Surreal blue seas lap calmly at the Caribbean shores of Belize, a Central American neighbor to Mexico and Guatemala. Belize City, cruise ship port of call, provides easy access to the nation's top attractions, from ancient Mayan ruins, coral reefs and caves to tropical forest and sun-warmed beaches.
Wander the sun-washed streets of Belize City, stopping for history at the Belize Museum or the Maritime Museum for an education in boats. Belize Tourism Village not surprisingly, caters to tourists, so find souvenirs and snacks in abundance here. Take a ferry out to Caye Caulker for lovely stretches of powdery sand.
To enjoy Belize's biggest asset, scuba gear or snorkeling equipment is essential. With a barrier reef touted as one of the world's wonders, divers can enjoy miles of subsurface paradise just offshore. Sandy cays dot these sparkling seas, some large enough to accommodate dive resorts for easy reef access.
To make the most of a Belize City stay, convenient guided tours zip daily to major sights, like Lamani Mayan Center or the temples at Xanantunich and Altun Ha, with minimal fuss.
Gallop horseback across the Belize savannah, slowing your steed to a walk in the mysterious tangles of lush rainforest. Swim in secluded pools, ride inner tubes down the river that winds through lofty cave systems. Get your zoological experience at the baboon sanctuary, jaguar reserve or Belize City Zoo.
There are enough activities, on and off shore, to stay busy on an extended visit to Belize. Just don't make the trip without stopping to enjoy the splendors of the sea.
Belize is located due east of Mexico and Guatemala. Belize City is about midway down the coast.