Why Belize?

Why Travel to Belize

Travel to Belize has many benefits and plenty of opportunity for adventure. It is home to a wealth of natural wonders offering unrivaled diving, untouched coral patches, dense jungle, and an underground Mayan world rich with history. Whether this is your first time to Belize or a return trip, you will unquestionably agree that Belize provides many gifts to vacationers from around the world. From our pristine tropical rainforest to the largest barrier reef in the world, Belize is every traveler's dream come true. There is no wonder then why Belize is often referred to as "Mother Nature's Best Kept Secret."

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But what makes Belize unique is quite simple: its people. As a small nation with a little over 350,000 residents, Belize is a melting pot of various cultures. With its British colonial ties, Carib settlers, Central American neighbors, and more recent immigrants from around the world, you will surely meet friendly locals with interesting stories. Although most cultures have their own native tongue, English is the official language of Belize, making it easy for tourists to navigate and form a connection with the locals.

Culture of Belize

You’ve heard of all the wonderful things Belize has to offer—the second largest barrier reef in the world, white sandy beaches, turquoise-azure water, a pristine tropical jungle, and our warm and friendly people. Once a British colony, Belize gained independence in 1981. Did you know that Belize is geographically part of Central America and is bordered by the Caribbean Sea to the east, making Belize a country that recognized as both a Caribbean and Central America nation? Belize actually has the same landmass as the state of Massachusetts, but with a population of only about 375,000 residents. Belize is rich with different ethnic groups such as Maya, Mestizo, Creole, Garifuna, Mennonite, Chinese, East Indian, and Lebanese all of which harmoniously co-exist by bringing distinct parts of their culture to Belize whether that be in the form of language, art, music, or food. When traveling to Belize, we encourage travelers to keep and open mind and seek out as many locals as possible. Belizeans are regarded as some of the friendliest people in the world and are more than happy to share parts of their culture and history with tourists.

Culturally and environmentally diverse, Belize offers a vast array of adventure tours both on land or at sea. At Coco Plum Island Resort, we welcome nature lovers, adrenaline junkies, and history buffs alike, as our Belize adventure tours are the perfect addition to your vacation. An extra perk of scheduling your adventure tours with Coco Plum Island Resort is that many of the tour options are already included in our Belize all inclusive packages.

Afterall, it takes only two hours to fly here from major U.S. cities such as Houston, Dallas, and Miami.

Weather in Belize

Unlike most other parts of the world, Belize only has two seasons – wet and dry. Our “dry” season is our peak season for visitors who come looking to escape a bleak and dreary Northern winter. The dry season begins in late November (around Thanksgiving) and ends in May. Within our dry season, however, there are three months that are especially the warmest and driest of them all: March, April, and May. That means these months are prime months for all aquatic activities like kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming, diving, snorkeling, fishing and so much more!

The holiday season in Belize means warm weather with a few “cold fronts” – temperatures ranging between a cool 70 – 80 degrees, delicious Christmas dinner complete with black fruitcake and rum popo, and time well spent with family & friends. With its diverse cultures and ethnic groups, Belize has a wide variety of Christmas celebrations.

In the Southern part of Belize, specifically in Dangriga Town, locals gather around the streets to witness the Jankunu or “John Canoe” dancing accompanied with Garifuna drumming. This colorful masquerade dance is actually a warrior dance where the dancers (all male) are outfitted in pink masks & head wraps, white clothing, and shells that are placed below the knee that shake with each movement. The Jankunu dance is a historical representation of the Garifuna resistance to British slavery.

March truly starts off the dry season by inviting strong cool breezes and especially warm sunny days. These pristine conditions are ideal for taking a sunset cruise along the Caribbean Sea or enjoying the complimentary use of our hobie cats as the wind guides your sails. With so much wind, Belizeans also break out their kite building skills, as they create colorful creations that cruise the open blue skies.

April brings clearer skies and warmer days making it the best month for diving and snorkeling fanatics alike. For divers, the greatest adventure of all is diving with whalesharks; these majestic creatures can be seen around the full moons of April and May. Belizeans also get ready to celebrate one of the biggest holidays in Belize, Easter, where traditions remain strong and the fun continues.

The wet season (June to mid November) brings short bursts of rain usually in the early mornings and late nights, creating cooler temperatures that Belizeans wait for all year. In addition, this time of the year usually means lower hotel rates throughout Belize. The start of our "low" season towards the end of May and June marks the time of the year where many tropical foods come into season such as mango, conch, and lobster. Don’t forget to join us at for annual Lobster Festival where guests can spend the day hunting for lobster in the Caribbean Sea and return to a feast of lobster delicacies, live music, and fun & games all at no extra cost!

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