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            • Caracol, Belize

            Why Belize holidays and safaris are truly unique

            Why Belize holidays and safaris are truly unique

            With the second largest barrier reef system in the world (number one being the Australian Great Barrier Reef) stretching for 300 kilometres off its coastline, several ancient Mayan ruin sites and swathes of dense rainforest located inland, Belize has huge appeal to travellers looking for excitement and adventure and ideal for a luxury holiday. 

            Add to this a country size that is comparable to Wales making it compact and easy to travel in and a friendly, English speaking population and Belize certainly becomes one of Central America’s most straightforward countries to visit – once you’ve mastered the lilting accent, that is. Perfect for honeymooners, active travellers and those looking for a great combination of reef and rainforest, Belize can be visited independently or combined with Guatemala for a superbly balanced trip including Antigua, Tikal and the Caribbean coast.

            Belizean life

            Belizean life

            As the only Central American country to have English as its official language, Belize was known as British Honduras until 1981. Geographically, she is squeezed in on Mexico’s heel, with the Caribbean Sea on one side and Guatemala on the other. 

            Belizeans are laid-back and friendly, their country is one of the earth's least populated at approximately 350,000 and their culture draws from a mixture of Creole, Spanish, British and Garifuna influences. The Garifuna people live in small fishing villages along the Caribbean coast in Belize and also in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Honduras, blending their original African slave roots and their musical and religious traditions with the Caribbean and South American cultures that they found when they arrived here over 300 years ago.

            Horseback safari, Belize

            Diving the quays and wild belize

            Said to enjoy some of the most untouched, peaceful and protected lagoons in the world, Belize’s dive sites are world-class and can be accessed from the picturesque cayes (pronounced ‘keys’) that pepper the landscape. The waters here are clear and warm with a visibility of up to 130 feet, making them ideal for diving and snorkelling alike. For those brave scuba divers, the ‘Great Blue Hole’ is one of the most infamous dive sites in the world, a giant underwater sinkhole over 120 metres deep and home to Caribbean Reef Sharks, Black tips, nurse sharks and giant groupers, as well as the odd bull shark and hammerhead. This crystal clear haven for divers is one of many throughout Belize’s waters, abundant with aquatic life.

            Back on the mainland, mangroves, rainforests and savannah create the perfect habitat for wildlife in areas such as Orange Walk District, home to howler monkeys and over 500 species of bird. The Mayan archaeological sites of Lamanai, Xunantunich and Caracol are also easily accessible and close enough to combine with Guatemala’s Tikal, and there are some excellent eco-lodges on offer as well as established hotels.

            Belize is a wildlife haven, from it's marine-rich crystal oceans to the wild rainforests and steamy jungles, punctuated with Mayan ruins.

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            Why book with us

            We are destination specialists

            Our team of specialists have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they sell. They will design your journey around you, at the right place at the right time.

            We are wildlife specialists

            As a leading specialist operator we have excellent partnerships with naturalists and conservationists. We know our wildlife and do what we can to preserve its natural habitat.

            We really care about our destinations

            At Natural World Safaris we frequently monitor the social, economic and environmental impact of our travel operations to ensure we are at the forefront of a sustainable and ethical tourism industry. 

            Frog, Belize

            Your Next Steps

            Talk to one of our specialists for further details on travelling to Belize.