From since I started blogging about Belize, one of the most frequently asked questions has been: why Belize? Why should someone choose to travel to Belize opposed to another place? For me, the reasons are pretty simple. A Belize vacation is relaxing and soothing. It’s also physically and mentally stimulating. Many visitors love it so much that they later choose to retire in Belize. Let’s see if I can convince you.
10 reasons why you should visit Belize
1. The key to having good conversations is having interesting stories.
How about adding scuba diving with whale sharks to your recent activities? They are gentle and docile creatures but something about having the words whale and shark next to each other makes it sound intimidating. Or maybe that’s just me?
2. Hiking is more fun in Belize.
Imagine after a two hour hike, you end up at the mouth of an amazing cave such as Actun Tunichil Muknal. Getting inside involves swimming and squeezing yourself through narrow areas. Old Mayan pots, cool rock formations and sacrificial remains make the trip worth it.
3. So you say you love diving…
Belize is home to the world famous Great Blue Hole. C’mon, any serious diver already knew that! Come cross it off your bucket list.
4. It’s the Mayan heartland.
Fact: Belize has the highest concentration of Maya archaeological sites in Mesoamerica. My favourite is Xunantunich in San Ignacio but Lamanai is the most popular. Famous sites such as Tikal in Guatemala and Chichen Itza in Mexico are also just a few hours away.
5. Life can be hectic, right? It’s time to relax!
If you’re on the subway you’re bound to get the “evil eye” from someone you bumped into, right? Not in Belize. Everyone is always friendly, wearing a smile and never in a rush. The secret is that you have to learn to Go Slow!
6. Waterfalls and rivers! Need I say more?
7. Simple and good food.
Belize’s cuisine is an amalgamation of the various cultures that call the place home. Mestizo, Maya, Creole, and Garifuna. Expect to eat fryjack and refried beans for breakfast and Rice and Beans with stew chicken for lunch.
8. Nature nourishes.
Imagine being alone, paddling down the river and hearing the various sounds of birds and other wildlife. Belize offers the cottage life experience – year round.
9. The Belize Barrier Reef
Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world and it is considered a UNESCO world heritage site. For anyone who loves swimming among beautiful fishes and other marine wildlife, snorkelling in Belize is a must!
10. There are plenty of beautiful islands.
You can pitch a tent and sleep under the stars on an uninhabited Caye or enjoy luxury accommodations at a secluded island. You choose. P.S. It’s not without merit that Ambergris Caye was voted the best island in the world for 2013 and 2014.
Convinced yet? What other reasons would you add to this list?