Belize is a small country located in Central America between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and Guatemala but it is blessed with a diverse landscape and abundant wildlife. The interior is known for its lush rainforests, thick jungle, and majestic rivers while the Caribbean coast is known for its beautiful beaches and picturesque islands.
Yok Ha Island Resort is located just eight miles off the coast of Dangriga in southeastern Belize. The location of this privately-owned island is perfectly situated close to both the world-class snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing destinations on the reef as well as the top destinations on the mainland.
Stretching more than 240 miles from north to south, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest barrier reef in the world. Divided into seven national parks and protected marine areas, visitors to the reef can spot endangered birds like the brown pelican, hundreds of species of fish (including enormous gamefish like dorado and marlin), and interact with migrating schools of whale sharks, the largest non-whale species in the ocean.
Guests of Yok Ha can also enjoy exploring interesting locations on the mainland, including the town of Dangriga itself, known as the cultural capital of Belize. Home to the unique Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people, Dangriga is the music and entertainment heart of the country and home to world-renowned artists like Pen Cayetano.
Beyond Dangriga, other popular activities include learning how to play Garifuna drums in Hopkins Village, meeting black howler monkeys face to face with a boat safari up the eponymous Monkey River, and catching a glimpse of the rare jaguars and other four big cat species that live in the trackless expanse of the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve.
Adventure lovers have much to choose from as well. Whether it’s using Yok Ha’s complimentary sea kayaks to “island hop” near the resort or sailing up to three miles through the jungle canopy on zip wires on the mainland, there’s lots to do and see. Other activities include horseback riding through the rainforest, rock climbing and rappelling, exploring ancient Maya ruins, and enjoying the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing where participants float on inner tubes through a series of enormous caves.
With Belize just 2-5 hours’ flying time from major cities across the United States and all of the top airlines offering non-stop flights, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to enjoy a full beach and jungle vacation in Belize.