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Main attractions of Belize
One of Belize’ main attractions is its beautiful nature. It is hard to image a more perfect place to encounter nature than Belize. With its proximity to North America, English-speaking people, exotic wildlife and rich diversity of resources, Belize is unbeatable for travelers wanting to discover nature and its treasures. In Belize you will experience rainforests, reefs, caves and caverns, rivers and trails at its best.
An important part of Belize’ history are the Mayan ruins, a legacy of outstanding palaces and temples. The Mayan civilization began as early as 1500 B.C. and started to decline in 900 A.D., although some Maya cultural centers continued to be occupied until the arrival of the Spanish in the 15th century.
Belize offers an infinite number of beaches for tourist enjoyment. The coastline has a length of over 386 km with a never-ending variety of gorgeous beaches for any possible taste. These beaches invite travelers to a wide variety of activities and make traveling to Belize a unforgettable experience.
Belize is a country with a rich diversity of Culture, none of which is dominating. You will find a mixture of Maya, Garinagu also known as Garifuna, Mestizo a mixture of Spanish and Indian, Mennonites which are of German decent with a blend of many other cultures from Chinese to Lebanese. (The current Prime Minister of Belize, equivalent to the President, is of Palestine decent).
The cayes, the offshore atolls and the barrier reef are one of the main attractions of Belize. The barrier reef, which is 185 miles long, is the longest in the Western Hemisphere. The cayes (pronounced keys) are islands that are located between the mainland and the barrier reef. Main islands and cayes in Belize are Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, Glover’s Reef, Tobacco Caye, South Water Caye, Lighthouse Reef Atoll.
Half of Belize is covered by dense jungle, and eighty percent of its rainforest remains under government protection, much of it unexplored. These tropical forests provide habitats for a wide range of animals including jaguar, puma, ocelot, armadillo, tapir and crocodile. The country is also home to 4,000 species of tropical flowers, including 250 kinds of orchids.