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by Rachael Dragani
Photos Courtesy Tony Rath, JC Cuellarand, The Belize Tourism Board
Photo (above) Cool light sunrise in Ambergris Caye, Belize

There are too many languages, cultures, people, foods and historic tales blended together in this tropical nation to make anyone feel like an outsider. Come for a relaxing honeymoon and leave with so much more – a taste of the beginning of civilization, the chance to have seen exotic species on land or underwater and some sun-kissed cheeks from lazy days on the picture-perfect coast.

Economic failure in the past decade and a subsequent recovery made possible by the cooperation between labor, tourism officials and the government have made visitors essential to the nation’s success. So, anywhere you go, you’re guaranteed a smile with your service, making sure that your new spouse isn’t the only thing you’re in love with when you have to leave Belize.

LAY OF THE LAND

Settled by the Mayans thousands of years ago and trampled on by everyone else in between, the history of Belize is just as rich as its landscapes. The barrier reef along the coast is the second largest in the world and home to white sandy beaches. The rest of the country is scattered with mountains, lakes, flora-heavy marshes and a dense jungle that boasts many of the world’s most exotic species. There’s something for every type of adventure sport buff, nature-lover or beach bum in Belize, the trick is deciding what you want to do or finding the time to do it all.

TOP MUST-SEE’S MUST-DO’S

Explore the Sea
Almost every tourist destination in Belize involves a beach, and if you’re stressed out from your big day and need a drink by the crystal blue water, you’re going to the right place. Take a step off the white sand, though, and explore the other wonders Belize is hiding:

Explore the Rainforest
About half of Belize is covered in a dense, well-protected rainforest. The animals and birds the jungle houses are unparalleled in the rest of Latin America, and the kinds of orchids alone are over 250. Toledo, a city in the southern part of the country, is the best place to visit. A little off the beaten path, the adventurous couple can spend days here exploring the rainforest and mountains, rivers, lakes and Mayan villages that go along with it.

Go Underwater!
If you’re a certified diver, you probably already know what Belize has got to offer – the largest coral reef in the Caribbean teeming with hundreds of species of marine life and rare aquatic plants. It’s a diver’s dream. No worries if you’re not a pro – Belize is the perfect place for beginners with countless dive locations year round. Whether you’d like to become certified or try your hand at snorkeling, Belize dive groups offer a variety of options ranging from master dives to afternoon boat tours. Make sure to ask at your hotel or shop around town to get the best rates – there is plenty of competition so it’s also a great place to get a good deal.

See Mayan Ruins
The beautiful water and bountiful rainforests you may visit are perfect tourist destinations, but centuries ago they were what made Belize the perfect place for Mayan tribes to build communities. Today, many ruins are still well-preserved for visitors and a great way to marvel at the resourcefulness and intelligence these founders of civilization possessed. Tours range from day expeditions to week-long treks through some of the villages and jungles, so decide what you’d like to do and shop around for the best deal.

WHAT TO EAT
The cuisine of Belize is as varied as its landscape. For a day of local flavor, start with a breakfast of tortillas with many types of cheeses and refried beans, munch on rice and beans with coconut milk and some tamales for lunch and dine on meat pies, escabeche (an onion soup), or a good stew for dinner. If you’d rather have a meal that tastes closer to home, most of the main cities have a wide variety of well-prepared international cuisine. The popular tourist destination Ambergris Caye offers everything from traditional Belize cuisine to pizza – and in between you can stop at Wine de Vine to sample some fine wines and cheeses. Caulker Rasta Pasta’s is a great spot on the beach, popular for its delicious yet affordable selection and great atmosphere.

WHERE TO STAY
Think about what you want before you come to Belize – pool? Beachside? Great restaurants? Opportunity for organized day trips? It’s easy to find all of the above in a package set-up, especially in Ambergris Caye, the island getaway:

Coco Beach Resort, Ambergris Caye

Belizean Cove Estates Villas, Ambergris Caye

The Black Rock Lodge

Victoria House

Hidden Valley Inn

Portofino Beach Resort

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The 7th annual Central America Travel Market kicked off its 3-day promotion of the region’s natural and cultural diversity in the former colonial capital of Antigua, Guatemala. Between October 18-20, over 245 tour operators and media drawn from a vast range of countries from around the world.

Exhibitors where from Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Nicaragua, Honduras and BELIZE. Our booth was manned with 16 participants, including Portofino Beach Resort and Belize Hotel Association. It was a successful show for all of us… and for BHA even a little more as they used their brand new Belize Hotel Guide for the first time. It looks awesome!

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Manuel Heredia Jr., Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Civil Aviation of Belize and President Pro Tempore of the CCT welcomed everybody to the show with a very informative and welcoming speech regarding Tourism in Central America. As well Minister Heredia came to visit our booth daily, and spoke to many press and media. We were able to promote our Touristic products to the buyers who believe that Central America is an ideal region for tourists who enjoy unforgettable travel experiences.

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Sport Diver Magazine in Belize!

Posted on 02 Oct, 2010 in the Belize News|Portofino News Category. 1 Comment

Sport Diver Magazine

Sport Diver Magazine

Jad Davenport, freelance journalist experience Belize

Belize City, Belize, June 15th, 2010 – Freelance photojournalist Jad Davenport is scheduled to visit Belize on an assignment for both Sport Diver and Islands Magazine.

Sport Diver Magazine is the official magazine of the PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) Diving Society and with a circulation of 346,618 it is the highest-circulation Scuba Diving magazine covering diving destinations, equipment, training, and more.

Islands Magazine (circ. 204,989) showcases islands around the world with interesting articles and beautiful photography, focusing on warm weather locations it includes tourist information, destination profiles, island activities, and lifestyle features with an emphasis on capturing the essence of the culture, location and its population.

Davenport’s visit to Belize will take him to San Pedro Ambergris Caye and Cayo Espanto for some world class diving and then to the Toledo District for some jungle adventures. His itinerary was developed by the Belize Tourism Board in collaboration with its Private Sector partners; Cayo Espanto, Cotton Tree Lodge, Ecologic  Divers, Off the Wall Dive Center & Resort, Portofino Beach Resort and Tropic Air.

While visiting the south of Belize Davenport will visit Lubaantun Archaeological Site and Port Honduras Marine Reserve as well as take a tour of the Cacao Trail and Blue Creek Cave.

For more information on events taking place in Belize’s tourism industry, please contact the Marketing Department at the Belize Tourism Board at 227-2420,via email:  info@travelbelize.org or visit our website www.belizetourism.org.

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1 | Belize Diving said on January 23rd, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Belize is an incredible place to enjoy the best beaches, plus sports like diving. Undoubtedly one of the best tourist destinations for family travel.


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