Welcome to Belize
“If the world had any ends,” Aldous Huxley wrote in 1934, “Belize would certainly be one of them. It is not on the way from anywhere, to anywhere else.”
Much has changed since 1934. The secret’s out. If Aldous Huxley were to visit Belize today, he’d see that the remarkable multi-cultural country, tucked under the Yucatan Peninsula, has become a sought after destination among wander lusters and adventure seekers from all corners of the globe.
Mostly covered by rainforest and jungle, Belize has one of the lowest population densities in the world. Even with the recent increase in tourism, Belize still feels like the remote paradise Huxley once spoke of. It’s 175 miles of coastline along the Caribbean Sea are protected by a great barrier reef, second only to the Great Australian Barrier Reef. More than 200 subtropical islands dot its turquoise waters and the Great Blue Hole, a site made famous by Jacques Cousteau, is a geological wonder. Belize was once the very center of ancient Maya Civilization. With over 900 historic sites, tours of these sacred areas remain favorites among visitors.
For its geography alone, some might say Belize is the world’s largest playground. Dive or snorkel with whale sharks, go cave tubing through the majestic Mayan underworld, fish and kayak along the coast among abundant marine wildlife, go rappelling and ziplining at Mayflower Falls, hike or climb through Jaguar Reserve, learn how to make chocolate on the banks of the Sittee River, or simply spend an afternoon swinging on a hammock strung between two coconut trees.