Belize, a western Caribbean nation, is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on earth. It is nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America.
What to do
Belize has spectacular caves, winding waterfalls, a virgin tropical rainforest and hundreds of limestone caves. It is also home to many ancient Mayan ruins and temples.
Don’t miss the Belize cave tubing and zip line tour. From the first platform you jump and zip to the next platform, flying through the air, surrounded by birds, monkeys, nature and a rainforest canopy.
A 30-minute stroll through the Belize rainforest takes visitors through two dry caves where many stalagmites and stalactites are seen.
Visit a Manatee reserve, snorkel the coral reef and relax on a fine white sand beach.
Go parasailing or just hike through the jungle.
Or try your luck at a casino with baccarat, blackjack, craps and more.
The main island
Ambergris Caye is the largest island and the gateway to Belize. The people give tourists a warm welcome – the last 30 years has seen a large growth in both the Belize dive and scuba trade and ecotourism.
Where to stay
There is a wide variety of options. One of these is Matachica Resort & Spa. (It was named one of the top three finalists for Most Excellent Romantic Hideaway in Mexico and Central America.)
The resort is on a secluded beach facing the world’s second-largest coral reef, with 24 villas facing the sea, a freshwater infinity pool with jacuzzi, and a renowned restaurant.
What you need to know
- Canadians require a passport valid for at least 90 days following your departure date from Belize.
- Currency: One Canadian dollar equals two Belize dollars, but travel with U.S. dollars.
- Official language is English. Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language.
- Topography: Mix of Central American jungles and the Caribbean Sea.
- Tourists per year: 251,650.
Photos courtesy of Tourism Belize / Matachica Resort and Spa