Belize is a little smaller than Belgium, a member of the Commonwealth and the only English speaking country in Latin America. 40% of the country is set aside for conservation and much of it is covered by thick jungle supporting over 500 species of birds. Scattered across the country are some beautifully preserved Mayan temples, while out in the turquoise Caribbean waters you will find a truly magnificent array of marine life with correspondingly superb diving – including the Blue Hole.
WHY WE LIKE BELIZE
Green and lush. For a holiday which combines culture, history, wildlife and beach, Belize presents unlimited opportunities, packed as it is with nature reserves, national parks, archaeological ruins and a barrier reef that is the envy of the world. Journey times can be longer than you might expect, but the journey is always part of the enjoyment and the friendliness of the people make up for any shortcomings elsewhere.
What to expect on your Belize holiday
Culturally Belize has more in common with the Caribbean rather than its Spanish speaking neighbours and while there are some really excellent hotels, lodges and resorts, the infrastructure creaks at the joints. Don’t expect lightning fast service. Life moves at a sedate pace and it is better to join it than fight it.
Some ideas for a Belize holiday
- The wildlife opportunities are excellent with good opportunities to spot jaguar plus howler and spider monkeys and tapir.
- Snorkel with rays and white tip sharks on the Belize barrier reef, which at 180 miles long and part of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world.
- The Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave was used by the Mayans as an underground sacrificial temple. Access is tricky, but possibly the best excursion of all.
- Dive the Blue Hole, considered by many as one of the world’s great diving experiences.
- The Mayan archaeological site of Caracol covers 30 square miles. Climb the magnificent pyramid of Caana for superb panoramic views.
- Watch the endearing manatees in the Swallow Caye Marine Sanctuary.
- Hike to waterfalls in the cooler Mountain Pine Ridge region that borders Guatemala.
- Bird-watch from your balcony or get active in the tropical rainforest of the Cayo District.
- Belize combines well with Guatemala or Mexico to create a Central American holiday of exceptional variety.
Beyond the ordinary
Hire a Catamaran and sail the Belize Cayes.
OUR BELIZE EXPERTISE
John's enthusiasm for all things Central American or Caribbean is infectious and his knowledge of Belize is enviable. His travels around Belize enable him to tailor itineraries to suit all requirements for a holiday to Belize. Talk to him about the Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave - he rates it as one of his favourite travel experiences.