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Main Temple at Altun Ha in the Belize District

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Belize has protected 40% of the country as parks and natural reserves making it an adventurer's paradise. It’s been called "Mother Nature's best kept secret." Every destination in Belize has its share of marine and nature reserves, archaeological and national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries. Mayan temples are hidden within rainforest canopies while an incredibly colorful array of marine wildlife finds protection in Belize's Great Barrier Reef. You will find amazing places for diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking and exploring nature at its best. Belize has a lot to offer if you’re looking for adventure on your honeymoon.

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  • Nature seekers will want to visit the following: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Silk Grass Creek Road, Mountain Pine Ridge, and Belize Zoo
  • If you would like to catch something other than a trout or a bass, then these fish will certainly accentuate your trip: tarpon, snook, jacks, bonefish, permit, barracuda, sailfish, marlin, bonito and pompano.
  • The following are some of the more popular caves for those who seek their sights underground: Che Chem Ha - Cayo, Rio Frio - Mountain Pine Ridge, St. Herman's - Hummingbird Highway, Barton Creek Cave - Cayo, Blue Creek - Toledo, Ben Loman's - Manatee Lagoon
  • Mayan Ruins
  • The Blue Hole-Visible from outer space, this is one of Belize's most popular dive sites because of it's perfect circular hole, 1,000 feet in diameter and 412 feet deep.
  • Hol Chan Marine Reserve-This is a 5 square mile area that includes the reef, seagrass beds, inside the reef and mangroves. It is illegal to fish here, but this is the home to Shark Ray Alley, which offers visitors the chance to swim along side Nurse sharks and sting rays.
Belize is on the Caribbean coast, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala. The cayes (pronounced keys), the offshore atolls, and the barrier reef are the main attraction to Belize. The barrier reef, which is 185 miles long, is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. The cayes are islands and/or mangroves, that are located between the mainland and the barrier reef, on the barrier reef, and on or within the barrier reef perimeters of the offshore atolls. Opportunities for adventure abound in an environment with such diversity.
If your idea of an ideal honeymoon is sitting on a beach with a pina colada in one hand and a book in the other, Belize is NOT the destination for your honeymoon. You just won't find a lot of big nightclubs, expensive shopping, or fancy restaurants. On the other hand, if you seek adventure and a multitude of new experiences in an unspoiled tropical environment, then you should consider Belize. Belize has some of the best diving, snorkeling, fishing, hiking, kayaking, caving, archaeology, birding and exploring nature in the world. Known for its marine environment, Belize is well publicized for possessing the second largest barrier reef in the world, as well as three major off-shore atolls. It also has numerous mangrove systems both off-shore and along the coast, thus creating a tremendous wetlands environment which birds, fish, mammals and reptiles call their home. It's no wonder Belize has become such a favorite destination for scuba divers, marine biologists and sports fishermen.
Climate and Weather
The climate is subtropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The country has an annual mean temperature of 79ºF. A summer high temperature, usually never exceeds 96ºF, and winter lows are seldom below 60ºF, even at night. The rainy season is usually between June and August and the dry season is between February and May.
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Destination Wedding Information

Getting married in Belize is easy, whether you want a legal or a religious ceremony. Below are listed the requirements for a destination wedding in Belize.

Both parties must:
  1. Be in Belize at least three days before applying for a marriage license. (This includes your arrival date.)
  2. Be present at the Registry Department in Belize City to fill out the application form. (The normal approval time is one week but with advance notice you are assured of getting it that same day.) Forms must be completed and signed in the presence of a Justice of the Peace (J.P.).
  3. Present the following at the Registry Department:
    • proof of citizenship in the form of an ID card or passport
    • photocopies of your passport showing your picture and date of entry into Belize
    • proof of marital status if widowed or divorced
  4. You must bring along two witnesses which can be local volunteers willing to help
    Legal Costs:
    • Marriage license - $100 US
    • Legal ceremony in court - $5 US
    • Religious officer - Varies (donations to the churches and schools welcome)

For additional information or clarification, contact the Registry Department:
Jessica Beeks
Treasury Lane
Belize City
Telephone: 011-501-277-7377
Fax: 011-501-227-0181

Belize Reviews
Honeymoon in Belize
by Sylvia Berman last updated on 09/29/2010
Belize has something for everyone...from the beautiful mountain region with it's rivers, caves, archaeological sites, bird watching, canoeing and the glorious islands with fishing, snorkeling, diving or just relaxing in the sun on white...