In such a tiny country you'll find untouched a wonderland of flora and fauna (and dozens of parks win which they are protected) and the rare charm of the "Cayes"~ tiny tropical islands. Belize (formerly British Hondurus) is an ideal destination for the growing number of ecology-minded travellers who wish to expand their horizons beyond the conventional "beach and daiquiri" vacation. While the daiquiris are excellent, this is not a beach destination~ you will find the beaches on the small coral island of the Barrier Reef are narrow, so most sun seekers prefer to linger by the pool. Snorkelling and diving, however, are excellent. Belize is an English speaking country in Central America.
Shoppers will come home with their credit cards virtually untouched~ travellers here usually budget their spending money around excursions. The capital San Pedro has a laid-back ambiance reminiscent of Greece in the '70's. The main method of transportation is by (bare)foot; though you can easily rent bikes or golf carts.
Language: English or Spanish widely spoken; Maya, Garifuna and Creole are also spoken.
Best known for: British background, Mayan history; Scuba diving; Huge diversity of sightseeing options.
Currency: Belizean dollar; US dollar widely accepted.
One of the biggest attractions of tiny Belize is the scope of fascinating excursions you can take from Belize City.
The Fiesta Inn in Belize City is a perfect base from which to explore Mayan sites, wildlife sanctuaries, barrier reefs and coral islands.
Best of the Way: An action packed tour taking in the world famous Belize Zoo, the capital, Belmopan, and shopping for handicrafts. After lunch, tour the fabulous temples of the ancient Xunantunich Maya site (pronounced Zoo NAN too nitch).
Lamanai: A boat ride on the New River, with wildlife, rainforest and orchids will precede your arrival on the New River Lagoon and the ancient Maya site of Lamanai. More bird life and howler monkeys will greet you on your tour from temple to temple through the enchanting rainforest of this site.
Tikal: A full day tour to this world famous Maya site in Guatemala (by land or air).
Itineraries are subject to change in the event of (for example) inclement weather.