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5 Reasons to Visit Belize

 

Belize Vacation

Belize isn't for everyone. But what it does offer, it offers in glorious plenty.

# 1 Diving/snorkeling

Regardless of your level of ability or physical condition, there's a place and mask for you in Belize. Diving around the atolls is world-class, excellent on the reef off Stann Creek and Toledo districts, and not bad even around the more-visited parts of the barrier reef such as near Ambergris Caye. Snorkeling is also excellent, though except from the cayes directly on the reef such as Tobacco, Goff's, and English, it requires a short boat ride to the reef. A caution, though: The Caribbean here can see rough seas, making snorkeling iffy on windy or stormy days. Long dive boat rides can be a very queasy experience.

 

# 2 Maya ruins

Belize was the heart of the Maya world, and today dozens of ruins can be visited without the hordes of tourists common in parts of Mexico.

# 3 Ecotravel: Birds, wildlife and nature

Most of Belize remains lightly populated by humans and untouched by developers, so it is a paradise for wild critters and birds. More than 500 species of birds have been spotted in Belize. Animals rare or extinct elsewhere still thrive in Belize's bush. Nature is still natural here. A surprising number of Belizeans have a real commitment to protecting the environment.

# 4 Adventure

Belize is a great place for adventure, soft or otherwise. Come for hiking, canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, and caving. Indeed, Belize offers some of the best spelunking anywhere, with huge cave systems, some yet unexplored, in the Maya Mountains and elsewhere.

# 5 Culture

No, not the kind you get from museums; Belize offers the visitors a laboratory of human culture, all in a small and accessible space. Belize is a truly multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-lingual society. Far from perfect, with dangers as well as pleasures, a trip to Belize can be an education. Come with your eyes, and mind, open.

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