Major attractions of Belize
Belize ranks among the best scuba diving and snorkelling destinations in the western Caribbean. At a length of 185 miles, Belize’s Barrier Reef is the longest in the Western hemisphere and offers divers a nearly continuous wall of coral (stretching almost 140 miles) from Mexico to the Sapodilla Cayes.
Swimming is good off the Cayes and on the southeast coast, where many places have developed as diving and water sport resorts. All kinds of fishing, including game fishing (for snapper, barracuda, marlin and bonito), can be enjoyed all year round. Belize’s 20 river systems and smaller streams are ideal for kayaking and canoeing, and trips (which usually also involve bird watching or wildlife viewing) can be arranged via local travel agents, operators or hotels.
Caving and archaeology are popular pastimes, with the country boasting many ancient Mayan ruins which are fully accessible for tourists to explore.
Bird watching is popular, with hundreds of bird species can be observed, particularly in the national parks, notably the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Silk Grass Greek Road and the Mountain Pine Ridge.
Other attractions in Belize
Having spent a great deal of time in Belize over the past three years, Cayo district has always been one of our favourite areas as it has such a lot to offer, as well as being the most green and lush area of Belize. There are many impressive Mayan ruins (including some within the Tapir reserve), many of which rival those of Machu Pichu in Peru.
The Mountain Pine Ridge area boasts some of the finest natural attractions in Belize, including the stunning thousand foot waterfalls; the beautiful and romantic secret falls; hiking or horse riding in the jungle clad mountains; or rafting through the many river and cave networks in the region.
The town of San Ignacio is close by, with an excellent variety of shops, bars and restaurants, together with a good hospital. There is an airstrip at Central Farm, which is less than fifteen minutes away, and the capital city of Belmopan is only 25 minutes by car.
The Caribbean sea is less than an hours drive away, where palm fringed beaches and tropical islands await. Belize’s barrier reef is second only to The Great Barrier reef in Australia, and boasts some of the world’s best diving, fishing and snorkelling. Owners of landplots or homes within the Belize Reserve are entitled to a 25% discount at The Bella Maya Resort, Someplace Else’s beachfront resort in Placencia.
Although the Belize is secluded and surrounded by virgin rainforest, there is close and easy access to all necessary amenities and infrastructure, making it ideal for investment, retirement or vacation.