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CENTRAL AMERICA: BELIZE
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back Caribbean lifestyle, typifi ed by
one local we met on the sandy track
that represents the main road in
town. “I hardly ever come down here
now,” he said, as a small golf buggy
cruised past. “The pace of life is far
too hectic!”
It is a great place to chill out, and
there are plenty of vantage points
that are perfect for watching the sun
go down over the water, sipping a
glass of Belize’s award-winning ‘One
Barrel’ rum mixed with coke, before
heading out to a restaurant for some
barbecued chicken and locally-made
Marie Sharpe’s hot sauce.
Like Costa Rica, Belize has much
more going for it than its coast alone.
Fascinating Mayan ruins and ancient
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burial caves, spectacular limestone
waterfalls and large swathes of Above ground and below the water’s
rainforest all come together to create surface, Belize and Costa Rica have plenty
an intriguing destination. Just make to appeal: ancient Mayan ruins and
sure you get there fast, before the spectactular diving are sure to draw you
Will Gray gets hooked on a Hole, a coral paradise swarming with secret is out. ■ off the beach.
snorkelling trip in Belize, one of
fi sh. However, this is quite a trip from
Central America’s gentle gems.
Caye Caulker, so we took a shorter
three-location snorkel tour around the
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apparent intrigue but little intent. and many other colourful specimens, trips to adventures on local public transport, including:
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any of that when there were fi sh scraps well, turned turtle and scuttled off into AND ADVENTURE
to be hoovered up. a sandy haze kicked off the sea bed. FAMILY TRIP OUT OF SAN JOSE
Snorkelling is one of the highlights If you are in Belize at the right time 12 DAYS
of Belize. Travellers have long fl ocked (around March) you might get the Kids will never get bored in Costa Rica
to Costa Rica and many even head chance to encounter the great whale – and neither will you. This tour includes
further afi eld into Nicaragua, Honduras shark. Our 45-minute encounter with swinging through the cloud forest canopy,
and Guatemala, but the coastal what turned out to be inquisitive baby searching for nesting turtles, optional
gem of Belize’s Caye Caulker and its – at more than 6m long – in surfi ng or snorkelling at pristine beaches,
surrounding marine parks, which boast rough waters outside the visiting an active volcano and wallowing
coral islands with beautiful white reef in Placencia was quite in natural hot springs. ADULT AND CHILD:
beaches, are the roads less travelled. an amazing experience. £760, €1140, AU$1940, NZ$2245, US$1600,
The waters teem with some of the The chilled-out CA$1750, ZAR12,920.
best snorkelling and diving sites in the island of Caye
region, including the legendary Blue Caulker has a laid-
PACIFIC COSTA RICA
LOCAL TRANSPORT TOUR OUT OF SAN JOSE 9 DAYS
ARENAL VOLCANO AND HOT SPRINGS, MONTEVERDE CLOUD
FOREST, MANUEL ANTONIO NATIONAL PARK
£295, €445, AU$755, NZ$870, US$620, CA$680, ZAR5015.
BUDGET FOR AN EXTRA 15% TO COVER TOUR FUND.
REEF AND RAINFOREST
PLAYA DEL CARMEN – ANTIGUA 13 DAYS
MEXICO BELIZE GUATEMALA
£500, €750, AU$1275, NZ$1475, US$1050, CA$1150,
ZAR8500. BUDGET FOR A SMALL TOUR FUND.
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