Belize is situated on the eastern Caribbean coast of the Central American land corridor, and is south west of Cuba. Mexico and Guatemala form its borders from the north east to the south.
One of the most amazing sights in this Central American country must be the huge underwater sinkhole at Ambergris Caye on the Lighthouse Reef– The Great Blue Hole – a natural phenomena at 407ft deep and 984ft across. Deep diving is very popular here to ‘shark watch’ in the crystal-clear waters and to investigate the underwater stalactites in the many caves. For those not qualified to do deep diving, snorkelling is a good way to catch some of the intense atmosphere the blue waters purvey.
Belize is also home to the second longest coral reef in the world, the Belize Barrier Reef, and is made up of some 450 cayes (small islands). This presents excellent opportunities for scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and a multitude of other water sports.
Inland, there are Mayan ruins at Caracol and Xunantunich amongst many others. These have been partially restored, but there are many other sites hidden away in the deep jungle that are untouched. As well as the ruins, there is a huge cave system containing the second largest underground chamber in the world at well over ¼ mile long. Some of the caves can be accessed by swimming into them, but for those who like to keep dry, there are many to walk down into.
A trip to some of the wildlife reserves is a definite for the nature lovers, as Belize supports an astonishing array of flora and fauna in the shape of orchids, dazzling displays of brilliantly coloured flowers draped over the tree canopies, and cashew, guava and mahogany trees. Animals range from ocelots and jaguars to tapirs and manatees, all in settings guaranteed to impress every visitor.
Turtle Inn is a true labor of love. Less than a year after Francis and Eleanor Coppola acquired this beachside refuge in 2001, it was swept out to sea by the forces of Hurricane Iris. Turning disaster into triumph, the Coppolas led a two-year reclamation...read more
Naïa Resort and Spa encompasses 19 acres of secluded beachfront and lush landscapes within the private 200-acre Cocoplum Communityof Placencia, Belize.?The resort and residential area extends along nearly one mile of beach, and then inland where 35...read more
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In the early 1980s, Francis Ford Coppola visited Belize, immediately fell in love with the location, and purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge. For more than a decade the resort was used as a family retreat before Francis opened his tropical paradise...read more
Discover your own private island at Cayo Espanto, Belize, where paradise and luxury come together as one. This five star, world class Belize resort is for the discriminating few who demand the best life has to offer. You are invited to spend enchanting...read more
El Secreto is a unique barefoot luxury resort surrounded by tropical beauty and bathed in the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. From its privileged and secluded location on North Ambergris Caye, you can lay back and admire the splendour of the Belize...read more
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