Belize is located in Central America and is bordered by Mexico in the north, Guatemala to the south and west, and the Caribbean Sea to the east. We are a country of diverse cultures and languages, but English is the official language. Belize also has the lowest population density in Central America with 35 people per square mile. Over the past decade Belize has seen a massive increase in tourism simply because it is a nature-lovers paradise. The Belize Barrier Reef offers a plethora of exciting marine adventures and excursions and is the main catalyst behind the rise in the number of adventure-seekers to Belize.
Another main attraction of Belize is the quest for discovery in largely uncharted forest and jungles that our country is home to. With an extremely diverse array of fauna and flora species and an intriguing landscape of various geographic ecosystems, Belize is very worthy of exploration. One of the nicest things about Belize is our weather. With an average yearly temperature of 84° F (29°C), it’s always warm. The coastal sea breezes as well as our jungle and rainforests keep one cool even in the hottest summer months while winters can be cool but never very cold. In short, the climate is pretty much close to perfect.
As the saying goes, big things sometimes come in small packages. With Belize the second smallest and least populated nation in Central America this couldn’t be any more true as it packs a hemisphere’s worth of adventure within its borders. Divers obviously come for the prime oceanfront real estate along the second longest barrier reef in the world, where some of the world’s best diving spots can be found. From the famous Blue Hole in the north to the thousands of Cayes off the Belizean coast, the Belize Barrier Reef offers all divers, regardless of skill level, an unforgettable experience. The southern parts of Belize are home to the migrating Whale Sharks that frequent the reef.
Belize is home to some of the best fishing in the Caribbean offering anglers both fly fishing and deep-sea fishing. The Belize Barrier Reef has miles of pristine coral flats and offers extraordinary fishing; attracting more than just your average fisherman. The flats from Ambergris Caye to Placencia are a fisherman’s paradise where you can achieve the ultimate dream of a Grand Slam of tarpon, bonefish and permit. Also popular is deep-sea fishing for bluefish, wahoo, sailfish, mahi mahi, tuna, swordfish, blue marlin, and other billfish. These waters have seen some big catches over the years and are home to many annual fishing tournaments. Anglers will also find barracuda, kingfish, tarpon, amberjack, grouper, and snapper closer to shore.
Belize was once the center of one of the greatest civilizations of antiquity and is considered to have been the heart of Maya civilization during the Classic period. Today, you can tour authentic sites left by this great culture and experience mystical Belize Maya temples for yourself. Belize shares a rich Maya heritage with the neighboring countries of Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras. Belize’s Maya occupation began as early as 1500 BC but it was not until the Classic period of 250 AD to 900 AD that the Maya population is thought to have exceeded 1 million people in Belize. However, much about the ancient Maya remains a mystery now.
All Belizean national parks have hiking trails that showcase the birdlife and fine examples of local plants and animals. Most hiking trails in Belize are designed in loops so you easily return to your starting point. Some trails are self-guided, some require the expertise of a licensed tour operator who can point out birds, wildlife and local plants. Conquer tame or extreme adventure hiking in Belize. Both await you in Belize, where an abundance of national parks, private nature reserves and botanical gardens offer rewarding journeys for all levels and ages. Discover birds, local plants and exotic animals, which are showcased at all our national parks.