Oh, beautiful Belize! This small Central American nation sure packs a serious tourism sucker-punch. Situated on the Caribbean coast between Mexico and Guatemala, Belize offers the distinct Central American landscape of lush tropical forests filled with gloriously ancient Mayan temples. But while geographically close to its Latin neighbors, Belize (once British Honduras) is more a product of the British West Indies than anything else. English is the national language, although indigenous languages are widely spoken as well, mediating exchanges between the multitude of Afro-Caribbean and Amerindian groups that call Belize home. This influence can also be found in the rich music and dance that infuses the nation’s culture. Like its Caribbean counterparts, Belize is also famous for its opportunities for surf and sun. Its Caribbean coast offers a mosaic of coral reefs, long stretches of sandy beach, and a handful of bright blue cays, all perfect for snorkeling and relaxing the day away. In Belize the locals are well aware of the rich natural surroundings they have inherited, leading to a culture of activism and environmental conservation. Most of the country is protected under the extensive national park system and tourists can find themselves comfortably welcomed at any of the many eco-lodges springing up in all corners of Belize. So whether you’re looking to dance, to swim, or simply to experience a journey like no other, Belize is the place to be.