The Best of Belize
Belize is so compact—about the size of Massachusetts—that it?s easy
to keep both water sports enthusiasts and landlubbers happy. You can
spend a few days exploring the interior, taking in the astonishing array
of wildlife in the dense jungles. You can visit the awe-inspiring Mayan
ruins, remains of a dynamic civilization that peaked while Europe was
dwelling in the Dark Ages. And then you can head to the cayes to take in
their ocean-based delights. Most of our members, however, choose to
base themselves on the cayes and explore the mainland on day trips.
From Belize City, we took a 15-mile ride up the Belize River, which
alone was worth the trip to Belize. The scenery was simply breathtaking.
A jungle of royal palms, mahogany, bamboo thickets, flowering trees,
vines, and shrubs lined both sides of the wide, meandering river. Except
for the occasional village or a native paddling a dugout canoe, we shared
the river only with parrots and colorful, noisy birds. Every so often, the
wilderness reverberated with the spine-tingling roar of black howler
monkeys and we?d catch sight of a troop of them feeding in the tall
trees. At one point we spotted a baby crocodile.
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