This small country has been a melting pot for centuries. Early on the Maya built their villages, and several sites remain today. The British were here for a couple of centuries (independent only since 1981) and their most obvious influence is that English is the official language (although Spanish, Creole, and a few other dialects are heard). West Indians were brought in for labor, as usual, and today we see the Garifuna in Southern Belize; their Afro-Caribbean music is a fun mix of drums, storytelling, and dance. Mexico and other Central American countries surround Belize, and Spanish is now more common. Chinese were recruited as farm labor in the 19th century, and Mennonites have farmed in Belize since the 1950s. An amazing mix in a small country, and you may witness all of this in a short visit.
Mainland Belize is easy to maneuver, and not far from the airport, you can quickly find yourself among jungles and river corridors, with excellent bird watching, Maya sites, kayaking, or fishing. You wake each morning to bird song, and watch monkeys playing in the tree tops.
In far west Belize you have great birding and major Maya sites, and yes, you can bird among the Mayan ruins! The Cayo District consists of rivers, ruins, waterfalls, forests, and caves. From here, you can cross the border and visit Tikal in Guatemala.
Divers and snorkelers head to the cayes (pronounced 'keys') to explore the waters of the world's second largest barrier reef.
There are a few main roads in the country and excellent domestic flight schedules. Imagine, in a small country like this, you can see wildlife and marine life all in the same day!
From the freshest of seafood, to the Mennonite farms, to cacao plantations, culinary Belize may surprise you. New food festivals and experiences are available, and our favorite is the Bean to Bar chocolate class at lovely Belmopan in the southern parts.
Belize's close proximity to the US and direct flights from many gateways, and you are there in under 3 hours from Houston, Dallas or Miami. And shortly thereafter you are immersed in jungle or ocean. The choice is yours, but we recommend both. With so much to offer, it's a great destination for multi-generational family trips, small groups, or just a couple of active travelers.
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