To the west of the Caribbean Sea, tucked away between Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras, is a little country with a rich history and exquisite beaches. From the Mayans to the British, with a lot of Latin flavor mixed in, here are some reasons to visit Belize.
The Mayan civilization thrived in Belize for 1,500 years. Throughout the country, you can find remains of their agriculture, workmanship, and architecture. Caracol is the largest archeological site and can be found within a tropical rain forest. It hosts the largest man-made structure in Belize, known as the Sky Palace. Another impressive monument worth checking out is The Castle in Xunantunich; and if you prefer your ruins in skeleton form, don’t miss the cave of Actun Tunichil Muknal.
Belize Barrier Reef
Belize is home to the second-largest coral reef in the world after Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, snorkelers and scuba divers have 190 miles to explore, making it Belize’s top tourist spot. But if diving isn’t your thing, exquisite beaches can be found in Caye Caulker, Tobacco Caye, and Hopkins.
Both Latinos and Caribbean people know how to have a good time, and that is exactly the situation in Belize. With so many demographics, expect dishes like tamales and ceviche, as well as rice and beans and esabeche. Reggaeton, calypso, and punta music are the sounds on the street, so go ahead and paint the town red!