Belize has once again been highlighted as one of the top destinations to visit, this time by AFAR Magazine. Recognized for its accessibility—with several US cities offering direct flights—, tropical temperatures, and cultural activities, Belize is a standout locale when it comes to escaping the cold of winter. Keep reading for an excerpt of the article on eight places to go for your winter vacation below.
Belize Is One of AFAR Magazine’s 8 Best Destinations for Your Next Winter Getaway
When the first signs of winter appear, we start thinking about places we’d like to visit. Sometimes that’s a snowy chalet with easy access to fresh powder and a lively après scene. Other times it’s a bungalow on the beach, where we can feel the sun on our skin.
Arguably, the biggest challenge is deciding where to go. So whether your ideal winter vacation involves decamping to somewhere warmer or seeking out epic snow dumps, here are eight ideas for your next winter getaway.
Go for: an accessible international trip with plenty of cultural festivities
There are lots of reasons to love Belize: It’s home to the second largest barrier reef in the world (which includes the Great Blue Hole, a UNESCO World Heritage site), it has a healthy mix of jungle adventure opportunities and beach retreats, and it boasts ample resorts tailored to help you unwind.
Better yet, the Central American country has direct flights from several U.S. cities, including Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, and Miami, which makes it a relatively quick trip. (It’s only five hours from New York City to Belize City nonstop.) It’s also the only country in Central America that lists English as its official language, so it’s fairly hassle-free.
Winter is the dry season in Belize, with daily temperatures ranging from the mid-70s to the low 80s. Take advantage of the excellent weather to experience plenty of exciting festivals and events happening this season, including the End of the World Marathon.
Where to stay: The Placencia, a Muy’Ono Resort
Located on a private beach, this resort is an easy base camp for water-related activities like sailing and snorkeling. Each of the 88 rooms has a furnished patio and air-conditioning. Other perks include a free airport shuttle and complimentary bicycle hires.
Featured Image courtesy The Placencia Resort. Read the full list of Best Destinations for Your Next Winter Getaway, written by Bailey Berg, here.