Belize embraces a beguiling mix of Caribbean and Latin cultures, infused with colonial history brought to its shores by British settlers.
English-speaking, Creole-dominated and with a thoroughly coup-free history, this tiny country has an atmosphere that couldn’t be more laidback. The local people are friendly, open and relaxed, and everyone here seems to know how to have a good time.
Inland, its jungles are infused with ancient Mayan ruins and protected areas home to tapirs, toucans and noisy howler monkeys.
While just off the coast is the second largest barrier reef in the world, where tiny islands and sandy coral cays provide the perfect platform for snorkelling and diving among whale sharks, turtles and kaleidoscopic corals.