Discover remote beauty of Belize

Wednesday, 12th August 2020, 2:27 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th August 2020, 9:15 am

Combining lush rainforests with clear, beautiful waters and an amazing history, Belize is the perfect destination for those looking for a remote getaway.

Belize has a population of 380,000 people and offers an amazing array of undiscovered locations.

Here, the Belize Tourism Board lists some of the destination’s most isolated accommodation and activity options.

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Private island paradiseYou can’t get much more remote than Bird Island With no neighbours or staff, the island hosts up to six guests at a time and guests can snorkel and kayak over the multi-coloured coral or take out a fishing boat. Islanders will need to stock up on supplies as they will have the islet to themselves but will be supplied drinking water. Prices start from £560 per couple, per night. Visit www.birdislandplacencia.com site.

Mayan historyLocated 50 miles from the nearest town of San Ignacio, visitors will take a winding, jungle road through the mountains to enter the site. Considered as the largest on-going ancient Maya archaeological site in the country, Caracol rests 500 metres above sea level and offers incredible views overlooking miles of the protected Chiquibul Forest. Book a tour with Maya Walk from £85 per person at www.mayawalk.com site.

Take a hikeBelize’s landscape is wild, extraordinary, and ready to be explored.As 80 per cent of the country is covered by rainforest, Belize’s numerous national parks and nature reserves offer trails that are undiscovered by many tourists.Adventurous travellers should head to the Cockscomb Basin Forest Reserve for a hike up Victoria Peak.Though it can be a challenging journey, those who are successful are rewarded with a spectacular view.Hikers can take part in a night-time walk. As small or private groups tour the area, keeping quiet is key whilst searching for the elusive, nocturnal wildlife that inhabits the park, including jaguar, ocelot and kinkajou. Book from £80 per person at www.roambelize.com site.

SnorkelingBordered to the east by the Caribbean Sea, Belize boasts 386km of coastline and is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world.From schools of fish, to turtles, stingrays and nurse sharks, there’s ample opportunity to explore the protected reefs.Located in the west of Belize, Caye Caulker is one of the destination’s foremost diving locations and is largely undiscovered by tourists. Caye Caulker offers a range of snorkelling and scuba diving tours for those who are experienced in snorkelling and travellers that are keen to try for the first time.Visitors to Caye Caulker can book a full-day sailing or snorkelling tour with Raggamuffin Tours from £57 per adult, and £49 for children. Visit www.raggamuffintours.com site.

Jungle stayNestled in the foothills of the mountains alongside the Sibun River, Sleeping Giant Lodge is a pristine paradise in the Mayan Heartland. With just 31 suites and rooms across the 10,000-acre Sibun Reserve, the lodges are designed with comfort and relaxation in mind.The surrounding green tropical foliage provides a sanctuary for many native birds and wildlife and an exciting retreat for those wishing to truly head off the beaten track.Caving, tubing, hiking and horseback riding are on offer. Rates start from £202 per night. Visit www.sleepinggiantbelize.com site.

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