Belize is a tiny country on the eastern coast of Central America and is sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala. It has the Caribbean Sea to the east and a dense Central American jungle to the west. This small yet eclectic nation with its pristine beauty is a hotspot for many modern travellers.
Here’s why Belize should be on the radar of every travel buff
The Maya heartland
History lovers, here’s why you should visit Belize. Home to the remnants of the mysterious and alluring Maya civilisation, Belize is peppered with archaeological ruins like the Caracol, Cahal Pech, Lamanai, Altun Ha and Xunantunich. Belize stands as a testimony to the Mesoamerican civilisation developed by the Mayans and noted for its hieroglyphic script. The tall stone temples offering breath-taking views of the jungle, the excavated tombs and caves replete with history make for a wonderful experience.
Belize is dotted with tiny cayes or islands, about 200 of them to be precise and provide excellent opportunities for fishing, snorkelling, windsurfing, kayaking, swimming, and diving in the pristine blue Caribbean waters. You get to dive with the whale sharks in Gladden Spit near Placencia, and for any maritime enthusiast, it cannot get better than this.
The Blue Hole
The Blue Hole is a gigantic circular sinkhole off the coast of Belize. It offers a glimpse for any marine enthusiast to see huge stalactites, dripstone sheets, and wondrous variety of marine life. The Blue Hole with its geological wonders is a world heritage site as announced by the UNESCO. This is the most alluring spot for any scuba diver and marine explorer.
Belize Barrier Reef
The Belize barrier reef is a UNESCO world heritage site and is the second-largest in the world (next only to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia). This is a fantastic place to have the best underwater experience. The amazing array of different types of coral and colourful marine species makes it a veritable geological paradise.
The best part of the Belize experience is that one day you get to dive with the whale sharks and the next day you get to explore a typical Central American jungle with its wildlife ranging from jaguars to howler monkeys and even parades of leaf-cutter ants, frigates and the keel-billed toucan. Belize has an amazing network of wildlife sanctuaries and provides a haven to a mind-boggling variety of plants, reptiles, birds, and amphibians.
Excellent weather conditions
The climate in Belize is one of the most endearing factors of it being a tourist hotspot. The climate is comfortable throughout the year. The tropical rainforests provide relief in summer, while the Caribbean winter is pleasantly cool without being cold.
The delicious food spread
The Belize food experience is as exciting and varied as the land itself. The cuisine here is an inspiration of the many ethnic groups in Belize. It is comprised of unusual, yet largely succulent and tasty food. If you are a food adventurer, then the Belize food variety may appeal to the foodie in you.
It may help you to know that beautiful Belize happens to be the only English-speaking nation in Central America. So, if adventure is your calling, pack your bags and get ready for the Belize experience.
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This article was written for Albom Adventures by Sam Weiss. Her blog, Soar Legs, is no longer published.