16 Surreal Places That Make Belize The Most Beautiful Country In The World
Photo by: Lisa Marie
The small country of Belize is located in Central America and has about 3oo miles of coastline. The region consists of many coral reefs, cayes and islands surrounded by the stunning turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. With all the breathtaking scenery, incredible adventures and hidden gems that this country has to offer, it’s easy to see why Belize is such a popular tourist destination.
Below are 16 surreal places that make Belize the most beautiful country in the world.
Positioned merely a half mile from the Barrier Reef, Ambergris Caye is the largest of more than 200 cayes situated off the Belize coast. This island presents an array of water activities, from swimming to windsurfing. Ambergris Caye is also twenty-five miles long and offers a variety of accommodations and restaurants to fit everyone’s vacation budget. It was voted by Trip Advisor as the “#1 island in the world.”
Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave (ATM Cave) is a Maya burial site cave in Western Belize and was rated by National Geographic as one of the “top 10 sacred caves in the world.” The cave contains ceramics, stoneware and several skeletons, including one of a young girl. The tour entails hiking, swimming, climbing and discovering, which is why it is important to be physically fit to explore this magnificent cave.
One of the top river caves in the world, Barton Creek Cave is tucked in the majestic Maya Mountains. It is one of Central America’s most prized gems and can be explored by way of canoes. The cave consists of giant passages covered with numerous large speleothems and was once used for ceremonial purposes and human sacrifices by the ancient Maya.
The Belize Barrier Reef is a part of the UNESCO site, which stands for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It’s a portion of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is the second largest coral reef system in the world. It’s an ideal year round spot for participating in water adventures, such as snorkeling and scuba diving.
The Belize Blue Hole is a sinkhole cave that is also a part of the UNESCO site. It’s a popular magnetism of divers throughout the world and is a geographical marvel that is part of the Lighthouse Reef System. It’s 480 feet deep and one of the most astonishing natural phenomena on earth.
The Caracol Maya Ruins is the largest city in Belize and is situated deep in the Chiquibul Nature Reserve. The ruins cover 30 square miles of dense tall jungle and it is comprised of an astronomic observatory, five marketplaces, and more than 35,000 buildings. This amazing city was first inhabited around 1200 BC and was completely abandoned by 1050 AD.
7. Caves Branch River Cave System
The Caves Branch River Cave System has pristine blue water and winds above and below ground amidst lush, green tropical forests with beautiful wildlife. It is used for river tubing and cave tubing, which has become a popular activity among locals and tourists.
Caye Caulker is the second largest of the Belizean Cayes, and the town makes up about one mile of the four mile long landmass. While Caye Caulker was predominantly a fishing community in the past, now it is becoming more of a tourist town. It’s well-known for having a fun partying nightlife.