Travelers who seek true paradise should definitely put a visit to Belize at the top of their to-do lists. From it's unspoiled, turquoise waters to the rich greenery surrounding the nation's Mayan temples, this small Central American gem delivers beauty and adventure. Just a short plane ride from the southern edge of the United States, there are innumerable ways to enjoy nature and take a breather in this small, beautiful country.
Things to Do in Belize
Staying active in Belize is an easy task. In the water, opportunities for sports from kayaking and boating to scuba diving and snorkeling abound. Getting in the water gives travelers visibility of the barrier reef that sits just off shore, which happens to be the second largest reef in the entire world. A dip into the water also affords an up close and personal experience with the plethora of sea life that live beneath the surface. Going in waist deep at shark ray alley puts more adventurous water lovers in the midst of harmless nurse sharks and sting rays.
Back on land, the local rainforest is a wealth of wildlife, trails, water falls, caves and ancient temples. One of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the rainforest is by taking a cave tubing excursion. Tubers float through limestone caves and around crystal formations. Visitors will also see the ancient Mayan ruins that are a proud part of the nation's history. By air, ziplining gives an aerial view of the lush trees and wildlife, as well as an adrenaline boost. Belizean national parks are also outfitted with free hiking trails, which weave through plant life and various terrain.
Travelers looking for an island experience often head to Ambergris Caye, which is the largest island in all of Belize. Ambergris Caye offers the beauty and adventure of the mainland with the added bonus of being completely surrounded by clear turquoise waters and being a hub for boating and tourism. Only one town can be found on the island, San Pedro, but it's among the most popular destinations for anyone coming to the small nation.
On top of the swimming, snorkeling, and other water sports that one might expect from an island destination, Ambergris Caye can also serve as a respite for the weary traveler. Lazy walks through the shops of San Pedro and afternoons spend beneath one of the many swaying coconut trees are among the ways to settle into Ambergris Caye. Of course, as an island, Ambergris Caye has no shortage of sand beaches to enjoy. Spending the day eating, resting, or jumping into the water along the coast is another way to make the most of a vacation here.
Getting Around in Belize
Golf carts and bicycles are the most common way to get around in this small Central American paradise, aside from traveling by foot. Tourists can rent carts and bikes at many local vendors, and can be taken anywhere a path exists. Once one hits sand or jungle, the only way to get any farther is by foot.
A Belizean vacation is a once in a lifetime opportunity to blend a relaxing and reflective trip with adventure and sport. By land or sea, the country's beauty and history simply can't be beat.