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The state of Belize in Central America is the quintessential lost paradise, comfortably located in the little corner between the states of Guatemala, Mexico and Honduras, hugged by the crystalline turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea on its east. Apart from its dazzling bright blue waters, the country enchants visitors with pristine jungles and virgin rainforests, in the depths of which the ancient pyramids of the Mayan era are still preserved. Almost half of the country's territory is national parks, jungle reserves and the Mayan mountain range. Belize can rightfully be considered a cult destination for lovers of eco-vacations and sustainable tourism, and researchers of the animal and plant world- zoologists, biologists, and botanists make the journey to Belize like a pilgrimage. The forests are still inhabited by jaguars, broad-nosed monkeys, armadillos, giant iguanas and endless species of birds, including various types of colorful hummingbirds and parrots. Hotels in Belize range from backpacker hostels, to small secluded eco-hotels, to opulent luxury resorts. The country’s coastline impresses with its crystal clear lagoons inset from the blue depths, and with their unique and stunning barrier reefs dotted along the ocean, including the famous underwater sinkhole the Great Blue Hole which should not be missed. Famous for its spectacular diving holidays, as well as top-notch snorkeling and fishing, Belize is hard to beat when it comes to underwater life- after all, more than 400 species of fish and about 100 different types of corals live there. Holidays in Belize are unique in that they allow you to combine a phenomenal beach vacation with cultural and historical tours to the Mayan pyramids and temples of the Pre-Columbian era.


Tours to Belize

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The cities of Belize

The most famous tourist places of Belize are the capital Belmopan, the city of Belize, Ambergris Cay, the island of Kaya Kalker, the seaside resort of Cayo, Dangriga, the "sugar city" Orange Walk, the best beaches in Placencia, the port of Punta Gorda, ruins near San Ignacio



We know the most interesting places of Belize - from the ruins of ancient temples and pyramids of the Maya era to the best beaches and lagoons with coral reefs for exciting snorkeling or fishing. We will develop for you our own original route for any of your requests!


It's useful to know

Belize is located on the Caribbean coast of northern Central America. To the east in the Caribbean Sea, the second-longest barrier reef in the world flanks much of the 386 kilometres (240 mi) of predominantly marshy coastline. The undulating courses of two rivers, the Hondo and the Sarstoon, define much of the course of the country's northern and southern boundaries. The western border follows no natural features and runs north-south through lowland forest and highland plateau. The north of Belize consists mostly of flat, swampy coastal plains, in places heavily forested. The flora is highly diverse considering the small geographical area. The south contains the low mountain range of the Maya Mountains. The highest point in Belize is Doyle's Delight at 1,124 m (3,688 ft). The Caribbean coast is lined with a coral reef and some 450 islets and islands known locally as cayes (pronounced "keys").
Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons, although there are significant variations in weather patterns by region. Temperatures vary according to elevation, proximity to the coast, and the moderating effects of the northeast trade winds off the Caribbean. Average temperatures in the coastal regions range from 24 °C (75.2 °F) in January to 27 °C (80.6 °F) in July.
Belize has five commercial banks, of which the largest and oldest is Belize Bank. The other four banks are Heritage Bank, Atlantic Bank, First Caribbean International Bank, and Scotiabank (Belize).
Belizean cuisine is heavily inspired by British, Mexican and Western Caribbean cuisines. Basic ingredients are rice and beans, often consumed with chickens, pork, calves and fish or vegetables, coconut milk and fried plantains added to the dishes truly tropical taste. The traditional exotic recipes include armadillo meat, venison and fried paca, brown rodent similar to a guinea pig.(also known as the water rat).
Before the arrival of Europeans, the Maya civilization spread itself over Belize beginning around 1500 BC and flourished until about A.D. 800. Spanish colonists tried to settle the inland areas of Belize, but Maya rebellions and attacks forced them to abandon these efforts.
English and Scottish buccaneers known as the Baymen first settled on the coast of Belize in 1638, seeking a sheltered region from which they could attack Spanish ships. The settlers turned to cutting logwood during the 1700s. The Spanish granted the British settlers the right to occupy the area and cut logwood in exchange for an end to piracy. By 1724, the Baymen began importing African slaves who spent brief periods in Jamaica, the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua and elsewhere in the Western Caribbean to cut logwood and later mahogany. In 1862, Great Britain formally declared it a British Crown Colony, subordinate to Jamaica, and named it British Honduras. As a colony, Belize began to attract British investors. British Honduras was officially renamed Belize in 1973. When Belize finally attained full independence on 21 September 1981, Guatemala refused to recognise the new nation. About 1,500 British troops remained to protect Belize from the Guatemalan threat. As of March 2007, the border dispute with Guatemala remains unresolved and quite contentious Since independence, a British garrison has been retained in Belize at the request of the Belizean government. Notably, both Guatemala and Belize are participating in the confidence-building measures approved by the OAS, including the Guatemala-Belize Language Exchange Project.

Colonization, slavery, and immigration have played major roles in affecting the ethnic composition of the population and as a result, Belize is a country with numerous cultures, languages, and ethnic groups. The country's population is currently estimated to be a little over 320,000. Mestizos comprise about 34% of the population, Kriols 25%, Spanish 15%, Maya 11%, and Garinagu 6%.
English is the only official language of Belize due to being a former British colony. It is the main language used in government and education. Although only 5.6% of the population speaks it as the main language at home, 54% can speak it very well, and another 26% can speak some English.
The Belizean culture is made up of influences and people from Kriol, Maya, Garinagu (also known as Garifuna), Mestizo (a mixture of Spanish and Native Americans), Mennonites who are of German descent, with a blend of many other cultures from Chinese to Lebanese. It is a unique blend that emerged through the country's long and occasionally violent history. Courtesy is important to most Belizeans. It is not uncommon for Belizeans to greet each other on the street even if they have never seen each other before, or for acquaintances to spend minutes at a time chatting, oblivious to what is happening around them. Another aspect of the culture is the idea of the mystical healing and Obeah. However, there is still talk of evil shaman practices like putting "Obeah" on certain houses.
Religious freedom is guaranteed in Belize. Nearly 80% of the inhabitants are Christian, with 49.6% of Belizeans being Roman Catholics and 29% Protestants.[36] Foreign Catholics frequently visit the country for special gospel revivals. The Greek Orthodox Church has a presence in Santa Elena. Jehovah's Witnesses have experienced a significant increase in membership in recent years. According to the Witnesses, around 3% of the population attended at least one religious meeting in 2007. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints claims 3,300 members in the country .Other non-Christian minorities include: Hinduism, followed by most Indian immigrants, and Islam, common among Middle Eastern immigrants and has gained a following among some Kriols.
Belize has a small, essentially private enterprise economy that is based primarily on agriculture, agro-based industry, and merchandising, with tourism and construction recently assuming greater importance. In 2006, the exploitation of a newly discovered crude oil field near the town of Spanish Lookout, has presented new prospects and problems for this developing nation. The country is a producer of industrial minerals. Sugar, the chief crop, accounts for nearly half of exports, while the banana industry is the country's largest employer. The tourist and construction sectors strengthened in early 1999, leading to a preliminary estimate of revived growth at 4%. Infrastructure continues to be a major challenge for the economic development of Belize. Belize has the most expensive electricity in the region. Trade is important and the major trading partners are the United States, Mexico, the European Union, and Central America.

Vacation in Belize

Discover Belize with Tour Operator Ada Tours!

Tour operator Ada Tours would be happy to plan your trip to Belize as part of a group tour or to develop your personal individual itinerary. We will help you to immerse yourself in this virgin and pristine corner of Latin America as much as you would like- we organize diving tours and snorkeling on the best coral reefs and islands in the area. Imagine yourself on a wildlife adventure in the jungle, going for a swim in the fresh, clear lakes, going fishing in one of the blue water lagoons, or going for long walks on some of the most untouched and clean beaches in the world. You will be able to visit the colonial areas of Belize, as well as the ancient ruins of the Mayan temples. In addition to a world-famous beach and diving holiday destination, Belize is suitable for lovers of eco-travel and trekking, with routes to the mountains or the forest. It is also ideal for a romantic get-away, a family vacation or a group fishing trip. Tours to Belize are also often combined with French Guiana, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras. And we would be happy to help you make your ideal holiday to Belize a reality!