Thanks to the natural and archaeological beauties of Belize in recent years tourism has become the second most important economic activity in the country. Despite this, Belize is among the Caribbean destinations least frequented by tourists. But Belize has numerous tourist attractions in particular concerning natural beauty (coral reefs, caves, virgin forests, waterfalls) and the archaeological sites of the Mayan civilization.
CORAL BARRIERS AND MAYA REMAINS
Belize is a destination known to ecotourism lovers. In particular thanks to its wonderful coral reefs that are a destination for divers from all over the world. The coral reefs located off the coast of the country are among the most visited tourist attractions in Belize and the main destination of most tourists visiting the country.
Belize indeed has one of the largest coral reefs in the northern hemisphere, the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the continuation of the coral reef that extends for about 900 km along the Yucatan and Belize coasts. Outside the Belize reef, there are three large coral atolls: Turneffe Islands, Lighthouse Reef and Glover’s Reef.
Among the most famous places, the Great Blue Hole, a large underwater sinkhole located off the coast of Belize near the Lighthouse Reef. Ambergris Caye is Belize’s main marine tourism hub, but other popular resorts are Caye Caulker and Caye Chapel.
Much of Belize’s coral reef is protected by seven marine reserves. In addition, in 1996 it became part of the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The coral reef system of Belize (1996) is the only Belize site to be part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Belize also has some interesting archaeological centers with ruins from the Mayan civilization. Among these the most beautiful are those of Altun Ha, which is the most important archaeological site in the country, Xunantunich, Nim Li Punit, Lamanai, and Lubaantun.
The climate of Belize.