The inspiration for Backpackers Belize is one of the first places that I had ever backpacked – Belize. To honor the namesake of this website, and to also provide some insight into a truly beautiful destination, I wanted to shed some on this country for my readers. With any luck you may be inspired to visit Belize for yourself in the near future!
Belize is a relatively small country in South America that lies right on the Caribbean Sea. In fact, Belize is bordered by Mexico to the northwest, if that helps explain where exactly this country is situated. It is a very diverse country of various ethnicities and races, making it a great place to visit to learn about and experience various cultures. Although the most widely spoken language in Belize is Belizean Creole, the official language of Belize is English, meaning you don’t have to worry too much about any significant language barrier if you are visiting from the United States.
Belize is not just situated right on the Caribbean Sea, but it also has a rich history as one of the settling grounds of the Mayan civilization, making it an amazing destination for those who want to experience not just culture, but natural beauty and history as well. Caracol is a great place to consider if the Mayan civilization is something that interests you. Situated right on the border of Belize, you can see the remains of the ancient civilization situated high up in the mountains. And once you get up to the archaeological site and actually get to the top of some of the various structures still standing in Caracol, you can get a truly breathtaking view of the surrounding forests. And as an added bonus, Caracol is typically much less crowded compared to some of the other Mayan sites in the area, making it a nice option for those who do not want to deal with loud and obnoxious tourists.
If the ocean is more of your scene, then there is plenty to do as well. With clear blue waters, the Caribbean Sea just off the coast of Belize is a great way to spend your days. It can be as simple as enjoying the sun while laying out on the beautiful beaches there. Or you could even rent a boat and sail out onto the ocean and enjoy your time out on the water. But for the more adventurous types, what you really want to look into is snorkeling off the coast of Belize. There is a wide range of amazing aquatic life just waiting to be explored, and all it takes is some snorkeling gear to see exotic fish, turtles and even sharks up close and personal.
The jungles of Belize also give you a chance to see other forms of wildlife up close and personal, again for those who are more adventurous and want a more genuine “backpacking’ experience. The tropical climate of Belize is fairly unique and makes the makeup of its jungles very unique as well, making such treks into the jungles of Belize well worth your time.
What really makes Belize great is that there is a great combination of tourist-like attractions as well as activities better suited for actual “backpackers”. In fact, visiting Belize was a great way for me to transition into the backpacking lifestyle that I now fully embrace to this day, and so hopefully it can do the same for you if you do decide to visit this amazing country for yourself someday!