Welcome to your Belize Experience
It has so much more to offer than scuba diving, and yet, most people who come to Belize head straight underwater with tank in tow, resurfacing only for the occasional conch fritter or seaweed shake. They experience little else of what this tiny, English-speaking country of 330,000 has to offer.
Of course, you can’t blame these folks. The country’s crystalline Caribbean waters are home to the northern hemisphere’s largest barrier reef system and to the enormous kaleidoscope of fish, sponges, crustaceans, and plants that inhabit it. Here, you’ll find some of the most impressive diving in the world, especially if you head to a spot like the Blue Hole, a giant sea cave. Adding to the reef’s appeal are the postcard-perfect islands around it, such as Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and outer atolls like Glover’s Reef and the Turneffe islands. These small tropical oases are home to everything from luxe resorts to relaxed, ramshackle fishing towns, and offer plenty for the non-scuba-diving crowd, too: snorkeling, kayaking, sailing, and fishing are just the start.
Look beyond Belize’s reef and sun-bleached isles, though, and you’ll find a country with much more than just ocean-based adventure.
Look beyond Belize’s reef and sun-bleached isles, though, and you’ll find a country with much more than just ocean-based adventure. From the airport in Belize City, head west and you’ll arrive in the mellow, misty colonial town of San Ignacio in the Cayo District. Around here, you’ll find the Mayan archaeological site of Caracol (it’s rumored this site may one day rival Guatemala’s Tikal—once it’s fully unearthed), incredible caving opportunities at Actun Tunichil Muknal and Barton Creek, and the largest contiguous tropical forest north of the Amazon at Chiquibul National Park.
Further south is the little-visited district of Toledo, best known for its eco-tourism and bustling Mayan villages; up north are Mayan ruins and vast tracks of wilderness. The coast is home to Placencia (which has some of the mainland’s finest beaches), as well as Garífuna hot spots like Dangriga and Hopkins. Even weathered, friendly Belize City holds a certain appeal (stop by the nearby baboon sanctuary and the Crooked Tree wetlands)—and if you still crave a mask, tank, and fins after your visit, the barrier reef is just short ferry ride away.
What makes Belize so special?
- Magnificent beaches
- Clear, turquoise-blue waters
- The largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere
- Three offshore atolls and hundreds of coral islands
- Archaeology sites featuring Mayan temples and caves
- Tropical rainforest, cloud forest, and pine forest environs
- Exotic wildlife and more than 540 bird species
- Spectacular diving and snorkeling
- Excellent reef fishing
- The Great Blue Hole
- Luxury and unique specialty accommodations from beachfront villas to jungle eco-lodges
Will you enjoy Belize? Belize is for you if you enjoy…
- WATER SPORTS: World-class diving, snorkeling, sailing, sport fishing
- ADVENTURE SPORTS: Cave tubing, horseback riding, jungle trekking, caving, biking, kayaking, rappelling, sailing, wind surfing, zip lining
- BEACH RELAXATION: Breathtaking beaches perfect for relaxation
- THE MAYA WORLD: Ancient Maya archaeological sites and cave systems with ancient Maya relics
- WILDLIFE & BIRD SPOTTING: Biodiverse regions teaming with exotic wildlife and more than 540 bird species
- ECO-ADVENTURE: National parks—both on land and at sea—with exotic animal and plant life
- CULTURE: Opportunities to experience everyday life in present-day Maya and Garífuna communities