10 Reasons to Visit Belize

BELIZE — Anytime is a good time to visit Belize, especially in the spring when temperatures are slowly beginning to rise as the country ends its dry season and prepares for the rainy season, which runs from June to November.  It also happens to be when whale sharks are often spotted, typically during the full moons in April and May. The rainforest is filled with birdsong and color as the migratory birds have yet to leave before the rainy season arrives. Whether you’re scuba diving, snorkeling, birdwatching or wildlife spotting, here 10 reasons to make Belize your next destination.

Photo: Dan Hershman via Flickr

Photo: Dan Hershman via Flickr

1. Sea Turtles

Three varieties of sea turtles nest in Belize – green, hawksbill and loggerhead. Ideal feeding and nesting grounds draw sea turtles to Belize. Nesting season begins as early as April and end as late as November.

Photo: Andy Walker via Flickr

Photo: Andy Walker via Flickr

2. Bird Watching

In Belize there are over 500 different species of birds, 80 percent of which are classified as residents and 20 percent migrants from North America. The keel-billed Toucan is the national bird of Belize.  They are very social birds and can often be seen in flocks of six or more.

Photo: Mike.Trent via Flickr

Photo: Mike.Trent via Flickr

3. Mayan Ruins

Considered part of the southern Maya lowlands of the Mesoamerican culture area, Belize is home to many historically important pre-Columbian Maya archaeological sites.  What is historically considered the most important site, Caracol, or “the snail” in Spanish, was the center of one of the largest Maya kingdoms.

Photo: Bill B via Flickr

Photo: Bill B via Flickr

4. Mayan Caves

Touring the caves of Belize is a history lesson in itself.  Caves are inextricable bound up with the history of Belize and were fundamental to the religion on the Maya.  The Mayans believed that the vapor clouds forming at the mouth of caves were the origin of wind and clouds.

Read more: http://www.thewellist.com/2014/05/10-reasons-to-visit-belize/

 

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