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If you’re getting tired of the cold and will need a change of scenery after the holidays, planning a trip to Belize may be exactly what you need. If you like getting off the beaten path, in Belize you’ll discover a truly unique and adventurous experience that you’ll never forget. Wedged between Mexico and Guatemala, the country’s lush rainforests, gorgeous beaches, and ancient Mayan cities allure travelers looking for an adventure.  Here are 6 reasons to visit Belize and why you should start planning your trip today.

Maya Ruins

Belize is bursting with Maya Ruins. A few ruins have been excavated so that Belizeans and tourists alike can enjoy the past. Because Belize is the cradle of the ancient Maya Civilization, there are more Maya ruins per square mile located in Belize than in any other country.

Wildlife

Belize is home to a little over 350,000 people, in an area that is slightly bigger than El Salvador. Because of the low population density, the rainforest and wildlife flourish. The people of Belize know that the rainforest and wildlife are a major tourist attraction and as a result will go out of their way to protect and preserve them. In fact, Belize is home to the world’s only Jaguar preserve, made up of some 128,000 acres in the Cockscomb Wildlife Preserve.

Great Blue Hole

Considered to be a natural wonder, the great blue hole is synonymous with the name Belize. Located a few miles off the coast of Belize, there is a natural hole in the ocean, the hole is so distinct that it can be seen from outer space. This hole originally was located inland but became part of the ocean a millennium ago. After becoming part of the ocean, it collapsed, resulting in a spectacular sea hole that is some 500-feet deep. It is a popular attraction for scuba divers to explore.

The Beaches

While Belize is not necessarily known for its beaches, because there aren’t many and the ones they do have are small. But the beaches in Belize are absolutely beautiful, uncrowded, and some are even nestled right next to the tropical rainforest. The water temperature is mild all year round, making it comfortable to go out for a swim in the middle of winter.

Diving and Snorkeling

The Great Barrier Reef runs the entire length of Belize, making almost the entire coast of Belize within protected waters. Between the coast and the reef, you can find some of the best diving and snorkeling in the entire Caribbean.

Belizean Food

The food that you will find in Belize will intrigue your palate and leave you wanting more. Because Belize is a maritime state, there is plenty of seafood to go around. In fact, most restaurants serve lobster, sea bass, shrimp, conch, swordfish, and more. Not only is seafood found in abundance, but also, fresh fruit and vegetables grow in the interior part of the country and are shipped daily all over the area. Belize is a major producer of oranges and grapefruit, along with papayas, mangoes, kiwi, watermelon, melons, soursop, and pineapples.

As you can see, there are many wonderful things to see, experience, and taste when you visit Belize. When planning your next adventure, Belize is the ultimate tropical getaway.