Belize tailor-made holidays
Although small, Belize is a heavyweight destination in almost every way. Nature reserves, national parks, protected jungles and a spectacular barrier reef compete with Mayan ruins and archaeological sites for your attention. Belize travel and holidays to Belize are about adjusting to the country's Caribbean rhythms and then discovering the bountiful range of natural attractions on offer.
The capital Belmopan, cut out of the tropical jungle sits amidst the foothills of the Maya Mountains. Belize City is grittier but still colourful; Corozal is the centre of Belize's booming sugar industry; just outside it are the Mayan ruins of Santa Rita.
Other Mayan sites in Belize include Lamanai, which is only accessible by boat, Altun Ha, which is home to 13 temples and a giant jade head, and the Canaa Pyramid in Caracol, which is the tallest man-made structure in Belize.
The islands and mangroves of the Belize Cayes are found between the mainland and the reef perimeters of the offshore atolls. The mangroves are ideal for bird and marine life whilst the open waters attract water sports enthusiasts, snorkellers and divers; Caye Caulker is the most laid-back of the various beaches whilst Half Moon Caye is entirely given over to birds.
Belize diving holidays are centred around the Blue Hole, the most famous dive site in Central America. At 400m across and 145m deep, this great sinkhole in the Lighthouse Reef Atoll is visible from space.
There's also a spectacular blue hole in the Five Blues Lake National Park; a lake comprising a collapsed cave system, the hole appears in an array of aqua hues and is home to a wide range of wildlife. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is also good for wildlife holidays in Belize and for spotting animals, including jaguar and the rest of Belize's big cats.
At a glance
Where to go in Belize
Caye is the term for a coral atoll and in Belize these islets are situated along the country's stunning barrier reef. This is the second largest barrier reef in the world, rich in corals and colourful tropical fish. These islets offer the perfect base from which to explore the subterranean life off…
Placencia is home to many hotels and resorts that all take advantage of the white-sand beaches that line this length of the coastline. Geographically situated at the tip of a peninsula, Placencia is surrounded on all sides by the Caribbean, making this one of the best places in the world to dive or…
Orange Walk, also called 'Sugar City', gives its name to the diverse northern region traditionally involved in the sugar production industry. The Orange Walk region is home to the only sugar cane refinery in Belize, with large swathes of the countryside dominated by this stereotypically Caribbean c…
The Cayo District in western Belize is the soul of this small Central American country and home to Belmopan, the capital city since the government's relocation in the wake of Hurricane Hattie. Belmopan attracts few visitors, but maintains a surprisingly metropolitan air, mainly due to the large con…
Top itineraries in Belize
Lots of destinations around the world have a best time to visit or a high season, when the majority of travellers arrive. Whilst these periods can often be driven by good reasons, there are also ways in which a savvy traveller can get away around these months, escape the crowds and save money. We r…
Ambergris Caye in Belize has been named ‘Top Island in the World' by TripAdvisor at its annual Travellers' Choice Awards 2013.
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Travel + Leisure Magazine and Fodor’s publishing both highlighted the small Central American country in reader polls and awards.
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