In a country of only 8,867 square miles - under 200 miles of Caribbean coastline from "proud Rio Hondo to Old Sarstoon" (north to south), and under 90 miles at its widest point from Belize City along the Western Highway to the Guatemalan border (east to west) - the phrase "Belize travel" would seem to have limited significance. Yet this magical little country is so rich and so varied, that travelling comparatively short distances can bring you to dramatically different locations / eco-systems / amazing adventures.
Some key statistics for you to consider - 40% of the entire landmass and offshore coral reef is under Government protection as wild-life nature reserves; they cover mountain pine ridges, rainforest-covered limestone foothills, riverine forestation, cave systems, wetlands, scrubland savannah and coral reefs and atolls. There are reserves for tapirs, jaguars (the only one in the world), birds, butterflies, marine life - a continuous wildlife corridor for flora and fauna throughout the country. More than 700 species of tree, more than 500 species of bird, over 300 varieties of orchid and bromeliad; only 320,000 residents and currently 8 sets of traffic lights in the entire country.
Small wonder that the locals refer to Belize as the jewel, as in the expression, "Welcome man, dis jooel is fer evribadi."
- Proximity: About 2 hours flight from Houston, or Miami- you are not far from home
- Easy Communication and comprehension: English is the official language.
- Tropical Environment, You will experience unfamiliar flora, fauna, agriculture, foods and a
- number of distinctly different ethnic cultures
Belize City is the largest city in the Central American nation of Belize. Unofficial estimates place the population of Belize City at 80,000 or more. It is located at the mouth of the Belize River on the coast of the Caribbean. The city is the country's principal port and its financial and industrial hub. Several cruise ships drop anchor outside the port and are tended by local citizens. The city was almost entirely destroyed in 1961 when Hurricane Hattie swept ashore on 31 October. It was the capital of British Honduras (as Belize was then named) until the government was moved to the new capital of Belmopan in 1970.
Belize is not a country to come to just to lie on a beach. There is so much more to see and do; such as the world-heritage-protected natural wonder of the Belizean barrier reef, the Cayo foothills riddled with amazing caves, mighty rivers and awesome rainforests. Guests can revel in a continuous corridor of government-protected wildlife reserves covering 40% of the country's landmass, over 700 species of trees and over 500 species of birds, and the substantial remains of ancient Mayan cities spread throughout its 8867 square miles and dating back more than a thousand years. Belize has many fascinating, day-filling Belize tours to offer you!
Belize takes its eco-tourism seriously, and trains its guides to an unusually high standard of expertise in delivering responsible tours (within the city and throughout the country) for which they are responsible. You can expect wide-ranging knowledge, as well as the friendly willingness to be of service for which Belizeans are famous. You will probably find you have more photos of you and your partner together than is normally the case when you go on holiday, because your guides are always willing to take those pictures for you.
The best Belizean holidays are those that combine a range of sea-based activities with inland tours. The tours are normally great value as well - just click on our individual tours link to see the wide range of really worthwhile Belize tours we have researched and can recommend without reservation.
Belize Country Guide
Belize still remains undiscovered in comparison to the Yucatan peninsula in the north. This has its own advantages with the Mayan sites less crowded and more authentic. Bird watching remains feasible and the corals well preserved. The majority of tourists come to Belize for some of the best dives in the world. Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye and the Turneffe Islands are just a few of the world-class diving spots. Snorkelling remains equally as popular and fun. For those adventure thrill seekers, jungle treks and water rafting is popular in the interior. The lush jungle and abundant wildlife make this a must for thrillseekers and nature lovers. In short Belize has something for everyone.
Whilst still relatively undiscovered, come and visit now before the world catches up, and get a glimpse of the uniqueness that Belize has to offer.
This Belize Country Guide gives some useful background information about this wonderful country. A great way to see the local highlights of Belize and experience the local culture is by taking a Belize tour.