Belize is small in size at only 8,867 square miles but this country is gigantic in the way of attractions and diversity. Just south of Mexico, once part of the Mayan and British Empires, English-speaking Belize offers the best of worlds; a soft white sand coastline home to the second largest barrier reef in the world and a lush interior jungle with its Mayan ruins, exotic birds, waterfalls and adventures.
The climate is sub-tropical, with a brisk prevailing wind from the Caribbean Sea. The average annual temperature is approximately 80ºF. Variation in weather features, emphasizes the interesting difference in elevation, geology, land and animal life. A summer high temperature, usually never exceeds 96ºF and winter lows are seldom below 60ºF, even at night. Annual rainfall ranges from 50 inches in the north to 170 inches in the south. Although the rainy season is usually between June and October and the dry season is between February and May, global weather changes are making historical predictions somewhat invalid. At the end of October, the weather does become cooler, and from November to February it is pleasant with occasional showers.
Boasting the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize is a premier spot for scuba diving, snorkeling and other watersports. The reef is home to over 430 species of exotic reef fish, 70 species of hard coral and a thriving community of manatee and sea turtles. Belize`s barrier reef and three off-shore atolls offer fantastic diving conditions over live coral reefs.
Novice scuba divers will love Belize`s calm, crystal warm waters offering numerous fascinating sites within the protected waters of the reef. Experienced divers will be delighted with sites that include an assortment of shipwrecks, black coral forests, exotic tropical fish and pelagic species.