All those living in Belize know of the wonderful vacation destinations that the country offers. Â However, these spots have now been internationally recognized, through a number of 2013 travel accolades. Â Therefore, with eyes from around the world being focused on Belize, the country can expect increased tourism for 2014.
One of the most prestigious awards in 2013 came from the TravelerÂs Choice 2013 awards. Â Here, the awards highlighted the best islands in the world for a vacation, with Ambergris Caye, BelizeÂs most populated island, coming in at number one. Â The other islands in the list included Bora Bora Society Islands, the Santorini Cyclades and St John US Virgin Island. Â To simply be amongst such other islands is quite an accolade, but to win the top and most coveted position is something for those living on Ambergris Caye to be extremely proud of. Â But the TravelerÂs Choice awards werenÂt the only ones to highlight Ambergris Caye, as the island was also specifically highlighted as one of the top ten destinations to watch out for by TripAdvisor.
On its website, TripAdvisor states: ÂAmbergris Caye hovers in a vacation sweet spot: just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that youÂre tripping over flip-flopped tourists. Â A mangrove swamp is the eye of this white beach island, the largest in Belize, and golf carts are the main form of transportation along the sandy roads.Â Â It adds that divers ÂdroolÂ over the beautiful underwater realms on offer. Â TripAdvisor also highlighted Caye Caulker and Placencia as top spots that visitors might be interested in during 2014.
While Belize itself received a lot of recognition, the hard work by the Belize Tourism Board has also been highlighted. Â In December, Skift.com rated the TravelBelize website as the fourth best tourism website in the world. Â It applauded the site for offering Vimeo videos and engaging with viewers by using a scrolling webpage, large images and beautiful warm colors. Â The website seems to be working too, with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture revealing that overnight tourism has increased by 11%.
Many of the jobs available in Belize and in San Pedro itself are tourism based, so any increase in visitors will be greatly welcomed. Â Having won so many awards and accolades last year, it is likely that more people will enjoy the beautiful climate, people and scenery of Belize over the coming months.