Belize is one of the more surprising destinations you’ll visit, sometimes more reminiscent of a Caribbean island than a Latin American country. The British colonial influence is quite evident in places like Belize City, a colorful and vibrant city where you can get an authentic taste of Belize’s unique culture. With English as the official language of Belize, you’ll never be at a loss for words.
Unofficially, the national pastime of Belize is enjoying its incredible, and often secluded, natural environment. This island of Ambergris Caye is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, an incredible world under the sea, and endless watersports. Visitors can towel off in San Pedro, a casual town of brightly painted houses with only 10 streets and no pavement, where people get around on golf carts and bicycles. Low-key sun worshippers also love Placencia in southern Belize, a sandy peninsula where hiking and the local Garifuna culture give beach life a special flavor.
The Mayan culture is still alive and well throughout Belize. Mayan descendants tend to their rolling sugarcane fields in the Orange Walk District of northern Belize, a wonderful area for watching exotic birds. The country’s Cayo region is home to some of the most impressive Mayan ruins anywhere, including the 35-square-mile ancient city of Carocol. Cayo is also home to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, where natural pools and waterfalls flow beneath the feet of jungle cats and lush vegetation.
Coco Beach Resort
Located on the island of Ambergris Caye and just north of the city of San Pedro, Coco Beach Resort offers guests barefoot luxury, ocean views and an overall laidback island vibe. The unique location, cozy size (50 rooms) and easy access to adventures like sea kayaking, snorkeling and Mayan ruin exploration make it easy to see why Coco Beach Resort is a popular pick among travelers.
Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club
Also on the island of Ambergris Caye, the Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton and has a relaxed yet crisp and modern design with an authentic feel from the local sustainably-harvested genuine Belizean hardwoods used throughout the resort. Get some yoga in at Science and Soul Wellness, one of the largest holistic health and yoga centers in Belize, mingle with other guests at The Great House, a 22,000-square-foot space or simply relax by the dreamy pool.
Belizean Shores Resort
Ambergris Caye is clearly the place to go when visiting Belize, as the Belizean Shores Resort is also located there. This resort is not all-inclusive, but that’s ok! The condo-style suites have kitchens and private outdoor space, plus the resort’s pool is incredible. Go on a fishing excursion and enjoy your catch for dinner that night or head to San Pedro for some local eats.
For many, Belize means the jungle and Ka’ana Resort in western Belize truly embodies the jungle experience. Choose from suites or villas, all thoughtfully designed to highlight the property’s natural beauty and focus on the environment. Many of the ingredients used in the dishes at La Ceiba, the onsite restaurant, are sourced from the organic garden on the property.
Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza
Sometimes it’s comforting to stay with a recognizable brand in a new destination, so it’s really not surprising to see that the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza is popular amongst agents. Its location right in Belize City make it easy to get to excursions, many of which you can book right through the resort. Plus, you really can’t beat the price.
It may be the only English-speaking country in Central America, but its unique surprises don’t end there. Belize all-inclusive vacations provide unending adventures.
You’re only limited by what you’re willing to find.
The varied landscape of Belize is only rivaled by its diverse culture. This helps make it one of the most intriguing countries in Central America. From the moment you first fly into Belize City, the unique flair of the country surrounds your plane with urban excitement. With shopping, zoos, bars and restaurants, the city’s energy spills over as you venture out into its tropical wilderness. This expansive, natural terrain lends itself to adventures like tubing through caves, diving into barrier reefs and hiking around ancient Mayan ruins. The exotic diversity of Belize is on display from its unique jaguar preserves to the more than 400 tropical islands. All you have to do is become a part of it.
This busy port city of Belize is home to the largest hotels and conference facilitates in the country, and its restaurants, bars and vibrant nightlife represent the diverse culture of Belize. With colonial architecture, endless shopping and exquisite dining, the immense depth of this exciting city can fill your entire stay with adventure.
Visitors can easily schedule exciting day trips outside the city like an archaeological tour or jungle river cruise.
The Island Ambergris Caye
Ambergris Caye is a quaint island located just 36 miles off the coast of the mainland. The streets are paved with cobblestone and don’t allow for a single car. This makes your journey to the island a unique trip back in time, full of bicycles, shopping, restaurants and other local surprises. Plus, the waters nearby supply some of the best diving sites around, including the barrier reef and the Great Blue Hole.
The Great Blue Hole is a giant underwater sink hole that is over 984 feet across and 407 feet deep.
This barefoot paradise includes long, walkable beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. It’s over 16 miles of golden sand and water activities like snorkeling and scuba diving. Between the pristine beaches, adorable Kriol fishing villages, local seafood delicacies and fine dining, it’s hard to find a better place to relax or have fun.
The Placencia Peninsula is home to the smallest street in the world, which makes for a great photo op.
Western Belize is the ideal destination to explore Mayan temples. With walking tours guided by the decedents themselves, the ancient Mayan architecture will be brought to life. After, you can always go spelunking through nearby caves or enjoy drinks and authentic conversation with locals on Burns Avenue.
One of the best Barbeque places around is Rodriguez BBQ in nearby Santa Elena.
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