Belize is not a Latin American country but neither is it entirely Caribbean. Belize has bit of both worlds: a great mix of cultures incredible ocean floors and jungles that hide Mayan pyramids much less visited than those of neighboring countries. It is still a rustic destination but great for travelers who want to feel that there are still corners in the world to discover. Its barrier reef is the second biggest in the globe behind the Australian an authentic underwater paradise. Its jungle gathers a huge network of national parks and nature reserves its Mayan sites have nothing to envy to Mexicans Guatemalans or Hondurans and the growing tourist industry has developed all kinds of adventure proposals in nature.
The great blue hole is one of the best natural wonders of the world Belize best-known tourist attraction and a unique diving experience. It may not be the best immersion in the country but one of the most popular. With the dark blue center its walls descend more than 120 meters into the ocean and although it accumulates a lot of sediment and natural waste its depth continues to generate that blue circle which can be seen from the sky, and stalactites and stalagmites abound. A bank of reef sharks in addition to innumerable invertebrates and sponges accompanies the divers in their descent to the mysterious depths of the sea. Although the water is transparent there is very little light.
Like a pearl necklace of white sand Glover atoll is made up of half a dozen islets surrounded by an infinite blue sea. It is one of the three best atolls of Belize but it is the one that sees fewer visits and stays more virgin. It owes its name to the pirate john Glover who in the seventeenth century used these islets as a base to approach the Spanish galleons that came and went from the islands of the bay of Honduras. Its unique location on top of a submerged mountain range on the edge of the continental shelf makes it an ideal place to practice rowing between islands or the central lagoon shallow. With a transparent bottom kayak you can see speckled and spiny rays turtles and innumerable tropical fish swimming under the hull.
Also called the Isla Bonita for the famous song of Madonna ambergris Caye is the paradisiacal vacation destination par excellence. For many visitors it is the perfect image of the holidays: very relaxed but also fun. There’s not much to do right but who cares you can dive the reef kayak the lagoon or windsurf through the straits; it is also possible to pamper yourself in a spa or try out with a yoga class or simply nap on a jetty. At sunset you can enjoy the most delicious dinners and the liveliest night in the country. The island is long and narrow: 40 kilometers long and eight wide at its peak although most do not exceed one kilometer.
After tasting the beer you have to visit these ruins that served as inspiration for the Belizean bottle label and the Belizean banknotes. Altun ha the easiest access site in Belize 55 kilometers north of downtown city is a smaller and less imposing archaeological site than other Mayan centers but with its immaculate central square it is also spectacular with 10 different buildings from the 6th and7th centuries such as the temple of the masonry altars. It was also the richest site in the country although the objects found are no longer there. Climbing to the top of the temples to see the surrounding jungle is a good way to exercise.