Belize for Beginners

Before there was adventure travel, there was Belize. Bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the rugged jungles of Central America, this English-speaking country of white sand beaches, turquoise waters dotted with more than 450 offshore cayes, ancient archeological ruins and extraordinary dive sites is a true melting pot of cultures. Once a part of the British Empire, its history dates back to the Maya civilization and it is though that nearly a million people of the Classic Era lived in what is now Belize.

Rich in wildlife, Belize is home to many nature sanctuaries that protect its dense forests, flora and fauna. The Belize Barrier Reef is a 190-mile section of the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System, the second largest coral reef system in the world. Known for its incredible diversity of plants and animals, it is home to more than 500 species of fish and 106 hard and soft coral species.

Its ancient Mayan ruins, excellent diving and fishing, and adventure tours and excursions almost to numerous to name, make Belize a popular destination for visitors who appreciate its magical mix of culture, cuisine and tropical climate.