Belize is known for its laid-back attitude, diverse ecosystems, and ample adventure opportunities, which all combine to form a wonderful vacation destination! Bordered to the north by Mexico, the south and west by Guatemala, and the east by the Caribbean Sea, Belize is one of the top travel spots in Central America.
There's a ton to love about Belize, but perhaps its biggest attraction is the beautiful beach. With hundreds of miles of coastline, you can relax while strolling barefoot along the soft sand - working only on your tan! You could also explore the coastal mangrove swamps or rent some snorkeling or scuba gear and dive underwater to discover the sea life around the Belize Barrier Reef. With more than 450 small offshore islands, an abundance of fresh seafood, and some of the most scenic coastline in the world, the shores of Belize may just be the perfect place for a beach getaway. Spots like Placencia exemplify Belize's laid-back, picture-perfect beach getaways!
Things to Do in Belize
If you prefer to seek out adventures, the interior of the country has many tantalizing options. The pristine, sunny beaches of the coast quickly give way to a rainforest-type atmosphere that is teeming with life and excitement. In the western Cayo District, you will find dense hardwood forests with hidden waterfalls, mysterious caves, and hundreds of species of wildlife. This jungle is an ideal place to enjoy a breathtaking hike through the trees, kayak down a river, go spelunking, or take a scenic guided horseback ride. Belize still has a prominent Mayan influence, but for a real taste of history you will enjoy taking a daytrip to numerous Mayan ruins, including Caracol, Xunantunich, Altun Ha, and Lamanai, where you can marvel at the architectural feats and dream of days past.
Eco-tourism brings many visitors to Belize, and the country is well-known for its toucans, tapirs, and monkeys. It even features the world's premier jaguar refuge at Cockscomb Basin. A large portion of the wilderness is protected, so the land is as unspoiled - and as beautiful - as possible. With a low human population density and a huge expanse of jungle, plants and animals truly thrive here.