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Five Photos That Will Convince You to Visit Belize

by Maia Muttoo Aug 12, 2019

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Are you thinking about visiting Belize for the first time?

Do you need another reason to staycation at home?

Here are five stunning photos that will convince you to explore this underrated gem of the Caribbean.

Aerial view down to the famous diving site and natural phenomenon the Blue Hole in the Lighthouse Reef, East of the Turneffe Atoll in Caribbean Sea, Belize, Central America. Image via Getty Images.

The Great Blue Hole is one of Belize’s most recognisable natural attractions. Located on Lighthouse Reef, about 60 miles off of Belize City, the massive underwater sinkhole measures over 300 metres wide and 125 metres deep, making it the world’s largest natural formation of its kind.

As this photograph demonstrates, the Blue Hole is breathtaking from above. You can get a bird’s eye view of this incredible natural wonder by booking a scenic flight during your trip to Belize. Book with Tropic Air, or Maya Island Air from Belize City, Caye Caulker or San Pedro.

Image via Belize Hub.

There are over 12 major Mayan archaeological sites in Belize. Xunantunich is located in the Cayo district of Western Belize and is believed to have had its most active years between 700 and 1000 AD.

Go back in time at this or one of Belize’s other ancient sites as you explore the country’s earliest cultures. Other well-known sites include Lamanai, Cahal Pech, Caracol and Altun Ha.

Image via Cahal Pech.

This beautiful close-up of a leopard is rare to come by. Notoriously shy, they’re one of the most difficult species to spot in the wild.

In Belize, you can look for a glimpse of these gorgeous big cats at the Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary or the Río Bravo Conservation and Management Area.

Image via The Adventurers Collective.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is famous for its crystal-clear water and plentiful marine wildlife. Located off the southern tip of Ambergris Caye, the reserve features four protected zones: reef, seagrass beds, mangroves and shark ray alley.

Jump in like Chelsea Kauai did in this photo and enjoy a swim with Belize’s local nurse sharks as schools of fish speed by around you.

Image via Miami Dade Country Auditorium.

The heart and soul of Belize is its people. Belize is a melting pot of many ethnic groups whose distinct cultures co-exist to form the broader Belizean culture. 

In this photo, Garifuna people sing joyously on Garifuna Settlement Day, the annual celebration of Garifuna culture which takes place in November. You can learn more about Garifuna culture by attending the festival or booking a cultural tour to Hopkins or Dangriga.

These photos are just a taste of what Belize offers. There’s so much for both locals and visitors to explore in this culturally and naturally rich country.

Now, what are you waiting for? Book that trip to Belize!

Sources: Cahal Pech, Jen on a Jet Plane, The Guardian, Belize.com, Wanderlust, Belize Travel Blog, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve.