The charming country of Belize is located between Mexico and Guatemala and it is an exotic eco touristic destination for tourists from all over the world.
Belize City it is an opportunity to get closer to the people living here and to explore the streets full of energy and color. The atmosphere reminds you constantly about the diversity you can find in this city. More than 76.000 people live and work in Belize City.
The city has a northern and southern part. An important attraction in the city is the Swing Bridge. This bridge is manually operated and it is the only one left of its kind in the Americas.
While Belize City gives you an idea about the culture and people, the country and its wild side has many surprises left to be discovered by a curious traveler. The ancient Maya cities, the flora and fauna, the rich tropical rain forests, the barrier reef and the white sand beaches with clear turquoise water are just a few natural treasures that are inviting the tourists to enjoy a complete Belize experience.
In Belize you can learn about the culture, the cuisine or enjoy the nature and the outdoor activities.
1. People from Belize are the only one speaking English in Central America
Being a tourist in Belize is much easier than in any other country in Central America. Here the official language is English, so you don’t have to bring a dictionary with you. Other spoken languages are Spanish and Creole. The cultural and social diversity in Belize is part of its charm.
2. Try Belizean cuisine
Expect diversity as well when it comes to food. Tasty dishes are representatives for different ethnic groups. They got inspired from Mestizo, Garifuna, Maya, Creole and East Indian. When you get there make sure you try: Tamales, Hudut, Stew Chicken, Fry Jacks, Gibnut and Fish Sere.
3. Great weather the whole year
People in Belize are lucky to enjoy a warm and comfortable weather all year round. It doesn’t matter when you visit Belize, you will always find a 29 degrees Celsius temperature to enjoy being outside. When is really hot in the summer, you can always find a cool shelter in the virgin jungle and its rain forests. Winters are very mild.
4. Belize has beautiful islands and resorts
If you want to feel the heartbeat of Mother Nature, you can do so by choosing to visit one of the 200 islands spread around in Belize area. They are called “cayes” by local people and are rich in entertainment and outdoor activities like: fishing, snorkeling or diving. Try one of these islands and you are going to be amazed by their beauty: South Water Caye, Laughing Bird Caye, St. George’s Caye, Caye Caulker, Ambergris Caye, Tobacco Caye and Silk Caye.
The exotic Barrier Reef is another reason you should visit the islands. It is considered the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and it is located 15 to 40 km away from the mainland. The Caye Caulker it is a great destination if you are travelling on a budget. The town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye it is really popular among tourists. It used to be a fishing community before. Other beautiful spots to visit are the protected areas: Bacalar Chico National Park and Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
Excellent snorkeling sites are the Blue Hole (a giant collapsed cave) and the Half Moon Caye Natural Monument. While you are there, visit the famous atolls in the area: Turneffe Islands and Lighthouse Reef.
5. Belize has an important area left from the Maya culture
There are a few Maya temples left in Belize that are worth your attention if you decide to come for a visit: Lamanai, Altun Ha, Caracol, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech. It seems like more than one million Maya people lived in Belize from 300 to 900 AD.
6. The famous Blue Hole is located in Belize
The world’s largest hole is considered to be this huge Blue Hole in Belize. It measures 1000 ft across and 412 ft deep. If you are in the area you have the unique opportunity to see dripstone sheets, giant stalactites and exotic marine life such as groupers, nurse sharks and many fishes and Caribbean sharks. Jacques-Yves Cousteau is the one who filmed for the public the marine life in the Blue Hole in his television series: The Undersea world of Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
7. Belize has a special natural environment
The wildlife in Belize is intriguing and captivating in the same time. More than 40% of the land it is protected and preserved as a natural habitat to different species of birds, plants, reptiles, amphibians and marine life.
8. Snorkeling in Belize it is an experience you are not going to forget soon
Belize is famous for having the second largest barrier reef in the world. Spending a day in its clear and beautiful turquoise Caribbean water can be life changing. Snorkeling it is a way for tourists from all around the world to discover the colorful marine life, the corals, sponges and different types of exotic fish.
9. Belize is famous in Central America for its challenging cave systems
These caves had a very important significance in the Mayan world. The Maya people used the caves for important sacred rituals and different ceremonies and today tourists can walk through these caves and rediscover the ancient atmosphere with its special vibes. One of the caves with great geological and archaeological wonders is the Chiquibul Cave System. It seems like this cave system is the longest in Central America.
If you get there make sure to explore these caves as well: Barton Creek Cave, Caves Branch and Actun Tunichil Muknal.
10. The jaguar preserve from Belize it is unique in the world
This jaguar preserve is the only one of this kind in the world from 1984. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the home for five large different cats in Belize: Ocelot, Margay, Puma, Jaguar and Jaguarundi.
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