The Financial Express newspaper recently published their list of the Top 10 best places to enjoy a vacation this winter, and one of the prominent locations featured was the small nation of Belize.
Located just south of Mexico and only a 3-hour flight (or less) from major cities across North America, Belize is a former British colony where English is the official language. Belize is located on the Central American mainland, but the country has a 200-mile coastline on the Caribbean Sea and more than 400 offshore islands.
The Financial Express newspaper lavished praise on Belize, describing it as having ideal weather for a winter vacation (warm and sunny, without being too hot), many beautiful beaches, and a unique history. Once the beating heart of the ancient Maya civilization, Belize is where you can find more Maya relics, ruins, and sacred caves than anywhere else.
Belize’s population is quite small (fewer than 400,000) people, but it is home to an astonishing diversity of cultures, including Chinese entrepreneurs, German-speaking Mennonite farmers, the Mestizo people, the living descendants of the Maya, and the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people. Despite the differences in language, history, food, and culture, Belize is world-famous for its harmonious society and incredibly friendly, warm people.
Although Belizean society is primarily conservative and religious, people in Belize are very tolerant and accepting of people from other walks of life. In 2017, the Belizean Supreme Court struck down a law outlawing homosexuality, a move widely celebrated by the LGTBQ community in the country. And the town of San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye recently held the first-ever Pride parade in the country last year.
While you won’t find an active nightlife scene for LGBTQ travelers in Belize, the country is an excellent destination for a winter vacation. There are no reports of attacks or assaults on LGBTQ visitors, and people in Belize regularly enjoy colorful exhibitions such as street dancing, parades, and cross-dressing during festivals.
For LGBTQ travelers, there’s much to see and do in the country. The vast majority of Belize is a natural paradise, with birds and orchids far outnumbering the people. The mainland is home to animals such as jaguars, monkeys, and giant iguanas while the offshore islands offering a wealth of activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing.
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