Tiny as a postage stamp, Belize has an out-sized beauty. Mountains and Mayan temples are swaddled in jungle, and underneath the sea, the Belize Barrier Reef (second longest in the world). The reef is home to more than 100 different kinds of corals and 500 species of fish. Placencia is an increasingly popular eco-destination.
Outdoor adventurers head to the Stann Creek region for rainforest hiking, deep-sea fishing and exploring Mayan ruins. Ambergris Caye has top amenities and attracts an international crowd. San Pedro, made famous by Madonna, is a tourist mecca but has plenty of quiet beaches to enjoy sun, sand and sea.
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