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Belize

English-speaking Belize is unique - a cocktail of Creole, British colonial, indigenous Mayan, Mennonite and Spanish cultures.  It is a tiny country - a little larger than Wales – and this makes it very easy to sample its natural and cultural attractions in a short space of time. The coast is unmistakably Caribbean: silky white sand beaches and coral atolls, swaying palm trees, turquoise seas, laidback people, pulsating reggae rhythms and rum punch. 

Belize has the world’s second largest barrier reef and the undersea world here is a theatre of exotic fish and a plethora of other marine species living among the coral. Behind the coast in the backcountry there are forested highlands, such as the beautiful Mountain Pine Ridge and verdant jungle around Chaa Creek. Awaiting exploration are rivers, mysterious caves and riding trails.  Wildlife is ebullient throughout the country, with hundreds of species of bird and even watchful jaguars inhabiting the woodland. Belize also has numerous fascinating Mayan archaeological sites such as Xunantunich and Lamanai, formerly concealed in dense jungle.

Our insider tips for Belize

Sophie Barber
Snorkelling on the barrier reef from your base on Ambergris Caye. The coral wonderworld is less than a kilometre off the shore at the pleasant little fishing town San Pedro.

 

Hannah

Actually spotting a jaguar in the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary. The chances are always slim (though better than elsewhere) because this magnificent animal is always wary and conceals himself in the leafy tropical forest. But what a result if it happens!

Ben Line

Exploring the caves and rivers around Mountain Pine Ridge by canoe or kayak. You might prefer to discover the lovely highland region from the seat of a car or mountain bike: the choice is yours!

Caroline Maber

Savouring the delicious, juicy, freshly-caught and relatively cheap lobster on the island of Caye Caulker. It’s worth getting out of your hammock for...

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  • Client Comments

    "There were so many highlights, but undoubtedly the most memorable part was seeing jaguars near Chan Chich on two consecutive days, and even being able to take photos of the second one. This was the main aim of our trip, having failed to reach Chan Chich in October 2008 because of flooding."

    CT, Crowthorne | February 2015 | 65 and over | With Partner
  • Client Comments

    Most memorable experiences: "Tubing down river at Chaa Creek. Howler monkeys above us at night, and avocados dropping onto our hut."

    LBM, Woking | August 2014 | 35 - 50
  • Client Comments

    Perfect holiday

    "We saw a massive variety of animals, insects and fish between the rainforest and the reef and exploring these environments with knowledgeable guides was a pleasure. Whether it was hummingbirds buzzing overhead at dinner, a boa constrictor crossing the road, a lucky glimpse of a majestic jaguar or a green sea turtle grazing on the reef it was difficult to pick a highlight moment!”

    RW, Usk | May 2014
  • Client Comments

    Amazing

    "We went mainly for the scuba diving in Belize which didn't fail to impress - truly world class.”

    AA, Market | April 2014
  • Client Comments

    Wonderful experience

    "Local flights were amazing enabling us to really see and appreciate the country....The diversity of the local cultures and cuisine were a wonderful surprise and experience.”

    CT, Hortley | June 2013
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