If you’re looking to head even further south, look to the northeast coast of Central America, where you’ll find the paradise known as Belize. Chris Atkins, owner of Central America Fishing, a luxury travel agency, lists it as one of their “favorite affordable international travel destinations.”
“The smallest country in Central America with a population of just 400,000, this little Caribbean paradise is heavily dependent on tourism,” Atkins explained. “While Belize now offers many high-end hotels and luxury fishing lodges, tourism has been popular here for decades. So there are tons of affordable boutique hotels that can be found in all major beach towns. If you want a safe, clean place but don’t need pampering, three-star hotels for $100 per night or less are available. Airbnb rentals have also made their way onto the market over the past few years, so finding a 2 or 3 bedroom condo or villa is also easy and affordable.
Atkins also says don’t be fooled by the country striving to be smaller. “Despite its size, it packs a punch as it offers visitors rainforest, Mayan ruins, caves, adventure tours, white sand beaches and, of course, it’s home to the world’s second longest barrier reef. in the world, the Mesoamerican Reef,” he said. . “This living and breathing UNESCO World Heritage Site offers some of the best snorkeling, diving and reef fishing in the world, year after year. The locals are extremely friendly and welcoming, and they love food and beer, so it’s very easy to fall in love with after just one visit.”
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