If the movie Eat Prey Love taught us any valuable lessons in life, travel is one of the most therapeutic activities a person can do to escape the rigors of Corporate America or a terrible breakup. Experiencing different cultures and ideologies can have a profound impact on us all. It’s no coincidence that Belize, a majestic place located on the eastern coast of Central America, makes most people’s bucket list of places to vacation. If you’re aching to escape the Darwinian, concrete jungle of the Corridor from a work perspective, here is a synopsis of why you should travel to Belize.
Besides carving time out of a chaotic work schedule and travel time, what is the most significant obstacle to overcome during traveling? For those who are not fluent in multiple languages, language barriers abroad can frustrate most people, so having a translation book handy is advantageous. Conveniently, English is the official language of Belize. So you can hit the ground running with the locals without any fear of being swindled. Also, the monetary conversion rate is simple. For example, a $1 Belizean beverage cost $0.50 U.S. Your money will stretch twice as far in Belize.
Belize has a plethora of Maya Ruins. Over the years, many of the ruins have been excavated for tourists and Belizeans to explore them. Belize is the epicenter for ancient Maya Civilization and has more Maya Ruins than any other country. Xunantunich is located off the main highway and easily accessible. Caracol, Cahal Pech, Lamanai and Altun Ha are majestic ruins brimming with adventure.
Deep diving in The Blue Hole, a beautiful, massive ocean cavern, will make your heart skip a beat or two. Regarded as Belize’s signature dive, the hole is a perfectly round orb that stretches 1,000 feet across and is 450 feet deep. If you want to make your Instagram likes explode, take a helicopter ride over the hole and take a few photos from above.
Belize has hundreds of islands known as cayes. South Water Caye and Cay Caulker are medium-sized island retreats that are perfect for tanning or reading a book in the sand in peace. If you’re looking for a more vibrant, boisterous place, visit Ambergris Caye and have a drink in San Pedro Town; it’s one of Belize’s most popular destinations.
There are many more reasons to travel to Belize. The food: swordfish, shrimp, conch, papayas and soursop are delicious. The beaches, ruins and culture are a few things to enjoy. Scratch Belize off your vacation destination bucket list this year.