Best Photo Options In Belize
Belize is so incredibly photogenic. If you’ve never been, it’s easy to imagine the beautiful reef and the scuba diving that the country is so famous for. But Belize, despite it's tiny size, is so much more. Beach, reef, jungle, wildlife, mountains, incredible culture all in a country smaller than the state of Massachusetts.
1. Xunantunich Maya, Cayo District
Belize is pretty much covered with Maya mounds, artifacts and sites big and small. There are so many great ones to visit – Lamanai in the North, Lubaantan in the South, Caracol in the West but the one that I think is the most photogenic is Xunantunich. It’s not the biggest, not the showiest but in my book? It’s just right.
2. Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye
This popular dive spot in Ambergris Caye has become a hotspot for tourists who want to swim with the huge group of nurse sharks and sting rays.
The animals have become used to swimmers and will get super close to you if you bring some bait. A nerve wracking but amazing experience.
3. Silk Caye, Barrier Reef
Silk Caye is a ‘Castaway’ type island in the Great Barrier Reef area with coconut palm trees and golden sand. If you’ve always wanted to visit a paradise desert island, this is it.
4. Actun Tunichil Muknal, Belize
Actun Tunichil Muknal, known to locals as ATM, is a sacred cave and Mayan burial site. The tours are highly regulated, require permits and guides, and are limited to groups of eight at a time. You'll come across the sparkling remains of children sacrificed to the Rain God, including the famous Crystal Maiden whose bones shimmer as a result of calcite deposits.
5. Community Baboon Sanctuary, Belize District
Take some time to visit the Community Baboon Sanctuary. The name is a little confusing, as there are no baboons, but plenty of howler monkeys. Turns out "baboon" is just a local name for howler monkeys! The communities around the sanctuary work together to protect the river's coastline, which is where howler monkeys are most likely to be found.
6. Kings Canyon, South Water Caye
South Water Caye is, as its name suggests, another of Belize's Southern gems. The draw of this little island apart from that gorgeous beach, of course, is the "Private island" feel exuded by this secluded get-away destination.
7. Banyan Tree Seychelles, Intendance Bay
Located in Intendance Bay along the south western coastline of Mahe, Banyan Tree Seychelles has direct access to the beach and offers spacious villas with a private pool. The infinity pool is a great place to take a picture.
8. Mountain Pine Ridge, Cayo District
Mountain ranges are some best places to take a truly scenic photo, the Mountain Pine Ridge forest reserve is home to many beautiful formations such as the 1000ft falls, Rio On Pools, Big Rock falls and Caracol. Hiking around and taking dives into the pools are great activities to photograph and looking out over the edge of a high ridge is magnificent.
9. The Lazy Lizard, Belize Island
A jewel in the Caribbean Sea, Caye Caulker is the true definition of “island vibe.” It's a small island off the coast of Belize. The tranquil island is so tiny that you can walk around the whole thing in about an hour—barefoot, naturally. It’s divided by a narrow channel called the Split, where there’s a bar and a sandy beach.
10. Altun Ha, Belize City
Altun Ha is one of Belize's most famous ruins and is easily accessible from Belize City. Mayan for "Rockstone Pond" or "Water of the Rock," Altun Ha was an important trading post and ceremonial site as well as an agricultural center. Visitors can explore 13 temples and two main plazas at the site. The Temple of the Masonry Altars, dating from the early 7th century, is the largest of the temple-pyramids and the most significant structure.
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