Belize National Bird
Belize National Flower
Located along the eastern coast of Central America on the Caribbean Sea, Belize is a unique blend of pristine nature, diverse geography and endless adventure. Roughly the size of Massachusetts, this relatively small country (176 miles long and 88 miles wide) boasts rainforest–covered mountains, hundreds of cayes (islands, pronounced keys) and the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere. With over 40% of Belize’s land mass enjoying some level of “protected area” status, these diverse natural areas, lush with flora and fauna, form the basis of Belize’s strong appeal.
It’s no wonder, then, why Belize was part of the Mayan empire, and later colonized by the British. Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize became independent in 1981, however, it remains a part of the British Commonwealth. It’s these ties to Great Britain that make Belize an easy destination for visitors to enjoy. English is the national language and Belizean currency is tied to the U.S. dollar–exchanging at a steady 2–to–1 rate.
Small Country – Big Adventure
In distinct contrast to the rainforest is the massive barrier reef that extends the length of the country. Along with the reef, hundreds of cayes (islands, pronounced keys) situated between the reef and mainland make ideal habitats for the schools of colorful fish and coral that create world–class locations for diving, snorkeling and fishing.
Prepare yourself for a journey to the sea and the beauty of marine and island life that exists among Belize’s great barrier reef, into the lush plant and animal life of the Belize jungle or explore mystifying Maya ruins. Search mysterious caves and take advantage of our premier Placencia Peninsula location (a stroll on the beach or five minute bike ride to Placencia Village) to immerse yourself in daily life, dining, entertainment and culture of this traditional Belize fishing village at your leisure and on your own schedule. An abundance of full and half day trips await you at Chabil Mar, where our Belize adventure vacation packages and tour services are designed for the most discerning traveler.
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