Sandwiched between the Central American jungles and the Caribbean coast, Belize is a country packed with history, culture and adventure. Most visitors head straight for Belize City, the nation’s capital and gateway to the many low-lying islands that form the Belize Barrier Reef. This reef is the second largest in the world, with over 100 types of coral and five times as many species of fish for snorkellers and scuba divers to feast their eyes upon. Join a snorkelling tour for the afternoon, or brave the biggest – and deepest – attraction of all and go diving in the Blue Hole, a giant underwater sinkhole home to an abundance of marine life. You may want to experience the famous nightlife of Caye Caulker before you leave, but don’t miss your chance to explore the lush forests found inland. An afternoon’s trekking could lead to face-to-face encounters with spider monkeys, wild cats, green iguanas and the bright keel-billed toucan, Belize’s national bird. Venture deeper into the national parks to find some of the oldest Mayan ruins in the Americas. Head into the central, forest-thick Cayo District where you’ll find crumbling temples like Xunantunich, along with eerie burial sites like Actun Tunuchil Muknal. Accommodation options range from luxury hotels on the most developed islands like San Pedro, to budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses found across the country.
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