This sparsely populated nation in central America – 334,000 people in a country of just under 23,000 square kilometers – is an alluring wonderland for those busy, hard-pressed city dwellers looking to escape autumn in the northern hemisphere.
With its myriad terrestrial and marine species, and the diversity of its eco systems, Belize is a magnet for tourists wanting to connect to nature. The top attraction is undoubtedly the Belize barrier reef, described by Charles Darwin in 1842 as “the most remarkable reef in the West Indies.” Home to one of the most diverse eco-systems in the world, the reef – the second largest barrier reef in the world – has 500 species of fish and 70 hard coral species, although it’s estimated that only 10 per cent of existing species have actually been discovered.
The wonderful climate, the reef and its 450 offshore cayes (islands), abundant fishing opportunities, jungle and wildlife reserves, and opportunities for scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting, kayaking as well as hiking, bird watching, and exploration of Mayan ruins make this an unbeatable attraction.
Here are 5 destinations ideal for dive and adventure exploration.