During this pandemic, one thing that many people miss is going to the Beach. How about planning to spend your vacation in a tropical paradise ?! We are talking about Belize, a country bathed by the Caribbean Sea and a natural continuation of the Riviera Maya (just south of Mexico). Certainly, a place to put yourself on the list of travels and today, we are going to talk about some tourist spots.
First, let’s pass on some important information about Belize. Like Mexico, before the Europeans arrived, the country was populated by Mayans (and you can still see some buildings from that time). But, unlike the neighboring country, the official language in Belize is English, although there are other recognized languages and Spanish itself is understood by the population.
The country’s currency is the Belize dollar, which, to the relief of Brazilians, is usually cheaper than the US dollar and the euro. According to the Itamaraty website, the country charges proof of vaccination against yellow fever.
A paradise island surrounded by a sea with a crystal blue tone. A flashy description, isn’t it ?! Well, this is Caye Caulker, one of the favorite places for tourists visiting Belize. The island has a vibe unique and highly relaxing.
In addition to enjoying the region’s bars and restaurants, you can dive and discover all the natural treasures hidden in the blue waters of Caye Caulker. However, not only the natural beauty is the attraction of the island, the history of the place is also extremely interesting. The island’s population is related to the Caste Wars, Mexican refugees bought the island and their descendants live there today.
But not only beaches Belize lives. Butterfly Falls is a hidden gem among the tropical forests that dominate the country.
The waterfall is in a private reserve: the Hidden Valley Inn, meaning you need to book a stay at this property to gain access. The waterfall is only accessible by a trail that cuts through the forest and that usually lasts 30 minutes of walking.
The beauty of this island deserved even a song written and sung by Madonna: La Isla Bonita. Like Caye Caulker, which we talked about earlier, this island is a paradise surrounded by turquoise waters. Its most populated city is San Pedro, the name shows the Mexican influence in the place.
Like several Belize islands, Ambergris was populated with Mexican refugees fleeing the Breed War. An interesting fact is that, like Brazil, the city San Pedro has its own carnival celebration: El Gran Carnaval de San Pedro.
If you want to know Belize beyond its natural charms, a good tip is to spend some time in Belize City (the most populous city and the country’s oldest capital).
The city holds many interesting sights for tourists: The Belize Zoo (city zoo), the Museum of Belize (museum that tells the history of the country), Altun Ha (Mayan archaeological site) and the Belize Tourism Village (location in entrance to the city port, full of restaurant, bars and shop souvenirs).
First place on the list that is not on the coast. San Ignacio is that place for those who want to know more about the culture and history of Belizeans. Although several places in the country are receiving a flood of visitors, San Ignacio still retains some of its calm.
In the middle of the rainforest of Belize, the most popular attractions in the city are the boat trip on the Macal River and the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pec. During the night, you can look for bars and restaurants, most of them where you can experience the typical culture of the region.