Why Belize is (at Least) Six Vacations in One
If you thought Disney World managed to pack a lot of imagination into a tiny amount of space, wait until you see Belize. The second smallest country in Central America is also home to a surprising number of different ecosystems — and they’re the real deal rather than the — admittedly impressive — facades of an amusement park. In fact, your trip to Belize could be at least six vacations if you can find the time and energy to do everything. You may need to extend your trip, or maybe just go ahead and start planning your next visit to Belize.
An Island Getaway
Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are two of the most popular islands off the coast of Belize, but they’re just two out of over 400. Whether you’re looking for a party island or for a private getaway where you and that special someone can enjoy a private beach in peace, there’s something that should be your speed there. And with water taxis exiting straight from Belize City to Ambergris Caye, it’s a straight shot to paradise.
A Journey Into The Ancient Maya Empire
Belize was once a critical component of the Maya Empire, but you might be shocked to discover how much remains of them over a thousand years after their fall. Belize is home to over 900 Maya sites, with the diversity ranging from the sprawling former metropolis of Caracol to the pyramid temple of Xunantunich, you could keep yourself occupied indefinitely with fascinating archaeological sites.
A Nature Lover’s Retreat
The expansive jungles of Belize’s interior are just as enticing as the open waters, and you can have an entirely different experience by just moving your trip to the region known as the Cayo District. It’s a wonderland for those who enjoy the great outdoors — and you’ll find opportunities to engage in everything from canoeing to mountain climbing to cave diving during your time here.
A Deep Cultural Plunge
Communing with dead civilizations can be an incredibly fulfilling way to enjoy a trip, but you can have just as much satisfaction exploring the cultures of Belize. The influence of both the Mayas and the British who conquered them can both be felt throughout Belize — but this country is home to a community of Chinese transplants, former Canadian Mennonites, and the local Afro-Caribbean tribe known as the Garifuna. If you really want to get immersed in the culture, consider visiting in fall – the start of a season of festivities and celebrations — and since it’s in the off-season, it’s a lot easier to build real relationships with the locals.
A Sleepy Stay at a Fishing Village
Placencia Village, with its seemingly endless expanse of beaches and a vibe that’s chill despite being an increasingly important tourist hub, is the perfect place to set back if you just want to get away from it all. The strip of bars and restaurants centered around the Tipsy Tuna are a welcoming stretch that make you feel right at home, and the beaches intersect with the village — making it the perfect place to just forget about life for a while.
A Pampered Respite Suitable For Royalty
If you want to spend your whole time in Belize doing a whole lot of nothing, that’s perfectly understandable. And Belize has no shortage of resorts and communities focused on those simply looking to get pampered. Whether your personal Eden takes the form of a secluded cabana with the simplest amenities or a full spa treatment and five-star dinner, there’s something for you among Belize’s expansive list of resorts.