Belize Summer 2016 in Photographs

Hopkins, Belize
As the summer draws to close, we thought we would showcase the beautiful Belizean summer months in photographs through the eyes of these Instagrammers.

Summer is the time to discover Belize during the quiet ‘green’ season, from climbing to the top of ancient Mayan ruins, zip-lining through the Mayflower Bocawina National Park to relaxing on the white sand beaches in the seaside villages of Placencia and Hopkins.

Check out the photographs below and we hope you enjoy this recollection of the past summer in Belize.

The 5 Most Ultimate Paddling Vacations Worldwide – Board and Kayak Life. “Belize Multi-Sport Adventure Trip”

Belize Barrier Reef
We were thrilled to have our Ultimate Adventure trip featured in this great article by Board and Kayak Life .  

The full article reveals the “5 best paddling vacations worldwide”.  

The Winning Photograph from the 2016 Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest

Mayan Girl by Kabbtm/Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest
The winning photo and caption by Barb Wolff/Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest
“We stopped in the Mayan Village for lunch and to gear up for trip on the Moho River. What a beautiful little girl!”

WestJet Announces New Non-Stop Service From Toronto to Belize City and Special Introductory Fares

WestJet direct flight to Belize
We are thrilled to share WestJet’s announcement about their new direct air service between Toronto and Belize City.  They are also offering some great introductory fares if you book your flight by August 15, 2016.   This is fantastic news for Canadian travelers wanting to plan a holiday to Belize!

WestJet is Canada’s highest-rated airline for customer service.  With the launch of the new service, they will be the only Canadian carrier to fly non-stop into Belize City.  

Top 20 Photographs in the Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest

Glovers Reef Sunrise, Belize
We are excited to unveil the twenty most popular photographs by vote entered into our Beauty of Belize Photo Contest .  
Out of these twenty entries, our photo-judging panel had the difficult decision to choose three photographs for the Grand Prize, 2nd and 3rd place in the Island Expeditions Choice Awards.
We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the photographs submitted.

Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest - Announcing the Winners of The People’s Choice Awards

Peaceful Sunset - Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest
We were captivated and delighted with all the incredible photographs that were entered into the 2016 Beauty of Belize Photo Contest. We received 345 entries, and encourage you to check out this collection of inspiring photographs that encapsulates the ‘Beauty of Belize’.

Experiencing the Garifuna Culture of Belize

Experiencing the Garifuna Culture of Belize
If you want to immerse yourself into Belize's unique Afro-Caribbean Garifuna culture, then a visit to the southern Stann Creek and Toledo Districts should be a must do on your itinerary.
The Garifuna people trace their ancestry to West African and indigenous Arawak people.  Around 1635, two Spanish ships carrying West Africans destined for North America were wrecked near St. Vincent in the West Indies.

Beauty of Belize Photo Contest – A Photographer's Perspective

Mayan Girl by Kabbtm/Island Expeditions Beauty of Belize Photo Contest
As we enter the final week of our Beauty of Belize Photo Contest, we asked photographer and videographer Duarte Dellarole to take a look at the entries and pick a few favorites that captured the “Beauty of Belize” from his unique perspective. 
Duarte has worked extensively in Belize, and has compiled a wonderful array of photographs which includes underwat

5 Reasons to Visit Placencia, Belize

Placencia, Belize
Placencia is located on a 16-mile long peninsula in southeastern Belize. It boasts miles of golden sand beaches and is known locally as ‘Barefoot-Perfect’.   This laid-back fishing village/beach resort offers top-notch food, accommodations, nightlife and a decent mix of travelers and locals. It is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the cultural vibe of the area’s Garifuna and Creole people.
Here are 5 reasons why you should include a stay in Placencia in your Belize itinerary:

5 Tips for Taking Better Photos on Your Belize Adventure

Photography on a Belize Adventure Trip
Belize is dream destination for all levels of photographers...from professionals to those of you just capturing that perfect moment on a smartphone.  It is a country where every turn seems to lead to a great picture.  Wildlife, birding and sightseeing opportunities are endless.  The landscape is dynamic and varied, from the the tropical rainforests of the Maya Mountains to idyllic white sand beaches out on the cayes.