If you were to try and invent an ideal place to enjoy a honeymoon, you’d be hard-pressed to top the magical nation of Belize. Whether your idea of an ideal honeymoon is taking romantic walks along the beach or spending time together in an eco-lodge in the middle of pristine nature, all this and more can be yours when you celebrate your honeymoon in Belize.
Just a short flight from the United States, Belize is a Caribbean nation located on the Central American mainland just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. And due to its unique history as a former British colony, Belize is the only nation in the region where English is the official language, making it very easy to get around and talk to the locals. And because the local currency (called the Belize dollar) is permanently pegged to the U.S. dollar at 2:1, you’ll never have to struggle with complicated currency conversions.
Belize is primarily a rural country, and it hasn’t yet been overrun by high-rise hotels and tourist traps. Belizeans are renowned for their genuine friendliness and hospitality, making guests feel, well, like a guest rather than just another business transaction. In fact, many visitors to Belize are happily surprised when they get invited to into people’s homes to celebrate family events.
And when it comes to fine dining, Belize is a paradise for foodies. Local fishermen still ply the offshore waters with small boats, bringing in lots of unbelievably tasty fish, shrimp, conch, and lobster. And besides all of the incredible seafood, Belize has a diverse culinary heritage thanks to its melting pot society formed from very different groups, including the Mestizos (from Mexico), the Creole, the Maya, and the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people.
Another great reason why Belize is so popular with honeymooners is all of the amazing things there are to see and enjoy. More than 600 ancient Maya sites can be found in Belize, including sacred caves and enormous pyramids and palaces. On the mainland, popular activities include birdwatching, hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, and cave tubing (using an inner tube to float down a river running through a cave).
And if that weren’t enough, Belize’s offshore reef is composed of hundreds of picturesque islands. Top activities on the reef include snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, sea kayaking, and stand-up paddling.
If you’re an LGBTQ newlywed interested in celebrating your honeymoon in Belize, be sure to book your travels with Belize Gay Travel.