Located just a few short hours’ flying time from major cities in the United States, Belize is a small country with a lot of different things to explore, see, and do. Whether you prefer to relax in a hammock on a tropical island or hike deep into the jungle to explore an ancient Maya ruin, there’s truly something for everyone in Belize.
Here are 6 fabulous reasons to visit Belize in 2017:
The Belize Barrier Reef
If you’ve never explored a coral reef before, it’s hard to appreciate the astonishing diversity of marine flora and fauna that live, feed, and spawn in the shelter of a reef. The Belize Barrier Reef is part of the second-largest barrier reef in the world and is home to hundreds of species of fish, sharks, dolphins, manatees, and rays. The warm temperatures, transparent water, and bright white sandy seafloor make the reef the ideal place to enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, sailing, and fishing.
Belize’s offshore islands and coral reefs may be its most famous attractions, but there’s an amazing world to explore on the mainland. A varied landscape ranging from mountains and forests on down to savannas, wetlands, and jungle is the perfect recipe for wildlife diversity, including monkeys, tapirs, peccaries, jaguars, crocodiles, giant iguanas, and hundreds of species of colorful tropical birds.
A Spicy Mix of Cultures
Belize has a population of just around 360,000 people but together they form one of the most harmonious melting pot societies in the world. Travel across Belize and experience diverse cultures such as the Maya, Mestizos (immigrants from Mexico), Creole, Garifuna, Mennonite, Chinese, and East Indian, each with their own unique music, food, and history.
The Ancient Maya
Long before the arrival of the Europeans, the ancient Maya built an enormous civilization that stretched from what is now Mexico down to El Salvador. Belize was the heartland of that ancient civilization and is now home to hundreds of ruins, sacred caves, and buildings that include enormous pyramids, majestic temples, and complex irrigation systems that grew food for more than one million people.
Action and Adventure
Belize is rapidly becoming one of the hottest adventure destinations in the region thanks to thrilling excursions like scuba diving the world-famous Blue Hole, repelling down waterfalls, white water rafting, zip lining through the jungle canopy, horseback riding through pristine rainforests, and spotting exotic wildlife, including jaguars, in their natural habitat.
The world is full of beaches and Belize itself has more than 200 miles of coastline along the sunny Caribbean, yet there is truly something special to be found in this country. Mix sugar white sand with the sparkling turquoise of the water and add a beachfront bar, palm trees, and a hammock to create the perfect beach experience. Beaches in Belize are more than just working on your tan; many are protected nature reserves with a highly diverse ecosystem that includes nesting sites for endangered sea turtles and breeding grounds for migrating birds.
To experience the best of all that Belize has to offer, stay at Rumors Resort. Located in San Ignacio, the country’s eco-tourism capital, Rumors Resort offers guests beautifully appointed rooms, a casual restaurant serving up fresh, locally sourced food, and a freshwater pool complete with poolside food and drinks service, including a delightful assortment of frosty cold margaritas.
Rumors Resort is located in Belize’s Cayo District, popular for its proximity to the top nature, adventure, and Maya ruin tours. Rumors is also just a short drive from the coast and the offshore islands, making it perfectly positioned for guests who want to enjoy all of the best sights, sounds, and activities in Belize.