There's something about the mix of old Caribbean charm and modern-day Belize that makes Belize City magical and inspiring. The eclectic blend of cultures add excitement and variety to this area. First inhabited by the Mayas, pirates later used the many inlets and mangrove swamps for hiding, before this former capital of British Honduras became a logging port for mahogany wood.
Ambergris Caye to the north is the country's most visited tourist area, where you will find spectacular diving and great beaches. For smaller crowds closer to Belize City, visit Caye Caulker. Complement your beach and dive time with visits to Mayan ruins at Altun Ha, or float the Old Belize River for fantastic jungle and wildlife viewing. Book a rental car in Belize City and visit sites like the spectacular ruins at Xunantunich. For a truly unique experience, journey to Actun Tunichil Muknal. You can take a tour through the jungle to the mouth of a cave, which you must swim to enter, then view Mayan relics in the cave's dry interior. Vacations in Belize City put you close to all these wonders and more.
Every February, the historic sidewalks of the Placencia area come alive with vibrant colors and vivid artworks in the Placencia Sidewalk Arts and Music Festival. The National Agriculture and Trade Show every May is part carnival, part rodeo. May is also the month for Chocolate Festival, right before the Belize Lobster Festival in June. Come September, it's time for one of the biggest holidays, when locals mark the country's independence and party at the Belize Carnival Road March. Reserve hotels in Belize City and celebrate with them.
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