Thursday, August 11, 2011

Belize - A New and Undiscovered Treasure

The Great Blue Hole in Belize
In doing research this week for a travel request, I got excited about visiting a destination new to me, BELIZE.  More and more people are asking us about this little gem, south of the border.  Belize, formerly known as the British Honduras, is in northern Central America.  English is the official language, but Spanish is widely spoken as the major ethnic group of Belize is now Latino.  The weather in Belize has two seasons, a rainy one and a dry one.  Rainy season is generally June to November.  The coldest month of the year is January, while May is the warmest.

Belize is home to the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere, and is well known as a supreme diving destination.  Belize also has terrific snorkeling, sport and salt water fishing, hiking and biking, tubing, and Mayan ruins.  The country is home to more than 200 islands - many are secluded and less traveled. 

Placencia, Belize

Placencia is a beautiful emerald peninsula in southern Belize with 16 miles of sandy beaches.  The Caribbean Sea is to the east, and the lagoon lies to the west looking to the mainland of Belize.  Placencia is known for the warm and caring people.   Trips to the Reef, which is 17 miles away, can easily be arranged for snorkeling or diving.  There are several wonderful resorts on the island.  They range from basic accommodations, to luxury resorts with all the amenities a travel connoisseur would require.  Placencia while growing in popularity, still retains the beauty of its natural environment, the friendliness of  its people and its history and culture.     
The Placencia Hotel and Residences
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