Belize

Belize has a diverse society, with many cultures and languages. Originally part of the British Empire, it shares a common colonial history with other Anglophone Caribbean countries. From 1862 to 1973, its name was British Honduras. It became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1981, retaining Queen Elizabeth II as head of state.


CAYE CAULKER
A small limestone coral island off the coast of Belize in the Caribbean Sea, home to over 30 tiny hotels, and a number of restaurants and shops.

SAN IGNACIO (CAHAL PECH)
The oldest known Maya site on the Belize River valley, Cahal Pech is believed to have been a significant Maya settlement for 2000 years or more.

SAN IGNACIO (XUNANTUNICH)
Served as a Maya civic ceremonial center in the Late and Terminal Classic periods of the Belize Valley region.

SAN PEDRO
While a Maya community lived on the island in pre-Columbian times making distinctive polished red ceramics, the island is now tourist driven.

Most people, at least Americans, come to Belize for snorkeling, diving, or caving. I come for ruins. Belize is part of the southern Maya lowlands of the Mesoamerican culture area, and the sites found there were occupied from the Preclassic (2000 BC–200 AD) era until and after the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. Unfortunately, many sites are in danger due to destruction by construction companies, which frequently source road fill from the ancient ruins.

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 Travel makes a wise man better, and a fool worse.
— Thomas Fuller

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