Belize is a colorful, diverse and exciting country, overflowing with natural beauty and rich history in a sub-tropical climate zone. Mainland Belize, once completely the territory of the Ancient Maya offers many accessible Mayan sites to explore, as well as a huge underground cave system, beautiful, lush rainforests, spectacular waterfalls, mountains savannas and lowlands. It seems that there is never enough time to explore all that Belize has to offer.
The islands, surrounded by pure turquoise water offer the traveler a multitude of opportunities for diving, snorkeling, exploring, kayaking and sailing. The Belize portion of the Mesoamerican Reef System extends 180 miles just to the east of the country. It is home to hundreds of thousands of species of animals, plants and microorganisms, and it protects the islands to the west from many catastrophic storm events. It also creates the calm, turquoise waters that surround the islands (cayes) of Belize.
Belize is 170 miles long from north to south, and 68 miles wide from east to west and has a population of right around 300,000 people. It is home to 145 identified species of mammals, 139 species of reptiles, and 500 species of rare and beautiful birds. There are also over 100 species of orchids, the Belize national flower. The average yearly temperature is 84 degrees (29 C), and the language spoken is English, though most Belizeans speak Creole and Spanish as well. Belizeans are friendly and helpful, and value their beautiful land that they refer to as “The Jewel”.
This is a country that has not been sanitized and decorated and homogenized into a nice safe look alike in a different location. It is a culturally and ethnically diverse county of real people with a hope and a dream of continuing to explore and curate their rich history, culture and natural resources. Belize has something for everyone, from jungle lodging to five-star resorts as a base for the marvelous adventures this country has to offer.