These 12 reasons make Belize the best vacation destination in the world and they are just the tip of the iceberg.
Reason #1: Belize is for the birds. You don’t have to be a birder to appreciate the total of 608 species (as of January 2020) that stopover in Belize while migrating. Become mesmerized while spotting Cuckoos, Woodpeckers, Parrots, Toucans, and Owls.
Reason #2: Belize national parks are amazing. Some are on land; others at sea. In concert, they are a majestic collection of national parks, forest reserves, marine reserves, natural monuments, wildlife sanctuaries, archaeological reserves, and private reserves.
Reason #3: Belize wildlife mix is — wild! Discover the mother lode of diversity within only 8,867 square miles. Belize is home to 145 species of mammals, 139 types of reptiles and you’ve already met some of the birds. Five big cats live within the nation’s boundaries, including the only Jaguar preserve on Earth, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Reason #4: Everything old is new again. Belize is home to 900 Maya ruins that rival Peru and Egypt in their grandeur and splendor. Included are caves once used for ceremonial rites plus above-ground cities. You may have to wade a river, repel into a cave or trek to reach them, but you won’t regret that effort for a minute!
Reason #5: Belize is a foodie mecca. Thanks to an exotic amalgam of cultures unique to Central America, Belize’s food and beverage borrows from Mexican, Maya, Caribbean, and other Latin traditions, but don’t expect dishes to taste like anything you’ve eaten before. Produce is local. Seafood is more local! Must-try delights include Marie Sharp’s hot sauce, cashew wine, and world-famous Belize chocolate.
Reason #6: Beautiful beaches. Belize never disappoints when it comes to beaches; especially those located on the Placencia peninsula where visitors can frolic on the Caribbean or the lagoon side. Belize’s golden and white-sand beaches are national treasures, beloved by divers and sunbathers alike.
Reason #7: Fabulous resorts. Belize’s aggressive health and safety programs in reaction to the pandemic are notable, so for properties like Chabil Mar Resort, earning Gold Standard status elevates this resort above others. Luxury digs, gourmet dining, packages, and safety measures have turned Chabil Mar into a Belize resort superstar.
Reason #8: The unique cultural vibe. Art, music, and natural wonders are everywhere visitors turn, from villages and towns to roadside artisans’ wares or gallery offerings. Paintings, textiles, furniture, sculptures, wood, slate carvings, and basketry showcase the nation’s distinct cultural mix. You won’t come home empty-handed.
Reason #9: Blessed proximity. There’s only one international airport in Belize and it is centrally located and in close proximity to the nation’s top resorts. Flights to Belize resumed on October 1, 2020. Major airlines stand ready to transport you to paradise in just a few hours.
Reason #10: Fall in love with Belizeans. You’ll never meet a mellower populace. In addition to speaking English, Belizeans are the most friendly, helpful people you will ever meet. You get the feeling that everyone you meet is really glad you came to their homeland.
Reason #11: Belize is a lover’s paradise. Snug bungalows, treehouses, adults-only islands, and other sexy spots make this nation an epicenter of passion and romance. Discreet resort hosts are savvy, welcoming, and discreet.
Reason #12: Belize is Central America’s adventure mecca. Dive into waterfall pools, zip line over jungle canopies, explore the Big Blue Hole and the Belize Barrier Reef. Set the tone for your vacation, customizing it to suit your interests and you’ll be convinced for yourself that Belize really is the best vacation destination on Earth!