Belize: Ruins, Beaches and More
Belize is unique in the Central American landscape. Housing Central America’s highest population of biodiversity and home to various cultures and ways of life, it’s the only English-speaking country south of the border, although the locals usually speak Belizean creole. This small, quiet nation, a conglomerate of rich cultures, is a quick flight from Houston, too.
Seeing the beauty of Belize takes patience, a yearning for adventure and a knack for living in the moment. When you land in Belize City, the capital and only city with an international airport, you’ll be surrounded by what are, in honesty, lackluster views, so traveling to one of the nearby towns is the best option.
San Ignacio, about an hour and a half away from Belize City, can be easily accessed by an inexpensive bus or a tour shuttle. The town has a lovely, quiet culture that’s home to lots of biodiversity, bustling markets and stunning ruins. Xunantunich, one of the preeminent sites in the country, can be easily accessed through one of the tours offered around town. If you don’t like the idea of shelling out $100 for a tour, access the park by foot by catching a cab to Bunque, a neighboring small town, and taking the ferry across the river. From there, it’s a quick mile hike, and then you can enjoy the ruins for as long as your heart desires. This process should cost no more than $15 to $20 Belize dollars.