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Independent Traveler recommends top experiences in Belize

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The Independent Traveler, one of the world’s first travel sites providing travel guides for the last 22 years, has recommended Belize as one of it’s top destinations and made a list of the top 10 things for tourists to do in the breath-taking landscape of the country.

The list is compiled for the tourist who loves to become immersed in a new  culture and feel the pulse of the country.

It encourages tourists to do everything from meeting a monkey at the Baboon Sanctuary and becoming familiar with Belize’s diverse wildlife to sunbathing in Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye.

The Independent Traveler advises tourists to check out any of the many dive shops for a tour of the Hol Chan marine reserve where snorkeling and seeing different types of fish, coral, sea turtles, sting rays and nurse sharks is always great fun. Or for those looking for more leisure, a tropical drink at Caye Caulker’s split (a waterway where Hurricane Hattie blasted right through the island back in the 1960s) is just as fun.

Of course, no trip to Belize would be complete without visiting an ancient Maya ruin and the Independent Traveler recommends Caracol, the largest ruin in the country.

The list also encourages tourists to take some time and become immersed in the beautiful Garifuna culture by learning how to drum in southern Belize.  Garifuna people have a rich culture rooted in the traditions of their ancestors, a mix of Arawak and Carib Indians and African slaves who escaped a 17th-century shipwreck off the coast of the country. Feeling the rhythm of the culture through drumming and dancing is a great way to experience Belize.

Also, Belize is home to quality grown cacao and tourists can enjoy a tour of any of a number of cacao farms to taste and sample fine chocolate. The Independent Traveler says why not start with dessert first?

Belize is best known for the Great Blue Hole made famous by Jacque Cousteau but the Independent Traveler says tourists should get to know the other Blue Hole, on the mainland at St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park, about 12 miles south of Belmopan.

The Independent Traveler also suggests that adventure seeking tourists explore one of Belize’s many untouched, unspoiled cave systems and bask in the awe that these sometimes huge systems can inspire. Next tourists can relax in one of many hidden jungle lodges and enjoy a natural peace and quiet in a romantic, secluded getaway.

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