Although Belize is a small Caribbean country, it offers visitors an incredibly large variety of things to do and see. As the Central American nation with the lowest population density, Belize’s biggest attraction is its astonishingly beautiful and pristine nature, including both lush jungles on the mainland and stunning offshore islands nestled among the world’s second-largest coral barrier reef.Belize is located just south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and is approximately the same size as the American state of Massachusetts. But with a population of just 350,000 people, Belize is largely untouched, undeveloped, and a natural haven for a wide diversity in plant and animal life. The jungles and rainforests of Belize are home to more than 500 different bird species along with exotic wildlife like black howler monkeys, enormous harpy eagles, and jaguars.
Many visitors come to Belize precisely because of the world-class snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and scuba diving available on the more than 100 offshore islands that are set like sparkling jewels in the sapphire waters of the Caribbean Sea. With palm trees gently swaying in the tradewinds, sugar white sand beaches, and water so clear it is nearly transparent, it’s no surprise that the islands and coastal regions of Belize are popular with both visitors and locals alike.
But Belize’s true charm lies in the fact that it’s possible to enjoy both worlds with ease. After a morning spent relaxing on the beach, it’s very easy to head inland to experience a completely different world. Verdant mountains, majestic waterfalls, and even large forests of broadleaf and coniferous trees are just a short distance away from fertile plains, wetlands, and the Caribbean coast. Indeed, Belize’s ecosystem is alive and well thanks to aggressive conservation efforts by the government designed to protect vital natural resources.
Cahal Pech Village Resort offers Belize jungle and beach packages so that travelers to Belize can enjoy the best of both worlds.