The 8 Best Places to Travel in Belize
Belize is rapidly becoming one of the hottest visitor destinations in the world thanks to affordable non-stop airfare from North America, a varied landscape that includes both pristine rainforests and spectacularly beautiful tropical islands, and a warm and friendly English-speaking populace renowned for their hospitality.
Here are the 8 best places to travel in Belize in January 2017:
The eco-tourism capital of the country, San Ignacio and its twin sister Santa Elena lie in Belize’s western Cayo District. A gateway to the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal just over the border in Guatemala, San Ignacio is a bustling, colorful town home to one of the country’s most popular open-air markets. San Ignacio is also a great destination to explore jungle rivers, cascading waterfalls and climbing ancient Maya ruins like Xunantunich, Caracol and Cahal Pech.
Where to stay in San Ignacio Town: Cahal Pech Village Resort
Known as the cultural capital of Belize, Dangriga is a lively, vibrant town located in Stann Creek District on Belize’s Caribbean coastline. Dangriga is home to the largest concentration of the Garifuna people, a unique culture that has preserved the musical, linguistic, and dance traditions of their African and Caribbean islander ancestors.
Where to stay in Dangriga: Yok Ha Island Resort
An idyllic village of just 1,500 souls, the village of Hopkins can be found where the Sittee River empties into the Caribbean Sea. Considered by many to be the spiritual home of the Garifuna, Hopkins was voted the friendliest village in the country by Belize First Magazine.
Where to stay in Hopkins: Hamanasi Resort
Measuring 16 miles from north to south, the Placencia Peninsula is a narrow strip of land sandwiched between the Caribbean Sea and a mangrove-lined lagoon in the country’s southeast. An ideal gateway to the southern Belize Barrier Reef and its world-class snorkeling, diving, sailing, and fishing opportunities, Placencia is renowned for having some of the most beautiful beaches in a country with 200 miles of coastline and hundreds of islands.
Where to stay in Placencia: Chabil Mar or The Placencia Hotel & Casino
The smaller cousin to the often crowded island of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker has retained much of the laid-back charm that made this a popular backpacker destination in previous decades. Ideal for snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply enjoying a cocktail on the beach, Caye Caulker is a popular starting point for further explorations of the Belize Barrier Reef.
Where to stay in Caye Caulker:Iguana Reef Inn
The zany, colorful capital of the island of Ambergris Caye, San Pedro is the home to some of the country’s best festivals, including the International Costa Maya beauty pageant, raucous parades during Carnival, and a seemingly infinite supply of crustaceans during the annual Lobsterfest. San Pedro first came to the world’s attention in 1986 with the release of Madonna’s award-winning single “La Isla Bonita” written about the island.
Where to stay in San Pedro: Victoria House or Portofino Beach Resort
The world’s smallest national capital by population, Belmopan was built during the 1970s to encourage development of the west and protect the government from powerful seasonal storms. Although still a brand-new city in many respects, Belmopan is quickly becoming a popular destination. Perhaps the most popular attraction is the annual agricultural fair.
Where to stay near Belmopan: Caves Branch Jungle Lodge
2017 is shaping up to be a banner year for tourism in Belize. Indeed, Lonely Planet, the world’s most popular publisher of guidebooks, declared that Belize is a top 10 destination to visit in 2017 for budget-conscious travelers.