Belize is an English-speaking country in Central America with shining Caribbean beaches, tropical rainforests, ancient ruins and natural underwater marvels.
To really take advantage of this country visitors should get outdoors, starting with the sea. The beaches are a great place to relax and explore the shoreline. Several small islands and reefs near the coast provide a paradise for snorkelers and divers looking for coral, colourful fish, reef sharks and rays. The seemingly bottomless Great Blue Hole is a top diving spot, as well as Ambergris Caye and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve.
The country’s jungles support a plethora of plant and bird life. Explorers can also visit some of the hundreds of ruins left by the ancient Mayan civilisation including temples, pyramids and whole cities. Some of the best ruins can be found at Caracol, which in its heyday was home to more people than modern Belize City; the Lamanai jungle ruins; and Xunantunich, where you will find impressive Mayan stone carvings.
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