Warm, tranquil seas in various hues of aquamarine, powdery white sand beaches dotted with swaying palm trees, and marine life so colorful you’ll feel like you’ve stepped into an aquarium…any guesses as to where this Shangri-La might be? While many places around the world match that description, the paradise detailed here is none other than the Caribbean nation of Belize.
Belize is located on the Caribbean Sea, nestled between the Mexican state of Quintana Roo and the country of Guatemala, and is the only country in the region where English is the national language, although Creole English and Spanish are often spoken here as well. The cayes of Belize are every bit the Caribbean that travel ads depict, and plentiful aquatic activities put you within arm’s length of some of the sea’s most beautiful creatures.
There are a host of sites that cater to divers and snorkelers alike along the Belize Barrier Reef — the second largest in the world behind Australia’s Great Barrier Reef — which include the world famous Blue Hole, and Shark Ray Alley, where, as the name suggests, scores of elasmobranchs congregate for curious snorkelers and divers to gawk at. Among the amazing marine life of Belize you will find 70 hard coral species, 36 soft coral species, 500 species of fish, and hundreds of invertebrates all living together on the reef, ensuring there is never a dull moment when you’re in the water.
Not sold yet? Take a look at this footage highlighting the marine life of Belize and just try to tell us you’re not interested!
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