A Mini Guide to Explore Belize
Located between Guatemala and Mexico, Belize is the jewel of Central America. Thanks to its gorgeous beaches, crystal-clear waters that are ideal for diving and snorkeling, ancient Maya cities and pyramids, and a relaxed pace of life, Belize is a complete holiday gem.
There is something for everyone in this extraordinary country known for its eco-tourism. Because Belize is a former British colony, everyone here speaks Engish as it’s the official language. The locals are extremely friendly too and you’ll never lack for things to do in this tropical paradise.
Many visitors come to Belize for the sun and water sports.
The Belize Barrier Reef is second in the world to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in size. Diving in these friendly waters is a joy, even for beginners.
Visitors have a lot to explore in this UNESCO World Heritage Site that features seven separate protected areas. Choose from Half Moon Caye Natural Monument, South Water Caye Marine Reserve, Laughing Bird Caye National Park, Sapodilla Cayes Marine Reserve, Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve or the Blue Hole Natural Monument.
The Great Blue Hole, which is a submarine sinkhole featuring stalactites and native shark species, is of particular interest. Another area that you don’t want to miss if Lighthouse Reef, the reef that is furthest offshore, which has gorgeous and spectacular corals.
Anyone interested in archaeology will want to take the time to visit the Maya sites of Altun Ha, Lamanai, and Caracol. The last, in particular, is of interest as it the largest archaeological site in Belize. Caracol was one of the major cities in the Maya empire with a population of over 120,000 people. You’ll also want to make sure to visit the royal palace of Cahal Pech and Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), a cave that was the site of ancient Maya sacrifices.
Make San Ignacio Town your base and explore the local farmer’s market, tour the Iguana Conservation at San Ignacio Hotel and shop for souvenirs on Burns Avenue, the main street in the town.
Of course, you’ll also want to partake in the local culture and enjoy the rainforest in the southeast area of the country. If you do, head to the Garifuna community in Hopkins and Dangriga or to visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary to view the variety of local wildlife.
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