Flanked by the Caribbean Sea on one side and dense jungles on the other, Belize is among the world’s most loved tourist destinations! If you haven’t been to this pint-sized country yet, here’s our list of wonderful reasons that’ll encourage you to fly down to Belize.
One of the world’s most enigmatic civilisations, Maya Ruins are Belize’s topmost tourist attraction drawing history lovers from all over the world. Belize is known as the epicentre of the ancient Maya World with dozens of ruins scattered all around the country. This ancient civilisation flourished here for almost 3000 years; and the towering temples are a tribute to their god-like ancestors. Xunantunich, Caracol, Altun Ha, Cahal Pech and Lamanai are some of these spectacular sites you can explore.
Belize beaches are loved world over for their incredible beauty and pristine locations. With a stunning coastline hugging the Caribbean Sea and over 200 offshore islands, the country has many beaches appealing with their crystal-clear turquoise coloured waters, golden and white sands and thrilling water sports opportunities. Silk Caye, Laughing Bird Caye, Half Moon Caye and Tobacco Caye are some of the most popular beaches to discover in Belize.
Belize is one of Central America’s famous spots for eco-tourism. The bush and tropical rainforest cover half the country. Wildlife enthusiasts can spot the most amazing wildlife on earth here, from jaguars to crocodiles to tapir. Be it a stroll through the Belize Zoo or the wildlife camping in the Chiquibul Jungle, you are certain to have an amazing wildlife experience here. Besides, Payne’s Creek National Park, Sarstoon Temash National Park and Cockscomb Basin National Park are some other major wildlife parks you can explore in the country.
The Great Blue Hole
A couple miles off the coast of Belize, the Great Blue Hole is a giant marine sinkhole, about half a mile in diameter. The largest sea hole in the world, it is a world-class destination for recreational scuba divers. Day trips to the Great Blue Hole are offered from the coastal communities. Scuba divers love to dive in the crystal clear waters of this natural wonder and to discover myriad species of marine life including tropical fish and mesmerising coral formations.
Miles of coastline make Belize a true haven for adventure seekers. Tropical rainforest, mountain ranges, rivers and caves – all are a treat for the sore eyes and present wonderful adventure opportunities including birding, hiking, spelunking, racing river rapids and more. Those who are travelling with families can take canoe trips down the Macal, Sittee and Belize Rivers for a relaxing holiday experience whereas those seeking thrill can take delight in water sports on the beaches and hiking tours to remote jungles where they can catch a glimpse of a passing tapir or jaguar.