Meet Belize: The Caribbean & Central American Nation Packing Adventure

by Carolee Chanona
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These days, vacations are expected to be at a slower pace. Families are looking for holiday destinations to simply be with their loved ones, especially in the splendors (and adventures) of Mother Nature. For those of you not yet familiar with Belize, allow us to introduce this small Caribbean & Central American nation packing adventure. And with Belize reopening its international airport for leisurely travel on October 1, you can experience it for yourself.

175 Miles of Coastline facing the Western Caribbean

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Placencia. © Duarte Dellarole Photography

Belize is the only nation in Central America without a Pacific coastline, but packed with adventure. Meanwhile, a sparkling Caribbean shorefront shines brighter with over 400 islands, making the perfect setting for a relaxed barefoot escape. On these islands, white sand beaches are lined with palm trees, while rustic shacks serve freshly caught fish, grilled to perfection beachside. For watersports, the offering is varied and professional, with both excellent deep sea and fly fishing. Perhaps the most extraordinary natural wonder to discover on a trip to Belize is the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most famous scuba diving sites. Besides, you’re in second largest barrier reef in the world just a short boat ride from the coast; explore on tank or with a snorkel and mask to spot colorful marine life, turtles and manta rays alongside beautiful coral formations.

Adrenaline-charged Jungle Interiors

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Caracol. © Duarte Dellarole Photography

Belize’s wild jungle interior provides a natural adventure playground, whilst Mayan Ruins concealed within the rainforest offer an insight into a fascinating ancient civilization. For the adventurous traveler, the mountains, forests, river and canyons of Belize lends themselves perfectly to adrenaline-charged activities, such as caving, rappelling, tubing and trekking. Staying in a remote jungle lodge?

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Cheers to Mountain Pine Ridge. Image courtesy Carolee Chanona

Enjoy morning coffee off your balcony as the fog rolls over the mountains. Next, head down for a wholesome breakfast with fresh tropical fruits – you’ll need the fuel for adventures ahead. With 80% of the rainforest under some government protection, much remains unexplored. Whether it’s hiking to the double-waterfall of Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, leisurely spelunking by river tube, or even sighting any of Belize’s near 600 bird species – the jungles of Belize offer a tropical paradise full of adventure.

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