Apart from the fact that the official language of Belize (formerly British Honduras) is English, this small country, about the size of Wales, is a perfect size to explore all its natural and cultural attractions in a short period of time.
The coast is unmistakably Caribbean with sugar sand beaches and coral atolls, swaying palm trees, brilliant blue waters, easy-going people, soothing rhythms and lots of rum punch. Snorkelling and scuba diving are a must as Belize has the world’s second largest barrier reef and the water is rich in exotic fish living among the coral.
Travel inland to discover the rainforests of the highlands, such as the beautiful Mountain Pine Ridge and the verdant jungle around Chaa Creek. Awaiting exploration are rivers, the largest cave system in the world and riding trails. As most of the land is undeveloped, wildlife is plentiful throughout the country, with hundreds of species of bird and even the severely world-endangered jaguar inhabiting the woodland.
Belize also has also rediscovered a number of fascinating Mayan archaeological sites such as Xunantunich and Lamanai, formerly concealed in the dense jungle.