Part of Central America, but with the Caribbean at its doorstep, Belize was
formerly known as British Honduras until 1981, when it gained full independence.
Today, it is the only official English-speaking country in Central America, inhabited by friendly and very laid-back Belizians of European and Central American Indian decent.
Belize City is the main cruise port and jumping-off point for most tourists to explore the country's spectacular shoreline, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving around one of the world's largest barrier reefs.
A day trip to Caye Caulker -- a four mile long island along the Belize Barrier Reef -- should also be on anyone's list of must-sees offering tours of the area's incredible flora and fauna, as well as world class diving and fishing.
Belize offers a look at mysterious Mayan ruins, exotic flora and fauna, and spectacular tropical beaches.
Inland, Belize offers breathtaking views of waterfalls, picturesque rivers, and untouched jungle and rainforests that have been carefully set aside as nature reserves and national parks.
A treasure trove of Mayan ruins, temples and artifacts (still being discovered by archeologists) also await adventure travelers in Belize.
More about Belize travel & tourism around the Web:
Belize Tourist Board - Here's the official site featuring drop down menus to major attractions, beaches and water sports, history and culture, practical travel tips, passport and entry requirements, weather facts, maps & photos, and specialty planning guides including honeymoons and educational trips.
Introducing Belize - The Lonely Planet guide offers helpful tips on getting around and details on major attractions including Caye Caulker, Glover's Reef, the Belize Zoo and more, with photos, maps, practical safety advice, and related resources.
Belizean Journeys - Check out the online edition of the print magazine with current and archived feature travel stories, virtual tours and multimedia gallery, and an extensive directory of related links and resources.