- The longest Barrier reef in the western hemisphere
- The most extensive cave system in Central America
- The greatest percent of land mass in the region under protected area status
How fortunate can one destination be? For generations, the English-speaking people of Belize have been committed to preserving the country's unique atmosphere and charm, while welcoming visitors with open arms as if they had lived here all their lives.
Through the decline of an ancient Maya civilization; the challenges of piracy, colonial reign and slavery; the rise of a nationalist movement; and the struggle for independence, Belize has resisted the violence and revolution of many of its neighbors and has emerged a peaceful and democratic nation.
An adventurer's paradise, Belize is located only two hours away from 3 major U.S. Gateways. With a diversity of adventure opportunities unmatched by any other country, you can go from tropical forest to Mayan temple to Mangrove island in less than a day.
The country's interior is covered by a lush tropical rainforest with myriad bird species that rule the forest canopy. Exotic flora and fauna abound, including the rare black howler monkey, and the endangered jaguar. Indulge your inner explorer with bird-watching treks, river kayaking trips and cave-tubing expeditions.
Beneath the hanging vines and towering trees lie Maya temples with eye-catching shape. The excavated and restored sites possess intricate stone carvings and ingenious architecture. Climb the highest temples for an amazing view of the forest, or learn about the Mayan culture and artifacts in Belize's museums.
The barrier reef sprawls along the length of the coast, filled with coral gardens, shallow reefs, and spectacular drop-offs. Scuba dive the Blue Hole, cast for bonefish or simply enjoy the warmth of the sun, sand and sea of the Caribbean.
Whether you choose to snorkel in waist deep water amidst schools of colorful fish, share delicious local dishes and foot-tapping music, or have a romantic getaway on a secluded island, Belize has a destination for you!