The Placencia Peninsula is called the home of Belize’s “barefoot perfect” beaches. You’ll find the longest stretch of beach on the mainland here on the southern tip, up to 16 miles long. Along the Placencia Peninsula are three main beach zones: Maya Beach, Seine Bight, and the “in-town” Placencia Village. While Maya Beach and Seine [...]
Every time I return from Belize, the first thing I miss — aside from the blue Caribbean sea and skies — is the food. Belizean food is dangerously addictive. Most don’t expect it, until they get here. Belize’s blend of Caribbean, Latin, Maya and African-influenced cultures means one long and tasty list of specialties, north [...]
Most visitors to Belize rarely make it to Punta Gorda, located in Belize’s deep southern district of Toledo. It’s a shame, because “PG”–as Belizeans affectionately call this area–has a stunning landscape of rainforests, rivers and sea, and the most culturally diverse experiences to offer in the country. Many Belizeans living outside of Toledo believe the [...]
I’ll be honest: you will not get the full picture of just how spectacular and unique Belize is, from a cruise visit and a day’s excursion, particularly being docked in Belize City. And Belize is just too unique of a destination not to stay overnight and explore its many facets, from rainforests to seas, wildlife, and diverse cultures. Moreover, as a writer and traveler who supports responsible travel, I have to mention the fact that cruise ship tourism is damaging to the environment, and does not benefit the local communities you are visiting.
Alongside the great Blue Hole, Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of Belize’s top snorkeling and diving attractions, and for good reason. A part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the reserve consists of a small channel (“hol chan” in Mayan), essentially a 30-foot deep “cut” in the reef where all sorts of marine life have gathered in one area over the years. Across three square miles and three reserve zones, live beautiful live corals and an abundant variety of fish that includes angelfish, turtles, nurse sharks, hog fish, snappers and many other species.
Belize‘s Caribbean spirit means there aren’t too many rules or major “faux pas” you need to worry about here, it’s as laid back as it gets. Nonetheless, as one of the most pristine countries in the region, with the largest protected area and the second largest Barrier Reef in the world, there are a few things to keep in mind as a responsible traveler. The others are experiences you shouldn’t miss during your visit.
There are several ideal hiking spots in Belize, a few with clearly marked trails, often located within a jungle lodge’s property, at a national park, or in the surrounding jungle of a Mayan archeological site. It’s best to have a guide or a knowledgeable local with you on hikes that take you deep into the rainforest, while others, in national parks, are easily done without. Still, be careful where you wander off to, it’s a real jungle out there!
Located in northern Belize’s Orange Walk District, the Lamanai Archeological Reserve is home to one of Belize’s most beautiful Mayan sites, not least for its Pre-Classic Mayan architecture, surrounding lush rainforest and lagoon side setting.
With hundreds of outdoor activities and educational sights, rainforests, wildlife, offshore islands and the world’s second largest barrier reef for underwater fun, there’s no shortage of things to do with your kids in Belize.