For over 130 years, National Geographic has been the name to trust when it comes to travel recommendations and information. This week, National Geographic declared Belize a “must go” destination for 2019, the first time that Belize has made the coveted year-end list.
National Geographic declared Belize a “must go” destination in order to support the government’s bold moves which have helped protect the Caribbean Sea. Lying just a short distance offshore, the Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most ecologically diverse marine landscapes on the planet. Thanks to strong conservation efforts, the reef was removed from the “endangered” list earlier this year. The reef is home to hundreds of fish species, dolphins, five species of sea turtles and dozens of species of coral as well as rays, sharks, and playful manatees. And the 400 plus islands on the reef are home to bird species like the red-footed booby and the brown pelican.
Belize also was praised by National Geographic for its courageous move to ban all offshore drilling despite promises of lucrative income for the developing nation. Belize has also established new wildlife corridors, taken steps to protect mangrove forests, and will phase out all single-use plastic in the country by Earth Day 2019. Belize also has set aside vast tracts of land and sections of the reef as protected reserves, national parks, and animal sanctuaries in order to preserve the country’s natural beauty for generations to come.
Beyond its strong pro-environment credentials, Belize also offers travelers a lot of outdoor adventure options. Activities such as hiking, birdwatching, visiting ancient Maya sites, horseback riding, canoeing, and swimming at the base of jungle waterfalls are all common. For travelers looking for more thrilling challenges can try rappelling and rock climbing, zip lining, nighttime treks through the jungle, and cave tubing. Invented in Belize and possible due to the country’s unique geography, cave tubing involves using an inner tube to float for miles along subterranean rivers as they wind their way through vast cave systems.
Interested in visiting Belize? Then be sure to buy a copy of the Ultimate Belize Bucket List. Written by a local with more than twenty years of experience in the tourism industry, the Ultimate Belize Bucket List is packed full of tips, information, and recommendations about all of the best things to see and do in the country.