“Belized to meet ya: Central America’s sexiest secret beach”

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Chris Bunting writes a light, cheery review of Belize’s Ambergris Caye. Although I found the references to narco-trafficking, kidnappings, and gang violence in Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Belize City to be flippant and unsympathetic, the author does a good job of highlighting Belize’s natural beauty, such as descriptions of the Great Blue Hole, coral reefs, mangroves, and the many sports that the area offers.

Peek-a-booing out of a far western pocket of the Caribbean, Belize’s Ambergris Caye is like the shy kid whose older brother gets a DUI and whose underage sister gets knocked up — all of a sudden he’s the golden child for just basically sitting there, doing nothing. It’s true, the Central American country’s largest island — just a 20-minute prop-plane hop northeast of the mainland on Tropic Air — is surrounded by at-risk siblings.

Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico — across the hall are all sorts of narco-trafficking, kidnappings, white slavery and head-removal shenanigans. (Remember cartels? They just have slightly better table manners than ISIS.) Even Belize’s gang-poxed former capital, Belize City, has cracked the world’s “highest murder rate” Top 10 in recent years.

But beachy, mangrovey, 25-mile-long, mile-wide Ambergris is quiet as a mouse. The most danger you’ll encounter in bustling 13,000-souled San Pedro, the caye’s only town, is getting your foot run over by a tipsy driver on a golf-cart (the main form of transport). I apologize in advance.

Ah, what a difference a barrier reef makes — barrier being the operative word — and calling it home has other perks, too, like insane diving ops attracting all sorts of snorkel-faced expats.

Not to mention a reality show or two. Do you think Fox would’ve filmed season one of “Temptation Island” just anywhere? I think not. [. . .]

For full article, see http://nypost.com/2015/02/16/belized-to-meet-ya-central-americas-sexiest-secret-beach/

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