What to see in Belize? Great Blue Hole; Maya monuments; Barrier Reef; the Belize Zoo; Cathedral Reef; Elbow, Que Brada and Tarpon Caves; Silver Caves and Angel Fish Wall.Individual Booking Try It Free
Belize is a country located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Central America and formerly known as British Honduras. Belize is a part of the British Commonwealth. The eastern side of Belize is washed by the Caribbean Sea, and in the south and west it borders with Guatemala. The climate of Belize is characterized as tropical and cyclone-prone, so the state periodically suffers from severe hurricanes and storms. The capital of the country is Belmopan.
Despite the small size the territory of Belize contains an impressive number of attractions, famous all over the world, among which there are historical monuments left by the Maya; Barrier Reef, the length of which is nearly three hundred meters; and a truly global "celebrity", whose scope strikes (123 meters deep and 305 meters wide), -- Great Blue Hole, which attracts to Belize the most experienced divers of the planet.
The largest city in the state - the same-name Belize – is famous for its architectural delights, among which special attention of tourists should be paid to St. John Cathedral and the Museum of Belize, located in a 19th century building, which formerly was a prison.
Those who are interested in the local cultural heritage should also visit the Maritime Museum, which contains an impressive collection of models and nautical instruments; the Belize Zoo, which contains more than one hundred representatives of the local fauna; and the Coastal Zone Museum where you can see the exposition of coral reefs.
The local currency is the Belize dollar, which peacefully coexists with the US dollar.
Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport (BZE)
The largest airport in the state, which has international status. It is located 16 kilometers from the city of Belize and serves the vast majority of local and international flights.
Belize City Municipal Airport (TZA)
That municipal airport, which serves Belize local airlines, has at the same time an international terminal.
Diving in Belize
Belize has a deserved reputation of one of the most attractive diving regions. And it's not only because of excellent underwater visibility, which is more than 20 meters; a unique coral reef, whose length, according to some experts, can compete with the Great Wall of China; or the rich underwater fauna, but also because of a real jewel of Belize – the Great Blue Hole. The Internet photos of this miracle, made from the air, attract crowds of divers yearning for "miraculous" diving; and legendary Jacques-Yves Cousteau did not fail to include the Blue Hall in the top ten world's best diving areas.
The Great Blue Hole is a vertical karst cave, whose 123-meter depth fascinates the entire world diving community. The diameter of the crater is just over 300 meters, and the transparency of the water in the cave is truly unique – the underwater visibility here can reach 50 meters. Thousands of years ago the cave was not so remarkable – it was on the ground, "growing" stalactites. Now, after the cave went under water, these stalactites attract divers from all over the world. Along with the stalactites, in the cave you can find some shark species so beloved by thrill-seekers.
Besides the "blue wonder of the world", in Belize there are other, albeit not as well-known but no less fascinating places suitable for high-quality diving. For example, in a fairly popular aquarium and on the Cathedral Reef you can take in relaxed diving that produces calming impression due to the shallow waters and low flow. Coral reefs almost come to the surface here, so at one dive you can see a lot of marine life - tropical fish, shellfish and bright molluscs.
Those divers, who appreciate great depth, will like such places as Elbow, Que Brada and Tarpon Caves, famous by accumulations of tarpon, barracuda, sharks and pelagic fish. Those, who dive in the Silver Caves and Angel Fish Wall, will appreciate the unusual underwater topography of the dive areas - exploration of small tunnels, caves and wonderful unexpected crevices will captivate even the most jaded divers. Here you can see black coral trees, purple sponges and gorgonians, and swim with octopuses, lobsters, nurse sharks, black basses and eagle rays.
You can enjoy excellent diving near Ambergris Caye Island, in the National Park Half Moon Caye, and in the marine reserve Gladden Spit, the central part of the Great Barrier Reef in Belize.
The ideal time for diving is the period from November to May, but in April in the waters of the Belize coast tiger sharks and humpback whales can be met, so from April to June divers should be particularly careful.