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Belize

An adventurer's paradise, Belize is your peaceful, English-speaking neighbor only two hours away from 3 major U.S. Gateways. The Belize people have protected 40% of the country as parks and natural reserves.Belize is on the Caribbean coast, between Mexico and Guatemala and offers a mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic 3,675 foot mountains, mysterious Maya temples, and diving and fishing experiences beyond compare.In a single day you can go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere.

And the people are as warm and friendly as the climate.Belize is located in the Northern Hemisphere, within Central America.Belize is bounded on the North by Mexico, South and West by Guatemala, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea washes its 174 mile coastline to the East. Geographically it is located between 15° 52' 9" and 18° 29' 55" North Latitude, and 87° 28" and 89° 13' 67" West Longitude with an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.

Belize's natural history has always been its most precious resource, and therefore, it has become a virtual paradise for botanists, herpetologists, ichthyologists, mammalogists, ornithologists, and zoologists. With the support of numerous environmentally conscious organizations Belize has become an internationally recognized leader in preservation and conservation. Known for its marine environment, Belize is well publicized for possessing the second longest barrier reef in the world, as well as three major offshore atolls. In addition to the aforementioned, Belize possesses numerous mangrove systems both offshore and along the coast, thus creating a tremendous wetlands environment in which birds, fish, mammals, and reptiles can propagate. With such a significant marine ecosystem, scuba divers, marine biologists, and sport fishermen have long recognized the importance of Belize, and it has become a favorite destination for them.

Belize has an outstanding archaeological heritage of Maya temples and palaces. It is known that the Maya occupation began as early as 1500 B.C., and although it began its decline in 900 A.D., some Maya cultural centers continued to be occupied until contact with the Spanish in the 1500's. For those who are interested in archaeological sites, the Belize Department of Archaeology has committed to developing locations which are easily accessible for the casual tourist.

You can also enjoy many other activities. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you dive into the waters of the Caribbean, hike under the rainforest canopy and accompanied by melodious birds, relax on the beach, observe stalactites and stalagmites in caves littered with pottery and the remains of Maya sacrifices, canoe down a wild forest while observing rare and protected wildlife, go island hopping while kayaking between the cayes on one of our three atolls, catch a spectacular sunset while sitting on an ancient Mayan temple above the jungle canopy, watch the kids snorkel with rays and nurse sharks, take dips in rivers or under cascading waterfalls, tarpon and bonefish, For the special interest traveler, Belize offers a great diversity of attractions and activities both inland and offshore. Whether you choose to travel alone, with a group, or accompanied by your family, your options are numerous.

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