Belize Tourism Board

Belize a Curious Place


Curious, adventurous, authentic, vibrant, diverse, inspiring, amazing are just a few of the numerous words that describes Belize. Bordered by Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the west and the turquoise Caribbean Sea lapping against its shores, Belize measures a mere 8,867 square miles but undeniably packed with adventure and intrigue.
Belize’s central Coast has its own enchantment, with dotted villages to explore along the Belize River valley. A popular stop along the way is the Belize Howler Monkey Sanctuary; a community effort by the villages to protect the Howler Monkeys in their region. Get up close and personal with a Howler Monkey; be challenged by a hike of the Altun Ha Maya temple and enjoy the colorful scenery of Belize’s splendid and rare bird species.
Central Belize is a true relic of the old colonial days; its history evident in handsome colonial structures and its rich and predominant Creole culture as you enjoy a horse and carriage tour through the streets of Belize City. The urban backdrop encompasses seaside parks; bustling shopping centers and sailboats that bob and sway to the rhythm of the Haulover Creek. At the heart of the city is the Belize Swing Bridge; the only functioning manually operated swing bridge in the world.
A water taxi or a short airplane ride from the city transports you to paradise to the beautiful Northern Islands. At Ambergris Caye sway to live island music, delight in the fine dining; experience a sky dive over the island and the bliss of a snorkeling and diving excursion in Belize’s Barrier Reef System. Swim with Sea Turtles, nurse sharks, southern stingrays, a variety of fish of all shapes, color, and sizes as well as an abundance of corals and sponges are among just a few sites to see at the reserve. Dive the over 400 feet deep Great Blue Hole and be mesmerized by its strength and beauty. For those who prefer to stay grounded the island is perfect for water sports activities such as paddle boarding, Jet Ski rentals, parasailing. Known for its pristine beaches and vibrant nightlife the island is a paradise fit for fun, leisure and entertainment.

Island hop Caye Caulker e sentir a vibração relaxante com o seu lema "Go Slow" onde os moradores incentivar os visitantes a relaxar e perder a noção de tempo. Em "The Split", que se formou após um furacão lavou uma porção de terra e dividiu a ilha em dois, apreciar uma bebida fria, tomar sol ou desfrutar de um mergulho no mar.
No final de uma unidade norte; Enrolando rios e encantamentos antigos cumprimenta-lo na cidade de Orange Walk. Fondly chamado Sugar City (crioulo é 'Sugah' cidade) esta cidade é conhecida por seu cultivo de cana-de-açúcar. Com inúmeros sites maia encontrados em todo o país, uma grande atração no entanto é Lamanai (que significa "crocodilo submerso"). Aqui você pode viajar de volta no tempo através de airboat através da selva e experimentar a rota de comércio popular utilizado pelos antigos Maia do rio Novo.

Moving southward of the country, to the South East coast, where the Jaguar head suitably represents this region. The enriched district of Dangriga, known locally as the “Culture Capital,” boasts the largest population of the country’s Garifuna descendants, who are a mix of African slaves and native Caribs who once populated the Caribbean Islands. The Garifuna’s first arrival was recorded the year 1802, and have since had a strong influence on our culture as their “Punta” music is widely recognized as our national music.
Similarly, Hopkins Village is considered a quiet Garifuna fishing village but has lately had a spur of investments and many luxury hotels have been constructed in the village. With a few Garifuna drumming schools, Hopkins offers the opportunity to teach visitors how to beat the drum to the rhythm of the Garifuna beat, or learn to dance to Punta or Parranda music on the Hopkins beach, either way it will be an unforgettable experience.
Placencia is the most popular destination found in the South East region. Located on a peninsula, this has become a very popular spot for sailors travelling through the Caribbean on their own vessels. For locals, this is a getaway destination where one can go to relax and let loose. Placencia’s tranquil atmosphere and nearby beach is a “fave” for many locals, especially during the Easter break. In addition to beautiful Placencia Village, there are a number of islands in close proximity that are perfect for sailing, fishing and diving activities.

Aqui, os visitantes mostram onde e como o cacau é cultivado e cultivado, lições pessoais sobre a fabricação de chocolate são exibidos com o uso de métodos antigos e receitas utilizadas pelos ancestral Mayas. Como a excursão conclui, os hóspedes são fornecidos com uma refeição tradicional caseira e bebida de cacau servido que no tempo do pico maia foi considerado apenas disponível para a realeza. Em conclusão, Belize é um destino único que não será satisfeita por uma visita-você apenas continuar a se apaixonar por seus recursos naturais e cultura cheio de pessoas de cada vez. Nosso pequeno Belize verdadeiramente pacotes uma enorme aventura; Desperta sua curiosidade e deixa visitantes com nada, mas memórias duradouras do céu na terra.

Additional Information


       The first people to develop Belize were the Maya around 1500 B.C.E. As shown in archeological records, they established a number of settlements here. These include Caracol, Lamanai and Lubaantun. The first European contact with Belize occurred in 1502 when Christopher Columbus reached the area's coast. In 1638, the first European settlement was established by England and for 150 years, many more English settlements were set up.
       In 1840, Belize became a "Colony of British Honduras" and in 1862, it became a crown colony. For one hundred years after that, Belize was a representative government of England but in January 1964, full self government with a ministerial system was granted. In 1973, the region's name was changed from British Honduras to Belize and on September 21, 1981, full independence was achieved.

Belize Tourism Board


P.O. Box 325, #64 Regent Street,
Belize City, Belize

Phone:  501 227 2420

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