Top 10 things to do in Belize

Belize

Home to "La Isla Bonita" and the Blue Hole, this Island nation is more than just a divers' paradise

Belize is a country.

Belize (i/bəˈliːz/) is a nation-state on the eastern coast of Central America. It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole (Kriol) and Spanish are also commonly spoken. Belize is bordered on the north by Mexico, on the south and west by Guatemala, and on the east by the Caribbean Sea. Its mainland is about 290 km (180 mi) long and 110 km (68 mi) wide.

With 22,800 square kilometres (8,800 sq mi) of land and as of 2014[update] a population of 340,844, Belize has the lowest population density in Central America. The country's population growth rate of 1.97% per year (2013) is the second highest in the region and one of the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

Belize's abundance of terrestrial and marine species and its diversity of ecosystems give it a key place in the globally significant Mesoamerican Biological Corridor.

Belize has a diverse society, with many cultures and languages. Originally part of the British Empire, it shares a common colonial history with other Anglophone Caribbean countries. From 1862 to 1973 the area went by the name of British Honduras. It became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1981, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.

In general, Belize is considered[by whom?] a Central American and Caribbean nation with strong ties to the entire Latin American and Caribbean region. Belize is a member of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and the Central American Integration System (SICA), the only country to hold full membership in all three regional organisations.

Belize is known for its September Celebrations, and is the birthplace of chewing gum and punta music.

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Top 10 things to do in Belize

Caye Caulker

Caye Caulker
A laid-back island, Caye Caulker attracts backpackers and divers, even though its own beaches are less exciting

San Ignacio, Belize

San Ignacio, Belize
San Ignacio and Santa Elena are towns in western Belize. San Ignacio serves as the cultural-economic hub of Cayo District. It got its start from Mahogany and chicle production during ...

Belize City

Belize City
Belize City is the largest city in the Central American country of Belize and was once the capital of the former British Honduras. According to the 2010 census, Belize City ...

Belmopan

Belmopan
Belmopan is the capital city of Belize. Its population in 2010 was 16,451. Belmopan is located in Cayo District at an altitude of 76 metres above sea level. ...

Corozal Town

Corozal Town
Corozal Town is a town in the nation of Belize, capital of Corozal District. Corozal Town is located about 84 miles north of Belize City, and 9 miles from the ...

Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda may refer to several places:Punta Gorda, BelizePunta Gorda, Colonia, UruguayPunta Gorda, FloridaPunta Gorda Light, Humboldt County, California, USAPunta Gorda, Montevideo, in UruguayPunta Gorda, Nicaragua, where Hurricane Felix made ...

Great Blue Hole

Great Blue Hole
One of the world's deepest and most famous dive sites. Prettier from the air, but still a special experience

San Pedro Town

San Pedro Town
The main town in "La Isla Bonita" has a cute spanish-like feel and a lot water activities to enjoy in the nearby natural reefs

Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye
Home to San Pedro, from Madonna's famous "La Isla Bonita" song, Belize's largest island lives up to its reputation

Placencia

Placencia
Placencia is a small town located in the Stann Creek District of Belize.HistoryIn the 17th century, Placencia was settled by the English Puritans, originally from Nova Scotia ...

Dangriga

Dangriga
Dangriga, formerly known as Stann Creek Town, is a town in southern Belize, located on the Caribbean coast at the mouth of the North Stann Creek River. It is the ...

Orange Walk Town

Orange Walk Town
Orange Walk Town is the fourth largest town in the nation of Belize, with a population of about 13,400 . It is the capital of the Orange Walk District. Orange ...

Hopkins

Hopkins
Hopkins is an English, Welsh and Irish patronymic surname. The English and Welsh derivations mean "son of Hob". It derives from the Germanic warrior name Hrod-berht, translated as "renowned-fame". It ...

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
The Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is a wildlife reserve in Belize. It is particularly important for birds, which flock to the area during the dry season, to take advantage of ...

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve

Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve is a nature reserve in the Cayo District of southern central Belize. It was established in 1944 to protect and manage the native Belizean pine ...

Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area

Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area
Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area is a nature reserve located in northwestern Belize. Rio Bravo, as it is known, was established by Programme for Belize in 1988 with the ...

Ladyville

Ladyville
Ladyville in Belize District is the second largest village in the nation of Belize 8 miles to the north west of Belize City. The Northern Highway, one of the main ...

St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park

St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park
St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park is a national park located just off the Hummingbird Highway in Cayo District of Belize, near Belmopan, the capital city. It is over 500 ...

Spanish Lookout

Spanish Lookout
Spanish Lookout is a settlement in the Cayo District of Belize in Central America. According to the 2010 census, Spanish Lookout has a population of 2,253 people in 482 households. ...

Baron Bliss Light

Baron Bliss Light
Baron Bliss Lighthouse is a lighthouse in Belize City. Established in 1885, it has a focal plane of 16 m and is named after Baron Bliss. ...

Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center is a zoo in Belize, located some 29 miles west of Belize City on the Western Highway. Set in 29 acres , the ...

Lamanai

Lamanai
Lamanai is a Mesoamerican archaeological site, and was once a considerably sized city of the Maya civilization, located in the north of Belize, in Orange Walk District. The site's name ...

Xunantunich

Xunantunich
Xunantunich is an Ancient Maya archaeological site in western Belize, about 80 miles west of Belize City, in the Cayo District. Xunantunich is located atop a ridge above the Mopan ...

Museum of Belize

Museum of Belize
The Museum of Belize is an art and history museum in Belize City, Belize.HistoryBuilt between 1854 and 1857 as a Her Majesty’s Prison while the area was ...

Caracol

Caracol
For the Québécoise singer see Carole Facal. Caracol is the name given to a large ancient Maya archaeological site, located in what is now the Cayo District of Belize. It ...

Actun Tunichil Muknal

Actun Tunichil Muknal
Actun Tunichil Muknal , also known locally as Xibalba or ATM, is a cave in Belize, near San Ignacio, Cayo District, notable as a Maya archaeological site that includes skeletons, ...

Sarteneja

Sarteneja
Sarteneja is a small fishing town in the Corozal District of Belize. It is located on the Sarteneja Peninsula, approximately forty miles by road from Orange Walk Town and is ...

Blue Hole National Park

Blue Hole National Park
St. Herman's Blue Hole National Park is a national park located just off the Hummingbird Highway in Cayo District of Belize, near Belmopan, the capital city. It is over 500 ...