Tucked away into a forgotten corner of the Caribbean, lyes a true gem, an undiscovered place that has a lot to offer. In case you didn’t guess it already, I’m talking about Belize.
Belize has something to offer to everyone and that is why its popularity grew so much among travelers all over the world in the last few years. You have fairytale landscapes and white sand beaches for those who want a romantic holiday or even to spend their honeymoon on the island.
This is also a famous wedding destination, so it’s no surprise that people also want to spend their honeymoon in this magical place. If you consider spending your honeymoon here, I would recommend you to take a look at the Belize beachfront rentals. You have several luxury villas to choose from and it will make the whole Belize experience unforgettable.
Belize has also something to offer for the adventure seekers. With its soaring mountains and lush rainforests, you can be sure that this is a holiday in which boredom is not a part of the dictionary. There are so many activities that you can do and so many things to discover, but first let’s find out more about Belize and the things that you need to know before you book your trip.
- Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of northern Central America.
- In order to travel to Belize, you first need to check if you need a visa or not. Usually, a valid passport is ok, but there are exceptions and it’s better to be safe than sorry.
- Belize has two seasons, a dry and a rainy season. The rainy season is between June and November. The coolest month is January and the warmest is May.
- The official language is english, but you can also hear Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna, Creole.
- Currency: American dollars are accepted, but the official currency is the Belizean Dollar.
- Medical care: With a population of a little over 350,000 and with more than a half of them living in poverty, the medical care does not have enough funds to offer high-quality care. That is why is best to check your insurance and avoid the trip if your health does not allow it.
Things to do
As I mentioned earlier, you really have no time to get bored on a Belize holiday. There are plenty of activities to choose from, but here are some highlights that you might want to consider.
If you’re looking for the best diving experience then Belize is the place to be! In the Marine Reserve of San Pedro, you can discover more than 160 species of fish and nearly 40 types of coral. To make the experience even more exciting, here you can also observe the nurse sharks and stingrays in their natural habitat. Don’t forget about the Great Blue Hole, a spectacular place that was ranked among the world’s 10 best dive sites by Jacques Cousteau.
2. Get the know the culture
Belize has a mixture of cultures that add a certain charm to the island. Dandriga is Belize’s cultural capital, the place where Punta Rock music genre appeared for the first time. In Dandriga, you can experience a more urban Belize because this village doesn’t have access to a beach like the other villages, but you can get to know how life is outside tourist area and get to feel the real Belize experience.
3. Visit the Maya Ruins and Temples
Maya Ruins are one of the main Belize attractions and make the country stand out. This place has once been the center of the Maya Civilization who left their mark in one of the largest concentrations of temples, underground ritual chambers, as well as a magnificent repository of art in gold and jade, pottery, stone carvings and paintings.
Even though the Maya Civilization disappeared more than a thousand years ago, their descendants can be found in several ethnic groups from Yacatec, the Mopan and others. The best places that you can visit to see the Maya ruins in all their splendor are Caracol, one of the Mayans’ most important political centers, Altun Ha, where you can see gorgeous temples.
4. Adventure seeking
Taking a hike or mountain bike tour in those wide open spaces is a relaxing way to get around, have fun and learn more about Belize. You can go cave exploration, you can take a guided nature trail where you can hike along well-defined paths.
If you really are the adventurous type and you want to explore Belize by yourself, you can study everything in advance, make an itinerary with all the places that you want to visit and discover. Then all you need to do is buy a map, get on a bus and take off.
5. Discover the beaches
If you are looking for a holiday where all you want is to relax and enjoy the good weather on an idyllic beach, then you’ve come to the right place. The Belize coastline extends175 miles along the gorgeous Caribbean Sea and it’s like a dream come true for tourists. You can enjoy the scenery, the warm crystal water, you can go snorkeling or just relax with a cocktail.
More than 200 islands are spread over the turquoise waters off the coast offering a wide variety of popular attractions and activities. Visitors are sure to find the Belize vacation that perfectly suits them.
6. Discover the food
I don’t know about you, but when I go on a trip, I like to discover the culinary culture of that place. In Belize, you can be sure that you will find a mixture of cultural influences in food. Their specific dish is Rice and Beans cooked in coconut milk. Since Belize is getting more tourists each year, the cuisine has adapted and now you can find just about anything on the island.
There you have it, Belize in all its glory! I truly believe that this destination is a magical place to visit and that it should be on your travel wishlist for this year. Enjoy!