Belize is on the Northeast coast of Central America. It lies on the Caribbean Sea. Its original habitats were the Mayan, and Mayan ruins are still extremely popular tourist attractions. It is also known for its variety of wildlife and amazing SCUBA diving opportunities.
Visitors who are eager to dive or snorkel around the barrier reef of Belize should visit the Ambergris Caye. For novices, there are snorkeling and diving instructors in San Pedro, the only town on this 25 mile island. For those who prefer fun on dry land, there are plenty of sights to see, from Mayan ruins, to limestone caves. There are also mountains, waterfalls, and tropical rain forests. The best way to get around this relaxing island is by golf cart.
Great Blue Hole
Divers and snorkelers will love to explore the Great Blue Hole, which is a large underwater sinkhole. It lies about 43 miles off he coast of Belize. Its depth is 125 meters and it is 300 meters across. Snorkelers will enjoy viewing the abundant wildlife, including nurse sharks and grouper. Divers will enjoy exploring underwater stalactites and other geologic formations in the hole. It is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve Systems.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve:
This is another destination for divers and snorkelers. It spans about three miles and its to the south of Ambergris Caye. Wildlife there includes sharks, stingrays, and eels. “Hol Chan” means “little channel” and the “cut” nature of this aquatic area make it ideal for novice divers. It consists of 4 areas: Shark Ray Alley, the sea-grass beds, the mangroves, and the reef. This channel in the reef is thought to have been caused by erosion.
Caye Caulker is an island that is full of hotels, shops, and great places to eat. Activities available on the 4 mile island include fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking sailing, and simply enjoying the relaxed feel of the place. There are no cars on Caye Caulker: people get around by bicycles and golf carts, keeping the pace of the island slow and relaxed.
The Cayo District is known for having beautiful, green scenery. It is home to Mayan ruins, jungles, and the nation’s capital, Belmopan. Activities available in the Cayo District include tubing, canoeing near one of its impressive waterfalls, hiking, and swimming. There are also wildlife reserves, including the Natural History Museum, which is try to preserve the Blue Morpho Butterfly Species. The Cayo is a great destination for visitors who want to go to the beach, but also enjoy sightseeing on land.
If you are hoping to spend some serious time on a beach with gold sand and palm trees, Placencia Peninsula is the place to go. In addition to its beautiful beach, it is known for delicious Creole seafood restaurants. If you visit the Monkey River, be prepared to see some exotic wildlife, including boas, crocodiles, and howler monkeys.