Honeymoons in Belize are tropical magic. Swim with enormous manta rays and beady-eyed sharks in a coral reef comprising one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world -- all without becoming lunch. Speaking of lunch, after your adventures in the sea, sand, and jungle, you can slip on something nice for a decadent seafood feast at a classy restaurant overlooking the sea, or just stay in your shorts and chow down at an endless list of no-frills oceanfront bars and funky beachfront joints. For the best of all worlds, try a romantic place like Aji Tapa Lounge & Restaurant, where you don't have to dress up but also won't sacrifice on ocean views and an intimate setting.
Happily ever after begins with a wedding in Belize. With a reputation for romance and island beauty, the azure sea found here coupled with pristine sands, lush jungle and mystic Maya temples all serve to create a gloriously exotic destination to celebrate your wedding. And, the sweet tropical weather, affordable luxuries, and warm hospitality of the Belizean people make this a perfect setting to host any type of wedding gala – from extravagant and exciting to intimate and tranquil.
You can choose a traditional affair, which typically features a Belizean dinner menu including ceviche and rice and beans. Garifuna drums and indigenous flowers are also a wonderful addition that works to provide a completely authentic Caribbean experience. A less-customary style chosen by more adventuresome brides and grooms-to-be is what Belizean dive operators refer to as "wedding bubbly." During this celebration, couples take the plunge under the sea to tie the knot with dive operators who offer certification for the entire wedding party!
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- LOCATION: Belize is located in Central America along the Caribbean coast.
- TIMEZONE: US Central Standard Time all year round.
- CLIMATE: Sub-tropical. The annual rainfall runs from 51 inches in the northern part of the country to 175 inches in the south.
- GETTING AROUND: Taxis are readily available in resort areas and towns. They can be easily identified by their green license plates.
- SIZE: Approximately 8,867 square mile (22,800 square km).
- LANGUAGE: English is the official language of Belize. Spanish is also widely spoken as well as Mayan, Garifuna and Creole.
- CURRENCY: Belizean dollar. There is approximately $1.00US for every $2.00Bz.
- ELECTRICITY: 110 volts AC.
HELPFUL HONEYMOON HINTS
- RESPECT THE BEAUTY: Given the importance of nature in Belizean life – particularly to its tourism industry --please bring only biodegradable or environmentally-friendly products (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) when visiting here.
- STAY PROTECTED: Water bottles as well as sunscreen with a high SPF are a must when you travel around Belize.
- KEEP HEALTHY: For US citizens considering a honeymoon in Belize, review what vaccinations and other health precautions are necessary before your trip to Belize.
- BACALAR MARINE RESERVE: At night, the water comes alive at the Bacalar Marine Reserve. From enormous tarpon to teams of sting rays followed by hoards of Spotted Eagle Rays, with dolphins, barracuda and a host of other fish, you will see it all at this protected natural area and UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- BELIZEAN SUNSET: Charter a boat for a romantic evening cruise where you can sip ice-cold cocktails, breathe in that perfect sea breeze, and watch the colorful Belizean sunset. Quiet shorelines and barrier reefs surround you as the sun paints dream-like splashes of color across the horizon...it's a romantic sight where all you can do is sit back, relax, and enjoy the Caribbean perfection.
- MAYAN RUINS: Belize is the center of Mundo Maya, or Mayan World. With excavated and unexcavated ruins dating back thousands of years, SeaDuced by Belize can take you there. Day trips to Altun Ha or Lamanai are arranged to allow you an unbelizeable glimpse into living history. A once in a lifetime opportunity awaits.
- BELIZE ZOO: The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is settled upon 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits over 125 animals all native to Belize. The zoo keeps animals which were orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated animals, or sent to The Belize Zoo as gifts from other zoological institutions. For an extra special experience, you can even book a jungle guest house or casita adjacent to the zoo and honeymoon in the rainforest canopy.
- THE GREAT BLUE HOLE: The Great Blue Hole is a true wonder. It's the world's largest known underwater sinkhole, and it looks like a portal to another dimension. Measuring 1,000 feet across and 412 feet deep, you can book an air charter to view this amazing site, or get even more personal with the Great Blue Hole and dive into its depths. You'll see Belize's staggering biodiversity up close, experiencing the extraordinary marine life and geological wonders this world-class diving spot offers.
- EL CARACOL: Though Belize contains many wonderful archeological sites waiting for you to explore, El Caracol is considered to be among the most significant Mayan ruin in the country.
- PLACENCIA: For a day or two of fun and relaxation, head for the beach! In the southern town of Plancencia, easily reached by air or bus, you can visit one of the country's top destinations for fun on, and in, the water. With 16 miles of white sand and turquoise water, you'll have ample time for a romantic stroll by the shore, or explore a lagoon in a kayak, or even sail to an uninhabited caye to enjoy the solitude together.
- ST. HERMAN'S BLUE HOLE NATIONAL PARK: Not to be confused with The Great Blue Hole, St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park is a wonder all its own. This system of caves managed by the Belize Audubon Society is linked by underwater streams hidden in the tropical jungle. Explore the caves and discover Mayan artifacts and jaw-dropping formations, then swim in the natural bathing pools and float on innertubes through the stream, like a lazy river ride created by Mother Nature herself.