The tiny Central American country that is Belize is known for its UNESCO world heritage site, the great Belize Barrier Reef that happens to be the world’s second largest reef system in the world. Apart from that it was also listed as one of the world’s top happiest places by the Happy Planet Index. If you don’t already know what a Belize Vacation is like, here are 10 of many more reasons why you should visit this Caribbean paradise:
Everyone likes to share awesome travel stories, it adds flavor to any conversation. Get the chance of relating your scuba diving adventure alongside whale sharks! These are gentle and docile creatures but there’s something that sounds intimidating when you put whale and shark next to each other. You’ll just have to check it out for yourself!
Love hiking? You’ll love it even more in Belize! See, the possibilities of discovering a cave or a gorgeous waterfall after hiking 2 hours is just unexplainable. One such cave is the ATM (Actun Tunichil Muknal) Cave. If the hiking wasn’t enough for you, getting inside this old ceremonial cave involves some swimming and squeezing, passing through narrow openings and sparkly blue-green waters, almost reef-like. The old Mayan pottery, amazing rock formations and holy sacrificial remains reminds you why you should love hiking even more!
If the jungle isn’t your style, let’s go diving! Belize is home to one of the world’s famous diving sites, the infamous Great Blue Hole. I’m tellin’ ya, this is for any serious diver!
Connected to the Mundo Maya, Belize is known as the Mayan Heartland. Having the highest concentration of Maya archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. Our favorite is Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock in Maya). Famous Maya sites such as Tikal in Guatemala and Tulum in Mexico are only a few hours away if you wish to venture off.
Life can be hectic, right? Tell me about that “evil eye” you got from someone you bumped into on the subway. Not so in Belize, and the secret to enjoy it is to learn to GO SLOW. Everyone is always welcoming and happy, after all Belize was listed as one of the top happiest countries in the world!
Waterfalls and rivers! Ready to jump in?
Fine cooking! Belize’s cuisine is an amalgamation of the numerous cultures that inhibits nature’s best-kept secret. Expect to try fry jack with re-fried beans and eggs for breakfast and Rice & Beans with stew chicken for lunch.
Disconnect from the ordinary and become one with nature! Other than breathing fresh air, it nourishes the soul. Imagine being alone or with your better half kayaking the waters of the Caribbean Sea listening to the splash of waves and pelicans flying overhead. Take it in!
Listed as a UNESCO national world heritage site, the Belize Barrier Reef System is also the second largest barrier reef in the world! Ever snorkeled over beautiful corals? Had a starfish in your hand? How about swimming with sharks and stingrays? It’s really not out of this world! It’s a must try!
If you’re tired of inland and you want to hit the sandy beaches, never doubt that Belize has it in store for you. From luxury beachside resorts to isolated and uninhabited islands, Belize gives you the best of all worlds. Do note that Ambergris Caye was voted the best island in the world for 2013! Cool, eh?
What other reasons would you add to this list?