Belize: Central America’s Pocket Paradise!

“The best things come in small packages: Combine Reef, Rainforest, Maya magic and more in this tiny sliver of Central America”   – by Wanderlust, June – July 2011.

Dear friends, when you would like to read more information, please order via Wanderlust the June – July 2011 edition as they wrote a great article about our beautiful country Belize… 9 pages long, illustrated with fantastic pictures.

With this Blog we would like to share some funny and great parts of the article:

“Sharks circled all around me and, a few meters off, a barracuda the size of a torpedo hovered, teeth bared. What was I doing there? I could be sipping a cocktail in front of a tranquil Belize sunset….

Local View by Semhar Beyenne from London: “OK, it’s a beautiful place, but what makes Belize so special are the people. There’s such a sense of community; as a tourist I don’t just feel welcome, I feel like a local. People are so warm and friendly and it’s easy to chat to them as everyone speaks English.”

“As our passage disturbed clouds of basking butterflies, we didn’t see another vehicle for over an hour, just the odd toucan gliding across the road.”

“The Petén is littered with Maya ruins: low hills swathed in a tangle of lianas, or excavated temples jutting from the forest like broken teeth.

Local view by Ruben, guide, Lamanai Outpost Lodge: “ Belize is so special because it offers a bit of everything Central American in bite sized chunks. We have temples and caves, and the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. I like to birdwatch or spend a quiet day fishing.”

Local view by Doug Thompson, owner, Black Orchid Resort: “I love taking a boat tour down the Belize River. The whole country began here and you can learn so much about the history as well as getting the chance to see plenty of wildlife – toucans in the trees, black howlers roaring at each other.”

“In my brief planning for Belize, I had left what I hoped would be the best for last: the Blue Hole – a gargantuan, perfectly round fissure in the country’s fringing barrier reef.”

Local view by Luky Bol, manager Central American Collections: “I love Belize’s caves. The treks there offer such a unique mix of nature immersion and adrenalin.”

“Look below,” crackled the pilot, “there’s a pod of dolphins playing.” Next I saw my first manatee, with tiny calf, languorously swimming over eel grass in an empty bay.

“This is the Turneffe atoll, where Blackbeard hid from the Spanish with his 14 wifes and pirate crew.”

… and so much more to read…






The author traveled with Belize Travel Services

TOP 10 Belize must – sees:

1. Ambergris Caye: Belize’s main beach-resort island with the best choice of hotels, restaurants and dive tours. As American in character as it is Belizean.

2. Caye Caulker

3. Lighthouse Reef

4. Caracol

5. Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM)

6. Punta Gorda & Dangriga

7. Placencia

8. Shipstern Nature Reserve

9. Lamanai Outpost Lodge

10. Mountain PineRidge


Portofino (Ambergris Caye; +501 678 5096, has airy cabanas with sea views and high palm-tatched roofs overlooking a private beach. The hotel restaurant serves some of Ambergris Caye’s best seafood.