By guest writer Park Wilson
If you crave adventure in an exotic setting, Belize could be the place for you. With gorgeous tropical beauty, near-perfect spring-like weather, and so many things to see and do, tourists and expats alike flock to the shores of this Caribbean jewel more each year while touring Belize.
So whether you are looking to slow down and relax on the beach or to pack your days with adventurous activities, Belize has something to suit every taste.
Go Canoeing While Touring Belize
Photo by Claire Rowland
This is sightseeing at its finest. Climb aboard a canoe and see the wonder of Belize the way the ancient Maya once did. Float past the lush flora growing on the riverbank and observe exotic wildlife in its natural habitat while touring Belize.
And if a canoe is a little too slow-paced for you, consider touring Belize by booking a rafting trip offered by one of the many tour groups in this little country.
Slice through class IV whitewater and navigate through drop pools, channels, and waterfalls all at the hand of your seasoned guide.
Take a Hike
Photo by Marilyn M.
If you want to get up-close and personal with nature, but would rather do it from dry land, spend some time hiking through the diverse landscapes Belize has to offer.
And because 40% of the country is protected by law, hikers can experience true, untouched beauty while touring Belize, complete with stunning trails, lush vegetation, and awe-inspiring views that are definitely worth the trek.
A land of national parks, spend some time hiking through the many protected reserves including: Shipstern Wildlife Natural Reserve, Half Moon Caye National Monument, and Blue Hole National Park.
A fisherman’s paradise, Belize offers 240 miles of Caribbean coastline and some of the best sport fishing in the western hemisphere.
Of course if you choose to fish while touring Belize, be sure to get yourself a fishing license before you cast your line (unless you’re a resident).
Try your hand at fly fishing on the flats or reef fishing along the Belize barrier reef, but keep in mind, the best months to fish are May, June, and July.
Explore a Cave
Photo by Clonny
Belize is filled with thousands of caves, that when explored, range anywhere from an easy walk to a challenging hike depending on which cave you choose.
These natural wonders are sprinkled throughout the country, so get in as many as you can.
Don’t miss out on the Hokeb Ha cave at Blue Creek, a mere 20 minute hike from the village. Experience true wonder as you pass by a 10 foot waterfall to the entrance of the cave. Inside archaeologist found ancient Mayan ceramics and alters which led them to believe that this particular cave was once used for Mayan ceremonies of some sort.
For more cave adventures, you might also stop by Tiger Cave, outside of San Miguel or Laguna Cave outside of Laguna Village.
Rent a Kayak
Sea kayak along smooth, crystal blue waters and relax as soft tides and currents push you along the sea. And if you plan to visit the Belizean cayes, make sure that kayaking is on the top of your to-do list.
When you’re out at sea on a kayak, you will be able to navigate your vessel through the giant mangrove roots while looking down at the marine life as it darts in and out of sight beneath you.
Then, once you reach the outer edge of the reef, you just might spot sea turtles, dolphins, or even sharks.
Diving and Snorkeling
Photo by Wojtek Ogrodowczyk
Home to the world’s second largest barrier reef (next to Australia), Belize annually attracts visitors from all over the world who come to experience the world renowned diving.
Known for its incredible diving and snorkeling sites, there are hundreds of prime spots located along the cayes, atolls, and of course the massive 185 mile reef.
Book snorkel and dive tours, either half or full days and immerse yourself in the underwater world of colorful coral, tropical fish, and clear turquoise water.
For the very best diving and snorkeling, try out Caye Caulker, Turneffe Islands and Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Experience the Adventure of Belize
A Caribbean treasure full of possibility, get on board and make a trip down to Belize to see what it’s really about. Explore the country, try different activities, and find out whether or not life in Belize is truly the life you’ve been waiting for. It’s not a dream, it’s Belize.
Editors Note: Todays post was written by Park Wilson. He writes for Viva Tropical and is developing a 400 acre private island in Panama. You can reach him on Google+.