A Beachcomber's Paradise
Why We Love It
Nestled between Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean, Belize offers the best snorkeling, scuba diving, and Mayan culture including the historic Mayan temples of Altun Ha and Lamanhai.
Ambergris Caye (pronounced key), Belize's most popular destination, offers water sports, beautiful beaches and historical tours and an emphasis on relaxation and informality.
Did You Know…
Most Belizeans are multilingual. English is the official language of Belize, a former British colony. However Spanish is a close second with Creole coming as the third most common language.
San Pedro, one of Belize’s most charming towns, and the inspiration for Madonna’s hit song, "La Isla Bonita,” is located in Ambergris Caye. Unlike more urban areas, San Pedro offers cobblestone streets, with bikes and golf carts to get around, and plenty of shops, beachside restaurants, and luxury hotels.
Belize’s largest city and former capital, Belize City, offers shopping that caters to the cruise crowd, including shops that featuring local arts and crafts.
• Blue Hole National Park for its 200 species of birds and animals
• Hol Chan Marine Reserve with 160 species of fish, along with 40 species of coral
• Crooked Tree Sanctuary for its wetlands featuring 275 species of birds
• Half Moon Cay Beach for its yellow sand, warm turquoise waters and lush greenery
Food & Drink
For lunch or dinners, be sure to try ceviche made with shrimp or conch, Belize-style tamales wrapped in plantain leaves, or the country’s staple food, beans and rice cooked in coconut milk with Creole spices. For dessert, coconut flan or coconut pie are among the favorites.