With its staggering natural beauty and opportunities for adventures, Belize is a fascinating country to explore. Home to the largest coral reef in North America, the second largest in the world, Belize attracts travelers that want to fish, snorkel and dive. But this vibrant country also attracts those who want to immerse themselves in Mayan history and culture. Belize’s ancient Mayan population significantly exceeded today’s population leaving behind a wealth of ruins and making its mark on the contemporary culture. And the fact that English is the official language of Belize, means there’s an exciting ease to connecting with locals about their traditions and their everyday life. While Belize is considered a premiere luxury destination, there are certainly some opportunities to enjoy a luxury vacation.
Things to do
- Immerse yourself in Garifuna Culture in Hopkins Village
- Explore the ancient ruins at Altun Ha
- Use Ancient Mayan techniques to design your own clay pot
- Explore Xunantunich ruins
- Snorkel or Swim the World Renowned Great Blue Hole
- Discover the Belize Barrier Reef at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
- Victoria House
- Turtle Inn
- Ka’ana Resort and Spa
- Cayo Espanto
- Blancaneaux Lodge
- Hidden Valley Jungle Resort
- Chaa Creek Jungle Resort
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Affectionately referred to as “MoBay,” Montego Bay lies on the northwest coast of Jamaica and pulses with the energy of authentic Jamaican life.
MoBay is home to some of the island’s most scenic beaches. At the popular Doctor’s Cave Beach you’ll find scores of visitors enjoying the warm waters. Another popular seaside retreat is Cornwall Beach.
Animal lovers can head south to Dolphin Cove in Lucea, Hanover, just 40 minutes outside of MoBay. This marine attraction offers close encounters with dolphins and other aquatic creatures.
History and culture buffs should visit the Bellefield Great House and Gardens, one of the oldest sugar plantations in Jamaica. Steeped in history, mystery and magic, Rose Hall Great House offers a slice of colonial life reminiscent of the 1770s. Legend has it that the ghost of Annie Palmer still haunts the mansion today.
St. James Parish Church was built between 1775 and 1782 in the shape of a Greek cross and is regarded as one of Jamaica’s finest churches.
Nearby Good Hope Estate offers tours of the property that can be thrilling — think river tubing and zip lining — or more relaxed affairs, like a high tea service.
If you are looking for a few souvenirs, you can find interesting gifts at The Shoppes at Rose Hall. Half Moon Shopping Village may also be worth visiting, and the downtown Craft Market houses homemade items like straw hats and bags. The Old Fort Craft Park offers a broad variety of handicrafts hawked by 180 highly competitive vendors. The Harbour Street Craft Market is also known for good deals on Jamaican memorabilia.
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