For Exploring, Relaxation and Romance
Scuba Diving Destination
As the saying goes, big things sometimes come in small packages. With Belize – the second smallest and least populated nation in Central America – this couldn’t be any truer as it packs a hemisphere’s worth of adventure within its borders. Located between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize is the perfect destination for exploration, relaxation and romance. With more than 400 islands, white sandy beaches, the longest unbroken barrier reef in the western hemisphere and 298 kilometers/185 miles of coastline, Belize is a world-class scuba diving destination. When you’re not diving with nurse sharks, you can explore ancient Mayan ruins, visit rainforests, hike or go cave tubing. Explore Belize and you’ll experience something truly amazing.
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Visibility – Off the barrier reef and atolls, visibility is often 30 metres/100 feet or more, it’s slightly less inside the reef.
Water Temperature – The water is pleasantly warm during the summer at 30°C/85°F and a comfortable 26°C/79°F in winter.
Weather – The subtropical weather in Belize means it is warm year-round, particularly along the coast. A brisk sea breeze tempers the heat a bit during the summer. Air temperatures in summer range from about 24-29°C/75-85°F. Winter is cooler, with a daily low of about 21°C/70°F and a daily high of about 27°C/80°F.
Featured Creatures – Sea turtles nest on the sandy beaches from June to August. Whale sharks sightings are common from April to June along the southern barrier reef. There are about 70 types of hard corals and around 400 species of fish in Belize. Also, expect to see sharks, big schools of fish and rays.
Recommended Training – Take the PADI Boat Diver and PADI Drift Diver courses to prepare for drifting along the many walls and drop offs. The PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course will help you stay off the coral and the PADI Digital Underwater Photographer course will allow you to get great shots of all the marine life that you see.
Language – Belize is the only Central American country with English as the official language. There are enclaves, however, where Spanish and Creole are spoken.
Currency – The Belize Dollar. Credit cards are accepted in many places.
Major Airports – Most tourists enter the country through Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, Belize’s primary international air gateway. Many then transfer to Belize City Municipal Airport to catch a domestic flight.
Electricity and Internet – Most electricity in Belize runs at 110 volts, 60Hz. There’s good internet connectivity in cafes and major hotels.
Topside Attractions – Visit the Mayan ruins. While jungle trekking, do some bird watching and try to identify some of the more than 500 bird species in Belize. Take a few hikes and explore the caves that dot the countryside, you can even go cave tubing in a few.
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