Belize’s top destinations fall into some basic categories. Beaches, Maya attractions, and natural formations inhabited by many rare species of wildlife.
Visit the Caribbean beaches for surfing, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, and swimming. Ambergris Caye is one of Belize’s largest islands, and has a variety of upscale accommodations. San Pedro, the main town on Ambergris Caye, has bustling seaside bars, restaurants, and art galleries.
Caye Caulkeris somewhat more budget friendly than Ambergris Caye. Surfing and windsurfing are some of the top pastimes on this island.
Placencia Peninsula has some of Belize’s most luxurious beachside resorts. It’s home Maya Beach, a strip of peaceful, white-sand beach surrounded by rocky formations.
Belize’s most notable historical monuments are the Maya ruins, located around the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and nestled in the twisted vines of the jungle. Carocol, Xunantunich, and Lamanai have the most impressive architecture.
Visitors should make Belize’s natural attractions a top priority. Make sure to take a boating, kayaking, or scuba diving tour of the Belize Blue Hole and the many marine reserves around the Belize Barrier Reef. Belize also has the Belize Zoo, which shelters rescued native animals. Here you’ll get to see incredibly rare animals, like tapirs and jaguars – elusive creatures that you might not get a chance to glimpse in the wild.
Belize’s coastal town of Hopkins has distinctive Garífuna culture and plenty of beaches. The Garífuna are descended from escaped African slaves, and they have passed down their musical traditions from generation to generation. Visit Hopkins to hear the music and try the homey, authentically Belizean food.
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