Belize Is A Tropical Paradise
It only became an independent country in 1981 but today Belize is increasingly becoming one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world. Located just south of Mexico’s crowded Yucatan Peninsula, Belize is a tiny English-speaking nation with a long coastline along the Caribbean, fantastic delicious food, incredibly friendly locals, and dozens of impressive ruins left behind by the Ancient Maya Civilization.
Here are six reasons why you should visit:
Postcard-Perfect Belize Beaches
When you close your eyes and imagine a perfect beach, palm trees swaying in a gentle breeze, pristine white sugar sand and an unobstructed view of crystal-clear turquoise waters, that vision becomes reality in Belize. Whether exploring Ambergris Caye, the largest island in Belize or traveling to the small cayes like Caye Caulker, Belize has some of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the world.
The Biggest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere
It’s hard to believe that just 40 years ago, only the locals knew just how amazing the diving, fishing and snorkeling was in and around the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest in the world and largest in the entire western hemisphere. Today, the reef is easily the top draw for visitors to the country.
Plenty of Belize Action and Adventure
From the relatively sedate pleasures of zip-lining through the jungle canopy or horseback riding to wilder adventures like waterfall rappelling and deep water diving, there’s plenty to do in Belize for anyone seeking a trill.
Whether hiking through pine-covered hills or braving the torrid interior of the rainforest, there’s plenty of colorful wildlife on display in Belize’s national parks, nature preserves and wildlife sanctuaries read this post here. Starting with brightly-plumed birds and vocal monkeys high above and continuing to the elusive Baird’s tapir and jaguars down below, the ecosystem in Belize is spectacular.
A Spicy Melting Pot
Long a British colony, Belize’s unique history has seen several waves of immigrant settlers from the Spanish-speaking Mestizos to the unique Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture. Visitors benefit from this spicy melting pot with some of the best food found anywhere, ranging from fish cooked in coconut to the ubiquitous Central American themes of rice, beans and stew chicken.
The Mayan Heartland
While Tikal just over the border in Guatemala might be the most famous city left behind by the Ancient Maya, Belize was once smack dab in the heartland of an empire that once numbered several million people in the centuries before European contact. Today, visitors can explore soaring pyramids and enormous ball courts usually situated deep in the jungle.
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