Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2018. 8:42 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Until a decade ago, there were very few international flights into Belize, and much of the country was a remote wilderness only visited by the most intrepid travelers. Today, a lot has changed, and Belize has risen to become the fastest-growing vacation destination in Central America visited by British royalty and Hollywood celebrities. In response to this growing surge in tourism, lifelong Belize resident and travel professional Larry Waight has just published The Ultimate Belize Bucket List.
Containing over 100 tips from a true insider, The Ultimate Belize Bucket List serves as an all-in-one “travel bible” for anyone considering visiting the country. Unlike other guidebooks that are written by authors who visit Belize for a couple of days every few years, The Ultimate Belize Bucket List is authored by a man who was born and raised in Belize with over 20 years of experience in the travel industry.
At just age 16, Larry Waight and his siblings in the village of Bullet Tree Falls near San Ignacio were earning money by guiding travelers to difficult to reach attractions like the El Pilar archeological site, the ancient Maya metropolis of Xunantunich, and the vast Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve. Waight quickly realized that sharing his love of Belize with others was his calling in life. For more than 20 years, Waight has worked tirelessly to promote Belize as a special and beautiful country.
The Ultimate Belize Bucket List contains information on the 101 top attractions in Belize, including Waight’s personal favorites like cave tubing (floating down underground rivers on an inner tube), the island of Ambergris Caye, and Garifuna drumming. The book is also packed full of insider tips about mom-and-pop restaurants few tourists know about and information about local cultures, customs, food, and music.
“I love sharing the beauty and wonder of my country with visitors, but unfortunately, much of the information out there is out of date and confusing,” said Larry Waight. “With my new book, I’m hoping to create an all-in-one bible for anyone who wants to visit Belize. I also wrote it to help my fellow Belizeans learn more about their country and appreciate all of the amazing things it has to offer.”
The Ultimate Belize Bucket List will be on sale at Amazon and more than 40,000 bookstores around in the world in both print and digital format later in the month. Larry Waight is already hard at work writing his next book about his beloved Belize.
“If you’re going to visit Belize, this book is well worth reading first.” – Lord Michael Ashcroft, author, international businessman, and philanthropist
“A great guide for Belize, the rich diverse culture of its people, and amazing environment including World Heritage Sites!” – The Right Honorable Said Musa, former Prime Minister of Belize
“Larry captures the essence of what defines us as a country and as a people. Not an easy task for a country with amazing marine, terrestrial and human resources. From the world renown majestic Blue Hole and the associated reef system to the sacred taverns of the ATM cave to the world’s first jaguar reserve, Belize has so much to offer. The small size of our national territory and close proximity of many sites make it possible to see a lot in a relatively short time. Larry’s guide will maximize your visit.”- The Honorable Dr. Omar Figueroa, Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Forestry, The Environment, Sustainable Development & Climate Change in Belize
“I’ve been to 105 countries (so far) and Belize twice (so far). I wish I had a guide like this for each country I’ve had the pleasure of exploring! Larry shares the highlights and the secrets of his fascinating country and he does so in an easy-to-use format.” – David Meerman Scott, best-selling author, adventurer, entrepreneur
“A must read for anyone wanting to discover the magic of this beautiful country.” – Shannon Kaiser, founder of PlayWithTheWorld.com, best-selling author of Adventures for Your Soul
“The definitive guide to mother nature’s best kept secret. If you’ve never visited this extraordinary little country, filled with history, unique beauty and a people of charming friendliness and warmth, then this superb guide written with genuine love is a must-read.” – Andy Wigmore, Belize Ambassador to the Belize Olympic & Commonwealth Games Association and former Belize Diplomat
“Educational, Insightful and well-rounded content about Belize, If you have never been to Belize, this is the book you need to read to change your mind about the hidden treasures, rich cultures and great tourist destinations Belize has to offer to the World”. – John M. Burgos, Executive Director, Belize Tourism Industry Association
“The compelling nature of this bucket list, written with a passion for excellence, makes us proud of the wonders of our small, diverse and beautiful country. It will inspire every reader, whether a foreign visitor to our land or a Belizean national, to want to know the country better.” – Hugh O’Brien, former CEO, Ministry of National Development, Belize
“I’ve lived in Belize for more than 15 years, and even I learned a few things from this amazing book. Whether you’re coming to Belize on vacation or are moving here permanently, The Ultimate Belize Bucket List is the one book everyone should read. Now that Belize is finally getting on the map, this book is being published at exactly the right time. The Ultimate Belize Bucket List has hundreds of useful tips and advice on things to do and see, making it the perfect travel bible for anyone thinking of coming to Belize.” -Mark Leonard, investor and real estate developer, Cerros Sands, Corozal, Belize
“What an enjoyable read! This guide reminded me that there is still so much to see and do in Belize. Larry definitely put ‘meraki’ into this guide. To be able to write with such ardor clearly communicates his love for Belize. Anyone who wants to learn about this country and its gems should have this guide.” – Megs Yearwood, Barefoot Rentals and Services, Placencia, Belize
“Larry has compiled a concrete list of some of the most extraordinary things to do in Belize. He has done the Belize tourism industry a huge favor.” – Lorenzo Gonzalez, Belizean Blogger, Toronto, Canada
This snapshot portraits of people, places and all things Belizean attempts to give you in granular fashion a mental picture of one of the most unique places on the face of the earth – Belize. Larry Waight’s compendium of over a hundred people, places and things to see and do spans the spectrum of a land where geological and anthropological history created a living heritage of natural wonders that is enchanting because it is magical. There is amazing diversity packed within it small geography, looming temples and mountains, waterfalls and nature trails, caves, rivers, biospheres, rainforests, savannahs, sea, reefs, islands, beaches indigenous flowers, trees, and plants in an environment that is so hospitable, the region even has its own “moisture regulation” system—a perfect mix of rain, temperature, and (slight) winds. There is endless variety to the blending of the most ancient of humans with the latest of immigrants literally from everywhere else. Informative and interesting, educational and entertaining, the price of your visit helps the effort to conserve and preserve all these wonders and that is a superb bonus. Dive in and come down to Belize, we are open all year round. – His Worship Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City, Belize
“Outstanding! Expertly & thoughtfully organized. Finally, a travel guide book written with the concise knowledge and passion only a native Belizean could deliver.” – Melanie Nicholson, Managing Director at Belize Boutique Resort and Spa, Maskall Village, Belize
“I absolutely love this guide to Belize, among all others that have come before it. I have known Larry for 9 years and from the first meeting I recognized his knowledge for his country, not to mention the love he has for it. His enthusiasm came forth from that very first conversation. As a marketer of a highly recognized resort in Placencia, Belize, I immediately became engaged with Larry’s passion for his homeland and began communicating with him about all things Belize from that day forward. This book brought forth all of that love and passion that is within him. I am so proud of his work and highly recommend this Belize guide for all who wish to discover or expand their knowledge of a truly wonderful country, its culture, ancient and near history, present day adventures and of those persons who are instrumental in its tourism offerings. Congratulations, Larry for creating a work of art as beautiful as Belize deserves.” – Larry France, Chabil Mar, Placencia, Belize
“Larry Waight certainly knows Belize, and his new book “THE ULTIMATE BELIZE BUCKET LIST, 101 Insider Tips on What to See and Do” is a great example of his knowledge. This book is full of descriptive details that will whet your appetite. He tells us about Belizean holidays, history, natural wonders, Maya sites, and many of the most popular places to visit, and does it in a way that is fun to read and gives the reader an inside look at the country of Belize. A great read for anyone contemplating visiting Belize, and is also quite interesting to those who know the country well.” – Marty Casado, Founder of Ambergriscaye.com, Ambergris Caye, Belize
“The sad truth is that all of the guidebooks published before The Ultimate Belize Bucket List were written by well-meaning but largely confused foreigners who struggle to grasp the unique complexities of Belize. Larry’s book, on the other hand, reads like a love poem from a native son to his beloved country, and we’re all better off for it. Simply put, I’ve never read anything like The Ultimate Belize Bucket List before, and I recommend that both locals and foreigners alike read it to better understand this magnificent country.” -Rodwell Ferguson Jr., director of Untame Belize, Stann Creek, Belize
“A great unique insight into not only Belize’s tourist attractions but also into its unique but diverse culture. A wonderful resource not only for individuals planning a vacation but also an invaluable sales tool for agents looking to include Belize in their portfolio. A definite must read!” – Lloyd Alvarez, Belize Travel Expert, Benque Viejo, Belize
“This ‘travel bible’ about ‘The Jewel’ by Belize’s top travel marketer, literary artisan, and favored son of the Jewelizean soil, Larry Waight, is an absolute must read for everyone in, visiting, or revisiting Belize!” – Karl Burke, M. A., Counselor and Life Skills Coach at Independence High School and Junior College
“One of the most popular services at our resort is our lending library, and I guarantee that we’ll need to stock several copies of The Ultimate Belize Bucket List because everyone is going to want to read it. This charming book is packed full of useful information, told in a familiar and warm style that instantly puts you at ease. The Ultimate Belize Bucket List clearly shows that Larry knows this country like the back of his hand. ” -Tim Mes, General Manager of Laru Beya Resort & Villas, Placencia, Belize
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