"Bite-size Belize is Central America with a Caribbean accent, a former British colony bursting at the seams with incredible wildlife, bountiful beaches and mysterious Mayan ruins."

Touring in Belize

Bite-size Belize is Central America with a Caribbean accent, a former British colony bursting at the seams with incredible wildlife, bountiful beaches and mysterious Mayan ruins. Many travellers come here simply to kick back and relax on one of the many Caribbean cayes, and it’s long been a favourite destination for snorkellers and scuba divers, who speak in hushed tones of the awesome barrier reef and the legendary Great Blue Hole.

But delve into the lush jungle interior and you’re in a completely different world, where the canopy reverberates to the sound of howler monkeys bellowing, scarlet macaws squawking and quetzals warbling. If you’re really lucky you might spy a puma or an ocelot sloping through the undergrowth, perhaps even a jaguar, though you’re most likely to spot one of these elusive creatures after dark. The jungle also conceals a fascinating collection of pre-Columbian ruins, and a tour of Belize can be extended with a short hop over the border into Guatemala to visit the magnificent Mayan city of Tikal.

 

Touring Highlights of Belize

  • This tiny country is absolutely teeming with wildlife; look out for spider monkeys, armadillos, toucans and jaguars, plus marine life ranging from whale sharks and bottlenose dolphins to rays, clown fish and manatees.
  • Ambergris Caye is Belize’s most popular Caribbean island, blessed with blissful beaches and fantastic snorkelling, while chilled out Caye Caulker has more of a backpacker vibe.
  • Xunantunich is one of Belize’s most impressive Mayan sites, reached by a hand-operated ferry across the river Mopan. Perched on a hilltop close to the Guatemalan border, the ruins date back to the 7th century AD.
  • Descend into the extraordinary Great Blue Hole, an inky indigo sinkhole measuring some 300 metres across that should be on every diver’s bucket list.
  • Once just a sleepy fishing village, Placencia is now mainland Belize’s most inviting beach destination, situated at the end of a sandy peninsula on the Caribbean coast.

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