First of all, well done to us for making it through the first month of 2018.
January for me was all about setting out my goals and how I am going to achieve them.
It’s was all business, business, business.
But now for the fun stuff. TRAVEL RESEARCH. February is going to be all about planning and researching places to visit.
Being the mermaid that I am, I always gravitate towards tropical paradises. I need my fixes of islands with crystal blue seas and white sandy beaches.
As you can imagine there are many places on my bucket list and even though I have managed to tick a few off, the list continues to grow.
And I would like to introduce my new addition, Belize! And let me tell you the reasons why.
STAYING IN LUXURY – RELAX & UNWIND
We are only one month into 2018 and already I feel like I need a 6-month stay in one of the Belize vacation rentals. Talk about getting your luxury fix.
Belize is a picture of tropical heaven with crystal blue water, beautiful sandy beaches, palm trees and coconuts.
I mean who doesn’t need a vacation like this!
Staying in luxury on the beach front with a view of the ocean right outside your door. YES. Get me there now!
Even though I like to travel about and do a lot of activities, there is such a benefit to taking some time to just switch off and relax.
Did you know Belize plays host the second largest barrier reef next to the Great Barrier Reef?
If you read my blog then you will know what an avid scuba diver I am and that I have been known to plan quite a few of my trips around dive sites.
When doing my research on the marine life, it seems like Belize is abundant with Sharks, Rays, turtles and many other marine dwellers.
Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserves are great spots not just for scuba diving, but for snorkelling and swimming as well.
And don’t worry the sharks won’t bite!
I mean what a dream for a diver! I honestly don’t think you would get me back out the ocean.
I love history! I am a self-proclaimed history buff and one of my favourite things to do while visiting other courtiers is to gain a deeper knowledge of their history and culture. So it will come as no surprise that that Maya Ruins would be on my list.
The main two sites being Caracol and Xunantunich
Caracol – Caracol is Belize’s largest Maya ancient archaeology site and one of the largest Maya sites in the world. It sits 500 meters above sea leave in the Maya mountains and covers approximately 200 square kilometres.
Xunantunich – Another popular ancient Maya site is Xunantunich in western Belize. The name Xunantunich means “Sculpted Lady in the Maya language.
An interesting fact is that the site is meant to be haunted. The rumours of the “Stone Women” refer to the ghost of a women wearing all white and has red fiery eyes.
History, culture and a ghost hunt. What more could you want?
Another Maya archaeological site and one of the most popular activity to do in Belize is the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave exploring adventure. I absolutely loved my Glow Worm Cave tour in New Zealand so I would jump at the chance to do another tour like that.
The ATM cave is an archaeological hotspot for Maya culture and was a sacred ground where sacrifices took place around 900 A.D and too this day you can still see a few preserved skeletons on your tour.
This is a day of swimming, crawling and climbing in much an untouched mystical setting.
It’s a shame that you cannot take a camera in with you on your tour. Apparently, a tourist dropped their camera on a 1000+-year-old skeleton and smashed its skull.
But not to worry, the tours do offer picture packages so at least you have your memories captured.
THE GREAT BLUE HOLE
The Great Blue Hole has already made an appearance on my Top Scuba Dive Site post and defiantly deserves another mention here.
The Great Blue Hole is underwater sinkhole off the coast of Belize which is circular in shape, over 300 meters across and 125 meters deep and is part of the larger Barrier Reef in Belize.
There are many different ways to explore this great wonder be it by boat, helicopter and of course scuba diving.
Be it land animals or sea creatures I love getting to see these beautiful creatures up close and Belize have some cute critter to go admire.
You can visit the Howler Monkey Sanctuary and see the little howlers in their natural habitat among the rainforest. This would be an experience I know I would enjoy after visiting the Ubud monkey forest in Bali.
Belize also plays host to the to their very own zoo. What makes it special is that it only represents native species to the country. None of these animals are caught from the wild. They are all rescued, injured or sick, so it’s more of a rescues sanctuary than a zoo. What a great way to see some gorgeous animals while helping towards their care and rehabilitation.
Also, did you know that Belize has the worlds only Jaguar preservation sanctuary?
The Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve is about 150 square miles of tropical forest in southern Belize.|
Though you might spot signs of the Jaguars on your trip it might be highly unlikely to see one wandering about as they are master of hide and seek. It would still be a great trip and a way to help support the sanctuary.
And if you are lucky enough to spot one then what an honour that would be!
I’ve been gathering some great pins on my Pinterest board about Belize and I’m just incredibly stunned by all the photography. From the beautiful beach, abundant reef system, culture caves and mind-blowing ruins.
If you have travelled Belize please leave me your tips and suggestions below. I would love to hear them.