Belize City

End­less Beauty

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If you en­joy be­ing able to choose be­tween ex­plor­ing an­cient ru­ins, trekking in a jun­gle, climb­ing moun­tains or scuba div­ing among in­cred­i­ble coral reefs, you’ll love the ex­ploratory na­ture of Belize. This small Cen­tral Amer­i­can coun­try boasts a num­ber of at­trac­tions, in­clud­ing cen­turies-old Mayan cities, 240 va­ri­eties of wild or­chids, 500 species of birds and some of the world’s best dive sites.

Belize is known for its ad­ven­tur­ous spirit, and many trav­el­ers take ad­van­tage of the op­por­tu­nity to y through the tree­tops on a zip line or cave tube on a mys­te­ri­ous wind­ing river.

St. John’s Cathe­dral, in Belize City, is the old­est Angli­can cathe­dral in Cen­tral Amer­ica, built in 1812. Visit the well­p­re­served Gov­ern­ment House mu­seum, dat­ing back to 1814, or the Belize Zoo, which is home to more than 150 birds, mam­mals and rep­tiles. Be sure to check out the Na­tional Hand­i­craft Cen­ter on North Front Street, where ven­dors sell wood and slate carv­ings, black coral jew­elry, pot­tery, paint­ings and bas­kets.

Na­ture lovers also will ap­pre­ci­ate the Com­mu­nity Ba­boon Sanc­tu­ary, in an 18-square-mile re­serve cre­ated to pro­tect 1,500 black howler mon­keys, and Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary, a 160-square-mile trop­i­cal for­est es­tab­lished to pro­tect endangered jaguars. Belize’s un­der­wa­ter at­trac­tions are equally im­pres­sive, fea­tur­ing canyons brim­ming with marine life, in­clud­ing 70 types of hard coral and more than 400 species of col­or­ful sh.

The Belize coun­try­side abounds with ar­chae­o­log­i­cal sites such as Al­tun Ha and Xu­nan­tu­nich, left over from when the Maya lived there thou­sands of years ago. Watch ar­chae­ol­o­gists ex­ca­vate price­less pot­tery shards and skele­tons, or climb to the top of a cen­turies-old stone pyra­mid for a bird’s-eye view of the jun­gle. Ei­ther way, ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the Mayan ru­ins in Belize is a once-ina-life­time ad­ven­ture.

Taste of Belize City

For a taste of Belizean cul­ture, try a help­ing of tra­di­tional rice and beans. This na­tional dish is cooked a very spe­cific way, the beans and rice boiled in co­conut milk, and is of­ten served with sh stew or mashed plan­tains.

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