Belize is located on the east coast of Central America on the Caribbean Sea; it is a land of diverse and unspoiled natural wonders. Featuring 185 miles of adjacent reef, “the largest in the Western Hemisphere,” dozens of cayes and three magnificent atolls, Belize is unique, a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers as well as wildlife and nature adventure seekers. Inland attractions features numerous nature and wildlife preserves including the jaguar preserve, rivers, caves and over 350 species of exotic birds and animals. Even more astounding is the strong sense of history from the Mayans of the classical era that still remains at numerous archeological sites scattered throughout the rainforest.
whale sharksThe waters of Belize’s offshore cayes are warm, clear and teeming with corals, sponges and fish. There are more than 350 species of fish and many hundreds of invertebrates, more waiting to be discovered. Each year during the months of April, May and June whale sharks migrates to the spectacular waters off the coast of Placencia. Whale sharks are the biggest fish in the sea; they are gentle giants that feed on plankton’s. Diving or snorkeling with these magnificent creatures can be an experience to last you a life time.
The ethnic inhabitants in Belize are also very diverse. For most Belizean’s, the presence of so many different ethnic groups in the country is as much a national treasure as the Barrier Reef, Mayan Ruins and all the other natural wonders. Generations of racial mixing have made it impossible to describe the “typical” Belizean, only a typical room full of Belizean’s, whose physical characteristics range from the very darkest to the lightest skin tones, and every imaginable hair and eye color. Even within a single family there is likely to be considerable variation, since grandparents usually have ancestors from several continents.
“Cultural presentations,” displaying music, dance and dresses of the elements of Belizean society, are a regular part of many school activities, community celebrations and political rallies.
Identity: Belizean’s has long described them-selves as “a Caribbean nation in Central America.” Culturally speaking, Belize has long had more in common with the distant islands of the Caribbean than its next-door neighbors. The main difference is that Belize has a British rather than a Spanish heritage; English is the official language.