Belize is a country located in Latin America, just below the tip of Mexico and next to Guatemala. A lesser-known destination for travelers, Belize has seen some increase in tourism in recent years. This true paradise will charm you from the moment you arrive. Discover its incredible beaches of fine sand and crystal blue water, its diving sites, which offer a magnificent coral reef, its caves and, finally its impressive "Big Blue Hole" in the heart of the Caribbean Sea. This country’s many treasures will certainly make you want to go back!
It is a must to explore amazing hidden caves while visiting Belize. These sights are suggested for adventurous travelers since they are not easily accessible. The first is the magnificent Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave, near San Ignacio. This Mayan archaeological site will allow you to learn more about the country's past, while its skylight offers you a breathtaking view. In the same region, you will find the natural cave of Barton Creek, which you can visit by kayak. You will be amazed by the beauty of this cave, considered one of the most beautiful in the world.
There are several inviting beaches to choose from during your stay in Belize. To name a few, the beaches of Ambergris Caye, near San Pedro, are a must-see as they are considered to be among the most beautiful beaches in the world. The white sandy beach of Koko King is also worth a visit if you are passing through the Caye Caulker area. Although the rising waters have swallowed up most of the beach, the small remaining part is of genuine beauty. The beaches of Turneffe Atoll are spectacularly beautiful and are located directly on the reef barrier, allowing you to swim with the turtles. Finally, Pelican Beach offers you a moment of guaranteed relaxation with its views of coconut trees, white sand and splendid turquoise water. No matter which beach you choose, you will be fascinated!
A destination known as an underwater paradise, Belize delights diving enthusiasts who come to discover its hidden treasures. Its "Great Blue Hole" is an underwater cenote measuring more than 100 km deep that you should add to your list! No matter where you are, dive sites are accessible just about everywhere on the coast, allowing you to clearly see corals and local fauna, including many types of fish, turtles, rays and even sharks. Don't worry, these are not dangerous!
Mayan archaeological sites reminiscent of past history are not uncommon in Belize. Among them, the hilltop site of Xunantunich is home to a pyramid close to the Mopan River. Caracol is also a Mayan city well known to tourists, some 40 kilometres away. Its ruins of more than 140 meters high will give you a great view of it. Finally, you could visit the vestiges of Santa Rita and Cerro Maya in Corozal or those of Lamanai in the Orange Walk District.
The Mountain Pine Ridge Nature Reserve is perfect for nature lovers. The Barton Creek Winery is located in this area. Head to the Rio on Pools, where you can swim in the rock pool surrounded by small waterfalls. Larger waterfalls are accessible, including Big Rock Falls and the impressive Thousand Foot Falls, more than 1,600 feet high. Several hotels have also been built in the wilderness to provide you with an immersive experience.
The country's official currency is the Belize Dollar.
Voltages in Belize are 110V and 220V with a frequency of 60Hz. Electrical outlets are of type B and G. Plan to have on hand an adapter in order to be able to connect your devices.
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