10 Reasons To Love Belize (And Pack Those Bags Today)
How sure are we that you’re going to fall in love with Belize? So sure, we suggest digging out your suitcases once you finish reading this because in terms of beauty, weather, proximity, and affordability, Belize has it all. You’re a skeptic? No worries. Even you are going to look for calendar dates once you finish reading our top 10 list.
1. You needn’t learn another language or acquire a translation app. English is Belize’s primary language. Even the legal system is modeled after the U.K.’s, so when you seek directions to a great attraction or eatery, you’ll understand every word in response.
2. Belizeans are amazing. If you’ve visited nations where people rarely roll out the welcome mat, you will find the people of Belize to be the friendliest, nicest, most helpful people you’ve ever met. They will go out of their way to make you feel at home. That’s why tourists keep returning.
3. Belize beaches are gorgeous. When The Travel Channel set about listing “can’t miss” beaches, editors discovered that there were too many highly-rated ones to include them all. Describing the coastline and offshore islands as meccas for “golden and white-sand beaches,” editors declared all Belize beaches exceptional.
4. Wonderful wildlife. Belize is awash in exotic animals; many of which are endangered and protected. Among critters encountered during a visit are crocodiles, butterflies, manatee, jaguars, Howler monkeys, harpy eagles, tapir, iguanas, sharks, stingrays, and so many bird species, Belize is the #1 destination for international bird watchers.
5. Ancient Maya ruins. While lists ranking top Belize ruins most always include a dozen sites, there are around 900 within the country’s boundaries. Most have yet to be unearthed. From ceremonial palaces and cities to underground caves the hug Belize’s coastline, archaeologists are still uncovering finds and you’re welcome to join them.
6. Adrenalin rushes. For tourists who prefer to vacation on the wild side, Belize offers more adrenalin rushes than neighboring nations. Want to bungee jump from a bridge? Zipline over a jungle canopy? How about repelling down waterfalls or into subterranean caves? Do them all. You won’t be the first to set and achieve your goal.
7. The Belize Barrier Reef may be known as the second most expansive of its kind on the planet, but to divers who wouldn’t think of going elsewhere for their undersea fix, this is nirvana. The reef is so huge, it can be seen by astronauts in space but for folks in close proximity the search for 500+ fish species, 350 types of shellfish, and more than 100 species of coral makes this natural wonder a must-see Belize experience.
8. A remarkable cultural mix. Belize is unique among nations. Residents have deep roots in heritages that include Maya, Creole, Garifuna, Spanish, Mestizos, West Indian, Native American, and even Mennonites. This unique heritage mix reflects the colonization of this strategically-located nation and forms the foundation of Belize’s colorful cultural scene.
9. Hot spots. Where to go when the sun goes down? There is no one answer, so for those with limited amounts of time in country, must see destinations include San Ignacio and Benque Viejo Del Carmen in the Cayo District, San Pedro Town on Ambergris Caye and Placencia Village, where waterfront lounges, bars, and eateries never disappoint. Clubbing in San Pedro? You bet; after all Madonna sang about it!
10. Proximity! Travel to foreign lands in just a few hours minus the jet lag? Belize is your destination. In addition to fun, water sports, the reef, nightlife, cultural and natural delights, visitors make the most of their time in country. Since the nation’s airport, resorts, eateries and attractions have met Gold Standard criteria to protect visitors from Covid-19, these assurances may give you even more reason to love Belize where you’ll not only have fun but stay healthy, too.