Belize: A small country with big touring potential!
Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala and overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea, Belize is a beautiful country that has been overshadowed by Cancun and Tulum in Central America when it comes to holiday destinations.
It sits on less than 9,000 square miles, but its size shouldn’t fool you into thinking there is nothing much to do. Whether you want to go on a Holiday, Honeymoon, Diving, Backpacking, or Bird Watching, from the swampy coastal plain to the largest cave system in Central America, there is a little something for everyone to explore!
From their rich history and culture that can be glimpsed at from the many Mayan ruins to the lush rainforests, Belize is sure to leave you agape and when your holiday ends, you may have to be dragged screaming out of there because you will want more of this country’s exquisite beauty!
Let’s explore some things you can do while in this stunning country:
Explore the beaches: With over 450 Islands (Cayes) scattered around its coastline, there is plenty to explore and plenty of diving, fishing, snorkeling, surfing, or sailing options to enjoy! The popular ones are Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. Visit Ambergris if you have plenty of energy in your body and wish to party like no man’s business! Leave your party mood behind if you visit the laid-back Caye Caulker!
You can also check out St. George’s Caye, Tobacco Caye, and Glover’s Reef.
Explore its rich history: There are plenty of Mayan ruins to check out while on holiday in Belize. You can check out the jungle and explore its mysterious caves. You can pay a visit to Caracol or Tikai to get a glimpse of this beautiful country’s history. You can also check out the ruins of Lamanai, the ruins of Altun Ha, or the ruins of Xunantunich.
Check out the wildlife: You can visit the Belize zoo, home to about 48 species (about 175 animals) of native animals. Animals include the scarlet macaws, the pumas, and the tapirs. Most animals are orphans or been hurt, so the zoo is their sanctuary. You can go bird watching thanks to over 500 species available both in and out of the jungle, or you can go on nature walks.
Go snorkeling: A must try is a snorkeling session with the manatees! It will be an exhilarating experience to get up close to these interesting, enormous sea mammals! Be sure not to get too close or touch them though, as it’s not allowed! Don’t even think about chasing them through the water either!
Check out the iconic Blue Hole: This intriguing feature is frequented by most divers to Belize. However, a special view of this feature can be enjoyed with a helicopter ride over it. It will cost you a pretty penny, but the views will be worthwhile!
Don’t forget to eat! With different cultures in different parts of the country, there are plenty of cuisines to try out! Forget about the traditional rice and beans that are the country’s staple food. You can also try out some jerky chicken, Tamales, Chimole, Salbutes, Hudut, fry jacks, jippy jappa, and caldo among others.
You don’t have to learn Kriol or Spanish to travel to Belize, English is their official language and although the locals largely speak Kriol, they understand English and are friendly and willing to help if you find yourself in a bit of a pickle on your holiday!
The gorgeous beaches and beautiful tropical climate will leave you blind with all its bright beauty! Chill by the beach, go backpacking, visit the caves or go scuba diving into the glistening, crystal clear, turquoise waters. Whatever you do, Belize will leave you with sweet memories!
What to do in Belize
San Ignacio is an excellent starting point to explore the nearby Mayan ruins and the Cayo area. San Ignacio offers a wide choice of nightlife, accommodation and dining experiences for every budget
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Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area
Accounting for a huge swathe of Belize’s tropical rain-forest Rio Bravo Conservation & Management Area is home to 392 bird species. It also has 200 types of trees and 70 different types of mammals including all of the 5 cat species: jaguar, puma, ocelot, jaguarundi and margay. Add to this 60 Mayan sites to explore and this is a must see destination.
Caribbean cayes and coast
The Belize Barrier Reef Stretches from Bacalar Chico to the Bay of Honduras and it offers a perfect mix of coral cayes (islands), colourful and highly accessible reefs, shipwrecks to dive and miles of pure white sand beaches to enjoy.
Caribbean-infused reggae rhythms pulse from the beach side bars, enjoy the laid-back vibes and freshly caught lobster on Caye Caulker and go barefoot in Placencia near the fishing port of Dangriga.
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Lamanai Mayan Ruins
Dating from the 16th century BC. Lamanai was once a major hub of Mayan civilisation. Only truly unearthed in the 1970s then archaeologists have worked hard to reconstruct and uncover a whole host of temples and relics. Situated in the heart of a jungle the area is full of exotic birds.
For the best experience, climb to the top of one of the temples, above the tree line.
Need to know
Capital: Belmopan / Belize City (main hub)
Currency: Belize dollar
Languages: English/Spanish/indigenous languages
Visa Requirement: : Not required by UK nationals
United Airlines: LHR via IAH, 7 days per week
United Airlines /MAN/EDI/GLA (summer only), via IAH, 7 days per week