Belize is a small country located in Central America. It is bordered by Mexico and Guatemala to the west and Caribbean Sea to the East.
Despite being a relatively small country, Belize has an incredibly varied landscape. The mainland is crisscrossed with several rivers, waterways, lagoons and swamps. Home to some of the most pristine wetlands, pine forests and rainforests in the world, Belize has a very diverse ecosystem with a very diverse selection of flora and fauna. More than 35% of Belize’s landmass is set aside as a protected park or nature reserve, more than any other country in Central America. The famous Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve stretches across more than 100,000 acres of rivers, mountains and jungles and is the only protected jaguar habitat on the planet.
Named for the Cockscomb Basin located in south-central Belize that contains the eastern slopes of the Maya Mountains that rise up to 3,600 feet in height, the Cockscomb Basin Nature Reserve also encompasses several ruins of the once mighty Maya Empire. Once the heartland of the Maya people, modern Belize is home to ruined cities and other Maya sites scattered throughout the country. Some of the most popular Maya ruins for visitors to explore today are Lamanai and Altun Ha, located northwest of Belize City. Other important Maya sites include the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) cave system and the ruins of Lubaantun and Xunantunich.
Looking at a map of Belize, it’s easy to identify the long stretch of coastline that the country has on the Caribbean Sea. Just offshore is the Belize Barrier Reef, the second-largest barrier reef in the world, and hundreds of small islands and atolls. Belize is famous for its coral reefs, home to an incredible diversity of marine life. Because of how coral reefs form and the unique marine habitats that they create, it’s only on the eastern (seaward) side of the reef that you can find the crystal clear waters that are popular destinations for snorkelers and divers. Due to its unique beauty, the Belize Barrier Reef is a popular location for kayaking, fishing, scuba diving, swimming and snorkeling.
The island groups further out to sea from the Belize Barrier Reef are coral atolls. Formed from coral with a lagoon in their center, atolls are dry land made from coral, providing shelter for juvenile marine fish and a wild abundance of flora. Due to this unique role, the coral atolls of Belize are premiere locations for snorkeling and diving.
Below are a number of Belize maps and information to help plan your perfect Belize vacation.
Detailed Maps of Belize
Map of Belize in relation to Central America
Map of Belize showing Belize City, San Ignacio, Placencia, Mayan Ruins and top Belize attractions….
Belize Maps courtesy of Lonely Planet.