Belize is the second smallest country in Central America, but it's also a demonstration that the richest gems are more about the sparkle than the size. That's because the roughly 23,000 square kilometers that make up the mainland are lush with life, but it's also because there's a whole universe of wonder to explore out on the open waters. Here are just a few reasons why Belize ranks among the Caribbean's hidden gems.
A Simpler Approach to Life
Things tend to move a little slower in Belize. It's reflected in the friendly personality of communities like Hopkins Village and in the country's cognizant approach to sustainable tourism and agribusiness. For much of Belize, paradise is enough. Whether you're exploring the narrow 16 mile Placencia Peninsula or the pristine beaches of Ambergris Caye, you don't need to worry about being judged for sprawling out on the beach and letting the hours pass you by.
A Country Steeped in Myth and History
The interior of Belize is rich with jungles, but there's a lot of history hiding within this verdant wilderness. Maya sites like Xunantunich, Cahal Pech, and Caracol are a reminder of the sophisticated culture that existed here over a thousand years ago. Seeing them can be a humbling experience, but the jungles offer plenty of opportunities for adventure as well. ATM Cave was once seen by the indigenous people as a gateway to the underworld and was used as a place of human sacrifice, but it's also one of the best places around for cave exploration on foot.
A Marine World Beyond Imagination
The Caribbean Sea is home to some truly gorgeous marine habitats, but the Belize Barrier Reef is easily its crown jewel. As the second largest barrier reef in the world, it's one of the most diverse ecosystems you'll find anywhere. Numerous dive sites are scattered in and around the barrier reef, but Belize is also home to the stunning and deep underwater cave known as the Blue Hole.
A Culture Seasoned With Countless Spices
Belize is a veritable melting pot of peoples. Descendants of the Maya people coexist with uniquely Belizean Afro-Caribbean tribes like the Garifuna, and the influence of English in everything from the language to the law is there as well. Add in a mix of immigrants as far reaching as China and idiosyncratic populations like Belize's Mennonite communities, and you're left with a rich culture of food, music, and dance that's well worth exploring firsthand.
If you want to be able to make the most of your trip in Belize, there's no better place to stay than Cahal Pech Village Resort. Located near the ruins of Cahal Pech, its location offers you access to all of the country's wonders — and the staff will be happy to make sure you have the experience you've been dreaming of.