From 1798 to 1981 Belize was known as the British Honduras. It was primarily an agricultural country known for its enormous citrus groves, producing succulent oranges, grapefruit, lemons, and limes. In addition a longstanding sustainable forest program has supplied millions of board feet of tropical Mahogany and other exotic woods.
Belizeans have long believed in protecting their natural resources. Huge reserves are dedicated to big cats, several of which are believed to have originated in Belize. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is one of the worlds largest protected marine areas. The 99,000 square mile Bladenarea is considered one of the most biodiverse and geographically unique areas within the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor, and a critical habitat for several endangered species.
Belize overlooks the second largest barrier reef in the world (over 560 miles in length). This stunning reef, located less than half a mile from shore, offers one of the world’s greatest varieties of marine corals and over 500 species of fish. There is so much diversity that after visiting the country, Charles Darwin wrote that it had “the most remarkable reefs in all of the West Indies”
For younger visitors – or just those young of heart – Belize offers a cornucopia of entertainment options such as diving, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing, fishing, zip lining, paddle boarding and parasailing to name just a few. When the sun goes down, the fun really begins, with dozens of beachfront bars offering a host of tropical drinks, live music, and a variety of culinary experiences.