English-speaking Belize is unique – a cocktail of Creole, British colonial, ancient Mayan, Mennonite and Spanish cultures. It is a tiny country nestled on the coast between Mexico and Guatemala. Pristine subtropical forests provide a haven for wildlife and shelter ancient Mayan ruins whilst the warm clear waters of the Caribbean lap beautiful sandy cayes offering access to the world’s second longest barrier reef; renowned for its spectacular snorkelling and diving. Infused throughout is the country’s culture influenced by Belize’s Afro-Caribbean roots, creating a fabulous laid-back atmosphere with swaying palm trees, turquoise seas, pulsating reggae rhythms and rum punch. Brimming with dense jungles, high waterfalls, wonderful wildlife, ancient Mayan ruins, and a fabulous array of coral cays and of course the stunning Blue Hole, Belize promises adventure and relaxation in equal measure.

Andara Travel’s highlights for Beliza include:

• Be sure to visit Chan Chich in the remote northern rainforest to spot monkeys and jaguars.

• For diving enthusiasts, be sure to check out Turneffe Island, where there is a PADI certified diving centre and some of the best diving in the New World.

• Head down to Placencia on Belize’s southern coast to experience the wonderful music and diverse customs of the local Garifuna culture.