Where to Go in Belize This Summer
Belize is one of the best places on the planet to enjoy an amazing summer vacation. With sunny skies, beautiful beaches, and hundreds of offshore islands, Belize is truly an ideal vacation destination.
As an English-speaking country, Belize is very approachable for visitors from the United States and Canada. The relatively small population (less than 400,000 people) is composed of several different cultural groups, including Creoles, Mestizos (from Mexico), the Garifuna (and Afro-Caribbean people), and the living descendants of the Maya people who built the thousands of pyramids, temples, and palaces that still dot the landscape.
Despite its relatively small size, Belize gives travelers a lot of choices. The mainland is primarily composed of lush rainforest and verdant jungle. Belize is one of the most eco-diverse countries in the world, home to exotic animals such as tapirs, black howler monkeys, giant iguanas, and even jaguars. Popular activities on the mainland include horseback riding, zip lining, and cave tubing (exploring underground rivers with an inner tube).
And, just a few miles offshore, the Belize Barrier Reef beckons. Being the biggest coral reef system in the western hemisphere, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to an incredible diversity of marine life, including sharks, dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, and enormous schools of tropical fish. Popular activities on the reef include fishing, sailing, snorkeling, scuba diving, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddling.
Recently, Belize has been getting a lot of attention. In February, Vogue Magazine published an article about the pleasures of traveling to Belize. The focus of the article was on the Placencia Peninsula, a coastal area in southeastern Belize that is rapidly becoming a popular destination for travelers. With luxury resorts, high-end restaurants, juice bars, and boutique cafes, Placencia has something to offer for everyone.
Many visitors choose Placencia because of its ideal location both to the reef as well as popular attractions on the mainland. Nearby attractions include exploring ancient Maya cities, boat tours along the aptly-named Monkey River, and hiking expeditions in the vast Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the world’s first jaguar conservation project. Placencia is easily reached from Belize City in around three hours by car or 30 minutes by plane.
If you’re traveling to Placencia, Barefoot Rentals and Services is the premier travel services company in the region. Barefoot Rentals and Services rents cars and organizes trips to all of the top destinations in the Placencia region and across the country.