The Great Blue Hole- One of Belize’s Wonders

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Just off the coast of Belize there is an underwater sinkhole that many researchers believe is the largest of its kind. It gets its name “The Great Blue Hole” because it looks just like that- a circular hole in the ocean that is characterized by its rich blue color. The Great Blue Hole is over 300 meters (984 ft) across and 125 meters (410 ft) deep.

During a time where sea levels were much lower, the Great Blue Hole was originally a limestone cave. However, as the levels began to rise the cave flooded and collapsed. This makes it a popular site among divers, who come from all over to see this truly magical feat of nature.

Jacques Cousteau was one of these divers who made the location very popular back in 1971. He was able to investigate and explore the area and confirm how it was formed. There are even stalactites and stalagmites that can be seen below the surface. The Great Blue Hole is part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System.

While you are in the area you will most likely be greeted by some of the local fish species. These can include the Midnight Parrotfish, the Caribbean Reef Shark, among others. There are also many sharks like the bull sharks and hammerhead sharks, but they are not sighted as regularly as the fish.

Generally to get to the Great Blue Hole you would need to a take a day trip from one of the many coastal tourist communities in Belize. The next time you visit Belize, this is a trip that you should consider taking.

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Activities to Enjoy the Outdoors in Belize

outdoor activities in belizeBelize is a bit of paradise on the outskirts of the Caribbean, abundant in outdoor activities to delight your senses and make you feel more alive.

Off the coast of Belize is one of the largest barrier reefs in the world, where you can snorkel—or scuba dive—and see things you never even knew existed. A fascinating underwater world is easily accessible here, complete with water visibility reaching about 100 feet down.

From cayes (small islands) to atolls (coral reef circling a lagoon), the waters off Belize are visually stunning. The water temperature is typically around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a pleasant experience to jump in and spend hours exploring the sea.

While you’re welcome to sit on the beach and tan, Belize is also known for active water sports such as windsurfing on the ocean or kayaking on one of the country’s inland rivers. Boating and rafting offer you a way to get out on the water and soak up the sun.

Something that sets Belize apart from most places is its abundance of limestone cave formations. Some are in isolated areas, while others are easily accessible, like Rio Frió, St. Herman’s and Barton Creek Cave. In Belize, you can explore ancient Mayan ruins, too.

Belize is about 60% forest, which means you have the opportunity to go bird watching and see over 100 species in a couple days. Unlike other countries, Belize is still relatively unspoiled by people and industry, making it a bird watcher’s dream-come-true. Grab your binoculars and be on the lookout for pelicans, frigate birds and toucans.

Belize is the kind of country where people enjoy spending time outside. With no snow to shovel, it’s a great place to invest, and an even better place to live. Contact Belize Shores Realty for more information. 


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