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Belize

Tiny Belize is an English-speaking enclave about the size of Massachusetts. The country’s most striking natural feature is its Barrier Reef, which extends for 185 miles and is studded with around 200 sandy islets, or cays. Ambergris Caye lies a 20-minute flight north of ...

Tiny Belize is an English-speaking enclave about the size of Massachusetts. The country’s most striking natural feature is its Barrier Reef, which extends for 185 miles and is studded with around 200 sandy islets, or cays. Ambergris Caye lies a 20-minute flight north of the international airport at Belize City. There, dazzling coral gardens thrive amid translucent waters. Fly fishermen search the shallow flats nearby for bonefish, permit and tarpon. The interior of the country is covered by dense jungle inhabited by astonishingly rich flora and fauna. Atrocious dirt roads often require four-wheel-drive vehicles even in the dry season (generally January to June). As a result, the best way to travel is by light aircraft.

CLIMATE

Much of Belize consists of thick jungle, where the climate is warm and humid year-round. The rainy (and buggy) season usually runs from July to December, with January to mid-May being the best time for a visit to both the jungle lodges and the Caribbean coast.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

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