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6 Reasons Why Belize is a Great Vacation-Home Destination



Are you sitting in a cubical right now? Are you watching the darkness of night swallow up the concrete landscape when it's barely 5 pm? Do you have the “winter scaries” and dread the onset of snow and cold? If so, its time to finally buy that family vacation home you've always wanted! Stop dreaming of beaches and swaying palms and make it a reality. 


Just imagine gulping down a refreshing coconut water fresh off the tree. Did you dribble a little bit? Probably, but no worries, you aren’t wearing a shirt anyway. Let's continue with the daydream: envision your kids splashing in a pool while you sip a, insert your favorite sunny-day cocktail here, while you catch the breeze off the Caribbean Sea, and look super-cool in those new shades. If you think this sounds amazing, it's because it is


But you’re probably wondering, “I’ve never heard of Belize, so why would I want to take my family there?” Well, I’ve got you covered. By the end of this post, you’ll gather your family in the living room to proclaim: We’re buying in Belize!


This tiny Central American gem, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, is the perfect spot for your next family vacation. In Belize, you and the brood will have an unforgettable family vacation that combines adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration. You will find Caribbean charm, diverse landscapes, rich cultural experiences, and hot, sunny weather here. 


Here are six convincing reasons Belize should be at the top of your family travel list every year.


1. English-Speaking Ease

One of the most significant advantages of choosing Belize for your family vacation is the ease of communication. Although Belize is multi-lingual, English is the official language. Other languages in use are Spanish, Creole, Mayan, and Plautdietsch. But you can thank the British for making it stress-free for English speakers to navigate and enjoy their time in the country. No struggling to use Google Translate or butchering of Spanish required! 

Joking aside, English as the national language of Belize means you can immerse yourself in the local culture, ask for directions, order food, and easily engage with the friendly locals. Trust me, as a father of two toddlers, this aspect of the country makes things much smoother and enjoyable, especially when traveling with young ones.


2. Proximity to Canada & the US

Belize's convenient location makes it an ideal getaway for families from both Canada and the United States. With a relatively short flight, you can whisk your family to a tropical paradise without the hassle of extended travel times. Imagine leaving the hustle and bustle of daily life behind and, within a few hours, stepping into Belize's laid-back and vibrant atmosphere. 

No matter where you are in Canada or the US, you are but a hop, skip, and jump away. When traveling from Canada, West Jet and Air Canada provide direct flights during the high season (November to April). You can fly directly from Calgary (YYC), Vancouver (YVR), Toronto (YYZ), Edmonton (YEG) and Ottawa (YOW). United Airlines, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, and Alaska Airlines provide direct flights from many locations in the USA during this same period. Non-direct flights are available from Canada and the US for the remainder of the year. 


3. Something For Everyone

Belize offers a wide range of activities, ensuring there is something to enjoy for every family member. Whether you're a beach bum, an adventure seeker, a history buff, or a nature lover, Belize has it all!


Sea Adventures

For those who love the sun, sand, and surf, Belize boasts stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and a vibrant coral reef. In fact, Belize is home to the world’s second-largest coral reef and the largest in the northern and western hemispheres. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Spend your days snorkeling, diving, or relaxing on the scenic beaches. Belize's coastline is a paradise for water enthusiasts, with numerous opportunities for water sports, exploring marine life, and soaking up the sun.


Land Excursions

On the flip side, if your family prefers land-based adventures, Belize has many options. Embark on thrilling hikes through lush rainforests, try your hand at ATVing, go horseback riding through scenic landscapes, or experience the adrenaline rush of zip-lining high above the treetops. National parks like the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary offer diverse ecosystems and wildlife for an educational and awe-inspiring experience.


4. Rich Cultural Tapestry

Belize's cultural diversity is a testament to its fascinating history. The country is home to a melting pot of cultures, including descendants of the ancient Maya, Afro-Caribbean Garifuna, British, Indian, Chinese, and even Mennonites.


Maya Heritage

Explore the remnants of ancient Maya civilizations through archaeological sites like Xunantunich and Caracol. The mysterious ruins provide a captivating glimpse into the region's past and are sure to spark the curiosity of young and old alike.


Garifuna Traditions

Experience the vibrant rhythms of Garifuna drumming, dance, and traditional ceremonies. The Garifuna people, descendants of African and indigenous Caribbean people, have a rich cultural heritage that adds a unique and lively flavor to Belizean life.


Mennonite Influence

Belize is also home to a handful of Mennonite communities. These modest people make their presence known through picturesque farms, national food production, and, of course, those wide-brimmed-hat, beard-dawning men drawn by horse and buggy. The Mennonites provide an interesting and stark juxtaposition to their tropical surroundings but in a most charming way.


5. Culinary Delights

A family vacation would only be complete with indulging in delicious local cuisine, and Belize definitely delivers on this front. The country's diverse cultural influences have given rise to a mouthwatering array of dishes and beverages. From conch fritters to the staple stewed chicken with rice and beans, Belize offers many options for the cultural foodie of the family. Oh, I almost forgot- the Fry Jacks!


Chocolate Making

For the sweet tooth in your family, Belize is renowned for its high-quality chocolate. Take a chocolate-making tour to witness the cacao bean's fascinating journey to become the delicacy we all know and love. It's a delightful and educational experience for both kids and adults.


Sea Food

Whether enjoyed fried at a beachside shack or fancifully served while fine-dining, Belizean seafood promises a delightful fusion of freshness, flavor, and the coastal charm.


Conch

Belizean seafood is a culinary delight that reflects the country's coastal richness and vibrant cultural influences. With the Caribbean Sea running the entire eastern coast, Belize boasts abundant fresh and flavorful seafood. One culinary highlight is conch, prepared in various ways such as ceviche or fritters. 


Lobster

Lobster is another seafood treasure, celebrated during the annual Lobster Fest. Indulge in succulent lobster tails while listening to island music, all with a sea view. 


Fish

The snapper, grouper, and barracuda caught in the pristine waters offer a mouthwatering array of choices for seafood enthusiasts. Accompanied by a medley of tropical spices and herbs, Belizean seafood dishes embody the essence of the coastal lifestyle. 


6. Beautiful Weather and Friendly Locals

Belize boasts a tropical climate with warm temperatures year-round, making it an ideal destination for families seeking sun and relaxation. Whether you're planning to unwind on the beach or embark on adventurous excursions, the consistently pleasant weather ensures an enjoyable experience.

The hospitality of the Belizean people matches the warmth of the weather. Known for their friendliness and welcoming nature, locals go out of their way to make visitors feel at home. This warm and inviting atmosphere creates a family-friendly environment, ensuring that your time in Belize is memorable and filled with genuine connections with the people who call it home. It's common for locals to wave and say hello, almost as if they know you, as you pass them by. Family is an essential aspect of Belizean culture. They love children and are welcome everywhere. I have yet to visit a restaurant that doesn’t have high chairs available. 


What Are You Waiting For?

Belize is a family vacation home destination that ticks all the boxes. From its English-speaking convenience and diverse activities to culinary delights, beautiful weather, and friendly locals, Belize offers adventure, relaxation, and cultural exploration ideal for families. If I have successfully wet your Belizean whistle, book a viewing of The Green House By The Sea! It's an excellent property for families and close to all the action. Earn rental income or make it your family's Belize getaway.


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