More and more, travelers are choosing destinations based not just on the quality of the hotels or the tourist attractions but whether they can make a positive difference by visiting a far-off land. Of course, travel always has an impact on the environment in terms of carbon footprint, but a new wave of consciousness has led to eco-tourism becoming more popular. Whether it’s little steps like renting a bicycle instead of a car or choosing to stay at hotels and resorts that give back to their local communities, eco-tourism is definitely on the rise.
One of the best places to enjoy a sustainable eco-vacation is Belize. With even big-named developers building eco-lodges and hotels powered by sustainable green energy, Belize is in the forefront of nations working to make a positive difference with eco-tourism.
Belize is unique because the government is strongly committed to preserving and protecting the environment. A departure tax collected at the airport goes straight towards worthwhile initiatives like banning single-use plastic, establishing wildlife corridors, and creating animal sanctuaries both offshore and on land. Belize has gone even one step further by completely banning all oil extraction and exploration on the reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that draws in scuba divers, snorkelers, stand-up paddlers, and anglers from around the world.
Travel writers such as Oliver Smith of the UK’s Telegraph and ecological activists have high praise for Belize, noting that more than half the country is in the form of a protected park, conservation zone, or wildlife sanctuary. Add in the fact that many high-end resorts and lodges partner with guests in order to help protect traditional ways of life for local populations, and it’s easy to see why Belize receive high marks. Belize is also a predominately rural country where strip malls, high-rise developments, and gaudy tourist traps are virtually non-existent.
If you’re interested in an eco-vacation, try the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize. A lovely, 16-mile long stretch of golden sands on the Caribbean coast, Placencia is an idyllic community where most people still work in traditional industries like fishing and handicrafts.
On the Placencia Peninsula, the best place to stay is the Chabil Mar, an oasis of comfort and luxury just a five-minute walk from Placencia Village. Chabil Mar is a lovely Belize resort that regularly gives back to the local community and organizes events and activities to sustain and preserve both the spectacular natural beauty of Placencia as well as the traditional economy.
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