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Belize is the fastest growing tourist destination in the Caribbean in 2024



This Underrated Country Is The Fastest-Growing Caribbean Tourist Destination In 2024

Surrounded by the tropical Caribbean Sea in Central America, Belize is experiencing “impressive”The growth of tourism, according to a study conducted by analysis agency ForwardKeys.

So far in 2024, the country has experienced staggering development 30 percent increase in international tourists. The number of arrivals by air has also increased by 30 percent compared to last year.

These figures represent the fastest growth rate of any destination in the Caribbean.

Data from ForwardKeys and the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association shows this Belize is growing faster than major Caribbean players such as Curaçao, Aruba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.

In terms of overnight stays, the country has seen a 29.7 percent increase from January through March compared to the benchmark in 2023 and a 17.5 percent increase compared to the same time frame before the pandemic.

“Statistically, our tourism industry has eclipsed 2019’s figures. The devastating economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and Hurricane Lisa in 2022 briefly darkened our path; But those shadows have disappeared and great successes are being highlighted.” poetically said Hon. Anthony Mahler, Minister of Tourism of Belize.

Belize is a safe tourist destination in the Caribbean and features pristine coastlines, jungles, mountains and plains.

With an average temperature of 28°C all year round, the best time to visit this country is between late November and early May, during the dry season.

Let’s explore some of the most amazing places to consider when planning a trip to this destination.

1. The blue hole

This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Natural Monument is a huge sinkhole in the sea filled with clear turquoise water, where you can dive to swim with sharks.

Another way to admire this natural wonder is to book a helicopter flight to observe it and take photos from the air.

3. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Reserve

This spectacular nature reserve is an ideal place to spot anteaters, tapirs, ocelots, snakes and monkeys, and if you’re lucky, jaguars and pumas.

Along an extensive network of trails, hikers and birdwatchers can observe more than 300 species of beautiful birds, including toucans and scarlet macaws.

4. Lamanai Archaeological Reserve

Lamanai is a famous archaeological site and one of the largest Mayan ceremonial centers in the country.

Reaching Lamanai is not easy, but it is an adventure in itself. You take a one-hour boat trip through the jungle along the Nieuwe River. Along the way you’ll see some of the most impressive wildlife in Belize.

Once you’re there, you can visit more than 900 ancient structures, including a museum with exhibits on ceramics, obsidian (Dragonglass for Game of Thrones fans), and jade jewelry.

2. Turneffe Islands Atoll

If you enjoy diving or fishing, look no further. You must visit this little piece of heaven on earth. This atoll includes more than 200 exotic mangrove islands bordering a lagoon.

Here you will see flats, streams, corals and an incredible variety of marine species, including turtles, dolphins, proboscis fish and the famous bonefish, very popular among anglers.

Most accommodations on this atoll will provide you with equipment to perform these water activities.

5. Belize City

Last but not least, you must visit Belize City. This place once served as a Mayan fishing village, but today it is a vibrant city full of restaurants, shopping centers, cafes and museums, in addition to an active international port used by a large portion of the tourists who enter the country every year.