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While less well-known and flashy as the crowded resort towns of Mexico, the small Central American nation of Belize offers travelers the chance to experience pristine natural beauty, a true melting pot of culture, and some of the most delicious food in the region. Some of the bigger offshore islands in Belize like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker in the north have drawn in celebrities for decades, but savvy travelers are increasingly discovering the quiet charms of southern Belize. Here are

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

Rated by National Geographic and the Discovery Channel as the number one sacred cave in the world, Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave was an important religious center for the ancient Maya but was abandoned more than 1,000 years ago. Only rediscovered in the 1980s, ATM Cave has provided archeologists with an undisturbed look into the secret ceremonies performed by ancient Maya priests. The ATM Cave is located near San Ignacio in central Belize and is a treasure trove of ceramic objects,

Belize, with its fertile soil and abundant fisheries, is rapidly becoming a paradise for foodies. And one of the best places to eat in the country is Omar's Creole Grub in Placencia Village in southeastern Belize. Simple and unprepossessing from the outside, Omar's Creole Grub was founded in 1993, making it one of the oldest restaurants in the area. Omar's Creole Grub is a family-owned and run restaurant that serves traditional Creole Belizean food. Still helmed by the eponymous Omar, the

Belize is a natural wonderland packed full of exciting things to see and do. Two of the most exciting activities that you can enjoy in the country are zip lining and cave tubing. Cave Tubing Just as you might imagine, cave tubing is a relaxing adventure that involves using an inflatable inner tube to float down a gentle river that runs underground through a cave. Certain areas of Belize such as the South Stann Creek River and St. Herman's Cave are perfect for

When was the last time you went on a relaxing foreign holiday? If you’re like most Americans asked the question during a recent Bankrate survey, only 52-percent of Americans are planning summer vacations in 2021 while a whopping 48-percent are still on the fence. Researchers asked the obvious question and found a simple answer: “We can’t afford it.” In fact, 74-percent of Gen Xers surveyed (ages 40 to 54) say they can’t afford a summer vacation. If Americans in this age bracket

Officially known as Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, but commonly referred to as the ATM Cave, this vast underground complex offers visitors a fascinating glimpse into the lost world of the ancient Maya. Abandoned more than 1,000 years ago, the ATM Cave was once used by ancient Maya priests to conduct some of their most solemn and grisly ceremonies. Inside the ATM Cave are thousands of artifacts, including obsidian weapons, ceramic offering pots, and other religious items, but the reason why people

If you are searching for adventure, Belize is the ideal place for you. Located in Central America, Belize is a country of magnificent natural beauty that lures travelers with its pristine reef, thick jungles, friendly people, and ancient Maya pyramids. Getting to Belize in 2019 especially from North America has never been easier and affordable. Flights with United, American Airlines, Delta, and Southwest depart daily from major US cities like Atlanta, Miami, Chicago, and Los Angeles. There are also weekly flights

A narrow strip of golden sand beaches measuring just half a mile wide and 16 miles long, the Placencia Peninsula is well-suited for exploration by golf cart. Although there are a few places where you can drive a car in Placencia, the majority of the peninsula is off-limits to automobiles, making golf carts the perfect mode of transportation to get around. Barefoot Rentals and Services, a locally-owned company based in southeastern Belize, has a large number of golf carts for rent. What

Managed by the Belize Audobon Society, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary (CBWS) is one of Belize's largest and most important protected natural areas. Located in the southeastern Stann Creek District of Belize near Dangriga, Hopkins, and Placencia, the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary measures more than 150 square miles (389 square km) of pristine nature that includes mountains, wetlands, waterfalls, and Caribbean coastline. The CBWS is perhaps best known for being the world's first jaguar preserve. All five of Belize's indigenous big cat