders of the country while experiencing a rich cultural society that is filled with a harmonious blend of different peoples, music, traditions, and food. Geographically, Belize is located in Central America between Mexico and Guatemala but culturally it resembles many of its neighbors in the Caribbean and Central America. The official language of Belize is English but the most common language spoken is the Creole dialect. Eight different and eclectic ethnic groups harmoniously co-exist within Belize: the Creole, Mestizo, Maya, Garifuna, East Indian, Mennonite, European, and Chinese. Each of these groups proudly maintains their culture, food, and mother tongue while blending with their neighbors to form the unique melting pot that is Belize. As you travel across Belize, don’t be surprised to hear a wide variety of languages. In the north, many people speak Spanish while in Belize City the most popular languages spoken are standard English and the Creole dialect. Southern Belize […]

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Ambergris Caye in Belize offers a wonderful island experience for everyone

Ambergris Caye: Belize’s most exciting island The largest island in Belize, Ambergris Caye is one of the most popular destinations in the country. With a laid-back, Caribbean island approach to life, Ambergris Caye and its capital of San Pedro have something for everyone. The locals are friendly and almost everyone speaks English making the Central American nation of Belize truly a unique destination. Honeymooners enjoy the island thanks to the gorgeous beaches, stunning views of the Caribbean, candlelit dinners, and a vibrant nightlife. Adventure travelers are drawn to Ambergris Caye due to the many outstanding diving, snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and windsurfing options available. The Belize Barrier Reef is just a few miles from Ambergris Caye and its miles of coral and shallow water passages are home to an abundant array of colorful marine life. Ambergris Caye is also an excellent family destination. The friendly beach town of San Pedro, the hub of the island’s economic activities, has plenty to see and do. Kids and adults alike also enjoy snorkeling and swimming in the gentle waters offshore as well as paddling around in a kayak or zipping along on a rented jet ski. Fishing is a popular activity and many tour […]

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Easter Celebrations in Belize

Celebrate the Four Days of Easter in Belize Easter is a very special holiday in Belize as locals celebrate the festival with their unique blend of the exotic and the familiar. All around the country, Belizeans make the most out of the four-day holiday to celebrate Easter in a way that visitors from America, Canada and Europe will partially recognize and partially find engaging and interesting. In every store window you’ll see plenty of chocolate eggs and bunnies, as well as the familiar marshmallow chicks and jellybeans familiar to Americans. For local Belizeans, Easter dinner includes familiar standards like fry fish, potatoes, and roasted meat but also local favorites like hot cross buns, tamales, garnaches (refried beans on a tortilla), salbutes (fried tortillas topped with cabbage and pulled chicken) and plenty of beans. The homes and shops use a combination of the usual Easter decorations but add lots of brilliant color from using the blossoms of local flowers and trees. As the weather is almost always gorgeous on Easter, swimming and backyard barbecues are a popular Belizean activity. The melting pot culture of Belize offers many different flavors when it comes to celebrating Easter. Depending on where you are in […]

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Family Vacations in Belize

The lovely Central American nation of Belize is becoming increasingly popular as a family vacation destination. With lovely beaches fronting the Caribbean Sea, a friendly English-speaking population, and located just a short flight from the United States, Belize has all the ingredients for a quality family vacation. Wildlife A large percentage of Belize is protected parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Visiting one of these many protected areas gives kids and adults a chance to see and interact with many exotic and interesting species. Located in the lovely Belize River Valley, the Community Baboon Sanctuary measures about 20 square miles and is home to the endangered black howler monkey, known by locals as baboons. Local Creole villagers serve as nature guides, bringing visitors up close to the free-roaming monkeys living in a natural habitat. Another special family-friendly destination to see local wildlife is at the Belize Zoo. Spanning more than 29 acres, this zoo is unique in that all of its residents are animals which were rescued from captivity, orphaned, or are being nursed back to health. The Belize Zoo is a great place to see jaguars, ocelots, and the huge Baird’s tapir, a large rodent that is Belize’s national animal. Swimming, […]

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Plan Your Dream Destination Wedding in Belize

Belize is truly a tropical paradise, with gorgeous sunny weather, cool sea breezes, and miles of white beaches. Tie the knot in tropical splendor, with the sparkling waters of the Caribbean as a backdrop and your friends and family gathered to support your special union. The small nation of Belize is located just south of Mexico, a short flight from many destinations in the United States. With a gorgeous coastline fronting the Caribbean, majestic waterfalls, pristine rainforests, deep caves, jungle rivers, and some of the best diving, snorkeling, and swimming spots in the Western Hemisphere, Belize is one of the most beautiful unspoiled areas of the world. Home to a diverse range of exotic flora and fauna as well as many Maya ruins like Altun Ha and Xununtunich, Belize is truly a dream destination for your wedding. Requirements for Getting Married in Belize Foreigners are allowed to legally marry in Belize and the procedure is rather straightforward. The groom and bride must present copies of their birth certificates, as well as proof of their citizenship (a valid passport will suffice) to the Register General. When applicable, you will also need supplementary paperwork like divorce decrees. Couples seeking to get married […]

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The Villas at Banyan Bay Named Winner in 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards for Hotels

The Villas at Banyan Bay  has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Travelers’ Choice Award for Top Hotel from the prestigious travel website company TripAdvisor. The Travelers’ Choice Award is the highest honor given by TripAdvisor, with selections based on the combined reviews and feedback from the global travel community. For the 14th consecutive year, TripAdvisor has named the world’s best properties after carefully reviewing and tabulating millions of reviews and feedback opinions from travelers around the globe during the previous year. Travelers’ Choice Awards are selected for the categories of Top Hotels, Bargain Hotels, B&Bs and Inns, Luxury Hotels, Service, and Small Hotels. Winners of the Travelers’ Choice Award are selected on a criteria of outstanding service, quality, and value. The Villas at Banyan Bay is proud to have been selected by the global travel community for the Travelers’ Choice Award in the category of Top Hotel. “We extend a hearty congratulations to all of the hotels that won this year’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for Top Hotel,” stated Barbara Messing, TripAdvisor’s chief marketing officer. “When travelers choose where to book their next trip, they should consider the winners of this prestigious award for having demonstrated outstanding value, […]

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Put some color in your life at Fiesta de Carnaval

The monotony of life, work and responsibilities in the drab concrete jungle can get you down. Sometimes you need to escape your surroundings all together and experience something new to add some spice into your life, something exotic, something colorful… something like Fiesta de Carnaval in San Pedro, Belize. The Fiesta de Carnaval is a joyful riot of color. It is a massive two-day event on the island. It is a mess of flying paint and flour, so it’s definitely the time to embrace getting absolutely covered in color. The event is held the weekend before the start of Lent and everyone gets in on the act, from local kids and adults to unsuspecting tourists. It is so much fun. This is definitely an experience you’re never going to forget. Fiesta de Carnaval is a unique tourist experience, and can be shared with friends, with family or just with the locals who participate in this tradition. Even after the festival is over, there is still much to do. San Pedro, Ambergris Caye is home to a whole range of activities to suit the personalities of all visitors. There are plenty tours that can take you snorkeling with sea turtles, sting rays and […]

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Banyan Bay offers to host Steve Harvey if he visits Belize

The Belize Tourism Board has reached out to popular comedian and personality Steve Harvey, asking if he will host the 2016 International Costa Maya pageant. Using Twitter, the Belize Tourism Board reached out to support Steve Harvey, who has been facing an avalanche of criticism after mistakenly announcing the wrong winner of the Miss Universe pageant last weekend. The tweet by the Belize Tourism Board caught the attention of many international publications, as few others have demonstrated the courage to support the comedian and entertainer after his embarrassing error. Although Steve Harvey has publicly apologized for his mistake, he continues to face a firestorm of criticism online, with tens of thousands of people expressing anger and confusion about the mix-up.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015) The strategy of using social media is part of the Belize Tourism Board’s ongoing efforts to promote the country by staying abreast of trending current events. Earlier this year, the Belize Tourism Board actively used Twitter to comment on live National Football League (NFL) games, famously once offering a free trip to Belize to a beleaguered kicker if he failed to successfully score. The tiny nation of Belize’s strategy of smartly using popular social […]

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21 Surprising Things You May Not Know About Ambergris Caye Belize

Do you love trivia? We’ve got you covered, so next time you’re talking about Ambergris Caye, you can impress others with your inside knowledge about this area’s history, cultural references and surprising facts. If these revelations make you want to visit even more, we recommend a nice long stay at the Villas of Banyan Bay where you will learn even more about this popular vacation destination! 1. The “San Pedro” Madonna crooned so seductively about is none other than the town that’s at the heart of Ambergris Caye. 2. Ambergris Caye is just 25 miles long and five miles wide, so you can see everything without traveling far. 3. Despite Ambergris Caye’s popularity, there are plenty of places to visit that are so solitary, you can actually hear nothing but nature’s ambient sounds. 4. Explore Hispanic influences here on Ambergris Caye that are vestiges of Spain’s colonization in the past. 5. Lots of people refer to Ambergris Caye as San Pedro because the town is so bustling it’s gained a huge reputation on its own. 6. If you haven’t visited lately, you might be surprised to learn that some sandy streets are now paved, so if you counted on sand […]

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