Belize is a land of unique contrasts with more to do and see than many countries 10 times it size. Belize's coast is protected by 185 miles of Barrier Reef studded with hundreds of coral islands, the undiscovered habitat of some of the best diving and sport fishing in the world. At the centre are lush forests of the Mountain Pine Ridge with caves and Mayan Ruins for exploring, rivers for rafting, and breathtaking waterfalls. The south is a land of true tropical rainforest with every form of tropical plant, bird, and wildlife, including playful monkeys, talkative parrots, and colorful toucans.
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Geography of Belize:
Belize is located in the Northern Hemisphere, within Central America. Bounded on the North by Mexico, South and West by Guatemala, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea washes its 174 mile coastline to the East, with an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.
The cayes (pronounced keys), the offshore atolls, and the barrier reef are one of the main attractions to Belize. The barrier reef, which is 185 miles long, is the longest in the Western Hemisphere. The Belize cayes are islands that are located between the mainland and the barrier reef, on the barrier reef, and on or within the barrier reef perimeters of the Belize offshore atolls. The mangrove cayes provide a superior habitat for birds and marine life. Many birds, fish, shellfish, and marine organisms begin their lives within the protection of the Belize mangroves. On the other hand, Belize's island cayes, which are distinguishable by their palm trees, have provided the foundation for the development of many fine resorts to serve the water sports enthusiasts and the marine naturalists who are flocking to Belize. The cayes and atolls provide superior opportunity for scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, sailing, sail boarding, and sea kayaking, as well as habitat for both nesting birds and turtles.
Belize is truly "mother Natures" best kept secret.