Article

Fort Barlee

  Fort Barlee (Corozal, northern Belize) — At the center of town, this fort was built in 1849 by Caste War refugees for protection from attacks by hostile Maya. Remains of the brick corner turrets are still visible on the fort site. The Caste War refugees were mestizos (mixed-race Spanish & Indian locals)

Article

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary (Crooked Tree Village, midway between Belize City and Orange Walk) – located in south central Belize, this sanctuary is home to over 250 resident bird species. The area’s bird population swells during the winter months, when species from northern lands show up to escape the harsher weather in North America. A […]

Article

Corozal Museum

Corozal Museum (129 South End, Corozal, northern Belize) — Called ‘A Window to the Past’, the exhibit at this little museum focuses on the experience of the East Indian population, who arrived around 1838 as indentured servants working on the sugar plantations. The museum is located about a half-mile south of town right on the […]

Article

Coastal Zone Museum

Coastal Zone Museum (North Front Street, Belize City) — Next door to, and entered from, the Caye Caulker Water Taxi Terminal, this small museum has a limited number of pictures, models and carapaces of Belizean aquatic life, plus summary information on the Belize Barrier Reef World Heritage sites and a few dioramas of marine ecosystems. […]

Article

Caracol

Caracol (Cayo District, Belize) – located 52 miles south of San Ignacio (western Belize), Caracol, as this site is known, was once one of the most powerful cities in the entire Maya world. This area now lies enshrouded by thick jungle near the Guatemalan border, a two-hour drive from San Ignacio. Sitting high on the […]

Article

Cahal Pech

Cahal Pech (1 mile south of San Ignacio, western Belize) — High atop a hill on the southern outskirts of San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is the oldest-known Maya site in the Belize River valley, having been first settled between 1500 and 1000 BC. Less impressive than Xunantunich and Caracol, it’s still a fascinating example of […]

Article

Altun Ha Archaeological Site

Altun Ha Archaeological Site (Rockstone Pond Village – a half-hour drive (31 miles) north of Belize City,) – this is Belize’s second most visited archaeological site, which takes up 44 acres. The most significant structure in this area is the Sun God Temple (a.k.a. Temple of the Masonry Altars). Another major structure within this area […]

Article

Punta Gorda Town

Punta Gorda Town: Awaiting you at the end of the paved Southern Highway, coastal Punta Gorda is the treasure of Toledo. Streets are peppered with colorful markets selling local produce and vendors marketing household goods. Blending local culture with frequent passers-by on their way to Honduras and Guatemala is said to give Punta Gorda its […]

Article

Toledo District

Toledo District: With nearly 1,700 square miles, this Belize destination speeds the adrenaline rush for veteran eco-tourists. Those who appreciate cultural diversity will embrace this District for its traditional Mopan, Maya and Ketchi farmers, along with a large East Indian population. This area appeals to travelers seeking an “off-the-beaten-path” adventure. History buffs will marvel at […]

Article

Placencia

Placencia: visitors enjoy Placencia Peninsula for its sun-kissed sand and laidback vibe. All beach vacations here are politely governed by one unwritten rule: “stress” is not allowed. Placencia gives visitors an opportunity to become one with the only golden-sand beaches and unspoiled beauty on mainland Belize. Along this coast, travelers embrace the charm of a […]