With miles of lush tropical rainforest, a gorgeous Caribbean coastline and the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, it doesn’t take long to realize why Belize City is known as ‘The Jewel’. Located between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize possesses a unique combination of modernity and rustic Caribbean charm. Ancient ruins indicate that Belize was first inhabited by the Mayans in 300 B.C. This Indian heritage, combined with a rich European history, creates a destination full of charm and wonder for all to discover.
When you’re in Belize, don’t miss the chance to climb to the top of El Castillo. This 41-metre (135-foot) structure is one of the tallest Mayan structures in Belize. From the top, you can see the lush rainforest of Peten, the Mayan Mountains and even across the border into Guatemala. Keep your eyes open for flocks of toucans and parrots in the trees below you.
With such a beautiful Caribbean coastline, Belize also provides the perfect setting to snorkel and dive. Marine life is abundant here and a trip to Goff’s Caye will provide you with the opportunity to view some playful manatee in their own habitat.
The official currency of Belize is the Belizean dollar (BZD). Many shops and restaurants also accept major credit cards, which usually offer you a good exchange rate.
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