Brimming with eclectic wildlife, palm-studded islands, lush jungles, and a sprinkling of ancient Mayan cities, Belize offers a kaleidoscope of experiences for the post-COVID traveler. As the only English-speaking country in Central America, Belize is bordered to the north by Mexico; the south and west by Guatemala; and to the east by the Caribbean Sea – offering a synergy of tropical, coastal zest and a strong Central American ethnicity. Ultimately, Belize packs a powerful punch for such a small destination when it comes to tourism attractions. From the Great Blue Hole and second largest Barrier Reef to the only jaguar reserve in the world, visitors will be captivated by exotic wildlife roaming the vast tropical forests. Or, enchant yourself with the many unique underground cave systems for a glimpse into the mysterious past of the Mayas.
Travel giants, take note
The popularity of Belize as a prime destination has grown over the years, and travel publication giants have taken notice. Condé Nast Traveler named the Maya site of Caracol a “Wonder of the World for 2020”; Forbes has also written four articles on Belize in the past year, listing the country one of the “Top Five Birding Destinations for 2020”; plus Travel + Leisure, the New York Times and CNN Travel have all highlighted the unique beauty of Belize. Belize has certainly piqued the attention of wander-lusters, many of which have placed the country on their travel bucket list. Undoubtedly, the heart of Belize is its people: our many ethnic groups weave a colorful tapestry of history, culture and cuisine into the travel experience. Warm hospitality and amiable smiles are intrinsic to Belizeans – one cannot simply visit Belize without being besotted by our people.
Although just as diverse as our people, so too is our cuisine. As you make your way through Belize, you’re bound to experience and taste a variety of dishes that have nothing in common. That is, other than the fact that they were all made by Belizeans! Not to mention, getting to Belize is also quite easy and convenient; direct connections from many US cities are available through numerous airlines. Most tourism destinations are easily accessible by land, sea or air. Any corner of the country is just a one-day trip away by road or no more than an hour by domestic flight; wake to the sounds of the Western jungles in the Mountain Pine Ridge and be sipping on cocktails by sunset offshore on the beaches of San Pedro.
A kaleidoscope of experiences await in Belize
With our containment efforts praised in response to the pandemic, travelers can be comforted choosing Belize; the country has implemented enhanced health and safety protocols for the industry to protect both our citizens and visitors, in an effort to mitigate the risks associated with COVID-19. Besides, Belize’s low population density and numerous accommodations range from small-scale boutique-types and eco-lodges to hotels and resorts; ultimately forming the ideal getaway destination. Escape big-city life’s hustle and bustle in Belize: kickback, relax, and breathe easy in the great outdoors. Come discover what makes Belize such a curious destination. And why we’re proud to call this gem, hiding in plain sight, “The Jewel”!