September 9, 2014 (Scottsdale, AZ)
The tourist board tagline is “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret” and they have it right, since most people wouldn’t know where to find it on a map. Here is a hint: Central America, south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, west of Guatemala and east of the Caribbean Sea. It is Belize’s tropical geographical location that welcomes travelers year round with warm average temperature of 84 degrees.
Most of Belize is undeveloped and therefore unspoiled. Its natural beauty is displayed proudly with national parks, wildlife reserves, rainforest and one of the largest cave systems in all of Central America.
The Belize Barrier Reef is a spectacular 185 miles of crystal clear coastline with protected reefs. Divers come from all over to one of the world’s best diving spots, The Blue Hole. The Blue Hole is 1,000 feet wide and 412 feet deep. These pristine waters are frequented by remarkably rich marine habitat including parrot fish, stingrays and hammerhead sharks.
Another popular dive area is off the private Caribbean island of Turneffe. The Turneffe Atoll is the largest and most diverse coral atoll in the Caribbean. It is a top destination for Bonefish. Here, anglers can try their best to catch the “Grand Slam” – Bonefish, Permit and Tarpon all in one day.
If your passions don’t include water activities, Belize will not disappoint. With 17 National Parks, you can hike the medicine trail, see beautiful waterfalls or get up close and personal with endangered Jaguars and Baboons in their sanctuaries. Thrill seekers can zipline through tropical rainforest or settle comfortably inside an inner tube with a miner’s headlamp, while exploring the wonders of cave tubing.
Belize is rich in history and attracts archaeologists from all over the world. The 2000 year old Ancient Mayan Temples are fascinating and mysterious. Archaeology sites are still being excavated today.
There is no end to what Belize has to offer and if you want a few days to kick back and relax, the 25 mile long Ambergris Caye is the perfect retreat. It is the largest of the 200 cayes that are protected by the Belize Barrier Reef and has a history rich in pirate folklore. There is only one town, the fishing village of San Pedro and in the evenings that is where you will find tourist and locals alike enjoying the breathtaking sunsets. You will not find any high-rise hotels. The appeal of Ambergris Caye is its laid-back attitude.
The hidden treasure of Belize is waiting to be discovered, so what are you waiting for Mother Nature is calling….