THE WONDERS OF BELIZE

La Isla Bonita

La Isla Bonita

San Pedro, La Isla Bonita!

Ambergris Caye is one of the larger Caye’s in Belize, and is the island on which Romantic Travel Belize is located. San Pedro is considered town center on the island, and the island itself is approx 25 miles long, with most of its inhabitants within a 12 mile by 1/4 mile wide stretch. San Pedro is the largest tourist center as well, as the diving, accommodations and people are among the best in the world! For more pictures, and a sense of life in San Pedro, go to www.tacogirl.com

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan Scuba Diving!

Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley is approximately 4 miles (6.4 km) south of San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. It is the single most popular day trip from San Pedro, perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. The reserve was formed primarily as a community-based initiative due to concern over the high level of uncontrolled, often destructive fishing and diving activities in the area. Reserve status was also called for by international organizations such as the New York Zoological Society (NYZS) and Peace Corps, due to the unique formation of the channel, the abundant fishery resources (including conch and lobster) and the feasibility of including an interlinked system of coral reef, seagrass and mangrove habitats in this area.

The Blue Hole

Blue hole

The Blue Hole!!

The Blue Hole is part of the Lighthouse Reef System, it lies approximately 60 miles off the mainland out of Belize City. It is one of the most astounding dive sites to be found anywhere on earth, right in the center of Lighthouse Reef is a large, almost perfectly circular hole approximately one quarter of a mile (.4 km) across.

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Pine Ridge Forest Reserve!

The Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is a huge 300 square mile area that features Caribbean Pine and brackens ferns instead of the typical tropical forests and lianas which cover most of the rest of Belize. The area is also dotted with beautiful waterfalls, streams and caves tat you can walk through. Deep within the reserve is a 1000 foot falls, a spectacular ribbon of water which drops from the pine forest to the tropical forest below. An overlook allows you to see the top part of the falls.

Xunantunich Maya Ruin

Maya Ruins

Xunantunich Maya Ruins!

The minor Maya ceremonial center of Xunantunich is spectacularly perched on a hill over looking the Mopan River. Xunantunich, meaning “stone woman” in Maya, has a commanding view of the entire upper Belize River valley. The largest pyramid, El Castillo, rises a towering 130 feet above the main plaza, and more than 250 feet above the river valley below. The main temple is visible from all parts of the valley today.