Belize is the northernmost country of Central America, bordering Mexico and Guatemala. As a former member of the British Commonwealth, the official language is English.
Belize has one of the most pristine reefs in the world making it a popular place for diving enthusiasts to visit. It has the longest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere and has hundreds of dive sites, including the Great Blue Hole, and many snorkeling opportunities. Belize also has a diverse ecosystem on land making it one of the best places for eco-tourism. The rainforest has many species of birds and exotic tropical flora and wildlife. Local villages and markets around your Belize holiday rental are a great experience where you can sample delicious local dishes and pick up colorful art and crafts. Take a bird-watching trek, go river kayaking with a local guide or experience the thrill of cave tubing.
Visitors can hike to one of the hundreds of Mayan sites in the jungle areas around Belize holiday rentals. Some are still awaiting excavation and all offer an insight into the strange, often cruel culture of the Mayans. Take a boat trip to Ambergris Caye to explore the barrier reef or spend a day in Belize City. It is the largest city in the country with dusty streets and small local shops which are busy with tourists when cruise ships arrive in port. Corozal in north Belize is just a bus ride from Chetumal in Mexico which has a large market. Visit the Mayan ruins of Santa Rita, the Butterfly Farm or take a boat trip across Corozal Bay to the Cerros Ruins.
Belize holiday rentals enjoy a tropical climate which has high temperatures for most of the year, with some humidity. Temperatures average 32°C (90°F) in July and August. Winters are warm and pleasant with temperatures around 28°C (82°F). The rainy season is from June to November although the area can have tropical showers at any time.
Belize holiday rentals are served by a number of international airports, the main one being the Philip Goldson International (BZE) Airport in Belize City. This airport is about 30 minutes drive by taxi from the centre of Belize City, at Ladyville. The airport bus service is infrequent and unreliable. There is also a Municipal Airport (TZA) one mile from the city center which mainly has flights to the outlying cayes (islands). Dangriga (DGA) Airport is a small airport in the centre of the country on the Caribbean coast. San Pedro (SPR) Airport serves San Pedro and Ambergris Caye with domestic flights to Belize City, Corozal and several cayes. Corozal (CZH) Airport, also known as Ranchito Airport, serves the north of the country. Airlines serving Belize include American Airlines, Avianca, Continental, Delta, Taca, United, Thomson Airways and Maya Island Air.