Belize is an English speaking country that is located on the eastern coast of Central America and is bordered by Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west and south. Belize is a small country, similar in size to Wales, but boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world running along its coastline and lush tropical forests and ancient Mayan Ruins inland.
Inland Belize has the Maya Mountain range, beautiful tropical forests, ancient mayan ruins shrouded in jungle that are home to howler monkeys, hummingbirds, motmots, tanagers and a plethora of other wildlife. The forests are still roamed by the jaguar, but sightings are extremely rare. An extensive limestone cave network exists and you can visit caves such as the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) that were once used by the ancient Mayans for ceremonial and sacrificial purposes.
Belize has the second largest coral reef system in the world along its coastline, known as the Belize barrier reef, and it offers incredible opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Many marine areas in Belize are protected, and Hol Chan Marine Reserve is popular for its proximity from Ambergris Caye and the chance to get up close with moray eels, southern stingrays, groupers and nurse sharks. Adventurous snorkellers and divers may want to travel outside of the reef to one of Belize's three offshore atolls, Lighthouse Reef Atoll and home to the infamous Blue Hole, a collapsed limestone cave.
Belize has a rich cultural heritage influenced by its diverse ethnic makeup, including descendants of Mayan, Creole, Garifuna, Mestizo, and other indigenous and immigrant populations. This cultural blend is reflected in Belize's vibrant music, dance, art, and cuisine.
Belize is known for its laid-back and welcoming atmosphere, offering visitors a combination of natural beauty, cultural richness, and a slower pace of life. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a glimpse into ancient civilizations, Belize offers a diverse range of experiences for travellers.