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Make Belize Your Next Travel Destination

MSNBC’s Lifestyle section recently focused on all of the amazing wonders of Belize, referencing the country’s astonishing diversity of attractions, including gorgeous offshore islands, rainforests teeming with wildlife, and more ancient Maya temples, caves, and palaces than anywhere else on Earth.

Described by MSNBC as little oases of “paradise,” islands such as Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye offer visitors a chance to live out their fantasies as a castaway in the style of Robinson Crusoe. Besides being picture-book renditions of tropical beauty replete with palm trees, shimmering white sandy beaches, and crystal clear waters, islands like Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye are also popular staging points for diving and snorkeling expeditions on the reef.

Perhaps the most famous dive site in Belize is known as the Great Blue Hole. Brought to the world’s attention in 1971 by legendary diver Jacques Cousteau, the Great Blue Hole is scheduled to be mapped at the end of 2018 by a team of special submarines helmed by the legendary British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. The Belize Blue Hole was designated part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996.

Others wonders that can be found in Belize include the long-lost Maya city of Caracol. Built over 2,000 years ago but then mysteriously abandoned before the arrival of the Spanish in the 17th century, Caracol’s majestic stone structures continue to inspire awe. And its iconic Ca’ana or “Sky Palace” is still one of the largest human-made buildings in the country.

And for nature lovers, no trip to Belize is complete without a visit to the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS). Measuring hundreds of square miles and without a single paved road, the CBWS contains a varied landscape of mountain ranges (including the second-highest peak in the country), beaches, wetlands, jungle, and several impressive waterfalls. The CBWS is also home to the world’s first jaguar conservation program.

Other sites recommended by the MSNBC feature include the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, home to “Shark Ray Alley” where thousands of nurse sharks and stingrays gather and the Community Baboon Sanctuary where local villagers work to protect troops of black howler monkeys (known locally as baboons).

If you’re interested in exploring all of the amazing wonders of Belize, be sure to book your travels with Adventures in Belize (AIB). With a full staff of local travel professionals with years of experience, AIB specializes in creating unforgettable vacation experiences for travelers in Belize.