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Belize shines as a top winter sun destination for sailors and beachgoers alike

Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2023. 7:47 am CST.

By Horace Palacio: As the chill of winter sets in across the northern hemisphere, a significant 35 percent of Americans are trading snowflakes for sunshine, according to recent travel trends. The search for the perfect winter sun at sea has holidaymakers flocking to exotic locations, with Google search data revealing the most sought-after destinations for those keen to escape the winter blues.

Belize, in particular, is emerging as a favored escape, drawing an impressive 21,283,870 Google searches from sun-seekers and sailing aficionados. With an average winter temperature of 24 degrees Celsius, Belize offers a balmy retreat from the cold.

Positioned as the world’s second-largest coral reef, Belize is a spectacular setting that combines the splendor of white sandy beaches with the mystery of Central America’s lush rainforests. This blend of beachfront beauty and jungle majesty has catapulted Belize to the number two spot on the list of up-and-coming travel destinations for winter sun.

The country’s allure isn’t just skin-deep. Sailors are particularly taken with Belize for its year-round temperate trade winds, which facilitate smooth sailing and exploration of its numerous cayes and atolls. Moreover, the ease of line-of-sight sailing in Belizean waters makes the experience accessible for novice sailors and seasoned skippers alike.

Belize’s reputation as a winter haven is well-deserved, with its natural beauty extending beneath the waves. The Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a diver’s paradise, offering some of the most diverse marine life in the world. Above water, the plethora of cayes provides idyllic anchorages and unparalleled opportunities for water sports, fishing, and simply soaking up the serene Caribbean atmosphere.

For those who venture inland, the rainforests are a trove of archaeological treasures, including ancient Maya sites and a variety of wildlife, from elusive jaguars to vibrant toucans. Belize is also a cultural melting pot, with a rich history that’s as colorful as its sunsets.

While Belize shines brightly on the list, other destinations making waves in the winter travel scene include Saint Martin Island, with its inviting 28 degrees Celsius average temperature and a myriad of sailing opportunities. Saint Martin leads the pack with a staggering 2,174,580 Google searches.

Sicily, Cape Verde, and the exotic islands of Phuket and the Similan Islands also feature prominently among the desirable destinations. Each location offers a unique blend of climate, culture, and sailing conditions, catering to a wide range of preferences and pursuits.

However, it is Belize, with its natural splendor and sailing excellence, that has truly captured the hearts of travelers this winter season. As this Central American jewel ascends the ranks of sought-after destinations, visitors from around the world are encouraged to discover its coastal charm and inland wonders, making Belize not just a stopover, but a destination to remember.


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