SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN BELIZE.
Affectionately referred to as “The Jewel” by native Belizeans, Belize is unique among Central American nations—it’s English-speaking, small (about the size of New Jersey) and un-crowded. It is also one of the world’s newest nations, having gained independence in 1981.
—— IMAGE GALLERY
CURRENCY BELIZE DOLLAR
READ SASTUN BY ROSITA ARVIGO
TASTE COCHINITA PIBIL
SIP SEAWEED SHAKE
EXPERIENCE DIVING WITH WHALE SHARKS
After achieving independence, the new government set aside 40 percent of the total territory as protected land. Since that original designation, protection of pristine forest and marine habitats has continued, with subsequent establishment of numerous additional public and private reserves.
Founded as British Honduras in 1862, historic Belize served as an outpost for pirates and loggers, since the early 17th century. Prior to European settlement, the Maya occupied this land for over 3,000 years. Over the centuries, the indigenous populations erected dozens of cities around elaborate temples and plazas.
The best time to visit is between December and May. Rainy season extends from June to November, with hurricane potential from July to mid-November. Temperatures are fairly constant year-round, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 70s. March can be windy on the coast.
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BIRDING IN BELIZE
Belize is birding paradise. More than 615 non-introduced avian species have been recorded in Belize’s territory.
BELIZE’S CENTRAL COAST
MAYA RUIN SITES OF BELIZE
NATIONAL PARKS OF BELIZE
THE CAYO & MOUNTAIN PINE RIDGE
TURTLE INN BELIZE
CAVES & CAVERNS: THE MAYA UNDERWORLD
Machu Picchu is a city of gods. In the same breath, it bears witness to the power of the human imagination. Towering amongst the clouds, suspended between the Amazon and Andes, each rock seems hitched to the moon, sun, and stars.