No wonder the people of Belize are always smiling. A historical Old Town, tropical beaches, mangroves, rainforests and Mayan ruins (and that's just for starters); it's an easy place to love.
Add a warm year-round climate, a seamless blend of cultures and a laidback welcome and you'll be wishing you could spend longer in this small but perfectly formed country. With Mexico to the north, Guatemala to the south and miles of Caribbean coastline, Belize is a riot of colour. Sink your toes into sugary soft sands and turquoise sea. Snorkelling is the best way to watch the rainbow of gaudy fish flitting the reefs. Go deeper with a dive expert to explore the limestone caverns within its complex caves. Inland there's a kaleidoscope of tropical wildlife within the sanctuaries and conservation parks. Listen out for the howler monkeys, Belize's national animal the tapir, and if you're really lucky, the camera-shy keel-billed Toucan.