Why Vacation in Belize
Why Vacation in Belize?
So, you want to go on vacation but aren’t sure where to go? Why not vacation in Belize? There must be a good reason why so many choose Belize as their vacation destination! Maybe it’s the gorgeous white sandy beaches and crystal clear Caribbean water? Or maybe it’s all the different activities and diverse ethnic groups found in this small country, tucked away between Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras in Central America? Consider all the different regions and areas to discover, such as:
The Cayes and Islands
A Caye is a small, low island made up mostly of sand or coral. Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest island and extends from the Belize Barrier reef to the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico. San Pedro is the island’s largest city, a busy energetic city filled with wonderful restaurants, spectacular resorts, and unbeatable scenery! Ambergris Caye is a highly desirable destination for anyone wanting to participate in water sports, diving, snorkeling, deep-sea fishing, or kayaking. Caye Caulker is the other, more laid back island popular with tourists. It’s a small island with only one main town, Caye Caulker Village. It’s a favorite among bird watchers with over 100 species found here, including the white-crowned pigeon, black catbird, and the rufous-necked wood-rail.
The Belize Barrier Reef
You’ll have to go to Australia if you want to explore a reef larger than Belize’s. It’s part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, which is 560 miles long. It’s probably what draws the most tourists. With its magnificent underworld of colorful fish, diversity of corals, and warm waters, it’s a magical place to visit. Belize’s reef extends north and south, parallel to the shore for 180 miles. Paradise Islands, located in the Southwater Caye Marine Reserve, is one of the best places to dive and snorkel in Belize. Caye Caulker and Half Moon Caye are also awesome place to visit for diving and snorkeling.
For those who appreciate nature and the beauty of wildlife, The Rainforest will have you mesmerized from the moment you arrive. Some of the best Rainforests in Belize are located just west of Belize City in the District of Cayo. One of the favorite ways to see the jungle is from zip lining at Jaguar Paw or Calicko Jacks. You’re likely to see monkeys, exotic birds, and maybe an iguana or two. If you prefer to stay on the ground, then ride through trails on horseback. You’ll also find rivers, caves, and waterfalls in the area.
The Ancient Maya Cities
Another adventure is exploring the ancient Mayan empire. Xunantunich, “Maiden of the Rock” is one of Belize’s top Mayan places to visit with 25 temples and palaces, and an on-site museum. You’ll love the view from the pyramid El Castillo overlooking the Mopan, Macal, and Belize river valleys. You’ll also be able to see into Guatemala from this major ceremonial center, only eight miles away. The culture and history of the Mayans is fascinating, especially if you are a history buff. Another interesting site found in the ruins is the caves made of “karst” landscape, deeply eroded hills made from limestone. Mayans considered caves sacred and performed religious ceremonies there.
Places to Stay
Belize has fabulous resorts for everyone and everything, from honeymooners, weddings, and family vacations. Located on Ambergris Caye in San Pedro, is the award winning Victoria House, well-known for making dream weddings come true. Portofino Beach Resort, another resort on Ambergris Caye, is also known for its impeccable service and extra special wedding packages. Families are particularly welcomed at Cahal Pech Village Resort in San Ignacio or Chabil Mar in Placencia.
If you’d like to eat where the locals go, then Bird’s Isle in Belize City offers some of the best local cuisine in Belize. The atmosphere is very relaxing with gorgeous views of the sea. The Blue Water Grill is highly recommended if you’re visiting San Pedro on Ambergris Caye. The food is delicious and offers a variety of local, as well as international cuisine. The Secret Garden Restaurant in downtown Placencia has a very peaceful ambiance with an enchanting setting. The food is very good and reasonably priced.
There are many other places to see in Belize, such as the rapids on Mullins River, or canoeing or tubing down the Macal River where you’ll see turtles, bamboo, and towering cliffs. If you enjoy watching butterflies, then be sure to visit the Belize Butterfly Ranch in the Cayo District.
Many of the hotels and resorts offer vacation packages that include excursions to some of Belize’s well-known attractions. Just call to make your reservation and you’ll be on your way to a memorable relaxed and/or fun-filled adventure trip.