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For the traveler, Belize is all about wildlife. The local tourism authority operates under the slogan 'Nature's best kept secret' and for once the blurb might be justified: this tiny corner of South America is a glistening kaleidoscope of colorful plants and animals, with a light dash of Mayan culture thrown in. In fact, over 40% of the country is protected by national parks, and animal lovers can spot dolphins, turtles, jaguars, sharks and massive lizards across Belize’s various remarkable forest and beach-side hot spots.

Scuba divers and snorkelers will bask in Glover’s Reef, where the central lagoon wiggles with an alluring array of sea life. The massive shoals of fish at Turneffe Elbow are drawn there by major currents - which create an attractive feeding ground - and tickle passing swimmers as they burst past in massive swirling crowds. Beachside Placenia offers calmer options for water lovers, with pricey resorts and miles of golden beaches leading up to the water-based fun. Hol Chan Marine Reserve, meanwhile, is the place for the fearless, who go face-to-face with brawny sharks and poisonous rays.

Inland, Caye Caulker is like walking into a Malibu advert, waking at noon and spending your days wandering amongst freshly caught seafood, wearing only shorts and sandals and drinking fluorescent cocktails as the sun sets. The ramshackle colors of Belize City are certainly vibrant, but a reputation for dodgy dealings and theft - combined with the natural spectacles elsewhere - keep most travelers away. For those brave enough, a cultural mish-mash with plenty of crumbling colonial influences awaits just below the rustic surface.

History lovers should head to Caracol, an ancient Mayan site in the jungle high above sea level, where the stone ruins that were once the center of a holy war are slowly becoming at one with the jungle, and a trip into the surrounding forests reveals a plethora of wildlife. Dangriga – ‘sweet water’ – is a hub of Belizean culture, with notable art galleries and festivals, as well as it’s own style of beat-driven fusion music, punta rock.

For nature lovers, Belize’s natural wonders are almost untouchable, both over and underwater, with characteristic culture and gaudy cityscapes equally hard to pass up. You might not have heard much about it, but trust us, it's phenomenal, and that lack of a strong reputation just means less tourists infringing on your paradise.

San Pedro #1 most popular location
San Pedro is the core of Ambergris Caye, the larger and more populated of the Cayes in Belize . It is also the city with more tourist attractions, making it an important catalyst for all the …
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Caye Caulker #2 most popular location
Caye Caulker is a small island in the Carribean Sea, approximately 20 miles from the Belizean mainland. The entire island is only five miles long and one mile wide, and the primary modes of t…
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San Ignacio #3 most popular location
Cayo, as San Ignacio is referred to by the locals, is a great little town. If you've come to the country by way of Belize City, this place is completely different. A pictureqsue location, l…
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Placencia #4 most popular location
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Belize City #5 most popular location
Belize City is the largest city in the Central American nation of Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras. The population of Belize City is 67,964, with neighboring add…
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Ambergris Caye #6 most popular location
By far the most developed of the islands that make up Belize, Ambergris Caye is also the largest of the islands, set in the northernmost section of the group. This is the premier destination …
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Belize #7 most popular location
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Hopkins #8 most popular location
Hopkins Village is a wonderful Garifuna settlement on the beach. We recieved electricity and mains water just 15 years ago. Now a multinational community with a population of around 1,500 we…
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Xunantunich #9 most popular location
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Dangriga #10 most popular location
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Belmopan #11 most popular location
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Bullet Tree Falls #12 most popular location
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Punta Gorda #13 most popular location
Punta Gorda - often referred to simply as "PG" - is the southernmost town in Belize, and the capital of the rugged Toledo District. Originally founded as Peini by the Garifuna it is today hom…
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Lighthouse Reef #14 most popular location
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Orange Walk #15 most popular location
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Lamanai #16 most popular location
The Maya Site of Lamanai, is on the banks of the 30 mile long River Lagoon in North Central Belize. With one of the longest occupation spans in the Maya World, Lamanai was occupied continuous…
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Ladyville #17 most popular location
Tobacco Caye #18 most popular location
Tobacco Caye is a tiny island about 30 minutes off the coast of Danriga in Belize, Central America. The small island is walkable in about 5 to 10 minutes tops, and is placed basically right …
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Glover's Reef #19 most popular location
Caves Branch #20 most popular location
Corozal Town #21 most popular location
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South Water Caye #22 most popular location
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Caracol #23 most popular location
Sittee #24 most popular location
Mountain Pine Ridge #25 most popular location
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Altun Ha #26 most popular location
St. George's Caye #27 most popular location
Nim Li Punit #28 most popular location
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Lubaantun #29 most popular location
Lubaantun (meaning Place of the Fallen Stones) is the largest ceremonial centre in the Toledo District, located near the village of San Pedro Columbia above a tributary to the Columbia River.…
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Cerros #30 most popular location
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Rendezvous Caye #31 most popular location
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Orange Walk Town #32 most popular location
Cahal Pech #33 most popular location
half moon caye #34 most popular location
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Actun Tunichil Mucnal #35 most popular location
Seal Caye #36 most popular location
Matachica #37 most popular location
La Democracia #38 most popular location
Santa Rita #39 most popular location
Hatchet Caye #40 most popular location
Pompion Caye #41 most popular location
Ranguana Caye #42 most popular location
Caulker Caye #43 most popular location
Moho Caye #44 most popular location
Fallen Stone Butterfly Farm #45 most popular location
A rollercoaster road takes you up to one of the first and most successful butterfly farms in Belize, perched on the side of a hill overlooking the Columbia Forest Reserve, beyond the Maya sit…
The Golden Stream Corridor Preserve #46 most popular location
Benque Viejo del Carmen #47 most popular location
La Milpa #48 most popular location
Roaring Creek #49 most popular location
Burrell Boom #50 most popular location
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