Belize is a tropical paradise boasting something for everyone, with its spectacular reefs, magnificent rainforests and beautiful white Caribbean beaches. Despite its small size it is one of the most diverse countries in the world, and one of the most bountiful when it comes to natural splendour, flora and fauna.
Belize City has old-Caribbean charm in spades combined with the modern conveniences and buzzing nightlife of a busy metropolis. It has a great variety of Creole and international food, as well as great bars and music to offer visitors, and a good range of accommodation from backpacker hostels to five-star hotels.
For those with an interest in archaeology, Belize has a wealth of fascinating sites. Caracol, a Mayan city larger than modern-day Belize City was buried under jungle for centuries and is well worth a visit. Belize’s other major Mayan site, Xunantunich, at San José Succotz, also offers stunning views and fascinating history, and there are many more archaeological jewels throughout the country.
For natural beauty Belize is a world-leader, with the longest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, home to angelfish, triggerfish, whale sharks and other amazing flora and fauna, as well as being one of the top dive sites in the world. Belize boasts many habitats including incredible mangrove forests, and extensive and impressive cave networks. The stunning Belize rainforests are home to jaguar, puma, howler monkeys, iguanas and boa constrictors to name but a few.
Belize also has some fantastic wildlife sanctuaries which give visitors a glimpse of the incredible bird population that inhabits the country. Bird enthusiasts will be delighted with Shipstern Nature Reserve, Rio Bravo Conservation Area, and Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.
Belize is served by Philip Goldson International Airport, which handles all international travel. It also has active sea ports with many cruise ships visiting daily. It is best to stay in tourist zones when in Belize due to security concerns. Hotels in these areas are reasonably priced but can be dated.