A mixture of old and new, Belize offers a glance into history amid the bustling growth of a country. Formally known as British Honduras, this area to the west of Mexico borders on Guatemala and offers some of the best diving and watersports in the Western Hemisphere.
A HISTORY WORTH PRESERVING
Northern Belize was of keen interest to the Mayan civilization. Its unique flat plain landscape offers an estimated 600 Mayan settlements scattered throughout the two northern districts of Belize, most unexcavated nor mapped. More recently, the struggle for freedom and independence of Belize can be seen all throughout Belize City's landmarks and museums.
THE LIFE OF THE WILD
The western jungle provides habitat for some of the highest concentration of jaguar in the country. The coastal lagoons to the east are vast feeding grounds for colonies of storks, herons and egrets as well as the endangered manatee. In between these areas flows beautiful river country, full of crocodile, turtle and tarpon.
THE OTHER BARRIER REEFAt a massive 185 miles long, Belize's barrier reef is the longest reef in the Western Hemisphere. The cayes and atolls just off the coast provide some of the best SCUBA diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, sailing, sailboarding, and sea kayaking around.