Belize is without a doubt the most beautiful country I’ve ever visited.
With its palm fringed coast line, Rastafarian roots & coral reef, its got a serious tropical vibe. Belize has the second largest Barrier Reef system in the world (number 1 of course is Australia’s ‘Great Barrier Reef’). The protected reef provides calm turquoise waters to the many islands dotted throughout the region.
Do yourself a favour & sail from Caye Caulker to Placencia with Ragamuffin Tours, sleeping on tiny islands like Ambergis Caye, Rendezvous Caye and Tobacco Cayes. You can walk around some of these tiny uninhabited islands in less than a few minutes, something that may not be available for too much longer considering rising sea waters. It’s pure magic waking early to watch the sun rise, the water is aqua & spotted eagle ray play in the shallows, its pretty phenomenal.
Of course you have to get salty too. From the bigger islands of Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye you can jump on snorkel or dive tours & head out to Hol Chan Marine Park where you can dive with sharks (noo, not the scary kind) & an abundance of sea life. I have never seen so many turtles, eagle rays, fish or dolphins in my life! To put it in perspective, it feels like you are submerged in an aquarium, life absolutely everywhere! Stay a few nights to really experience the island life & slooow down.
Belize is also one of the only places that you can swim with manatees & whale sharks. This is an experience not to be missed, if you are lucky enough & one I’ll cherish forever.