A Travel Guide To Belize
Despite being smaller than the American state of Vermont, Belize has much to offer explorers. Found just south of the Yucatan Peninsula, Belize has beaches, jungles, mountains, rainforests and hundreds of offshore islands.
The type of experience you will have in Belize depends entirely on your vacationing style. This mini-guide has been penned in order to give you a brief tour of many of the amazing sites and activities within this fine country.
Belize’s islands are known as cays, pronounced keys. The most well-known tourist spot in the country is Ambergris Caye. San Pedro, its capital is the best spot for some fine seafood or heading out to the reef for all manner of marine activities like kayaking, scuba diving, or fishing.
Caye Caulker is considerably smaller than Ambergris Caye but is only a short distance from Belize City. Caye Caulker is another great spot for fishing, scuba diving and snorkeling thanks to its crystal clear waters. Its close proximity to the reef means that you do not have to travel far for a great fishing venue.
San Ignacio is Belize’s second-largest settlement and the entrance point to the western portion of the Cayo District. Found just 90 minutes from Belize City, San Ignacio is a bustling market town that also serves as a launching point to see Tikal, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, in neighboring Guatemala. Inland Belize is where you go for birding, horse-riding, subterranean cave tubing and zip-lining.
Placencia Peninsula is where you should go if you want to tour the coast. Roughly four hours from Belize City, Placencia has Belize’s best beaches and is near many notable parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
Settlements like Dangriga and Hopkins are great cultural hotspots due to the presence of the Garifuna. The Garifuna are a unique Afro-Caribbean culture with a reputation for music, drumming, and dancing.
While you might not be familiar with Belizean food, know that you will never head home hungry. Belize has a reputation for its delicious coconut rice and beans with stew chicken, street food in every locale and fresh seafood and produce. Your first Belizean breakfast should feature fry jacks, a pancake that can be disc- or triangle-shaped.
While domestic Belikin beer is a common way of cooling off, other common libations include rum, either in cocktails or straight, and fresh tropical juices like lime, watermelon, papaya and sorrel. Belize is also known for an energizing seaweed milkshake that shames Gatorade.
If you are looking to move or retiring in Belize, consider Salt Life Belize. Salt Life is Belize’s newest community, consisting of over 50 acres scheduled for development. Created with the spirit of home, Salt Life Belize will encompass all the comforts of home with a full service resort and fly fishing lodge, an east side beach club, estate homes, restaurants, bars and tour outlets throughout the development.