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Travel Guide To Belize

Belize Travel - Travel Guide - Tropical Discovery

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Belize Travel - Travel Guide - Tropical Discovery
  • Belmopan
  • 22,966 km²
  • average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C)
  • UTC (GMT) -6 hrs
  • The Belize dollar at $2 Belize = $1 USD.
  • English is official language, Kriol
  • 359,287 (2015) World Bank
  • 17°15′N 88°46′W

Welcome to Belize

Imagine your tropical vacation in the pristine and unspoiled Central American paradise of Belize. Cruising the protected inner waters of the 185 mile stretch of second longest barrier reef in the world, with over 3000 square miles of protected water, makes for an experience like no other. Imagine yourself swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing, kayaking, windsurfing... the brilliant turquoise waters of the Belize archipelago, made up of over 200 deserted tropical islands and coral atolls, where more than 70 types of coral and over 400 species of fish call these waters home. Couple this with an exotic region overflowing with divine natural beauty, and you have the Mecca for boaters and vacationers looking for the ultimate tropical getaway.

Placencia Belize - Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

The best of Belize

Caribbean magic, Barrier reefs, Nature, Culture

Just about any desire can be fulfilled during your Belize vacation. The country’s undeniable lure lies in its range of amazing natural attractions. The land has been blessed with lush tropical forests, splendid waters, majestic mountains, mysterious Maya temples, the world’s second longest and most impressive living barrier reef, three of the Caribbean’s exclusive four coral atolls and a fabulous blend of hospitable people.

We have chosen key centers of interest from with to enjoy the local richness of the area, each providing an amazingly unique experience and a taste of the staggering variety this country offers. From each magical place you will have the option to embark on cultural, archeological, nature and special interest Belize travel, as well as partake in the myriad of adventure activities offered such as scuba diving, kayaking, mountain biking, water sports, horse back riding, deep sea fishing, and much more... Please click on below links for more information on each area.

 

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Belize

Belize lies on the Caribbean coast of Central America and is bordered north by Mexico, west and south by Guatemala and east by the pristine waters of the Caribbean Sea. It covers an area of approximately 8,867 square miles, including 266 square miles of luxurious islands. Its protected inner waters stretch 185 miles along the barrier reef, with over 3000 square miles of protected water.

 

Language

Belize is home to several captivating ethnic groups, namely the Creole, Garifuna, Maya, Mestizo, Mennonite, Lebanese, Chinese and East Indian, who harmoniously unite to comprise our population of 273,700. English is the official language in Belize, and a noteworthy point since Belize is only country within Central America where this is the case. While English is the official language, many others languages are also spoken, reflecting the diversity of the Belizean people. Spanish is widely spoken, in addition to the indigenous Ketchi and Mopan Mayan languages, Garinagu and Creole, heard throughout the country.

 

The Belizean Adventure

Belize boasts a total of seven World Heritage Sites, and for a reason. Proud of the land and its endless natural attractions, the people have decidedly dedicated 40 percent of their natural habitat to conservation efforts in the form of national parks and reserves. Welcome to Belize: Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret!

 

Mayan Heritage

The Mayan culture is an inherent part of Belize’s rich heritage. Belize was home to the earliest Mayan communities, with an estimated one to two million Mayas residing here at the peak of their civilization. While these societies no longer exist, there remains a strong Mayan presence, not only in the form of a significant Maya population who work ardently at maintaining their astounding culture, but also in the form of immense Maya structures found throughout Belize. Such structures continue to mystify both visitors and locals alike. The awesome architecture connects the individual to something greater than what meets the eye. Much is to be admired about these great civilizations, where the Maya made major contributions even to modern-day society, such as the indispensable concept of zero.

The individual sites include residential buildings as well as near regal ceremonial temples, where the Maya periodically made human sacrifices to their various gods, such as their sun god - Kinich Ahau - in Altun Ha. The Jade Head, a fascinating masterpiece, was found right there at one of Belize’s premier Maya sites: Altun Ha. This massive jade artifact, appearing in the form of a head, approximately six inches long and 9.75 pounds in weight, is the largest carved piece ever to be found to date.

The opportunities for discovery, whether it be personal, archaeological or spiritual, are numerous, where the majestic aura of this mighty civilization can be felt throughout.

 

Marine Wonderland

Belize is truly a marine wonderland. Its clear turquoise Caribbean waters boast the second largest barrier reef in the world, extending some 185 miles. With over 70 types of coral, over 400 species of tropical fish and 200 deserted coral atolls, cays, mangrove and white-beached islands, Belize’s brilliant underwater universe hosts some of the world’s most vibrate and diverse geological formations seen anywhere in the world; truly the most colorful, exotic and unspoiled of undersea delights. Some parts of its waters are of varying hues of blue, while other parts appear to be solid collections of emerald gems.

Diving, yachtsmen and water sports enthusiast will find Belize to be the Mecca of discovery. Among its many aquatic treasures is the distinct Blue Hole, a natural masterpiece originally said to be a cave whose roof collapsed some 10,000 years ago as the land receded into the sea. It created an almost a perfectly circular hole, 1,000 feet in diameter and 412 feet deep, providing a mesmerizing view of hovering stalactites and stalagmites. If you are a diving aficionado, Belize is a must visit.

How to occupy oneself in this water wonderland, is really just a matter of choice! Here, your most difficult decision will be whether to take out a canoe or kayak, scuba dive or snorkel, wind surf, kite-surf, sail, hobby-cat, water-ski, or bask in the warmth of the Belizean sunshine!

 

Natural Beauty

The amazing natural beauty found in the inland territories and mountains completes this natural paradise. Animated rivers, rich vegetation, mysterious caves, spellbinding waterfalls await. Escape into lush pine forests and tropical rainforests within hours of each other, all teeming with incredible wildlife such as Howler monkeys can be heard for miles, magnificent pumas and its counterpart, the breathtaking jaguar. Tapirs, otherwise referred to as mountain cows, are virtually extinct from their natural habitats in other placer, whereas here an encounter is quite probable. Bird watchers will delight in this bird-haven with about 540 different kinds of birds to view. Whether you're an animal lover or an avid naturalist, Belize is certainly an ideal destination.

 

Multicultural People

Speaking of warmth and sunshine, we should also mention Belizeans have come to hold a reputation of being “as warm and friendly as the climate.” The people and their respective cultures are as much a part of the attraction as are the impressive waters, Mayan sites, wildlife and jungles. The montage of cultures features the Creole, essentially a mixture of British settlers and African slaves; the Garifuna, descended from a co-mingling of African slaves, Caribs and Arawak Indians; three groups of Mayas, namely the Yucatec (originally from Yucatan, Mexico), Mopan (arriving here from Peten, Guatemala) and Kekchi (originating from Verapaz, Guatemala); the Mestizos, who are people of mixed Spanish and Mayan descent; and East Indians, initially arriving as indentured laborers and remained to work the sugar plantations. Belize is also proud of its Mennonite, Lebanese and Chinese population, who have become an integral part of our society and contributing indispensably to its development.

As you can see, there is plenty to do, see and cherish in our beloved little Belize, offering the best our magical Central America and the Caribbean have to offer. Please come discover just why it’s called “Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret.”

Ambergris Caye Belize Main Attractions - Tropical Discovery

The best of Belize

Caribbean magic, Barrier reefs, Nature, Culture

Please, visit each region to find Day Tours offered by Tropical Discovery:

 

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Midas Resort Cayo District Belize

Midas Resort is a rainforest setting within a 7 minute walk from the Town Center of San Ignacio and a 30 minute walk from Cahal Pech archaeological site.

avg/night$48.00 SELECT
Banana Beach Resort

Banana Beach Resort Ambergris Caye Belize

The friendliest resort sitting on the powdery sand of Mar de Tumbo Beach just south of San Pedro Town on the Ambergris Caye of Belize.

avg/night$95.00 SELECT

Belize Biltmore Plaza Belize City Belize

The Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel is a full service Caribbean style hotel situated in the quiet residential area of Bella Vista on the northern outskirts of Belize City.

avg/night$111.00 SELECT

Hotel St. George’s Caye Resort Outer Cayes & Atolls Belize

St. George's Caye Resort is an exclusive, Canadian owned and operated resort nestled on a private residence island. Though only seven miles by boat from the shores of Belize City, it feels miles away from everything.

avg/night$119.00 SELECT

The Lodge at Big Falls Toledo District Belize

The Lodge at Big Falls is situated close to Punta Gorda, on the banks of the Rio Grande river, in Belize's southern Toledo District.

avg/night$123.00 SELECT

Hotel Laru Beya Beach Resort Placencia Village Belize

Tucked away on the lush Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize, Laru Beya is the perfect place to both do nothing and experience everything.

avg/night$140.00 SELECT

Hotel Chaa Creek Lodge Cayo District Belize

As a private 340-acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the lodge has provided a unique rainforest experience for thousands of people while maintaining an unspoiled ambience.

avg/night$143.00 SELECT
Ramons Village Resort

Ramon’s Village Resort Ambergris Caye Belize

Ramon's Village is a sanctuary nestled in a tropical garden of Royal Palms, bougainvillea, lilies, hibiscus and tropical flora.

avg/night$150.00 SELECT

Cotton Tree Lodge Toledo District Belize

Nestled between unspoiled rainforest and the banks of the Moho River, Cotton Tree Lodge offers a tranquil retreat on 100 private acres in the undiscovered Toledo District.

avg/night$152.00 SELECT

Hotel Pook’s Hill Cayo District Belize

Pook's Hill Lodge, situated within a 300 acre private reserve, is located at the foothills of the Maya Mountains in the Cayo District of Belize, bordering the Roaring River and Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve.

avg/night$153.00 SELECT
Captain Morgans Retreat

Hotel Captain Morgan’s Retreat Ambergris Caye Belize

With a private beach, first-class accommodations, unforgettable tours and activities, and all the amenities you could ask for, Captain Morgan’s Retreat is the ideal resort for your next Caribbean vacation.

avg/night$179.00 SELECT
SunBreeze Hotel

SunBreeze Hotel Ambergris Caye Belize

The charming ocean front SunBreeze Beach Hotel is a great base to coordinate your diving, snorkeling, fishing trips, or an archaeological adventure on the mainland of Belize.

avg/night$199.00 SELECT
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