Do you want surf, or turf, or both? That's the question when planning a trip to Belize. The reefs and atolls off the coast are legendary dive spots drawing scuba enthusiasts from the world over. In the interior, jungle lodges offer wildlife sightings, river trips, and Mayan ruins. Though this sparsely populated country is small, it packs in a lot of natural attractions.
Despite all the coastline, this is not the best spot for a white sands beach vacation. The coast is better for diving, snorkeling, and sea kayaking than it is for sunset strolls on perfect Caribbean crescents. The good side of this is that you won't find the sprawling, mass-market beach resorts so common in the Caribbean and Mexico. Most of the hotels here are low-key, small affairs where personal attention is easy to find.
Belize is defined by the Caribbean Sea, inland jungles, and an incredibly laid back atmosphere. The country's wild and rugged interior is home to hundreds of bird species along with tapirs, howler monkeys and even jaguars.
In addition to almost 350 miles of reefs to explore, there are some 400 islands scattered along the coast. Ambergris Caye is the most developed spot, but there are several upscale lodges all alone on a single island.
Belize is also a major sport-fishing destination, with tarpon, barracuda, sailfish, and marlin pulled in at different times of year.
Many travelers visit Belize as part of a multi-country overland tour. You can leave Belize City in the morning and be in Mexico, Guatemala, or Honduras that afternoon. It's a popular stop on "Ruta Maya" tours that visit the string of Mayan ruins going from Mexico down through Central America.
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