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, world-renowned for its snorkeling, diving, and sailing. Ambergris Caye is also known for its lobster festival (in June), the La Costa Maya International festival (August) and its riotous Carnival parades (the week before Lent).
Long overshadowed by more popular destinations in Mexico and the Caribbean, Belize is rapidly becoming the hot new place for family, honeymoon, and adventure vacations. The airlines are taking advantage of the rising popularity of Belize by adding a number of new flights to this small country in Central America. WestJet just announced that it will be offering non-stop flights from Toronto to Belize City starting in October of this year. And Southwest has announced the addition of a second non-stop flight to Belize City. Southwest already flies to Belize from its hub in Houston but will be offering non-stop service to Belize from Denver beginning in March 2017.
All over Belize, tour guide operators and the owners of resorts and hotels have welcomed the addition of these two new flights to the country. Belize is approximately the size of Massachusetts but has just 355,000 residents, and more than a third of the country is set aside as a protected park or natural reserve. Eco-tourism is a major part of the Belizean economy as the nation is home to hundreds of species of birds, thousands of rare flora (including orchids), and endangered mammal species like the West Indian manatee and the Central American jaguar.
Located on the island of Ambergris Caye, the award-winning resort of Banyan Bay offers visitors beachside luxury in the form of well-appointed villas complete with two rooms and a living room. Banyan Bay is a perennial TripAdvisor award winner thanks to its dedicated and professional staff who make the customer experience their number one priority. Banyan Bay also features one of the best restaurants in Belize, serving up three courses of mouthwatering local and international favorites.
Banyan Bay is located just a few minutes’ walk from San Pedro, the colorful and historic capital of the island that was made famous by the 1986 Madonna song “La Isla Bonita”.
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