Coming in at number 10 on Fodor’s Go List for 2018 was Belize, described as the perfect “getaway” destination in an exotic locale with year-round warm weather. Top attractions in Belize recommended by Fodor’s include exploring ancient ceremonial caves like Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, touring ancient Maya cities like Altun Ha and Lamanai, and learning more about the medicinal plants found in Belize’s lush jungles and rainforests.
Just a short flight from the United States or Canada, Belize lures travelers with beautiful natural landscapes, hundreds of offshore islands, and an eclectic mix of cultures that combine the best that Latin America and the Caribbean have to offer.
As a former British colony, Belize is approachable for many travelers, the only country in the region where English is the official language. Locals are renowned for their warmth and hospitality, often welcoming guests into their homes and to popular festivals and events. A melange of different cultures can be found in Belize, including a mix of Europeans, Asians, Africans, and indigenous people.
With a strong conservation program, Belize has successfully managed to preserve and protect its wildlife, including exotic animals such as jaguars, black howler monkeys, colorful toucans, hummingbirds, storks, giant iguanas, crocodiles, manatees, and dolphins.
The mainland of Belize is home to a variety of natural features, including vast broadleaf forests, thick jungles, wetlands, rainforests, and the tallest waterfalls in Central America. Popular activities include zip lining, horseback riding, cave tubing (floating down underground rivers aboard an inflatable inner tube), rappelling, visiting an animal sanctuary, bird watching, hiking, and swimming in the refreshing waters at the base of a waterfall.
Not to be outdone, the vast Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to hundreds of beautiful islands and atolls. The reef is a mecca for travelers who love activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, stand-up paddling, sea kayaking, beach barbecues of freshly caught seafood, and windsurfing.
Black Orchid Resort is perfect for readers of Fodor’s Go List for 2018 who want to explore Belize. The resort offers luxury accommodations in an unspoiled jungle setting overlooking the pristine Belize River and is just a 30-minute drive from the international airport.