Marriage is an adventure, and your honeymoon should be, too. If the idea of a honeymoon filled with romantic dinners and couples massages sounds like an unwelcome prospect, then planning a honeymoon in the Caribbean country of Belize may just be for you. Sure, there is plenty of opportunity to take advantage of romance in Belize, but what the country is really known for is its abundance of eco-centered attractions and adventurous activities. Start your marriage off on the right foot by filling your first days as a married couple with activities that will keep you busy, inspired, and excited.
Go Diving and Snorkeling
The Belize Barrier Reef is the second largest barrier reef in the entire world and because of this, Belize is often ranked as one of the top spots for diving and snorkeling. If you have the time, contact a local dive shop to sign up for scuba diving lessons so that you can become certified and make the most of your underwater adventure. If you lack diving experience and are short on time, snorkeling is ideal. Whichever route you take, you’ll experience a magnificent underwater world teeming with exotic fish, coral, and more.
Tour the Cave System
Belize is home to an underground network of caves and many are filled with structures and artifacts left by the ancient Maya who once resided in the area. There are a number of ways to explore the area’s caves, from hiking to the most remote part of the jungle in order to find the entrance, to kayaking or swimming in. Once inside, you will be awe-struck by the formations made by thousands of years of limestone erosion.
Camping in Belize is certainly an adventure. While camping is permitted, rarely is the pursuit as organized there as it is in the United States. If you choose to spend a night or more camping out in Belize, take advantage of the camp grounds located on national park grounds or in a wildlife sanctuary, such as the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary where you can stay in their dormitory style lodges or pitch your own tent.
Visit the Ruins
There are a number of Mayan ruins located throughout Belize, and a visit to the country simply is not complete without touring what was left behind by one of history’s most fascinating cultures. Mayan structures that remain standing to this day include pyramids, burial chambers, entire city structures, temples, and sports “stadiums.” To make the most out of this venture, sign up with a tour guide who will be able to provide you with details about the importance of each location.
Danielle Hamill works for a group of Caribbean travel guides, where she writes extensively about Mayan ruins and other attractions in Belize among other topics.