Dive into the depths of the Blue Hole with Lonely Planet's new Belize travel guide

With one foot in the Central American jungles and the other in the Caribbean Sea, pint-sized Belize is packed with islands, adventure and culture.

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Dive into the depths of the Blue Hole, kayak with stingrays and turtles between the islands of Glover’s Reef, find tropical paradise at Ambergris Caye.

Lonely Planet writer Paul Harding explains why he loves Belize. "Belize is a bit Latin America, a bit Caribbean, and just a little bit British (the language is a giveaway) but it all works beautifully. I love the low-key, laid-back nature of the people and the seamless mix of cultures that make up the street life, music, food and festivals - Belizean, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna, Maya and even Mennonites and expats. I love that you can be snorkeling on the barrier reef one day and hiking in the jungle the next. And I love that Belize still feels just a little undiscovered...but perhaps not for long."

Belize Top 10

1. Diving the Blue Hole

2. Kayaking Glover's Reef

3. Ambergris Caye

4. Garifuna Culture

5. Caye Caulker

6. Altun Ha

7. Xunantunich

8. Belize Carnival

9. Lamanai

10. Snorkeling Shark Ray Alley

Inside Lonely Planet’s Belize Travel Guide:

- Colour maps and images throughout

- Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests

- Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

- Honest review for all budgets - eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss

- Cultural insights give you a richer, more rewarding travel experience - Belize Today, History,
Ancient Maya, People of Belize, Rhythms of a Nation, Belize Cuisine, Wildlife, Land & Environment

Coverage includes: Belize District, Northern Cayes, Northern Belize, Cayo District, Southern Belize, Tikal & Flores, Guatemala and more

Curator: Paul Harding

Writers: Ray Bartlett, Ashley Harrell

Get to the heart of Belize and begin your journey now!

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