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Belize

Belize is a still a destination that entices the adventurous. Despite a growing tourism infrastructure, this destination, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, still retains a natural and straightforward way of life that is attractive to many looking for an off-the-beaten path experience.

Belize EcotourismThis is a no-glitz country but with its vast expanses of rain forest, diverse collection of birds and animals, long stretch of coral reef and plentiful Maya ruins, Belize offers a combination of adventure and relaxation that is uniquely its own.

However, if you're looking for something upscale you don't have to look far. There are some enchanting resorts: Turtle Inn and Blancaneaux Lodge provide luxury in great locales.

There are also a number of cozy inns and guest houses offering comfortable quarters and a relaxed atmosphere at reasonable rates.

An important part of Belize's history is the Mayan legacy of outstanding palaces and temples. To this day, there is still a significant Mayan population living in small villages throughout the country. Not to be missed are Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Lamanai, Chan Chich and La Milpa.

Belize EcotourismImportant to Belizeans is conserving natural areas and cultural heritage, while encouraging development aimed at sustainability so the country can grow economically. Many tourism establishments are now involved in conservation of natural resources and sustainable development.

Belize's increasing popularity is making it somewhat less wild than it used to be but there is plenty of excitement left.

Start in Belize City, the most populous city in the country. Highlights are the Government House, the Anglican Cathedral, the Bliss Institute and the Paslow Building which houses the post office and the Magistrates' Court.

Belize City is the major point for people to mobilize to the different parts of the country. Close to Belize City are attractive Mayan ruins such as the Altun Ha and wildlife sanctuaries, the Community Baboon Sanctuary and the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary.

In contrast to the bustle of Belize City, visit the laid back islands of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker and Turneffe Reef. Sun and relaxation are the priorities here unless, of course, you are a diver.

Diving is second to none. Beneath the surface Belize, with its inhabitants: living corals, crabs, shrimp and lobster, conch and a vast array of tropical fish make it one of the richest underwater ecosystems on the planet.

Belize's reef is punctuated by scores of beautiful islands, sand bores, patch reefs, and various underwater structures that are home to hundreds of animal and plant species, including 220 types of fish and hundreds of invertebrates.

One of Belize's greatest assets are its people. A society made up of every racial and ethnic group imaginable: dark and light and each shade in between, beauty cast from African, Amerindian, Chinese, Arab, Caucasian and East Indian.

Belize's majority ethnic group consists of Creoles, originally from Africa, many by way of other Caribbean island nations, and many also with the blood strains of Belize's early settlers from Europe. This group gives Belize its unique quality of friendship, warmth and wisdom and also its independence of both body and spirit.

Belize's rich history, people, its focus on ecotourism and adventure, and its spectacular diving make it well worth exploring. Visit once, you'll be back...

Click here for more on Belize's Mayan Ruins.



Belize Guide
The Belize Guide is a complete directory of everything you need to plan a trip to this beautiful Central American destination. Before your visit, you'll want to learn as much as possible about the tropical weather patterns that can affect your journey to local rain forests and beaches. Explore Belizen food, attractions, and more. You can even brush up on the region's history and find significant cultural centers to seek once you've arrived. Our guide also makes it easy to get where you need to go with sections on where and how to book cruises and flights to Belize. Start in our accommodations section to find and reserve a hotel room in paradise.






 
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