Belize is the perfect honeymoon destination for couples wanting both adventure and a beach getaway. This lush location on the Caribbean Sea offers both exotic jungle trails to explore and serene shores for relaxing by the turquoise waters.
For couples looking for something more authentic than the touristy destinations often associated with Caribbean honeymoons, Belize might be the perfect choice. Fewer tourists flock to this multicultural nation than its neighboring islands. The people of Belize have Creole, Mayan and Mestizo origins; the rich cultural experience is part of every friendly Belizean town. Locals welcome visitors; its British heritage ensures that English-speaking honeymooners can communicate with the locals.
Belize is quickly increasing in honeymoon-destination popularity, catering to couples wanting the resort experience and including some all-inclusive packages. Eco-tourists will seek out the great-outdoor adventures, while others will choose to enjoy the calm of a location not yet overwhelmed by the tourist invasion.
Belize is a small country, but a beautiful one. When planning a Belize honeymoon, you may wish to consider visiting some of the following attractions:
Belize Honeymoons: Cayes
Hop on a water taxi and visit the islands off Belize's coast. Each one offers a different tropical experience. South Water Caye is a secluded high-end destination where you can dive and explore its famous coral reefs. Caye Caulker is another water-sport hotspot, a small limestone coral island with a charming rustic fishing settlement filled with restaurants and small hotels. Ambergris Caye is popular with tourists and home to hotels and resorts. Explorers will love taking a day trip to the famous sinkhole, Blue Hole, made famous by Jacques Cousteau.
Belize Honeymoons: Jungle
While Belize is home to beautiful beaches, it also boasts rainforests worth discovering. Hike into the jungle where you'll find breathtaking waterfalls and swimming spots surrounded by lush fauna, or grab a map and seek out the hidden ancient Mayan ruins. For those seeking a more luxurious jungle adventure, consider staying at jungle-situated resorts; pamper yourself in the midst of the wild. Horseback ride through the jungle or indulge in an outdoor spa experience.
Belize Honeymoons: Sightseeing and Adventure
While honeymooning in Belize, adventurous couples may choose to swim with the sharks, climb the tall Mayan ruins, raft through on-the-water caves, or snorkel the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Belize is an adventure-seeker's dream.
Caracol, the Mayan ruins, is the tallest man-made structure in Belize. It's still relatively obscure, especially considering it wasn't discovered until 1937, and is a jaw-dropping must-see for those looking to experience ancient history.
The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is home to more than 200 jaguars. Shark Ray Alley offers thrilling swims with vegetarian sharks, whereas Blue Hole swimming may introduce you to huge grey reef sharks. Zip-lining and cave-tubing - floating on inner tubes through unlit caves -- round out the wilderness adventures available in Belize.
One adventure you may want to avoid is hurricane season, so do your research before booking your dream Belize honeymoon. Scheduling for the November-to-April dry season may be your greatest chance for experiencing the country at its best.