Belize is only a 2-3 hrs from major US hubs
is a small country of 8,867 square miles that sits on the
northeastern coast of Central America. The friendly
neighbor of Mexico and Guatemala, Belize shares an ancient
Mayan past and common ethnic backgrounds with Central America.
But it is the salty air drifting over from the Caribbean
Sea that has infected the country with a colorful Caribbean
flamboyance that can be seen through its distinct Colonial/Caribbean-style
architecture, coconut-based dishes, white sandy beaches,
laid-back ambience and its English and Creole dialects.
Belize is in fact the only Central American country
with English as a first language.
Aerial view of Belize City
approximately 270,000 people living peacefully in a secure
political environment, enriched in diverse cultures, Belize
is a premier ecotourism destination. Though small,
Belize boasts the largest Barrier Reef in the Western Hemisphere,
the famous ‘Blue Hole, three of the four pristine atolls
in the Atlantic, over 200 sand islands, the only Jaguar
Preserve in the world and over 500 species of exotic birds.
that's not enough, Belize is home to numerous remains of
ancient Mayan cities, some still undiscovered under the
jungle's lush vegetation, majestic Maya Mountains that soar
3000 feet into the clouds, some of the tallest mangrove
trees in the region, complex cave systems, the only pine
forest (Mountain Pine Ridge) in all of Central America,
and a unique and colorful cultural mix.