Belize is an anomaly. Although it is in Central America, most of its people are not Latin but black, it is part of the British Commonwealth, the national language is English and the prevailing attitudes are much more Caribbean than Latin American.

Discover Belize: Nature & Attractions

Belize is a naturalist’s paradise. Located on the Caribbean coast, with Mexico to the north and Guatemala to the west, the country strongly supports ecotourism, setting aside much land for parks and nature reserves.

The rainforests and mountains are home to hundreds of bird species, monkeys and crocodiles.

One large tract of land is set aside as the world’s only jaguar preserve, the Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary. Offshore lies the world’s second-longest coral reef, attracting scuba divers and snorkelers from all around the world.

The reef has four atolls, three of which are in Belizean waters. Some say the scuba diving is the best in the Caribbean.

Throughout the country you can also explore several ancient ruins of the Mayan civilization. Scattered around the small country are several little-known parks and preserves. One is the only jaguar preserve in the world; another is a research center to study howler monkeys.

Belize Travel & Accommodation

Travel options to and around Belize are plentiful. Visitors who want to tour Belize on their own will find a good choice of accommodation, including bed and breakfasts, inns, lodges and guest houses. Local tour companies operate daily excursions from all the major centres.

Belize City can be used as a base for tours to Belize’s other major attractions: the natural beauty of its inland jungle and the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha, Lamanai and Xunantunich. Click here to find accommodation ⇒Hotels in Belize City

Tours to Tikal in Guatemala, said to be one of the most spectacular Mayan sites of all, are also available on a regular basis from Belize City.

The official language is English, although Spanish is widely spoken outside Belize City.