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Explore Western Caribbean

By HarryWednesday 21st January 2015

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Are you thinking of planning a trip to the Western Caribbean, where the countries and islands are brimming with vibrant culture, amazing food and magnificent scenery? From picturesque beaches to bustling cities, there’s a variety of captivating sights to see and things to do while visiting the western half of the Caribbean. To help you get inspired for a holiday away to this beautiful part of the world, we’ve put together a guide to our three favourite destinations, Belize, Honduras and Mexico. So, all that’s left for you to do is pack up your bags and start planning your dream getaway to these three fascinating countries. 

Belize

315984176_184734a3b5_z Located on the Eastern coast of Central America, the country of Belize is rich with culture, history and fantastic scenery. If you want to explore the history of this wondrous country, then be sure to pay a visit to Xunantunich, an ancient Mayan archaeological site that’s located just above the Mopan River, and only a scenic drive from Belize City.  Once used as a Mayan civic ceremonial centre, you can now visit the site for yourself, taking in the intricate stone carvings, as well as the vibrant green grass and stunning trees that surround it. 8589834836_966104de80_z If you’re looking for something to do with your kids, be sure to head to Belize Zoo, a small place that offers education on a variety of local species, from the endangered to the nocturnal creatures that can be found in the jungle. For a real treat, watch the endangered black howler monkey swing from the trees, or pop by the kinkajou enclosure, a cute little animal that loves to jump from one branch to the other. Comidapr_1 Once you’ve finished exploring, be sure to fuel up with a delicious, traditional meal. Belizean cuisine borrows influences from Mestizo, Mayan and Kriol culture, so you can expect to indulge in all sorts of mouth-watering treats, from Mestizo garnaches, which are fried corn tortillas covered in beans and cheese, or Kriol bile soup, which is a mixture of boiled eggs, fish and pigtails, with mashed cassava, plantains, yams and sweet potatoes.

Honduras

4567569815_a0722c4798_z When sailing with Royal Caribbean, you’ll have the opportunity to visit the beautiful island of Roatán, the largest of the Honduras Bay Islands. As soon as you arrive you’ll spot the stunning beaches that line Roatán’s coast; for a taste of the best, be sure to stop by West Bay Beach, where bright white sand is met with clear, turquoise water and gorgeous palm trees that sway with the warm Caribbean breeze. And, if you love to snorkel, you can look forward to floating above the stunning reefs that cover the sea’s floor. 10335842484_9ec4be7ce9_z If you and your kids want to explore the local wildlife, then make sure you stop by Arch’s Iguana Farm, where over 4,000 iguanas live freely over the 12-acres of land. On top of the iguanas, you’ll also have the chance to spot a variety of other lizards, from monkey lalas to the brightly coloured blue head lizards that can be seen clambering over rocks. 3511296345_20102d6a75_z When you fancy stopping somewhere for a bite to eat, a great place to relax is around West End Village, a collection of shops, restaurants, bars and businesses that neighbour the Half Moon Bay. All you have to do is pick a place to eat and dig into a range of delicious local dishes, from coconut coated fried prawns, to freshly grilled squid and lobsters.

Mexico

2767366496_08a31014b3_z The next stop of a Western Caribbean cruise is the picturesque island of Cozumel, in Mexico. Similarly to Roatán, one of the best ways to while away your day on shore is by exploring the amazing coral reefs and exotic sea life. For snorkelling, be sure to head over to Chankanaab Reef, for breathtaking views underwater. Or why not enjoy a trip to Stingray Beach where you can interact with these remarkable animals. 6059758511_ed2b465bd5_z For a taste of the island’s history, visit the San Gervasio Mayan ruins, a pre-Colombian archaeological site. Wander around the historical buildings, where you’ll encounter incredible structures, such as the Las Manitas, where two little red hand prints can be found at the back of the hut. The site also acts as a wildlife refuge, so don’t be surprised if you spot the occasional iguana, peccary or coati. 3552748074_5a83a77358_z Feeling peckish? Fuel yourself with the local classic of poc chuc, a dish that’s made up of tender slices of pork that have been marinated in a mixture of sour orange juice and traditional spices. This mouth-watering pork dish is usually served up with a sharp sauce and pickled onions.

Have you been to Western Caribbean before? Tell us all about your holiday, and any tips you have, in the comments below!

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