Belize: The Bucket List

Located in western Central America, adjacent to Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, Belize is a popular destination for ecotourists, birdwatchers, scuba divers and snorkelers, deep sea fishermen, and travelers interested in Mayan historic sites. The official language is English, although Spanish and Mayan are also widely spoken. The international airport is located in Belize City, on the coast, while the sleepy capital of Belmopan is inland. Ambergris Caye, a barrier island along the meso-American barrier reef, is the country's prime tourist destination.

Plants in the tropics grow large and fast. /

Wandering Tropical Trails at the Belize Botanical Garden

I have no way to know what the Garden of Eden looked like, but in my imagination, it looks just this: Palms and ferns grow exuberantly, birds dot in and out of the foliage, and everywhere there is green -- blue green, bright green, yellow green, dull Read More

Belize Barrier Reef

Snorkeling Hol Chan and Shark-Ray Alley off Ambergris Caye, Belize

My guide makes the internationally recognized sign for shark, placing his hand perpendicular to his forehead to make a fin.Then he grabs his non-existant breasts. "Nurse shark!" he cries, with a gleeful smile. Fast as a flash, he reaches down into Read More

Belize crocodile tagging

Tagging Crocodiles near Belize’s Lamanai Mayan Ruins

It is dark -- 97 percent dark chocolate dark, India ink dark, heart of Voldemort dark -- in this swamp in the middle of a moonless night in the middle of Belize. Only in the distance, across the fresh-water lagoon, do a few lights reveal the Lamanai Read More