Belize has a cornucopia of intriguing attractions from stunning islands to ancient Maya ruins but here are 7 unique and beautiful places in Belize that you need to add to your bucket list:
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Placencia is an elegant peninsula in southern Belize and has 16 miles of some of the very best Caribbean beaches in the country. Here, the coastlines are a favorite for numerous divers and fly fishermen. Once a sleepy fishing community, Placencia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Belize.
Amongst the Maya Mountains is the second tallest mountain in Belize, Victoria Peak. It is positioned in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, which is situated in the Stann Creek District of Belize. In 1998, Victoria Peak was declared a natural monument. The peak is located in a broad-leaved willowy forest and many of the plants are used for medicinal practices.
Mountain Pine Ridge
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The Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve is the oldest of Belize’s natural parks and is comprised of 300 square miles of dirt roads and wildlife trails. The most prevalent fascinations in the area are Rio Frio Cave, Rio on Pools and Big Rock Falls, which echo through the valley.
Laughing Bird Caye
Laughing Bird Caye is a gorgeous Belizean island located on the western side of the Victoria Channel and is the southernmost atoll in the central lagoon of the Belize Barrier Reef. It has deep channels on both sides with an abundance of different kinds of coral habitats and marine life.
Hopkins Village is a coastal fishing settlement in eastern Belize that is known for their tourist hospitality and drumming celebrations. Hopkins is believed by many Belizeans to be the cultural center of the Garifuna population. The Belize First Magazine voted Hopkins as “The Friendliest Village in Belize.”
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
Often referred to as a “magical place,” the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary in Belize is a spectacle of natural splendor and diversity. It is a perfect nature reserve to learn about plants, animals, natural history and so much more.
The Belize Blue Hole is a sinkhole cave that is also a part of the UNESCO site. It’s a popular magnetism of divers throughout the world and is a geographical marvel that is part of the Lighthouse Reef System. It’s 480 feet deep and one of the most astonishing natural phenomena on earth.
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