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Whether you are in search of the best dive spot or the best dive bar, the residents of Belize are always eager to share their favorite places with travelers visiting their country. We asked seven Belizeans — including the country’s leading pop star Tanya Carter, a dive expert, and a yoga instructor — from Punta Gorda in the south to the North Islands what one place should every traveler to Belize make sure to see before they head home.
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Ambergris Caye, Belize
“The Hol Chan Marine Reserve. You can swim with sharks and stingrays at Shark Ray Alley and you are pretty much guaranteed to see a huge variety of fish and other sea life. All of our guests are excited when they come back from a day there after...
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Cayo District, Belize
“The Cayo District in Belize is a must-see, visit, and experience. If you come here for three or four days, you can explore Belize’s archaeology, history, culture, and have an outdoor adventure as well. In terms of archaeology, we have various...
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Orange Walk District, Belize
It’s not uncommon for visitors to Belize to bypass Orange Walk on the New River, in favor of exploring nearby Maya ruins such as Lamanai. Once a logging town controlled by the British and then a settlement for Maya descendants, it’s now settled to...
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Belize City, Belize
“Visitors who come to Belize should definitely take in one of the major festivals such as Lobster Fest, Costa Maya, Cashew Fest and the list goes on. The festivals are always a great way to see Belizean artists gracing the stage with their talents...
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Placencia Rd, Placencia ,Belize, Belize
“Placencia, where I live, is on a tiny peninsula. It’s the most laid back, easy living village in the country! It has pristine beaches, the best restaurants in Belize (the family-owned Galley is the oldest), and excellent dive sites nearby. It’s...
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Lighthouse Reef, Belize
“Lighthouse Reef atoll’s diverse coral and wall formations in such close proximity to each other make it, with the Great Blue Hole at its center, geographically and historically fascinating. It’s one place that both divers and snorkelers shouldn’t...
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Dangriga, Belize
While every major cultural group in Belize celebrates its own festivals and rituals, one of the most unifying festivities is Garifuna Settlement Day, which is also a national holiday in Belize. Celebrated on Nov. 19, the daymarks the arrival in...