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6 Reasons Why Belize is Perfect for Your Next Family Vacation

I live in San Francisco. Right now it’s about 57 degrees and we haven’t seen the sun in weeks. It’s cloudy, it’s foggy and feels nothing like summer. While I’m turning up the heater, putting on an extra sweater and wishing for just a wee bit of sunshine, I dream of all the places I could be…like Belize.

Belize has been getting lots of press these days as a destination. Not just to rest and relax but to buy real estate. Us News and World Report recently published a story about a couple who retired to Belize and live comfortably for under $1500 a month. Not bad, not bad at all. But for me, retirement is still far far away. Just a little vacation, from this dreary weather, is all I need right about now. But is the Central American county of Belize a family friendly destination?

It looks like indeed it is. Here are 6 reasons

Language:
The official language of Belize is English! So you, and your kids, will feel comfortable communicating with the locals.

History:
There are amazing Mayan ruins, archaeology finds and some stunning natural history discovers to be made. A perfect marriage of education and vacation.

The wildlife:
Belize is famous for it’s multitude of birds, and birdwatching is a national pastime. Plus howler monkeys are a popular sight!

Adventure:
For those with older children, there are a slew of adventures to go on like cave tubing, kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling and zip line canopy tours.

Beauty and beaches:
This gorgeous country happens to have the second longest barrier reef in the world, a whopping 170 miles long. It’s perfect for exploring the sea life by snorkeling or diving. Plus there about 1,000 Cayes (small islands) and great fishing opportunities

It’s close!:
It’s just about a two hour flight from Houston or Miami

And on Gilt.com right now, there just happens to be a discount of two different resorts in Belize, both owned by famed director Frances Ford Coppola, the Turtle Inn (starting at $205 a night) and the Blancaneaux Lodge (starting at $165 a night). You can check these out on the member’s only site right here . Just sign up for free and you’ll be able to check out the sale.

Photo: Gilt.com

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