Here’s what big publications are really saying about Belize

Belize may no longer be a ‘hidden gem,’ but it’s still relatively unknown when it comes to all the wonders it holds for a perfect tropical vacation. However, there are times when Belize is truly recognized for the underrated attractions and experiences by highly acclaimed travel publications that are well known to most. Here are all the times Belize was mentioned in a big publication in the past year – and what they said.


  1. Into the Wild: Three Places to Travel if You love the Outdoors.

  • “In Belize, there is still much left to be discovered. While much has been made of Ambergris Caye as of late, and the diving opportunities off the coast at the Great Blue Hole to be particular, the Cayo district remains blissfully undiscovered to many wouldbe visitors.” Read more here.
  1. Three ways to vacation in Belize: Jungle, Beach and City.
  • “Belize may be small in size. (It’s mainland is only 68 miles wide!) But, it beckons visitors with all types of fun, from cave tubing to scuba diving to birdwatching. That puts forth quite the challenge: Should you visit (a). the beaches, (b). the jungle or (c). get a city experience? The correct answer? Go with all of the above.”
  1. Best Places to Retire abroad in 2020.
  • The sole Central American country with English as the official language, Belize offers retirees a warm, outdoororiented environment, including fishing and barrier reef diving. Cost of living is quite reasonable.”
  1. Bird Nerds Rejoice: The Top Five Birding Destinations For 2020
  • “From the Pacific Ocean to the Caribbean Sea: Our next selection is the (vastly underrated) Central American nation of Belize. This lush tropical oasis is a haven not only for snowbirds of the human variety, but their winged counterparts as well—though most of Belize’s 618 species of birds call the nation home all yearround (only 20% are migrants.)”
  1. 14 Of The Most Romantic Caribbean Valentine’s Stays

Conde Nast Traveller & Conde Nast Traveler

  1. Where to Find Belize’s Adventurous Side, From Snorkeling to Hiking
  • “Whether your schedule is weekslong or you only have a few days on your hands, getting off of Belize’s tourist track is easy and rewarding. And, given the relatively small size of the country, you can cover a lot of ground quickly. Here’s where to go in Belize—and how to scratch beneath the surface.”
  1. Seven Wonders of the World for 2020
  • “Caracol is different. Located in the rainforests of western Belize, this enormous 30 square mile site is utterly undeveloped, free of crowds (less than a dozen people visit per day) and, because of that, perhaps, the most authentic way to experience the mystery and magic of the ancient Mayans today.”
  1. Where to go on Holiday in January
  • “It is the perfect Caribbean escape for those who like it rough and palmfringed around the edges, with tropical jungly highlands, Mayan ruins and the most astoundingly beautiful beaches, just a handful of hippies and beach bums to share them with.”

The New York Times

  1. Thanksgiving Getaway: Going Someplace Other Than Grandmother’s House
  • “No visas, language classes or serious jetlag remedies required. Travel insiders have been talking up the country as the next hot Central American destination for a few years, extolling the virtues of its lush jungles, Mayan temples and pyramids, snorkeling-friendly reefs and overwater bungalows.”

CNN Travel

  1. Besotted with Belize: Top reasons to visit the Central American gem
  • “Recently, however, an influx of new hotels and airlines adding nonstop flights to Belize seem to be a clear signal that the country’s status as an underthe-radar retreat won’t last much longer. Now’s the time to check out what this tropical haven has to offer before the travel buzz on Belize gets even bigger.”

Travel + Leisure

  1. 13 Places Where You Can See the Bluest Water in the World
  • “A short boat ride from the largest barrier reef outside of Australia, Belize’s Ambergris Caye is a scuba diver’s and snorkeler’s paradise. Head to Shark Ray Alley to snorkel among nurse sharks and stingrays; visit Hol Chan Marine Reserve to get up close with eels, turtles, and colorful fish; or explore the underwater caves of Blue Hole. When you’re not in the water, admire its warm glow from a hammock on the beach.”
  1. The Top 5 Islands in Mexico and Central and South America
  • “For the fourth year in a row, two islands in Belize made the list. Caye Caulker (No. 5) is a spit of limestone — measuring about five miles long and one mile wide. Scuba divers flock there to experience what’s called the Great Blue Hole. Ambergris Cay (No. 4), the country’s biggest island, is also popular for those seeking underwater adventure — as is Mexico’s Isla Mujeres (No. 3), which is surrounded by coral reefs.”

The Guardian

  1. Why tiny Belize is a world leader in protecting the ocean

  • “Most recently, in April, Belize expanded the replenishment or “notake” zones in its marine protected areas from 4.5% to 11.6%, almost tripling zones where fishing is banned, to rebuild fish populations and protect marine habitats. “Nowadays it’s sexy to say ‘this is a no-take area’ somewhere miles out at sea,” says Wade, at her office in Belize City, “but our no-take zone of 16% is a giant achievement for a tiny country like Belize, because all our protected areas are right where people are interacting on a daily basis. That is the hardest thing to achieve.”

Lonely Planet

  1. 10 of the world’s best learn-to-dive destinations
  • “Dwarfed only by Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System lies less than a mile from Caye Caulker. Its countless dive sites house everything from delicate sea fans to majestic coral gardens, but Belize’s iconic Great Blue Hole, reached on a day trip from Caye Caulker, is best left to advanced divers.”

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