Explore breathtaking caves
Bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, this small country lays claim to a great natural and cultural diversity, featuring a luscious jungle interior and a paradisiacal Caribbean coast. Head out and explore Central America’s youngest nation and experience the Maya Mountains, nature reserves, ancient ruins and ancient Maya ruins.
- Miles of coral reefs – Belize boasts the world’s second longest reef which is home to an abundance of marine life
- The ancient Maya ruins dotted around the country: climb steep steps to the tops of temples, venture into deep caves and understand the fascinating history that surrounds you
- Exotic wildlife – a nature lover’s paradise. Whether you visit a national park or a wildlife sanctuary – be sure to have a pair of binoculars to hand
- Its delightful beaches: kick back on the golden sands of the Caribbean coast, where long beaches of white sands await
- The stunning Blue Hole Natural Monument in Lighthouse Reef .
Best time to visit Belize
• The tropical region of Central America incorporates both coastal and highland climates.
• The dry season in all four countries spans the months of December to April, the weather is at its least humid making this the most pleasant time to travel.
• The summer months are slightly more humid with increased rainfall but are therefore less crowded.
• Between September and November the region experiences heavy rains and tropical storms which often develop into hurricanes.
Belize holiday highlights
Belize offers miles of beautiful coral reefs, ancient ruins, tropical rainforests, exotic wildlife and a wonderful mixture of cultures. The government's approach to eco-tourism should ensure the country remains a nature lovers haven well into this century.
Cayes and Caribbean Coast
Belize boasts the world’s second longest barrier reef, which runs the entire length of the country, and divers can explore three atolls, hundreds of offshore cayes, an extensive network of caves and an abundance of marine life. Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest island and San Pedro Town offers a laid back vibe and beachfront restaurants and bars. The Great Blue Hole in Lighthouse Reef is a real bucket list destination for divers. This circular submarine sinkhole is 120 metres deep and home to reef sharks and enormous stalactites.
Belize’s interior is an untouched landscape of dense jungle, steep ravines, spectacular waterfalls and rushing rivers. The Cayo District borders Guatemala and covers 2000 square miles of forest, rolling hills and farmland. Over half of the district has been designated a national park, wildlife sanctuary or forest reserve that’s home to wildlife including monkeys, anteaters and the elusive jaguar. It’s a popular destination for riding, bird watching, cave tubing and rappelling, and it’s even possible to visit Tikal on a day trip.
Belize is often referred to as the ‘heart of the Maya’ and relics of this ancient civilisation are dotted across the country. The largest known site, Caracol, is surrounded by jungle and boasts the country’s tallest Mayan building. The impressive site of Xunantunich is just half an hour from San Ignacio and features fine stucco facades and views of neighbouring Guatemala. The small, well-preserved site of Altun Ha lies north of Belize City and highlights here include the Temple of the Green Tomb and the Temple of Masonry Altars.
British colonial heritage
Belize is a melting pot of cultures with diverse influences such as Mayan, Mestizo, Creole, Asian and British. English and Scottish settlers first arrived in the 17th- Century in search of a sheltered bay from which to attack Spanish ships. Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize was the UK’s last colony on the American mainland and it’s the only country in Central America with a British colonial heritage and English as its official language. The Museum of Belize and the Government House in Belize City both trace the country’s history.