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Although winter might be the season for snow, scarves, and mittens in North America, "winter" means plenty of sunshine and balmy temperatures in Belize. Winter is the perfect time to visit this gem of a nation where more than a third of the land is set aside for protected parks and nature reserves. Winter is the ideal season to enjoy basking in the sun on a beach, scuba diving, snorkeling, and sampling delicious fresh-caught seafood. One of the most interesting places

  Belize is home to more than 600 ancient Maya sites, but some of the most impressive of these sites are little known to outsiders. Located in Belize's far southern Toledo District, these amazing ancient cities continue to astonish and mystify archeologists. Nim Li Punit  Its original name is unknown, but it's modern Maya name means "Big Hat" because Nim Lim Punit is home to a large collection of carved stelae, including one of a chieftain in an elaborate headdress or "big hat." Despite the loveliness of the decorations, it

Barefoot Services had already been established as Belize’s premier resource for transportation, adventure and cultural tours throughout the country, so when the company was notified that it had been granted “Tourism Gold Standard” recognition just in time for the nation’s reopening to tourists, there was plenty to celebrate at company headquarters.  “We recognize the importance of keeping tourists visiting Belize once the airport reopens on October 1, 2020 safe and healthy, which is why we didn’t hesitate a moment to adopt

Ancient Maya caves dot Belize, but they’re so different, nobody says, “When you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all.” One of the most unique is Actun Tunichil Muknal, the site with such a long name, it was called ATM long before the acronym stood for banking kiosks.  How is ATM different from other Maya sites? For one thing, it’s underground. While most ancient Maya ruins are above ground so visitors get easy access to temples, housing and ballparks, this cave, where

Belize is a small country that's big on beauty, adventure and things to do. If you're planning a trip to this small jewel of Central America, you should plan to stay for several days. There's simply too much to see and do here to fit it all into just a weekend.  While you're here, make your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible with a little help from Barefoot Rentals and Services. Barefoot offers a plethora of tours and activities such

There is plenty to see in Belize, and the best way to see it on your terms is by driving a rental car.  A car gives you the freedom to go where you want, and there's no need to arrange transportation, hire a cab, wait for a bus or join a tour group. You can even set your own schedule and your own rules.  Where should you go on your scenic tour?  Start by visiting a nature preserve. Almost half of the land

The undiscovered jewel of the Caribbean, Belize is home to unspoiled rainforest, white sand beaches and a blend of eclectic cultures.  One of the most popular tours in the country is a visit to the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Gardens. Located in the largely rural Toledo District in Southern Belize, this is an enclave of over 500 acres where you can explore an amazing array of orchards, spice gardens, and flower gardens.  The smell of spices including black pepper, vanilla, cardamom, allspice,

Easter in Belize Easter is a four-day holiday in Belize and the biggest celebration of the year. Beyond religious observances, Easter is a time of exciting sporting events, getting outside to enjoy activities in the fresh air, and spending time with family and friends while enjoying fabulous food. Here are three places to visit during Easter in Belize: Benque Viejo Del Carmen This small town located in far western Belize is a great way to experience traditional culture during Easter. Good Friday is when

When you’re in Dangriga, make a point of stopping into the Pen Cayetano Studio Gallery. Here you’ll find some of the finest handmade artworks, crafts, and textiles in Belize, all for sale and housed in an early colonial home. Owner Pen Cayetano is one of Belize’s preeminent musicians and artists. With his family band The Cayetanos, he created music that blends traditional rhythms with modern instruments. Pen Cayetano also invented the popular musical genre known as Punta Rock. Cayetano is also a talented visual

Cave tubing is an adventure that you can only have in Belize, because only here will you find the blend of ancient wonder and unspoiled beauty that makes it possible. There's a reason that cave tubing is on most people's Belize bucket list.  Ride the River After a ride along the scenic Hummingbird Highway, you arrive at the entrance to the Caves Branch River. Here, you'll hop onto a professional-quality inner tube and begin your tour. Experienced local guides lead you down