Belize is a tiny country tucked into a pocket of Caribbean coastline between Mexico and Guatemala. With far less of a language barrier to overcome than elsewhere in Central America, Belize is an ideal destination for people who want to dip their toes into Central American culture without fear of being misunderstood.
At only 8,867 square miles Belize is about the same size as the U.S. state of Massachusetts or Wales in the U.K. But few countries on earth can boast so much diversity in such a small area. This tiny country boasts five ecosystems, from savannah to jungle, rivers, ocean and mangroves, making it the capital of eco-tourism in Central America.
The breathtaking scenery in Belize will be a memorable backdrop to river tubing through a series of caves, hiking through thick tropical forests to hidden Mayan ruins or climbing to the heights of the Maya Mountains, all while keeping an eye open for spectacular birds and an amazing array of wildlife.
But the offshore part of Belize is just as spectacular. It’s hard to resist the lure of the warm, turquoise water lapping at the countless cayes and islands, and with 386 km of Caribbean coastline, boaters and beachgoers will easily find their bliss. And so will divers and snorkelers, because the country is home to the second-largest barrier reef in the world, underwater caves and the famous cobalt blue chute, the Blue Hole.
Belize’s Afro-Caribbean roots have created a fabulous laid-back atmosphere where life moves at a slow pace in Belize, even by Central American standards. Whether you want to have a relaxing vacation or explore, add Belize to your travel plans.
Where abouts in Belize?
Nohoch Che'en Caves Branch Archaeological Reserve, Cayo District, Belize
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Tourism website: Travel Belize
Time Zone: UTC -06:00
Currency: BZD – Belize Dollar
Official language: English
UNESCO World Heritage sites: 1
See more of the country in our Belize photo gallery.
Best time to go: January – May is dry season, but the best time to visit Belize is usually between January and March, when it’s not (quite) as hot or humid. This is also Belize’s peak tourist season, so prices tend to be higher.