Belize is rapidly becoming a hot destination for people in North America who want to escape the snow, ice, and cold of winter. Lonely Planet just designated Belize as a top 10 place to visit in 2019, GQ magazine recommended Belize in its November 2018 edition, and Richard Branson will be heading to Belize this December to explore and map the Belize Blue Hole.
Here’s our recommendation for five amazing things you can enjoy in Belize this winter:
Visit an Ancient Maya City
Having invented their own form of writing and the most detailed calendar system in the world, the ancient Maya are rightly recognized for being one of the most fascinating cultures in the world. Belize was the heartland of the ancient Maya civilization, and over 600 sites have been identified in the country, including colossal cities with palaces, pyramids, and temples that are still the tallest buildings in Belize.
Snorkel or Scuba Dive the Belize Reef
The Belize Blue Hole is just one of the hundreds of amazing dive and snorkeling sites found on the Belize Reef, the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere. The crystal clear waters make it easy to spot hundreds of colorful fish species, anemones, eels, sharks, rays, dolphins, and manatees.
Take a Riverboat Tour
The Old Belize River is one of the gentlest and most scenic watercourses in the country. Wending its way through the pristine landscapes of northern Belize, the river is a great place to relax and drink in the sights and sounds of Belize. And few experiences are as romantic as a sunset riverboat tour.
With a sub-tropical climate and pristine landscapes, it’s no surprise that Belize is a haven for birds. Indeed, around 600 different bird species have been recorded in the country, including rare birds like the yellow-headed parrot and the ocellated turkey.
Visit the ATM Cave
Abandoned and forgotten over 1,000 years ago, the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave is like a time capsule of ancient Maya life. The cave was once used by Maya priests to conduct human sacrifices and other religious ceremonies, and over a dozen human remains still lie in the deepest recesses of this vast, underground “church.”
If you’re looking for a great place to stay on your Belize vacation, be sure to consider Black Orchid Resort. Located in the tranquil village of Burrell Boom, Black Orchid
is just a 15-minute drive from the international airport. Black Orchid is also home to the renowned Pan Di Riva Restaurant which specializes in authentic Creole cuisine.