Adventure All Year Round in Belize

by McNab Editorial Team
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The Seven Tourism Regions that you can Discover

Since Caribbean Culture and Lifestyle recently published the Adventure Issue, we thought on sharing more of Belize with you. Belize is a playground of adventures, check out the many activities found at sea and inland, get the best of both worlds! The country is geographically divided into 6 districts but the tourism industry identifies 7 adventure zones they call regions. Therefore, we invite you to get to know this beautiful country from North to South, and all that falls in between.

The North Islands

Best known for relaxation, numerous water sports, and the world’s best snorkeling and scuba diving sites. Breathtaking places in this region are the Shark Ray Alley and the Great Blue Hole. Under this region falls Ambergris Caye, which is the largest island and most popular destination in Belize. In addition, Caye Caulker is another place where you can unwind and go with the tropical flow. Combine the activities by going fishing, snorkeling or even relaxing at the Split, where everyone comes to hang out.

The Belize Barrier Reef

This area stretches some 185 miles along the country’s coastline. It includes seven marine reserves, over 100 cayes, and three coral atolls. In fact, the reef’s clear waters and beautiful creatures are a haven for scuba divers and snorkelers. Of course, this site includes an amazing view made of brightly colored creatures and corals of many shapes and sizes.

Photo Courtesy: Oceana

Central Coast

This includes Belize City. This City offers a place for those interested in the mind-blowing sightseeing sites, history of Belize and a taste of our culture. Whichever direction you take there will always be something interesting to see or do. From visiting the Museum of Belize to exploring the lovely animals of the Belize Zoo.

Photo Courtesy: Kristen Matus

Belize’s Western Region

For those that want to venture into the Maya heartland and jungle hub. This region offers adventurers a place to choose from visiting national parks, botanical gardens, medicine trails, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, birding, cave-tubing, and zip-lining. It has everything for nature lovers and for those seeking the magic and mystery of ancient Mayan cities.

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Photo Courtesy: Leonardo Melendez

The Northern Region

The beautiful scenery that is home to a large Mestizo population as well as communities of traditional and modern Mennonites. This region includes Corozal Town, well known for its scenic views of the turquoise bay. Other points of attraction include Santa Rita and Lamanai ancient Mayan cities, the Progresso Lagoon and the tranquil fishing village of Sarteneja. Of course, those looking for nightlife and delicious tacos can stay in Orange Walk Town, the largest population center in the North.

The Southeast Coast

Offers a blend of culture and adventure. From the Maya Mountains to the sandy beaches, this region has something for everyone. Dangriga and Hopkins are hubs of the Garifuna culture. Meanwhile, Placencia offers numerous marine adventures, including seasonal encounters with whale sharks. This region also offers zip-lining, waterfall rappelling, natural trails, and houses the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, which is the first and largest Jaguar preserve in the world.

Photo Courtesy: Leonardo Melendez

Southern Region

The true culture zone! Visit and learn about the Maya, Garifuna and East Indian communities. Its largest town, Punta Gorda, offers a wide range of activities such as offshore fishing, river trips, caving, bird watching and visits to the ancient Maya cities of Lubantun and Nim Li Punit. Also, enjoy a tour on the making of organic chocolate. The Southern Region has over 50 villages and more than 30 are Mayan communities, which are known for their warm hospitality and traditional Mayan chocolate making.

Belize is a curious place!

Photo Courtesy: Leonardo Melendez

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Original article by: The Belize Tourism Board

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