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Belize was meant to be a quick week on the way to Guatemala, but ended up being eleven excellent, adventurous days like none other on our trip. We love Belize! And in celebration of our new love of this country, read on for our listing of eleven things we love about Belize, one for each day:
1. 174 miles of beautiful coastline – Belize might be small, but the entire eastern side borders the Caribbean Sea, with many white sand beaches and turquoise waters.
2. Banana Bread – the supersoft Belizean banana bread is unrivaled, especially when it comes fresh out of the oven.
3. The amazing caves in Western Belize: Both Barton Creek Cave and Actun Tunichil Muknal are home to amazing rock formations, floor to ceiling stalactites & stalagmites, and fascinating Maya artefacts.
4. The cultural mix in Belize – we were surprised by the peaceful mingling of Latinos, the Garifuna, Mestizos, Maya and Mennonites.
5. The beautiful, undiscovered nature – Traveling through Belize, you see green everywhere: woods, fields, meadows, and much of it still seems so untouched. Many of the caves and Maya sites have only recently been found.
6. Belikin Beer, enjoyed ice cold.
7. The laid-back lifestyle on the Cayes – ‘Go slow’ is the motto of Caye Caulker, and that is exactly how life is lived. How could we not love Belize?! Stay away from the Cayes if you’re in a rush, because nobody else is (including service staff at bars and hotels).
8. The ‘small town feel’ to the country – Everyone will stop for a friendly chat, and within days, you already feel at home. With a population of 300,000, Belize is small not only in size, but also in population. It is likely to run in to locals you meet in one place while exploring somewhere else way across country.
9. Swimming with sting rays, nurse sharks, turtles, barracudas, and tons of other fish on the Meso-american reef (plus the beautiful corals).
10. The ‘swing bars’ on Caye Caulker make even the longest term travelers feel on holiday.
11. The diversity of the country: from tiny islands, subtropical woods, mountainous rain forests, fruit orchards, cattle meadows, caves and waterfalls – all filled with abundant wildlife. Did I mention that we love Belize?! 🙂
Have you been to Belize? There are still plenty of places we have left to visit in Belize, so please feel free to join in and share the things you love about Belize in the comments below.