In a recent move, the nation of Belize was rewarded for all its conservation efforts when the United Nations declared that the Belize Barrier Reef was no longer on its “World Heritage Sites in Danger” list. First added to the list in 1996, the Belize Barrier Reef is the second-largest coral reef system in the world but its marine diversity was in peril due to years of overfishing.
Since that time, the government of Belize has made tremendous strides to protect and preserve this natural wonderland. The reef is home to a biodiverse habitat that includes islands, atolls, nesting sites for endangered birds, and mangrove lagoons teeming with dolphins, fish, and amphibians. Large parts of the reef were designated as national parks or protected conservation environments, and fishing and other activities are now strictly regulated by law.
In the past year, the government of Belize has continued its tireless efforts to protect the reef, including imposing a complete ban on all offshore drilling. The government has also enacted a law that will phase out the use of single-use plastic shopping bags and single-use plastic food items by April 2020. Currently, plastic poses a health risk for marine wildlife.
Every year, thousands of LGBTQ travelers around the world head to the reef to enjoy activities such as sport fishing, sea kayaking, windsurfing, snorkeling, sailing, and scuba diving. The reef also offers activities such as the chance to interact with whale sharks, the largest non-mammalian species in the world’s oceans.
But it’s not just the reef that makes Belize a popular destination for adventure lovers. Activities on the mainland include zip lining, canoeing, hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, and cave tubing, a uniquely Belizean activity that involves using an inflatable inner tube to float down miles of underground rivers deep in the jungle.
As if that weren’t enough, Belize is also home to more ancient Maya sites than anywhere else. Soaring temples, magnificent palaces, and colossal pyramids still dot the landscape of Belize, many of them taller than modern skyscrapers.
If you’re an LGBTQ traveler and want to enjoy the amazing activities available on the mainland and the reef, be sure to book your travels with Belize Gay Travel. Belize Gay Travel works with a network of truly LGBTQ-friendly hotels, lodges, and resorts to organize fun and stress-free vacations. Belize Gay Travel also organizes adventure tours on both the reef and mainland.