Belize Awarded”Best of the Caribbean” destination for Dive, Snorkel and Adventure

Belize City, Thursday, May 20, 2004- Belize was voted as the Best Adventure Destination, Best Snorkel Destination, and Best Dive Destination in Caribbean Travel & Life’s Magazine, Reader’s Choice Awards, featured in its April, 2004 issue.

Caribbean Travel & Life magazine conducts an annual poll that recognizes “excellence in a wide range of categories important to vacation travelers.” The poll looks at various travel experiences in different Caribbean destinations to include ultimate spas, dive sports, adventure destinations and small, medium, and large resorts, to the region’s friendliest people, favorite bars and finest local beers. The April 2004 Best of the Caribbean looked at 104 of the Caribbean’s best place to go, things to do and people to meet.

Belize competed with other Caribbean destinations such as the Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Bonaire, St. Lucia, and Cozumel in over 15 categories including BEST All-Around Destination, BEST Dining, BEST Bar, and BEST Diving just to name a few. Furthermore, the Great House in Belize City was awarded BEST Boutique Hotel and Best Bar was awarded to Fido’s Hotel in San Pedro.

Of recent, Belize was on the Top Ten World Travel Destinations of 2003, as declared by , Forbe’s number one travel site for four consecutive years. In similar achievements, the country was also recognized in November 2003, as one of the “World’s Best Honeymoon Destinations for Adventure, as well as one of the World’s Trendiest Honeymoon Locales by Modern Bride magazine.

“It is encouraging to learn that readers are enthused about the diversity of our country’s tourism product and services. It is their experiences in Belize that has allowed them to confidently nominate Belize in the said categories,” commented Tourism Minister, Mark Espat. “This is a great accomplishment that both the public and private sectors can be proud of, and we continue to work together in achieving future similar results.”

Caribbean Travel & Life is a consumer magazine that covers dozens of diverse countries, colonies and cultures, and thousands of resorts, restaurants, beaches, and attractions. Its main focus is on the Caribbean and the magazine has a circulation of 500,000.