When you’re looking for the perfect summer vacation destination, look no further than Belize. Located just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, Belize is an English-speaking Caribbean nation of gorgeous tropical islands, pristine rainforests, and lots of exciting summer festivals and celebrations.
The sparkling waters of the Caribbean are a mecca for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing. The Belize Barrier Reef, an enormous UNESCO World Heritage Site, is teeming with colorful anemones, enormous schools of fish, playful dolphins, placid manatees, rare sea turtles, endangered bird species, and migrating pods of whale sharks, the largest fish in the world’s oceans.
Summertime is also when Belize celebrates all things lobsters with a series of fun beach parties. Chefs from all over the country compete to serve up the tastiest lobster dishes, and the whole family can enjoy live music, games, and exhibitions from artists and craftsmen.
Kids have plenty to enjoy in Belize too. Phones and video games will be forgotten when kids visit places like the Belize Zoo, a rescue center for indigenous animals that allow you to see jaguars, tapirs, and monkeys up close and personal. And there’s plenty of fun outdoor activities to enjoy too like zip lining through the jungle canopy and cave tubing where you get to float for miles down underground rivers on an inner tube.
Belize has many ruins left behind by the ancient Maya, including enormous pyramids, towering palaces, and spooky underground labyrinths where priests once sacrificed human beings in a futile attempt to appease their angry gods. Few educational experiences can compare to exploring long lost cities in the jungle while learning about one of history’s greatest civilizations.
Although Belize is a small country, it has a very diverse population. Top activities include learning about the Garifuna, an Afro-Caribbean people famous for their drumming, dance, and unique cuisine that features tasty treats like cassava bread and hudut (a kind of fish stew made with plantains). Other populations in Belize include the Maya, Spanish-speaking Mestizos, Creoles/Kriols, Mennonite farmers, and Chinese entrepreneurs.
Yok Ha Island Resort is located on a privately-owned island just eight miles from the coast of southeastern Belize. Guests can enjoy gourmet food made to order at the resort’s restaurant, sip on delicious drinks at the bar, or explore nearby islands with the complimentary use of sea kayaks. Yok Ha is perfectly situated close to both the islands of the Belize Barrier Reef as well as all the top destinations on the mainland.