When it comes to imagining the ideal beach vacation, the average mind works rather narrowly. Say those two words and most will think of crystalline water lapping against a soft shore of yogurt-white, with a kind, warm sun working its magic on bare skin. You think of parrots, palm trees and piña coladas, a sprawling resort with an infinity pool, an army of white-clad, tan-skinned, tray-carrying waiters at the ready, asking, “Would you like one more?” or “Have you tried the catch of the day?” In the average mind, the prototypical beach vacation is associated with the tropical and the uniform. But the world is a large, diverse place and beaches come in all shapes and sizes. Why not, then, for your next coastal outing, consider a beach vacation outside of the average, sunny jaunt?
Belize’s Great Blue Hole, a 400-foot-deep sinkhole in the center of Lighthouse Reef, an atoll in the Caribbean Sea, is a true natural wonder. One-thousand feet across, forming an otherworldly dark dot in a sea of candy-blue, it attracts divers, sightseers, and scientists alike.