With English as its official language, Belize is truly a one-of-a-kind country in Central America. This incredible Caribbean island is not only packed with gloriously soft-sandy beaches that stretches for miles but is also brimming with a plethora of historical sites, a unique cultural legacy, luscious jungles and magnificent wildlife. Belize is high on tourist attraction with the ancient Mayan ruins that history buffs will love to visit, striking reefs that scuba divers would love to sink their teeth into and dense woods with exotic animals and birds that nature & wild-life enthusiasts would enjoy exploring.
Kick-start the tour by heading over to the Great Blue Hole that is number one on every tourist's itinerary who visit Belize, particularly divers. Renowned to be the most famous dive destination in Belize, the Great Blue Hole provides divers with excellent observations of limestone formations that molds its walls. This huge sinkhole under the water is close to the Lighthouse Reef that forms a perfect circle of deep blue water. Divers can drop by at the protected Belize Barrier Reef that is home to an amazing amount of marine life. They can swim with sharks and stingrays along.
Take a trip to Caye Caulker - a small tiny island in the Caribbean island and usually visited by high-speed water taxi or a small plane. Over the years, the island has turned into a major tourist hub due to its affordable rates, laid-back vibe and a plethora of restaurants and bars. Perched high on the Vaca Plateau, 500 meters (1650 ft) above sea level, Caracol is the biggest Maya site in Belize. The largest pyramid in Caracol is Canaa (Sky Place) and at 43 meters (143 ft), it is renowned to be the tallest man-made structure in all of Belize.
Renowned to be a popular Placencia in all of southern Belize, Placencia appears to have the best mainland beaches as well as some of the incredible offshore coral cayes. The stunning white-sand beaches combined with cheap accommodation makes it a top spot for tourists to flock into. History aficionados ought to visit Lamanai, an ancient Maya city. It is a Mesoamerican archaeological site whose excavations and restorations have focused on restoration of bigger structures such as High Temple, a 33 meter tall temple. Lamanai in Maya means 'submerged crocodile' and it is one of the few Mayan sites to preserve its original name.
Ambergris Caye is the biggest of the cluster of the islands in the northernmost waters of Belize. One can even stroll around the town of San Pedro, the only urbanized area in the island. Wild-life enthusiasts will be delighted to roam around Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The reserve was set up in 1990 as the first wilderness sanctuary for the jaguar. Despite 60 of Belize's 700 jaguars living in the sanctuary,chances of glimpsing the animal are quite slim. However, one can view other wild-life such as bird-viewing and other animals.
Families with kids can head over to Belize Zoo, one of the finest zoos in the Americas. It gets visitors to view the native animals of Belize as well as other wild animals in enclosures that replicate their natural habitat. The island of Half Moon Caye has been wholly devoted to the conservation of birds.
When it comes to shopping, some of the best souvenirs to be bought are hand-made crafts and Jewellery from Ambergris Caye. But the most distinctive piece of item to be bought in Belize are drums created by the Garifuna. That is one of the few products that can truly be called Belizean.
As for cuisine, be sure to dig into a delicious meal of rice and beans - a Belizean staple and munch on tacos - corn or flour tortillas, served with shredded chicken, onions, cabbage and cilantro. Be sure to try out local beer, Belikin in any of the bars and clubs spruced around.
The stay options in Belize are abundant with the best luxury hotels, swanky apartments and cheap accommodations are available for the tourist to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste.
Belize experiences tropical climate. The best time to holiday in the island would be from November to mid-April during the dry season.