Destinations: Belize

With manatees and Maya sites, tarpons and toucans, reefs and rain forests, Belize is a dream destination for nature lovers and adventure travelers. Blessed with the second-largest, thriving, barrier reef in the world, running the entire 185-mile length of the country, Belize is revered among seasoned scuba divers and fishermen who have plied its waters. A awellsprung adventure and discoveries, this eco-sensitive destination, where 60 percent of its land is preserved, makes it a haven for even the most complex traveler. Boasting 3,000-feet mountains, cascading waterfalls, and dense jungles, Belize is refuge for teeming wildlife, exotic plants and endangered species populations. Magnificent Ancient Mayan sites and diverse cultures add a finishing touch to the allurement of this English-speaking destination that only recently celebrated its Independence in 1981.The unspoiled nature of Belize makes for a great Tourism product, as visitors can be one with Mother Nature, in the capacity of fishermen, scuba divers, birders, hikers, honeymooners, nature lovers, history buffs and adventure travelers. Wildlife sightings are par for the course in Belize, with manatees, monkeys, keel-billed toucans, green iguanas and Blue Morpho butterflies. Jaguars freely roam the forest underthe blanket of night, as over 570 bird species showcase their airborne, acrobatic tricks, and trophy-sized sport fish cruise along their own colorful underwater paradise. Kayak and canoe along the river banks, dotted with mangroves. Fishermen aiming for a grand slam, land a bonefish, tarpon and permit fish in the same day. Belize is host to the famed Blue Hole and three of the four coral atolls in the Western Hemisphere: Lighthouse Reef, Glover's Reef and Turneffe Islands. The Maya Legacy Partially excavated Mayan sites are scattered throughout the country, and includes stepped pyramids, ball courts and carved temples. Archaeologists are to-date making major discoveries. The more spectacular of the sites include Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha and Lamanai. Exploration is key, and the caving system provides a glimpse into the Mayan underworld. You can float inches away from ancient fire pits, artifacts and human skeleton remains, while tubing or canoeing in the pitch dark, with headlamps. Popular Destinations: While countless discoveries await, each district has a refreshing distinction and appeal to travelers. Popular destinations in Belize are mostly centered around three attractions: underwater, beach life and Mayan heritage. Ambergris Caye sits off the north coast and is frequented by divers and snorkelers. Tours such as the Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley, allow for snorkeling among sting rays, nurse sharks and huge colorful corals. The main town of Ambergris Caye, San Pedro, features cobble stone streets, art galleries and a few beach bars over the water. Golf carts serve as the main transportation. The inland Cayo District, is located along the western border with Guatemala, and is the location for a tropical rain forest and the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. The town area of San Ignacio, Cayo District, is the base for many inland adventure tours like cavetubing. The Placencia Peninsula, along the southern coast, has the most pristine stretch of beaches throughout the country and is a gateway to the offshore cayes and atolls. City slickers can enjoy Old Belize, located 5 milles up the George Price Highway, a cultural and historical center opened in 2005. The 45-minute tour is an interactive exhibition highlighting the country's multicultural heritage, its industry and its landscapes. Airlines American Airlines. Continental Airlines. Delta Airlines. TACA. US Airways. Airports: Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport - BZE - is 9 mls from Belize City and about 52 miles from Belmopan City, the capital. Entry Requirements All visitors are required to have a current passport. Nationals of some countries require a visa, however, U.S. citizens, Canadians, and Nationals of EEC member nations do not require visas. Activities With so many interests and activities to pursue, Belize is a great place for a safe family vacation regardless of age. Throughout the country, you’ll find spectacular natural attractions that remain practically unchanged from our pioneer days. - Green Travel - Wedding/Honeymoon - Family and Student Travel - Diving and Snorkeling - Fishing - Couples/Romance - Birding - Volunteer and Faith-Based Travel - Maya sites like: Altun Ha, Caracol, Lubaantun, Santa Rita, Cerros, Lamanai & Nim Li Punit, Xunantunich - Belmopan, Belize City, Corozal District, Orange Walk District, Cayo District, Stann Creek District, Toledo District, Placencia Peninsula, Ambergris San Pedro Caye, and Caye Caulker. - Landmarks: the swinging bridge of Belize City. St. John’s Cathedral, the Great Barrier Reef, Mountain Pine Ridge, Ambergris Caye & Placencia Resort area. - Must see: Rain forests on safaris, Belize Zoo, Cockscomb Basin, Wildlife Sanctuary, Bermudian Landing Community Baboon Sanctuary, Great Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye Monument, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley, Laughing Bird Caye, Blue Hole National Park, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Five Blues Lake, and Guanacaste Park. Marriage Requirements Couples getting married must reside in Belize for at least three (3) days prior submitting an application for marriage license. Marriage license application forms can be obtained from General Registry, Supreme Court Building, Belize City or the Attorney General Office, Belmopan. Forms must be completed and signed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace (J.P.). Completed forms along with the following must be presented to General Registry or Attorney General: - Proof of Citizenship in the form of a Passport or an original birth certificate with a raised seal or a copy signed by a notary public, including father's name. - Photocopies of your passport showing your picture and date of entry into Belize. - Proof of Marital status, if widowed a death decree, if divorced, a divorce decree. - Two witnesses needed at the time of the marriage ceremony. - Consent from a parent if either party is under 18 years of age. - Marriage license fee (US $100) plus US $5 administration fee. - A blood test is not required. - A marriage ceremony can be performed by a priest or pastor, a senior Justice of the Peace if done in the Magistrate's Court, the Registrar General and a Deputy Registrar General if done at the Registry Department. - For more information you can contact the Registrar General's office by fax at 501-227-0085 or phone at 501-227-2053. 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