The barrier reef lies close to shore of Belize, creating a veritable playground for water sports. Sail, kayak or jet ski. Windsurf, kite surf or para-sail. A day’s sailing and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters is (we think) a near-perfect way to spend your day. Here are some suggestions of things to do, right off your beach…
Whether you want an action packed agenda in the water and the jungle, to enjoy wonderful local and international cuisine, or simply spend some quality time in a hammock – Belize has something for all tastes and tempos.
Aquatic Adventurer? World class fishing, diving and snorkeling await. More of a Land Lover? Take a trek through the jungle, explore magnificent caves and spot the local wildlife. History Buff? Ancient Mayan ruins populate the region, with expert guides ready to give you local insight.
With the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere and three of the four major atolls in the Caribbean, including the famous Blue Hole, Belize is ranked as one of the top three dive destinations in the entire Caribbean. The waters are teeming with marine life in all sizes and shapes, including 70 types of hard corals and nearly 500 species of fish.
With inland rivers, lagoons, mangroves, hundreds of square miles of flats, together with over 160 miles of barrier reef just offshore, Belize boasts some of the world’s most exciting fishing. Attempt the “grand slam” of tarpon, bonefish, permit and snook on the shallow flats, or head out into the deep sea where wahoo, marlin, baracuda and tuna are in abundance. Here are some noteworthy places and events…
For the adrenaline junkies amongst you, Belize has some seriously exciting, action-packed tours and excursions, offering great diversity and exhilaration. Zip line through the jungle, dive at the world-famous Blue Hole, horseback ride through the jungle, clamber through caves, or hang out with the big fish at night to witness them flashing their bioluminescence.
With a commendable conservation program in place, over forty per cent of Belize is protected in the form of nature reserves, wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, making it a nature enthusiast’s paradise, up high, on the ground or under the water.
The ancient Mayan empire flourished in Belize for almost 3000 years, until around 900 AD, and left one of the world’s richest cultural and archaeological legacies. Their grand cities and splendid temples are scattered throughout most of the country, only a handful having been excavated and open for visitors to explore.
Belize is a melting pot of ethnicities and this is evident in the cuisine available. Whether you’re after some simply barbecued fish on the beach, freshly made tacos from a street vendor, or international fare in upscale surroundings, you will be spoilt for choice in Belize. Explore the authentic styles of cookery, grouped as Mestizo, Maya, Creole and Garifuna and be sure to experience their famous rice and beans, or beans and rice (there is a difference!)