Off the coast of Belize, the Blue Hole Natural Monument is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This eerie 400-foot-deep sinkhole was created thousands of years ago when sea levels rose and flooded dry caves, collapsing the limestone ceilings and leaving behind an almost perfectly round void. Today, it is one of the world’s best scuba sites; divers and snorkellers flock here to marvel at the tropical fish that live on the coral fringes, and at the sharks that call this mysterious natural wonder home.
Three Days in San Pedro, Belize
Spend a long weekend in the bustling tourist town of San Pedro, located on the island of Ambergris Caye in Belize. Tour the area on a golf cart, go snorkeling or diving in the Belize Barrier Reef, relax by the water at Secret Beach and dine on Belizean dishes at Robin's Kitchen.
Exploring Belize On a Stand-Up Paddleboard
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is the fastest-growing water sport in the world, and the South Water Caye Marine Reserve in Belize is a beautiful place to learn. Here, travel writer Dan Rubinstein shares his experience paddling through the region with British Columbia-based outfitter Island Expeditions.