Located just south of Mexico on the sunny western shores of the Caribbean, Belize is a small country with a big heart. With a small population of just 360,000 people, Belize is a true melting pot society where Garifuna, Maya, Mestizos, Creoles, Mennonites, and expats get along harmoniously.
Just 2-5 hours flying time from the United States, Belize is rapidly becoming one of the top vacation destinations in Central America thanks to its pristine nature, exotic wildlife, and unforgettably beautiful offshore islands.
Here are 5 reasons why Belize should definitely be on your Central America travel list.
Once the poor kid on the Central American block, Belize has risen from a distant backwater to one of the hottest travel destinations in the region. The internet and popular social media channels have greatly contributed to Belize’s popularity after posting photos and comments about their vacation experiences in the country.
People come from around the world to enjoy world-class snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and scuba diving in and around the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef and along pristine lagoons, rivers, and inlets. Thanks to a strong conservation effort by the government and people of Belize, the country’s waters are home to an astoundingly diverse number of fish species, birds, marine flora, and animals like dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, and manatees.
Belize is often called Mother Nature’s best-kept secret. As the least populated country in Central America, more than one-third of Belize is set aside as a protected wilderness refuge, animal sanctuary, or national park. And Belize’s hundreds of beautiful offshore islands are a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Unlike neighboring Central American countries like Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Nicaragua, you’ll never need a translation app to enjoy yourself in Belize. A former British colony, the national language in Belize is English, making it easy and fun to navigate around the country, read signs, and interact with the friendly locals.
Now that all four of the largest American airlines and Canada’s two biggest airlines offer non-stop flights to Belize from major cities across North America, it’s easier and more affordable than ever before to enjoy a fabulous Belize vacation.
For all these reasons and more, you should definitely consider visiting Belize on your next vacation and staying at the Black Orchid Resort, the premier jungle lodge in the country.