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Belize Tourism Board: 64 Regent Street, P.O. Box 325, Belize City, Belize T: 00 501 227 2420 E: W: travelbelize






iscover a country where places cannot only be located by map,

but also found with the soul. One of the last unspoiled places on earth and just a two-hour fl ight from the U.S., Belize is the perfect trip for travellers in search of unique, non- touristy experiences in a Caribbean/ Central American getaway. Situated on the eastern coast of

Central America, Belize off ers an amazing tropical getaway with warm turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea, and so much more. Here you can


Size: 8,867 sq miles Currency: Belize dollars Population: 350,000 Language: English/Spanish Main Cities: Belmopan and Belize City Local Beer: Belikin Beer Dish of the Day: Rice and beans, stew chicken, potato salad, and fried plantain

experience more in one country than you would ever imagine. From lush tropical rainforests to mysterious Maya temples, to scuba diving with whale sharks in the western hemisphere’s longest barrier reef, Belize truly has something for every traveller. The country’s greatest resource is its people. Known as a cultural melting pot you’ll be greeted by a mix of traditions carried on by Garifunas, Mennonites, Kriols and Maya, all coming together to create a uniquely Belizean experience; all in an English-speaking country. An enduring commitment to the preservation of Belizean lands and waters inspires a genuine and


intimate connection with Belize. Wherever you come from, you are invited to discover what it’s like to leave all notions of the expected holiday behind and simply discover how to be.

KEY EVENT The Belize Chocolate Festival: May 22-24 2015

Celebrates nature, culture and adventure. And, of course, chocolate

Day 1: Begin your journey in the sleepy fi shing village called Hopkins. It’s a great stop for relaxing on the beach, hiking the rainforest, Maya site exploration and day trips off shore for snorkelling, scuba diving or deep sea fi shing. Day 2: See the wildlife and more at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Reserve, one of the world’s only jaguar reserves right on the edge of the Maya Mountains and rainforest. Day 3: Visit Punta Gorda, for a great blend of cultures and travellers. Colourful markets are fi lled with local produce, vendors and goods from neighbouring countries. Day 4: Depart for a uniquely Belizean cultural experience in a Mopan Village – The Maya Homestay allows stays with a Maya family to enjoy a low-key, intimate cultural exchange.

Tourism Corporation Bonaire: BASIS Communicatie B.V, PO Box 472, Spanjaardslaan 7, 2000AL, Haarlem, The Netherlands T: 00 31 (0) 23 543 0704 E: W: Bonairedutchcaribbean

@BonaireTourism BONAIRE



ven the number plates on the cars will tell you so: Bonaire is

a real diver’s paradise. The island is fringed with protected coral reefs and teeming with fi sh. According to REEF (Reef Environmental Education Foundation), Bonaire has more species of reef fi sh than anywhere else in the Caribbean. REEF counted 469 diff erent species! You can see them when you dive off the 87 offi cial dive sites. No fewer than 54 are accessible right from the shore. Snorkelling is also a great way to


Size: 112 sq miles Currency: US dollar Population: 16,500 Language: Dutch, but also English, Spanish and Papiamentu Main City: Kralendijk Local Beer: Polar Beer Dish of the Day: Goat stew

discover Bonaire’s underwater world. Most fi sh live close to the shore, so by swimming only three metres away, there’s plenty to see. At which of the 17 offi cial snorkel sites will you start? But there’s plenty to see above the

water too! Discover the mangroves – ‘the nursery of the ocean’ – while paddling in a kayak. Or you can learn how to windsurf on Lac Sorobon. Here you’ll benefi t from the 28°C knee-deep water. Kiteboarders too are discovering the island’s opportunities. At Atlantis you’ll fi nd two kite board schools. A holiday on Bonaire is easy to

combine with a trip to Curaçao and other Caribbean islands.

KEY EVENT Carnival: February 14-15 2015

Bonaire’s annual Grand Carnival parade is held in Rincon and Kralendijk

Scan the QR code for more information on Bonaire


Relaxing and diving As a dive instructor I’m in the privileged position of being able to dive for a living. That’s great, especially on Bonaire! The unspoiled nature makes Bonaire a unique island. My favourite dive spot has to be La Dania’s Leap. It’s known for the practice of leaping off the shore. Nowadays shore diving here is discouraged, but fortunately the spot is accessible by boat. La Dania’s Leap is one of the few wall dives on Bonaire. It is known for its beautiful canyons and sandy bottoms. Also the nature above the waterline is very appealing; the sunsets are beautiful. I prefer watching them from the rooftop of my house. In my spare time I love to go to Sorobon. For me, it’s an ideal spot to relax. Together with my son, or my friends. Just chatting, or body boarding. Jenny Marchena, Dive Instructor



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