Belize Travel Guide

Belize Overview

English is the official language in this small Central American country that is sandwiched between Mexico and Guatemala. Its 240-mile Caribbean coastline is home of the Belize Barrier Reef, which is the world’s second longest barrier reef. This, together with its 450 islands, Mayan ruins, and interior rainforest, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, most of which hail from the USA.


The natural attractions in Belize make it a prime spot for eco-tourism, though there is no denying that a large percentage of visitors also come to see the Mayan ruins. Hiking, bird watching, scuba diving, and rafting are the most favored activities among most Belize visitors, though its beautiful Plancencia peninsula beaches are also a main draw. Caves, rivers, ruins, jungles, and beaches can all be seen in this 8,865-square-mile country.


Belize City is the main point of entry for most visitors that arrive by plane or by boat, though Belize is also accessible by road via Mexico and Guatemala. Water taxis regularly leave Belize City for the outlaying islands, and the port also welcomes cruise ship day-trippers on a regular basis. Once here, the petite country can easily be explored by road.

Things to do in Belize

Visit the ruins – The Cayo district is filled with ethnic Mayan villages, caves, and burial sites, including Xunantunich, Caracol, San Antonio Cayo, and Cahal Pech, among others.


Belize Rainforest – Blue Creek Rainforest Preserve is a 200-acre rainforest that is home to flowers, medicinal plants, monkeys, and a plethora of bird species. Hike along the trails to discover the wonderful life in the forest, its waterfalls, and its caves.


Scuba Diving Belize – Scuba dive or snorkel around the Hol Chan Marine Reserve to see the magnificent marine life that lives within the Belize Barrier Reef. Spot turtles, barracuda, groupers, mantees, dolphins, and stingrays living among the brain coral, leaf coral, and elkhorn coral.


Belize Beaches – Belize’s Placencia peninsula is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country and makes for a great place to relax. Stroll along the boardwalk and shop for souvenirs, join a yoga class, eat fresh seafood, and work on your tan.


Spot big cats – Bacalar Chico National Park at the tip of the Yucatan peninsula is home to six species of native cats that include the puma and jaguar. It is also home to the endangered White-lipped peccary.




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