Published March 03, 2013
Belize is rich in history and beauty, with Mayan temples, lush rainforests, uncrowded beaches and ample adventure activities perfect for spring breakers like zip lining and jungle river canoeing. With affordably-priced all-inclusive deals that will allow you to tap into your inner adventurer without breaking the bank, it also features the world’s second largest barrier reef: The Great Belize Barrier Reef. As an extra bonus, Belize is a former British colony, so English is the official language, making getting around a snap.
For a true “Best of Belize” experience, stay in the western Cayo District—which borders Guatemala—with easy access to some of Belize’s most notable Mayan ruins like Xunantunich, Chaa Creek and Cahal Pech. It’s a two hour drive away from Belize City and the pristine Caribbean beaches.
While in the Cayo District, visit the jaw-dropping Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre (Actun Tunichil Muknal). It’s a three-mile-long cave full of passages, waterfalls, pottery and bones, including the famous remains of an ancient teenage girl known as “The Crystal Skeleton.” The Chaa Creek Belize Adventure All-Inclusive Packages ($234/per person/night) include accommodations, all meals, and numerous activities like hikes, guided rainforest tours, canoeing and bird walks.
Looking for more of a classic Caribbean beach experience? Ambergris Caye is an island just off the coast of Belize City, with its only city San Pedro a former fishing village now transformed into a tourist hub. Try Ambergris Caye’s Banana Beach Resort, a clean, friendly, colorful resort with rooms starting from only $61/per night.
Belize offers an exotic getaway without having to travel halfway around the world: it’s about two hours from Miami or Houston and only three from Atlanta. Airfare typically ranges from about $300/$600 RT.