For a tiny Central American country, Belize is big on adventure. Its awe-inspiring 185-mile long reef is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef and its coral-encrusted Blue Hole is an iconic dive site. Revered for its natural beauty, this less-visited land is loaded with treasures; from ancient Mayan ruins, cave systems, lush rainforests, remote reefs and white sands.
Squeezed between Mexico and Guatemala in the heart of Central America, Belize has both cultural appeal, abundant wildlife and natural wonders aplenty.
Best known for its tropical delights, Belize is home to two varying landscapes; lush rainforest and white sand beaches fringed by crystal clear waters. Around 450 cayes (islands) and atolls stud Belize’s coastline, home to swaying palm trees, Caribbean rhythms and the freshest seafood you will ever taste. On the mainland, head to the Placencia peninsula for sandy beaches, limitless water-sports, barefoot villages and native wildlife in the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve.
Whether you stay on the Cayes or on the mainland, Belize’s coast offers a snorkeller’s paradise. An underwater odyssey can be found at the coral-encrusted 400-foot-deep Blue Hole, the largest ocean sinkhole in the world. Appearing as a dark blue circle in the turquoise sea, this iconic dive site is best experienced in two ways: from overhead on a helicopter ride, or by plunging to its depths for exhilarating fish and shark action. Another bucket-list thrill for divers and snorkeller’s is the 185-mile long Belize Barrier Reef, the second largest in the world. Here you can encounter 70 types of hard corals, 400 species of fish, and the occasional hammerhead or whale shark.
Thrill-seekers will love Belize’s Cayo District. Brimming with spectacular jungle scenery, there are plenty of opportunities for adventurous activities in this area. Visit ancient archaeological sites, hike to tumbling waterfalls or go horse-back riding to Mountain Pine Ridge. Float down a river and travel through caves on a tubing excursion or visit the famous Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, a sacred cave packed with skeletons, stoneware, ceramics, and other ceremonial remains used by the Mayan for sacrifices to the gods. Spend several hours climbing, swimming, and exploring the inner chambers.
Although many may think of Belize as a beach destination, it’s magical jungle in-land of Orange Walk and the Cayo District boast excellent wildlife viewing opportunities; from exotic birds and butterflies to elusive jaguars and active ventures not offered anywhere else on this planet.
For such a tiny country, Belize is jam-packed with things to make your jaw-drop. From world-class snorkelling and diving, lush green jungle and rolling hills, Caribbean white powdered beaches and an entire Maya civilisation to uncover - Belize has a lot to offer. Crowd free and wildlife filled, it’s the perfect destination to enjoy. So much so the Latin America guys have narrowed down the top 5 reasons why you should give it a chance…