AMBERGRIS CAYE, BELIZE, March 24, 2017 – Taking its place alongside popular and exciting travel destinations like Paris, Dubai, and Rome, Ambergris Caye in the small Caribbean country of Belize was recently named among the Top 25 travel destinations in the world by the 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards.
Among their reasons for awarding Ambergris the #17 spot on this year’s list, the Travelers’ Choice Awards (sponsored by Trip Advisor) called Ambergris “a vacation sweet spot: just enough amenities to make it exciting, but not so overdeveloped that you’re tripping over flip-flopped tourists.”
The award will likely serve as a big boon for a destination that is already receiving a lot of attention. Overnight tourism stays in Belize have risen 45% over the last 5 years. Investors and developers are taking notice.
Regarding this announcement, John Turley (CEO of RE/MAX Caribbean Islands and Central America) said, “I expect the impact of this announcement to be dramatic here on Ambergris Caye. The island is far and away the fastest growing destination in the entire Caribbean. While I believe the tipping point is a few years away, the current investment market is primed for early investors”.
Earlier this month, Wyndham Grand announced to much fanfare that it will be managing a 242-key, five-star oceanfront resort in Ambergris Caye scheduled to open in December 2018. Wyndham follows Hilton which will open their Curio property in Mahogany Bay Village. These two branded properties are validation of the demand in this market.
Belize is emerging as a top spot on every traveler’s bucket list, thanks to its pristine beaches, celebrated culture, and continuous recognition as a must-visit destination by respected sources like The New York Times, Lonely Planet, and U.S. News & World Report,” said Paulo Pena, president and managing director, Latin America and the Caribbean for Wyndham Hotel Group.
For travelers and vacationers interested in warm and sunny vacation spots, Ambergris is well-liked for its tropical and sunny climate, ranging from an average of 24 °C (75.2 °F) in January to 27 °C (80.6 °F) in July.
Among things to do in Ambergris Caye, taking a golf cart tour along sandy roads is a big favorite, which allows tourists to see the mangrove swamp in the eye of this white beach island.
Another popular activity for visitors is scuba diving to see the majestically beautiful Belize Barrier Reef and the Blue Hole, a 400-feet deep circle of limestone teeming with angelfish, elkhorn coral, cleaner shrimp, and stalactites.