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Ambergris Caye, the largest of Belize's more than 200 offshore Cayes is approximately 35 miles from the Belize mainland and the main destination for travelers to this friendly and unspoiled Caribbean nation. Ambergris Caye is Belize's paradise and features many attractions for the entire family, especially those interested in diving and snorkeling, which makes the island the premier dive and water sports capital of Belize and Central America. Enjoy the wonders of the worlds second longest Barrier Reef (186 miles), one-half mile east of the shoreline and runs the entire 25 mile length of the island.

 Traveling to Ambergris Caye from the Belize mainland is made easy by a short boat ride or plane ride. Maya Island Air and Tropic Air have regular flights every hour, on the hour during the daylight hours.

The second largest barrier reef in the world, mysterious Mayan ruins, tropical rainforests teeming with life, palm-studded sandy beaches: no wonder Belize is one of the world's top ecotourist destinations! A small country tucked between Mexico, Guatemala and the caressing blue waters of the Caribbean, Belize is exploding with subtropical flora and fauna. It boasts over 500 species of birds including scarlet macaws, toucans, parrots, hummingbirds, kingfishers, motmots, egrets and frigate birds. Amidst dense jungle, howler and spider monkeys swing beneath the forest canopy, river otters playfully float down streams, jaguars and ocelots roam at night and tapirs and peccaries forage the undergrowth. Here you'll find gorgeous orchids, ubiquitous palms, pine forests, hardwoods such as mahogany trees, sugarcane, bird-of-paradise and mangroves. Fruit lovers (birds and humans alike!) delight in the abundance of bananas, mangos, pineapples, oranges, grapefruit, cashews, papaya, craboo and coconuts.

               

Offshore another world awaits. Stretching the entire length of the country from the Yucatan Peninsula to the Gulf of Honduras, Belize's barrier reef is the largest in the Western Hemisphere. More than 200 islands ranging from clumps of mangroves to scenic sandy cayes decorate the reef waters. Belize boasts three of the Caribbean's four atolls, enormous rings of coral. Underwater is home to an extensive ecosystem comprising shimmering schools of fish, colorful sponges, coral of all shapes, dolphins, sharks, manatees and sea turtles. Belize is ideal for water sports: SCUBA diving, fishing, sailing, snorkeling and swimming. Naturally, for those less active, leisurely lounging on the beach as the azure waters lap against the shore is a perfectly acceptable pastime!

               

 Belizean waters are home to 3 living atolls; Turneffe, Lighthouse (home of the Blue Hole) and Glovers Reef. These sites are excellent for the novice diver, yet interesting to the more experienced diver. Shark Ray Alley and many other snorkeling areas are only a short boat ride away from Ambergris Caye.

With at least 60 species of birds at Turneffe, birding is another highlight.  You may also want to tour the atoll searching for manatees and dolphins or enjoy an afternoon kayaking. Our Atoll Adventure Program is a very flexible and is tailored to fit the particular interests of each group.

Of course, exploring the 300 square mile Turneffe Atoll can, itself, be an adventure. Turneffe has a fascinating history, including Mayan fishing and trading settlements dating to 400 A.D. Turneffe was also a favored hideout for Blackbeard, one of the notorious pirates of the Caribbean.  For most guests, learning about the history of Turneffe as well as the fascinating history of Belize is one of the more enjoyable parts of their visit.

Although a small country with only 250,000 people, Belize is culturally rich. Belize comprises many different ethnic groups, which peacefully and harmoniously co-exist including Chinese, Creole, East Indian, European, Garifuna, Lebanese, Mayan, Mennonite and Mestizo. While many languages are spoken, English is the official language. Belizeans broadly welcome tourism and visitors are warmly greeted with large smiles. Near Hamanasi is the most traditional Garifuna fishing village of Hopkins. The Garinagu are descendants of Carib Indians and Africans and still speak the Garifuna language. Continuing their ancestral customs, Hopkins residents fish in dugout dories, harvest cassava and weave baskets. On major holidays, such as Garifuna Settlement Day or Christmas, and by arrangement, traditional singing, dancing and drumming will mesmerize you. Neighboring villages comprise Creoles and Mayans with their own cultural heritage.

Without question Belize is one of the most diverse and interesting places to experience. So whether you are an ecotourist, a diver, a naturalist, an adventurer, an angler or simply a beachcomber, Belize is the perfect destination.

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Cozumel Grand Cayman

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