Most people see traveling as a way to get out of the office, while a wanderlust traveler sees it as a lifestyle. Everyone enjoys taking time away from normal life to explore the unknown-especially if it’s on a budget. Belize, Central America offers a mixture of Jungle, Island and Coastal Adventures.
Let’s take a look at Belize Bucket List Destinations:
The Belize Barrier Reef
Being the second largest barrier reef in the world, this natural attraction has attracted thousands every year. Sail into the blue- snorkel, swim and dive among magnificent coral gardens. The Reef is protected by the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System which includes seven marine reserves, 450 cayes, and three atolls. About 70 different hard coral species and 36 soft coral species have been discovered and identified at the barrier reef, and over 500 species of fish and invertebrates live in the area. Meet many species of fishes including Sharks!
The Belize Blue Hole
This giant sink hole in the Caribbean is one of the top ten diving destinations in the World. Thousands flock Belize every year to experience this incredible “Bucket List” dive. The blue hole is not a colorful dive, but contains massive stalactites, many types of fishes including: giant groupers, nurse sharks, reef sharks and hammerheads.
The ATM Cave ( Actun Tunichil Muknal)
One of the top ten sacred caves in the world, according to National Geographic. The number of visitors rise yearly, as this is a “bucket list” cave. Take a hike into the Mayan Underworld known as “Xibalba”. See but Don’t touch! The massive stalagmites and stalactites will blow your mind- and that’s not all…meet the “crystal maiden”! Hike through the thick jungle, wade through crystal clear rivers and explore the great underworld!
Cockscomb Basin wildlife Sanctuary & Jaguar Preserve
The World’s FIRST Jaguar Preserve. The name cockscomb derives from the mountain ridges that resembles a rooster’s comb. This magnificent mountain range is visible from the coastal plain of the Caribbean Sea. It is very popular for its spectacular waterfalls, mountain views, nature trails, and rich diversity of tropical birds. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to all five (5) of Belize’s cats: Jaguar, Puma, Margay, Jaguarundi, and Ocelot.
Things to do at Cockscomb Basin includes: hiking, birding, camping/lodging, night hikes, swimming and rappelling,
Caracol Archaeological Site
Located deep within the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Caracol is the largest Mayan Site in Belize. During its classic period, Caracol hosted a population of 180,000 people. The central core area covered 15 square miles and was linked together by more than 20 miles of causeways. Over 70 formal tombs have been excavated, and many hieroglyphic texts were found on stelaes, altars, walls and capstones.
These are five “bucket list” Activities in Belize. However, they are only the beginning of an incredible Belize adventure. Visit the five major tourist destinations: San Ignacio, Placencia, Hopkins, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.