Rough Guides, one of the world’s most popular publishers of travel information, has recently released their Rough Guide to 2018 that features Belize.
Coming in at number 18 on their annual list of recommended destinations, Belize was highlighted by Rough Guides for its lush nature and relative lack of tourists. Rough Guides described Belize as a small country with “colossal appeal” thanks to its thriving rainforests, beautiful beaches, and vast offshore reef, the largest in the Western Hemisphere.
Other reasons why Rough Guides recommended visiting Belize include the fact that the country is home to many diverse cultures yet is very accessible because English is the official language. Belize was also highlighted as being the “bastion” of the ancient Maya civilization, with more temples, palaces, ball courts, sacred caves, and pyramids than anywhere else in the Mesoamerican region.
The Rough Guide to 2018 also noted that Belize is an excellent destination for both luxury travelers as well as backpackers. With both five-star resorts and simple homestay options, Belize has successfully managed to preserve its old-world charm where tourists are greeted more as family members than a source of revenue. And with a population of less than 400,000 people, Belize offers a far different experience than more crowded destinations such as Costa Rica.
The Rough Guide article also spoke highly of Belize’s offshore barrier reef, the second-largest in the world. Composed of hundreds of islands and atolls, the Belize Barrier Reef is home to some of the world’s finest dive spots, including the Belize Blue Hole that was a personal favorite of legendary explorer Jacques Cousteau. Other popular activities on the reef include snorkeling, fishing, and sailing.
“We are very happy that Belize has made the Rough Guide to 2018 list,” said Larry France, marketing manager of Chabil Mar. “Belize is the perfect getaway destination where you can still enjoy unspoiled nature without having to deal with large crowds. In Belize, plants and animals far outnumber cars or people, which is why the country has been nicknamed “The Jewel.” We look forward to welcoming Rough Guide readers to Belize in 2018 and in years to come.”
Chabil Mar is an award-winning luxury resort located in Placencia Village on the Caribbean coast of southern Belize. Just a short distance from the offshore reef as well as the top destinations on the mainland, Chabil Mar has lavishly appointed villas, a lush tropical garden, gourmet restaurant and freshwater swimming pools just steps away from a privately owned stretch of the beach.
Visit our website chabilmarvillas.com for more information on Belize, and don’t hesitate to send us an email, or call US/CAN Toll Free: 1-866-417-2377, Local: (011-501) 523-3606, if you have questions or need help in planning a Belize vacation.