Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is a small state in Central America located on the Yucatan peninsula bordering Mexico to the northwest and Guatemala to the west and south. Belize covers over 9,000 square miles of tropical forest and ocean paradise. Known for its unique nature, this popular resort also attracts tourists with its great hotels, high level of service, and kind and friendly population.
Exotic and charming cities in Belize deserve special attention of tourists as well. About a quarter of the Belize population lives in Belmopan, the capital of Belize. This modern and urban city with about 5,000 inhabitants is saturated with banks, restaurants, casinos and state institutions. It was built in 1970, after the former capital, Belize city, had been ruined by the hurricane.
Belize city was later reconstructed and nowadays also attracts a lot of visitors. Being home to another quarter of the Belize population, this city is very active and energetic. The majority of houses built on the very edge of water blend into surroundings adding the specific charm to the city. There are two airports in Belize city, international and local, the latter serving local airlines and flights that connect the continent with islands. Being on vacation in Belize city, do not forget to visit its museums, picture galleries, and its market where you can buy not only the freshest seafood and a variety of tropical fruits, but also great souvenirs made by local jacks-of-all-trades. The main sights of Belize city are Saint John's Cathedral the House of Government built in the beginning of the nineteenth century.
No matter which part of the country you stay, visit San Pedro town on Ambergris Caye, just off the coast of mainland Belize. Ambergris Caye, the southernmost extension of the Yucatan Peninsula, is a 25 mile long flat island made up of coral sand and mangroves. Many-colored houses and sand streets right by the sea make San Pedro look very much like a toy city straight from the postcard. Hotels, bungalows and guest houses hidden in the shadows of coconut palms naturally blend into this picturesque landscape. In San Pedro you will come across barefoot strollers, locals and tourists alike, and the main transportation here is golf carts and bicycles, and trucks, cabs and private vehicles are rare. There are only ten streets in the town, and they have no pavements. Despite its growth as a popular destination for tourists and scuba divers, San Pedro still maintains the enchanting atmosphere of a small town.
The best time to travel to Belize and enjoy its cities and beaches is December through April. According to the opinion of local population, August is also a great time here, and they call it the second spring. Traveling to Belize in autumn is not recommended as the possibility of strong and dangerous hurricanes at this time of the year is high. So choose the best season and travel to enjoy the harmony of beautiful cities in Belize and nature of this beautiful country, its sand and beaches, houses and vegetation, and everything Belize has to offer.