Belize Maps and Information to Help Plan Your Belize All Inclusive Vacation
Belize is a relatively small nation located in Central America just south of Mexico. Belize’s western and southern border is with Guatemala, and the east coast of Belize fronts the Caribbean Sea.
Even though Belize is fairly tiny nation, it boasts a very varied landscape. Approximately 35% of Belize’s territory is in the form of protected parks and nature reserve, the highest percentage of any country in the region. A single park, the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve, measures more than 100,000 acres of jungles, mountains, wetlands and rivers that are home to hundreds of animal species including some of the last native jaguars in the region. With just 355,000 residents, most of Belize is unspoiled nature consisting of rivers, swamps, lagoons and creeks that crisscross a landscape replete with pine forests, jungles, wetlands, and rainforests. In the south of Belize lie the Maya Mountains that rise up to 3,600 feet before descending towards the sea and the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve.
Modern-day Belize lies in an area that was once the heartland of the Ancient Maya Empire. Some of Belize’s top attractions include the ruins of once-mighty city-states and religious sites of the Ancient Maya, including the cave system of Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), and the cities of Lubaantun, Xunantunich, Lamani and Altun Ha.
One of Belize’s most beloved natural attractions is the long coastline of the Caribbean Sea that stretches for more than 180 miles. Just a few miles offshore lie hundreds of islands that dot the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef on the planet. The barrier reef provides a unique marine ecosystem that shelters thousands of species of invertebrates, fish, mollusks, mammals and marine fauna. The seaward (eastern) side of the reef is where you can find the transparent waters that make snorkeling and diving one of the most popular visitor attractions in the country. Other top activities available on the Belize Barrier Reef include sea kayaking, fishing, swimming, and sailing.
If you look further east of the Belize Barrier Reef, you’ll see the only coral atolls on the planet that are not located in the Pacific Ocean. These small oases of dry land are rings of coral with a lagoon in their center, a unique habitat that is home to migrating birds, juvenile fish, and a cornucopia of wildlife. Although it takes longer to reach these outer atolls, the clear water and abundance of marine life make them popular sites for snorkeling and scuba diving.