Explore the Beaches and Jungles of Belize in 2019
Intrepid travelers looking for a vacation destination in 2019 that offers white sandy beaches and lush jungles should consider Belize, a small and diverse country in Central America.
Named as a must-visit destination for 2019 by prestigious publications such as National Geographic, Conde Nast Traveler, and Lonely Planet, there is so much to savor and explore in this natural paradise.
And getting to Belize from North America is so easy thanks to airlines like American Airlines, United, SouthWest, Aero Mexico, Westjet, Air Canada, SunCountry and many more that offer direct flights from major cities in Mexico, USA, and Canada.
If you are interested in learning more about the beaches and jungles of Belize, here is what you need to know:
The Belize Beaches
Belize is home of some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean and Central America, and beach destinations such as Caye Caulker, Hopkins, Ambergris Caye, and the Placencia Peninsula are where travelers flock to sunbathe and relax.
However, if we were to recommend the best beach destination in the country to visit in 2019, we would choose the Placencia Peninsula.
Placencia is a gorgeous emerald peninsula in southern Belize with 16 miles of sandy beaches and is home to the longest stretch of beach in mainland Belize.
The beaches have been dubbed “barefoot perfect”, and stretches across 3 quaint villages: Maya Beach, Seine Bight, and Placencia Village.
But it is not only its white sandy beaches that draw travelers to this destination, several beach bars, gourmet restaurants, and world-class luxury resorts can also be found along its coastline making the destination a rising star in the region.
And for those travelers looking to spend time close to the amazing barrier reef, there are numerous offshore islands off the coast of Placencia like Ranguana Caye, Tobacco Caye, and Laughing Bird Caye that are ideal for scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing.
The Belize Jungles
Almost half of Belize is covered by thick and lush jungle and approximately 80% of the rainforest remains under protection. The jungle provides habitat to a wide variety of animals like the elusive jaguars, tapirs (the national animal of Belize), armadillos, howler monkeys, and crocodiles. More than 4,000 species of tropical flowers including 250 kinds of orchids can also be found in the rainforest. And because of its unique flora and fauna, Belize is also a top destination for bird watching. Close to 600 species of birds live in the jungle and rainforest including the keel-billed toucan (the national bird of Belize), jabiru storks, the largest flying bird in the Americas, herons, egrets, hummingbirds, and neon-green-painted parrots.
Some of the top national parks and animal sanctuaries in the country to explore are – Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – home to the only jaguar preserve in the world, Monkey River Village– home to some of the highest howler monkey population in the country, Bocawina National Park – home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, and St Hermans Cave and Blue Hole National Park.
If you are looking for ideas on what to see and do in Belize in 2019, contact Barefoot Rentals and Services today. Located in the Placencia Peninsula, Barefoot is more than just a car rental company. Barefoot also offers a wide variety of adventure tours to ancient Maya cities, excursions to the Belize Barrier Reef and local cultural tours to Garifuna communities.