When it comes to vacationing, you can go just about anywhere along the coast to find a nice sandy beach. So why are so many luxury vacationers heading to Belize for their getaways? The main reason is the depth of vacations to Belize. There's so much to do beyond the beaches.
For those interested in Mayan culture, Belize is the epicenter of this ancient civilization with the most temples, pyramids, and ritual chambers in the Americas. Sites such as Caracol along with Altun Ha, Xunantunich and Cahal Pech are great locations to explore what remains of the Mayan civilization.
Unlike the common concrete zoos found in many locations, the Belize Zoo is very open, creating a more natural environment for the animals where enclosures blend in with trees and plants around them. Once a refuge for wild animals and used as a site for documentaries, it now exhibits 150 animals that have been orphaned, rescued or born in the zoo.
Dangriga and Hopkins Village
For travelers who want more than just to enjoy the touristy areas, heading to Dangriga and Hopkins Village allows you to immerse yourself in the culture of Belize. Dangriga is where Punta Rock music was born and these two towns are Garifuna settlements, a distinct culture consisting of those with a West African and Amerindian (indigenous to South America) descent. This culture has their own language and rituals.
Museum of Belize
This museum is distinct. Once an overflowing prison, parts of the building have been restored to its original condition. The historical accuracy of the building shows how rough the prison was when it housed national heroes who fought for Belize's independence from the British Colonial government. Also housed in the museum are priceless artifacts, some dating back more than 2,500 years.
For luxury travelers planning a long stay, there are luxury accommodations to accompany the amazing adventures found in Belize. For a desert island getaway, check out the island of Cayo Espanto. This island is almost private with only six villas, each with a private swimming pool, private dock, and personal butler. At the Turtle Inn, luxury cottages are available right on the beach. Other options include Mahaca Hill Lodge, La Lancha Resort, and Chaa Creek.
For those looking for a plush vacation full of amenities and comfort, traveling lavishly should be part of the deal. You can take a luxury Caribbean cruise vacation that stops off in Belize, allowing you to explore the Maya ruins and more along with other island escapes.
Overall, one reason many choose to head to Belize is it's a gem in Central America. Despite being a small country, it has miles of beaches along the coast and tons to explore within the country's interior locations. With luxury provided through cruise ships and five-star accommodations, there is a special feeling that comes with those who can say they've traveled to Belize.