WestJet is offering service between Toronto and Belize City into April, with the Wednesday and Saturday flights expected to make the destination significantly more attractive to those who want a quick link between this country and their holiday destination.
“We’re very excited. We’re definitely looking forward to more Canadians visiting Belize,” Deborah Gilharry of the Belize Tourist Board said during a Tuesday Toronto visit.
Belize is promoting itself as a multi-faceted destination, offering visitors the likes of eco-tourism opportunities in a country in which more than half of the land is protected from development and shelters the likes of toucans, monkeys, tapirs and a host of other exotic creatures; beaches; and numerous archeological sites dating back over a 1,000 years in a part of the world that was a cornerstone of the Mayan civilization.
Gilharry later told a Toronto gathering that her homeland caters to “inspired explorers, not people who want to stay in the confines of a resort…You come to Belize because you want something different.”
Belize claims to fame include the world’s only sanctuary created specifically to safeguard jaguars; the dramatic Blue Hole, an offshore sunken cave that’s popular with divers because of its remarkable hue and abundant marine life; and the relaxed island of Ambergris Caye, believed to have inspired the Madonna song, La Isla Bonita.
Seen here is the Belize delegation that attended the Toronto event.