It’s official ! Belize is Happy.

Posted: August 18, 2013 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel

You read it here first, and we’re happy to tell you.

Belize Happy Travel Channel

The Travel Channel has just officially acknowledged something that we’ve always known – Belize is one of the Top Ten Happiest countries in the world.

A new Travel Channel article,” World’s Top 10 Happiest Countries”, uses the 2013 global Happy Planet Index to compile this year’s list of the top cheerful destinations, and we’re not surprised that Belize made the grade.

With the world’s second largest barrier reef (some say the world’s longest living  barrier reef), huge tracts of unspoiled rainforests surrounding ancient Maya cities and temples, pristine rivers, waterfalls, hundreds of lovely little islands and a stunning Caribbean coast, what’s not to be happy about?

Oh yes, then there’s the people. Nowhere on the planet will you find a more multicultural mix of happy souls who have long ago worked out how to live in harmony. Just about everyone who comes to Belize remarks on the natural, easy going friendliness and warmth of Belizeans. And it’s infectious – after a few days even the most harried travellers notice a spring in the step and a propensity towards smiling. It just grows on you…

But don’t take our word for it; here’s what the Travel Channel has to say:

“With the second biggest barrier reef in the world, a laid back Caribbean lifestyle and a favourable climate, there’s a lot to be happy about in Belize. But its cultural diversity is what is truly believed to make this country so content and welcoming: European, Creole, Hispanic and Mayan are some of the prevalent groups that form one harmonious culture here.”

Other happy countries include Costa Rica, Vietnam, and that home of happy reggae beats, Jamaica.

You can check them all out on

Better still, pack up your glad rags, leave your worries behind, and come on down to relax and surround yourself with smiles at Chaa Creek to see what everyone is beaming about.





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