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An Eco Retreat in Belize

Enjoy Belize’s natural offerings from one of its best resorts

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Thanks to an abundance of outdoor activities, a variety of ecotourism offerings, and an idyllic Caribbean setting, Belize has a lot to offer travelers. Located in the heart of Mayan country in the western Caribbean, this former British colony is small but culturally and biologically rich, with the added bonus of being the only Central American country where English is the official language.

Just a few of the many activity options in this country take place at Belize’s enormous barrier reef, where world-class fishing, snorkeling, and scuba diving are just a few of the available opportunities. And, if you brought the kids along, they too can get junior PADI certification if they’re between the ages of 10 and 15.

Other natural attractions in Belize include the Great Blue Hole, a famous sinkhole measuring 300 feet across and 400 feet deep. Those who spend enough time in Belize’s waters might even be lucky enough to encounter one of the area’s 20-ton whale sharks, massive but gentle creatures that eat plankton and tiny fish, not people.

One of the best places to enjoy Belize’s many offerings is at one of its oldest and finest resorts, Kanantik Reef & Jungle Resort. Located on 300 acres of lush jungle reserve on the country’s southern coast, the resort offers 25 spacious thatch-roof guest cabanas and a 1,300-foot stretch of private beach.

Guests at the eco-conscious resort have ample opportunity to sample their surroundings. At the beach, small sailboats, canoes and kayaks are available, while shoreside activities include guided hikes to a 75-foot waterfall and swimming hole. The resort also has a six-acre private island, Sanctuary Caye, located 30 minutes away by boat, with catamarans, kayaks, paddleboards, and a bar and grill.

Additional nearby activities are also available, including bird-watching, horseback riding, ziplining, daytrips to Mayan ruins, and the 128,000-acre Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary – the world’s first jaguar preserve.

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