Belize

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

Mayan ruins in the Belize jungle

Mayan ruins in the Belize jungle

When the term “adventure travel” was coined, they must have had Belize in mind.

Neatly tucked away between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is a land of overwhelming natural beauty from the crystal clear blue water off the Caribbean shores to the luxuriant green jungles inland.

Adventure travel guides will help you safely explore the largest cave system in Central America, the flora and fauna is spectacular and Belize boasts a gorgeous aerial view when you take a tour by helicopter. Everything works together nicely to support the thriving local tourism and ecotourism industries.

The people of Belize are friendly to visitors, and the tourist industry has grown very strong here in the last decade.

In one adventure travel vacation you will be so busy experiencing exhilarating activities, and soaking up so much culture, that you’’ll be left scratching your head wondering where the time went.

Belize offers you good food, a relaxing environment, an ancient civilization and enough adrenaline-filled experiences to last you for years. Unless, or course, you pull out photos of your last Belize adventure tour. In that case you’’re sure to book another trip as soon as you can.

The tropical weather is hot and sticky, so this may not be the place for you if you can’’t adapt to these types of conditions.

You do need to be careful and stay away from the local pockets of crime that plague parts of Belize, but the police do a good job protecting the tourists.

The bottom line: Belize truly exemplifies what great adventure travel experiences are all about. If you like beautiful beaches, thriving jungles and mysterious ancient culture, book your trip as soon as your schedule permits.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

For those of you intrigued by exotic cultures, you need to set aside a good bit of time for the Mayan ruins. That will take you back centuries in time as you explore the secrets of an ancient civilization.

This tropical paradise in Central America promises much, and delivers more, to anyone with a heart for adventure travel.

You can hike the rainforest covered mountains of Cockscomb Basin, scuba dive with whale sharks and discover Mayan pyramids in the jungles around Caracol.

Adventure travel in Belize is sure to excite the spirit for exotic adventure of anyone with a pulse.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

The lifestyle in Belize is characterized by a pretty slow pace and a very relaxed social atmosphere. That fact is especially evident when you go inland away from the tourist islands. The Maya communities, on the other hand, are often a little more reserved.

Belize is the only nation in Central America that has its roots in British colonialism, so it is culturally unique when compared to its Central American neighbors.

The cuisine in Belize takes its inspiration from British, Mexican and Western Caribbean foods. You’’ll find plenty of rice and beans combined with chicken, pork, beef, fish and vegetables. One traditional dish is the conch soup.

The tropical flavors of Belize include coconut milk and fried plantains. Traditional exotic recipes include armadillo meat, venison and fried paca. Don’’t be scared…. This is an adventure, so try something new.

The main religions that influence Belize are Roman Catholicism and various Christian protestant denominations. About 80% of the country identify as being Christian.

Belize is a great place to ratchet up your love for new experiences and then kick back and enjoy the good food and relaxed atmosphere.

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

Belize is pure ecstasy for people who like to explore magnificent jungles and swim in a clear blue ocean filled with exotic sea creatures.

The sport fishing is top notch and the scuba diving and snorkeling are absolutely incredible off the Belize atolls. And don’’t leave Belize until you investigate the mysterious Mayan culture.

Following is a more complete list of adventure travel experiences waiting for you in Belize.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Four wheel drive trips
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Jungle exploring
  • Sea kayaking
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Overlanding
  • Paragliding
  • Rappelling
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spelunking (caving)
  • Surfing
  • Survival training
  • White water rafting
  • Wilderness training
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Bird watching
  • Cultural tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

 

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Canopy tours / Ziplines
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Quad-biking / ATVs
  • Safaris
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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