First published in 1987, Condé Nast Traveler has since become the most respected luxury and lifestyle travel magazine in the world. And in its annual round-up of the best destinations to visit in the upcoming year, Belize has been given a coveted top spot.
Consistent with its focus on luxury and high-end lifestyles, the Condé Nast Traveler recommendation had glowing words for the range of exciting activities available in Belize, including fly-fishing, visiting wildlife preserves, scuba diving, and snorkeling, and checking out ancient Maya temples. Once the beating heart of the ancient Maya empire, Belize has numerous Maya archaeological sites that can be visited, including colossal stone cities like Caracol and Xunantunich.
It’s also no surprise that Condé Nast Traveler was excited about a spate of recent luxury resorts being built in the country, including properties owned by some of the biggest names in the travel business. But it’s not just the modern buildings which caught Condé Nast Traveler’s eye. The magazine also had enthusiastic praise for the natural beauty of the country, much of which Condé Nast Traveler predicted would soon appear on “everyone’s Instagram feeds.”
Belize is now very accessible to travelers from the United States and Canada, as the seven biggest airlines in North America all offer non-stop flights to Belize from dozens of major cities, including Newark, Dallas, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis, and Toronto. And for travelers vacationing elsewhere in Central America, new flights to Belize from Mexico will make it easier than ever to include Belize in their itinerary. In fact, Belize can be reached from even far-off cities like Calgary and Los Angeles in five hours or less.
If you’re interested in exploring the magical beauty of Belize, there are many great options. On the mainland, the Belizean Dreams Resort offers boutique service and upscale luxury with just nine standalone villas situated steps from the beach in Hopkins Village in the southeast of the country. Hopkins Village is regularly voted the friendliest village in the country, and its sweeping, five-mile curved beach is regularly considered one of the most beautiful in Belize.
And for travelers interested in an island experience, Coco Plum, Belizean Dream’s sister resort, offers unparalleled privacy and splendor on a lovely, privately owned island located in the midst of the reef. In 2019, Coco Plum Island is the winner of the Johansens award, the only resort in the country selected for the prestigious honor.
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