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The 7 Best Scuba Diving Adventures in Belize

The abundance of marine life, the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, and the world’s second-largest barrier reef just offshore combine to make Belize one of the best places to scuba dive in the world. Below are the seven best scuba diving adventures in Belize: 1 – Shark Ray Alley Many years ago, local fishermen would clean their fish in a specific area above a sandy plateau adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef. Over time, this began to attract large groups of sharks and stingrays. Today, guides use chum to attract enormous rays and nurse sharks to the area, allowing divers to get up close and personal with the animals. 2 – Swimming With Dolphins Established on the island of Spanish Lookout Caye is Belize’s first authorized facility for scuba divers who want to interact with dolphins. The large, four-acre lagoon is home to a select group of dolphins. Scuba divers can swim and interact with the dolphins in a controlled, educational environment. 3 – Hol Chan Marine Reserve Just offshore of Ambergris Caye is a large split in the Belize Barrier Reef. More than three square miles in size, the area is designated as the Hol Chan Marine […]

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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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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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Banyan Bay welcomes Copa Airlines to Belize

With Copa Airlines’ inaugural flight to Belize this coming week, just days away, the tourism industry is excited with the  possibility for increased traffic from Central and South America. Banyan Bay, an award winning beach resort on Ambergris Caye welcomes this news with huge delight because it means that travelers from South America and Central America can now visit and experience the beauty of La Isla Bonita. Copa Airlines, Panama’s leading airline, will have its inaugural flight touch down in Belize tomorrow, Tuesday December 8th and will now be offering flights to Belize for its passengers as part of its expansion efforts.Roblox Hack No Survey No Download The airline will be offering two weekly flights to Belize City from Hub de la Americas, Panama City. Flight CM 281 will leave Belize City on Tuesdays and Fridays at 2:17 p.m., arriving at ‘Hub de las Americas’ at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City at 5:34 p.m. The return flight, will leave Panama Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:29 a.m. arriving in Belize at 12:52 midday. All flights are local time and the flight time is approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes. For its direct flight to Belize, Copa will be operating a modern […]

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Ambergris Caye Belize

Ambergris Caye is also known as San Pedro Town or La Isla Bonita Imagine a secluded beachfront property. Behind you lies a calm caye. In front, sprawling as far as the eye can see, are the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean. In the summer, the sea winds cool the island. In winter, the winds blow in an enveloping warmth. The water is always inviting, and an air of true relaxation permeates every corner of the land. Separated from the mainland, Ambergris Caye is a secluded island stretching on for 25 miles with only a mile wide width. It is a length of pristine beachfront that is the largest of Belize’s almost 200 islands. From almost total seclusion to an uninterrupted view of the Caribbean, Ambergris Caye is the top attraction for visitors seeking a true tropic jewel. On this stretch of island, guests are placed on the edge of the world’s second largest barrier reef. Less than a half mile from the shore, everyone is welcome to take in the underwater marvel by snorkeling, scuba diving or even hiring a private charter boat. Nearby are some of the reef’s most famous attractions, including the Blue Hole, Shark Ray Alley, […]

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Garifuna Settlement Day Celebrated in Belize

Belize Garifuna Settlement Day Celebration 2015! Garifuna Settlement Day is the celebration of when the first Garifuna arrived in Belize in 1832 by a dory. They are descendants of Black Caribbeans who were first deported in 1797 from St Vincent. Every year on November 19th, this event is celebrated and showcases their unique culture with a staged arrival by the first settlers. Included in the celebration are parades, live music, dancing, mass, and the election of Miss Garifuna. The celebration is held throughout Belize, but especially in Dangriga, which is their spiritual home, and in Punta Gorda and Hopkins. The flag, a mixture of yellow, black, and white is raised in all parts of Belize. The yellow represents the sun, the black represents the color of the people, and the white represents peace. To this day, the Garifuna language is still spoken in Belize and has been declared a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. Photo credit: www.belizeambassador.com

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Introduce Clients to The Villas at Banyan Bay in Belize and Become Their Hero

As a travel agent, you get to know your clients well as you figure out which accommodations best suit their needs and budgets. When kids are involved, your mission can be more difficult—unless you have family-friendly destinations on speed dial, like the Villas at Banyan Bay in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. Make this your go-to resource in Belize and become a travel planning hero in your client’s eyes just by recommending this slice of paradise. Travel is painless, thanks to Belize’s proximity to North America and the growing number of carriers serving the country. Some flights are so short (Just 1.5 hours from Miami), kids rarely have time to check out the bathrooms. Banyan Bay staff will be on hand to meet your clients and see to their in-country travel needs and arrangements. We recommend the water taxi. Kids love it! Accommodations are kid-friendly. At the Villas of Banyan Bay, rooms are both luxurious and child-friendly. Every two- or three-bedroom unit faces the Caribbean Sea, a spectacular site guaranteed to lower the pulse rate of the most frazzled moms and dads. They can the kids for a walk on the beach after unpacking to let them work off some […]

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November in Belize? Yes, Please

Visit Belize & Ambergris Caye in November Allow us to brag about Ambergris Caye Belize, the recipient of recent travel industry excellence awards that have changed the way the traveling public see this romantic, exciting destination. But 2015 travel awards hardly tell the whole story. In fact, temperatures that rarely deviate from warm and warmer make travel to Belize a fabulous choice year-round—but November will hold a special place in your heart if you decide to come then. Keep reading to learn why you should say “Yes, please” to November in Belize. Airfares are affordable. Despite the fact that high season is on the horizon, Southwest Airlines became a game changer by adding daily direct flights to Belize in mid-October, and this has impacted fares posted by American, Delta, United and non-domestic airlines. Why not use this competitive environment to your advantage by flying here in November? Need a place to stay that’s as attractive as those airfares? You couldn’t choose a more luxurious tropical destination than the Villas at Banyan Bay. This resort welcomes families to sprawling, fully furnished, 2 and 3 bedroom luxury accommodations in close proximity to the award-winning Rico’s Restaurant, Seashells Spa and spectacular three-tier pool. […]

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Belize Wins Big at the 2015 World Travel Awards

And the Winners Are: Ambergris Caye and Placencia! Each October, a festive, world-wide event draws thousands of people dressed in formal finery to an event that receives lots of media coverage. It’s not the Oscars. Nor the Super Bowl—yet this occasion is so eagerly anticipated, it rivals attention footballers receive when they compete for the World Cup. We’re talking about the 2015 World Travel Awards (WTA), a formal affair held in Bogota, Columbia that hosted the crème de la crème of travel professionals. They came together for the 22nd year to heap honors on the top travel destinations and travel industry innovators on the planet. While a number of Belize destinations and organizations were nominated for 2015 World Travel Award honors, expectations were low because the nation’s tourism industry is so new. When it was announced that, in the Central America and Mexico category, Belize had taken not one, but two top prizes, representatives from Belize were beside themselves with joy. Ambergris Caye was named the Leading Destination in the Caribbean for 2015 and Placencia was the top vote getter in the Leading Beach Destination category for 2015. When a nation with a fledgling tourist industry grabs honors away from […]

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Southwest to start flying to Belize next month

Belize is now less than a month away from the arrival of Southwest Airlines to our shores. The low-budget airline begins operations from Houston on October 15, 2015 and tickets are now on sale. It is now easier to get to Belize with airlines like Southwest flying to Belize in October and Copa Airlines flying from Panama to Belize in December. In addition, other airlines like American Airlines, Delta and United flying to Belize are offering cheaper flights in what has become known as “The Southwest Effect.” Belize continues to be one of the top destinations to visit in Central America and the Caribbean, and one of the top places to visit in Belize is Ambergris Caye, which TripAdvisor recognizes as one of the best islands to visit in the world. Earlier this year Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly announced  that Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop flights to Costa Rica, Belize and Jamaica from Hobby Airport’s international terminal which puts the airline in head-to-head competition with United Airlines, which flies to all those locations from Houston’s larger airport, George Bush Intercontinental, according to Ambergris Today. Southwest Airlines is known for allowing free baggage on your flight (up to two 50lb […]

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