With so few people and so
much space, Belize's main attraction is its incredible, largely
untouched natural environment. The steamy rainforest and spectacular
coral reef, along with a chain of tiny paradise islands, are within
touching distance of the United States, with Miami being only a
two-hour flight away.
The highlight to most
visitors are the cayes, a necklace of islands strung the length of
the coral reef that offer some of the best snorkeling, diving and
fishing in the world. Unforgettable islands, the cayes range from
upbeat tourist spots to stranded desert isles, where the only other
life you are likely to see will be the pelicans, palm trees and
Ambergris Caye is the
ideal place to experience both Belize's pristine sea life and its
unspoiled jungles, caves, ruins, and rivers. Perfect for both the
outdoors enthusiasts and nature lovers, as well as those who simply
want to kick off their shoes and relax in a hammock that is gently
swaying in the Caribbean breeze while listening to the soothing
sounds of the sea.
Pedro Town is named for the patron saint of fishermen. Just
offshore, snorkelers and divers admire delicate sea fans, iridescent
sponges and teeming corals all glowing with color. Pet a graceful
stingray or swim with the sharks. Rent a sailboat, windsurf, or jet
ski. Cast a line and come back with dinner. Sometimes the airstrip
feels like a street party with flights buzzing right into the center
of town. The only sounds generally heard along the beach include
softly breaking waves and exotic birds.
tropical climate averages 80 degrees F, with winters down to 60
degrees F and dry. Summers up to 95 degrees F with brief, refreshing
showers. Wear light clothing except in the jungle where long sleeves
and pants offer protection. Pack a sweater for winter evenings in
the mountains. The time is GMT - 6, the same as US Central Time.
Daylight Savings Time is not observed.
and children require passports valid beyond their stay. Visas are
not required by most nationalities. However, it is advisable to
check with your nearest consulate before travel. All visitors are
allowed to stay 30 days. To apply for an extension, contact the
immigration office in Belize City. Foreigners leaving the airport
pay $35 in US currency for passenger service, airport development,
conservation, and security.
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