UK Newspaper highlights “The Remote Beauty of Belize”

by Carolee Chanona
Mountain-Pine-Ridge ROAD BELIZE CARACOL

Combining lush rainforests with clear, beautiful waters and an amazing history, Belize is the perfect destination for those looking for a remote getaway. Besides, Belize has a population of 380,000 people and an amazing array of undiscovered locations. Thanks to the Shields Gazette Newspaper, UK readers can discover the remote beauty of Belize from afar. Belize has since reopened its international airport to leisure travel as of October 1, 2020.

Private island paradise

Royal Belize

The 7.5-acre fully private island of Royal Belize, a Muy’Ono Resort

You can’t get much more remote than a private island in Belize. With your only companions being your travel partner(s), take your pick of (welcomed) isolation in Belize with a private stay on any Belize island. Choose between exclusive private island stays, like Ray Caye offshore of Placencia or Royal Belize offshore of Dangriga. Or, explore the barefoot casual South Water Caye with Blue Marlin Beach Resort.  Find our private island listing here.

Caracol Belize Maya ancient city

Caracol, a large ancient Maya archaeological site Credit: Alamy

Located 50 miles from the nearest town of San Ignacio, visitors will take a winding, jungle road through the mountains to enter Caracol, meaning snail. Considered as the largest on-going ancient Maya archaeological site in the country, Caracol rests 500 metres above sea level and offers incredible views overlooking miles of the protected Chiquibul Forest. Find a tour operator here.

Take a hike

Belize’s landscape is wild, extraordinary, and ready to be explored. As 80 per cent of the country is covered by rainforest, Belize’s numerous national parks and nature reserves offer trails that are undiscovered by many tourists. Adventurous travelers should head to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, with 118km available of combined trails. From moderate to challenging trails, those who are successful are rewarded with a spectacular views and refreshing plunge pools. Not to mention, hikers can partake in special night-time walks. As small or private groups tour the area, keeping quiet is key whilst searching for the elusive, nocturnal wildlife inhabiting the park. Yes, that includes the jaguar, ocelot and even kinkajou. Find a tour operator here.

Snorkeling

snorkeling

Snorkel the world’s second largest barrier reef in Belize.

Bordered to the east by the Caribbean Sea, Belize boasts 386km of coastline and is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Between schools of fish, turtles, stingrays and nurse sharks, there’s ample opportunity to explore Belize’s protected reefs. Located in the west of Belize, Caye Caulker is one of the destination’s foremost diving locations and is the ‘little sister’ to Ambergris Caye for tourists. Caye Caulker offers a range of snorkelling and scuba diving tours, whether you are experienced or just keen to try for the first time. Visitors to Caye Caulker can book a full-day sailing or snorkelling tour with XSite Belize Sailing & Adventures. Visit www.xsitebelizesailing.com for more details.

Jungle stay

Nestled on the banks of the Macal River in Western Belize, Mystic River Resort is a pristine jungle stay. With just 15 rooms, privacy comes effortlessly with comfort and relaxation in mind. Besides, the surrounding green tropical foliage provides a sanctuary for many native birds and wildlife and an exciting retreat for those wishing to truly head off the beaten track. Conveniently located 7 miles outside San Ignacio, isolated adventures are within arm’s reach. Visit www.mysticriverresort.com for more details.

If you’re returning to the UK from the remote Belize, you will need to provide your journey and contact details; in addition to self-isolating for 14 days on return. Article adapted from www.ShieldGazette.com. Feature photo courtesy of Roeming Belize.

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