Sir Hakimi’s resort and marina is just a stone’s throw away from 185 miles of Belize Barrier Reef that’s waiting to be explored. Deemed one of the top ten diving sites in the world by sea explorer Jacques Costeau, divers visit Belize from around the world, including those looking to explore The Great Blue Hole’s deep depths in the centre of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Wander the depths of the ocean and take a plunge into the largest barrier reef in the Northern hemisphere. Many one-of-a-kind dive sites along the nation’s coast are packed with spectacular views of stalactites, stalagmites and columns that have all withstood the test of time and date back to the ice age. Swim with all kinds of tropical fish, explore underwater caves and take a peek into a hidden world beneath the surface that only a few lay eyes on.
You might consider adding a day or two to the start or end of your time with us to visit Belize City. The city offers beauty, culture and history at your fingertips.
Wildlife aficionados will be thrilled with the overwhelming number of flora and fauna living in the country’s jungles. There are over 600 species of birds, including some rare and endangered species, and you can visit one of the few jaguar preserves (the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary) that lets you view these mystical creatures in their natural tropical ecosystem with other exotic plant life, insects and reptiles. Belize’s government strongly believes in protecting the country’s natural environment, and with 17 national parks within the country, there’s lots to see when you visit Belize.
Take a break from the heat and wander through the extensive cave systems Belize has to offer. If you’re not afraid of the dark, rappel down into the cave’s murky depths and scale along cliff walls to reach your destination. If climbing isn’t for you, drift through the underground caverns on a tube instead. But be warned, you’ll need to be somewhat fit since you’ll need to hike through Belize’s rainforest to reach your destination.
Put your boat shoes on and charter a sailboat to visit Belize’s smaller islands. Navigate your way through Belize’s coral reefs and feel like Christopher Columbus on your journey to the unknown (the islands are all explored, but their isolated feel makes it seem otherwise.)
If trekking through the rainforest isn’t for you, don’t worry, Belize’s white-sand beaches might be what you’re looking for. Some of these public beaches are well-kept secrets, and they offer a secluded paradise if you’re looking to find a place to work on your tan or take a refreshing dip. They’re also a short distance from local bars, restaurants, resorts and neighbouring villages.
In Belize, you’ll get your fair share of rice and beans, which go with every dish, but you also have to try their traditional stew chicken, a dark stew mixed with a wild array of spices. Seafood lovers will rejoice since it’s easily accessible within the country thanks to its close proximity to the ocean, with residents eating fresh shrimp, fish and conch cuisines. For dessert, bite on a sweet juicy snack with your choices ranging from delicious mangos, papayas, pineapples and melons of your choosing.
Take a break from exploring Belize’s watery depths by wandering the ancient ruins of a civilization that mysteriously collapsed. For about 3,000 years, this civilization lived in Mexico and Central America with stone cities and monuments that continue to be analyzed today. But the civilization faced a sudden decline leaving their artifacts and sites as reminders of their culture and story. Discover how an ancient civilization once lived and wander the sites and lives of a time past.
Explore the rainforest and the many caves around Belize City with a cave tubing tour. Several companies offer tour packages. Most include transportation from the city to the edge of the jungle. From there, a short trek will take you through the rainforest and dry caves on the way to the Belize river, where you can dive in and explore some of the many caves under the watchful eye of your tour director.
Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center:
Learn about the wildlife found in Belize with a trip to the Zoo. Tapirs, toucans, boas, jaguars and howler monkeys are all residents here. All the animals at the Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center have been rescued from the illegal pet trade, donated from other zoos or born at the facility. The Belize Zoo has never captured or bought any of its animals.
Belize was once home to more than 2-million Mayas, and evidence of their society is found all over the region. There are many sites in Belize that you can visit, but Altun Ha is only about 30 miles north of Belize City, making it an ideal day trip. Altun Ha was once a major ceremonial center and had two principal plazas. This is also where you would find the “Jade Head,” the largest carved jade object in the Maya civilization.
Old Belize Cultural and Historical Center:
Don’t let the name fool you; Old Belize (as it’s informally called) provides an unforgettable experience that includes a little culture, a little history and a lot of fun. A museum, beach, restaurant and marina all on-site will provide plenty of activities to keep everyone in your group entertained for the whole day when you visit Belize.
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