We paired some chic sunglasses with some of our favorite areas in Belize!
Hopkins was built in 1942 after a hurricane washed away Newtown just up the coast; it is a loose coastal colorful fishing village. Ignore the monstrous condos going up on either end of the Hopkins coast road—nearly everything in between remains chill, spread out, and reasonably priced. Hopkins’s thousand or so inhabitants are mostly Garifuna, making this one of the more exciting places to be for Garifuna Settlement Day (November 19).
The Placencia Peninsula is a destination with white, sandy beaches, clear blue waters and many cooling palms. There are plenty of attractions and it is a good base for all sorts of activities. Placencia is a small mainland coastal-fishing village on the tip of the peninsula in the South of the Stann Creek District. The people of Placencia are Creoles – descendants of African slaves and European settlers. They were brought in for the logging industry about 100 years ago.
On the western side of Belize, you will find the Cayo District spreading over 2,000 square miles of luscious landscape. This area shows an incredible wealth of interest and activities for tourists and is also the gateway to Guatemala and the incredible ruins of Tikal. The Mountain Pine Ridge is often named the main attraction of the area, but the Cayo District also includes many great Mayan ruins, the towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena, the border town of Benque Viejo and the lush valley between the scenic Mopan and Macal rivers.
The Northern Highway, one of the best in Belize, connects Belize City with the border of Mexico 90 miles to the north. The two largest towns in the north, Orange Walk and Corozal, have economies based on sugar cane production and populations of Mexican descent. Orange Walk also has a large Mennonite community. Fishing and archaeological ruins are the main tourist activities in this largely undiscovered area of Belize.
Ambergris Caye is the most famous island off the coast of jungly Belize, south of Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. Ambergris is a new hot spot with mangroves populated with exotic birds, energetic night life and the Western Hemisphere longest barrier reef. For a bird’s eye view of the white coastline and the reef, grab a window seat on the 20-minute flight from Belize City to San Pedro, the old fishing village that is in the heart of the island. Enjoy a romantic sunset on Ambergris Caye with the warm sun on your back, the cool Caribbean breeze in your hair, the relaxing sound of the waves washing up on the white-sand beaches and the serene sound of palm trees! That is the sunny paradise of Ambergris Caye.