National Geographic has declared Belize to be a Must Go Destination Best Trips 2019, the first time Belize has been placed on the prestigious year end list. For over 130 years National Geographic has been one of the best names to trust when it comes to travel recommendations.
It describes Belize as: “One of Central America’s smallest countries (roughly the size of Massachusetts) is making big waves in marine conservation. In June 2018 the Belize Barrier Reef System, which Charles Darwin deemed “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies,” was removed from the UNESCO World Heritage site danger list. The turnaround is due to extraordinary ocean protection and restoration measures, such as a moratorium on maritime oil exploration, tougher regulations to safeguard mangrove forests, and a planned government ban on single-use plastic-foam cups and plastic products by Earth Day 2019.”
The NatGeo recommendation adds: “Back on land, head to Belize’s largest Maya site, Caracol, which is bigger than its famous neighbor, Tikal, in Guatemala – but with a fraction of its visitors. The Belizean government plans to pave the road to Caracol in 2019, making the archaeological site more accessible.”
December 2018 Update: The Government of Belize has already secured funds for the new Caracol Maya Site and is currently in design state.