From dense tropical jungle, high waterfalls, abundant wildlife, ancient Mayan ruins and laid-back coral island cays, Belize promises adventure and relaxation in equal measure. Belize is a small English-speaking tropical paradise on the Caribbean coast that’s more akin to nearby Caribbean islands than its Central American neighbors. Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, astounding snorkellers and divers with a medley of coral and tropical fish.
Be sure to visit Chan Chich in the remote northern rainforest to spot monkeys and jaguars. For diving enthusiasts, check out Turneffe Island, where there is a PADI certified diving center and some of the best diving in the New World. Head down to Placencia on Belize's southern coast to experience the wonderful music and diverse customs of the local Garifuna culture, as well as some of mainland Belize's best beaches.