As the only English-speaking nation in Central America, with one foot in the jungle and the other in the Caribbean Sea, pint-sized Belize is a popular tourist favorite. Think palm flanked beaches set against clear turquoise water, spectacular diving, untouched rainforest, and an upbeat, happy-go-lucky joie de vivre. It’s no mystery why most visitors to Belize are beach goers and divers – Belize’s Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world, after Australia’s, and home to more than 100 types of coral and 500 species of tropical fish, along with whale sharks, turtles, and rays. But there’s much more to this country than just spectacular undersea treasures.
Hidden inland are relics of one of the world’s most mysterious civilizations – the ancient Maya. The Maya Mountains and deep south boast many archaeological sites that date back to the pre and post-classical periods, where enormous limestone steps lead to the tops of towering stone temples, many of which afford 360-degree rainforest views. Descend into natural caves to spelunk the Cave of the Crystal Maiden, explore the depths of the Blue Hole or just indulge in some beach time. Belize is the perfect place to do anything, or nothing at all.
There really is a heaven on Earth. This is it.