Five Reasons for Seniors to Visit Belize

Jan 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Senior Travel

So have you ever heard of Belize seniors? Few tourists have. It is on my “bucket list” of countries to visit. First of all, it is English-speaking. Called as well British Honduras and it is located just off the Yucatan Peninsula. The capital is BELIZE CITY – Belize City offers a cornucopia of historic and cultural landmarks and attractions as well as shopping and a profusion of restaurants and nightlife

Spectacular natural attractions and the excitement of discovering Mother Nature’s Best Kept Secret draw travelers from around the globe, promising both relaxation and the richly rewarding authenticity they seek in a genuine Caribbean getaway. Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on earth. I have known for years about the many Maya ruins located in the country and I am a Maya enthusiast and have been for years. I love the Maya culture and their history. YouTube Belize has a nice overview for you to take in prior to your visit.

Why consider this small country? For starters it has the longest barrier reef in this hemisphere, home to the Great Blue Hole, hundreds of islands, snorkel and dive locations. Here you will find hundreds of ancient Maya sites both excavated and jungle-covered. In addition here are lush tropical rainforest with many species of birds, and exotic tropical flora and fauna. How’s that for starters? Need a map to orient your visit? This one is a good one.

For generations, the English-speaking people of Belize have been committed to preserving the country’s unique atmosphere and charm, while welcoming visitors with open arms as if they had lived here all their lives. When you travel to Belize, you will take part in a host of extraordinary, untrodden experiences, but you won’t feel like a stranger in this land. One of the most endearing aspects of the Belizean people is their ability to achieve a very real and intimate connection with visitors from any country and every walk of life.

This photo gallery provides a nice overview of what you might experience upon your arrival. Travel mid-November to April, the dry season, and avoid the June to November rainy season. Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving are the busiest travel dates to Belize.  Belize offers an unsurpassed combination of natural environments –the land, the sea, the climate – and the colorful history of over ten diverse cultures, infuse Belizeans with a national pride and a willingness to share.

Entry requirements are fairly straight forward. If you are a U.S. citizen a visa is not required but all visitors must have a valid passport. For those that plan on exploring the environs in and near Belize City, surprises abound. Belize City, built on rum bottles and buried mangrove, offers history, cultural diversity and the convenience of being centrally located. Explore the distant past at nearby Mayan cities. Experience life underwater at nearby cayes. World class fishing, river tours through jungle lined waterways, and birding and wildlife watching are all short boat rides away.

And I could not leave you without TripAdvisor’s hints on Belize. See ya’ in Belize City. jeb

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