Although Belize is generally a conservative country, the small but growing local LGBTQ community in Belize recently celebrated the nation’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down a law criminalizing homosexual behavior. Many of the finer resorts in Belize, including Caves Branch Jungle Lodge gladly welcome LGBTQ travelers to enjoy fabulous adventures in the country.
Some of the top tours recommended for LGBT travelers include:
ATM is shorthand for Actun Tunichil Muknal, a Maya phrase that means “Cave of the Crystal Maiden.” For more than 1,000 years, the ATM Cave remained undiscovered, its grisly treasures only coming to light in the 1980s. Inside this deep labyrinth are the skeletal remains of young adults and children who were sacrificed to appease Maya gods during the final years of that mighty civilization’s existence.
The largest royal Maya tomb ever discovered was found in 2016 inside Xunantunich, proving once again that this vast stone complex still has much to reveal. Once a powerful city-state that battled with and dominated Tikal (now just over the border in Guatemala), Xunantunich has a massive temple called “El Castillo” (The Castle) that is still the second tallest manmade structure in Belize.
Belize has hundreds of offshore islands along a string of coral atolls and islands collectively known as the Belize Barrier Reef. A UNESCO World Heritate Site, the reef has crystal clear waters and a bright white sandy seafloor, making it the perfect place to enjoy snorkeling and scuba diving.
The black orchid is Belize’s national flower, and the Caves Branch Botanical Gardens have the largest collection of indigenous orchids in the country along with thousands of other plants and native wildlife.
Perfected by the founder of the Caves Branch Lodge, cave tubing is a uniquely Belizean sport where participants float down underground rivers on an inflatable inner tube.
Participants can sail for miles through the jungle canopy using a series of “zip” cables mounted several hundred feet above the rainforest floor.
The Caves Branch Lodge and its founder, Ian Anderson, a Canadian citizen, have been strong advocates for LGBTQ rights for more than 20 years and firmly believe that everyone is entitled to enjoy an unforgettable vacation in Belize. Guests of all nationalities, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientation are warmly welcomed at the Caves Branch Lodge.