Dating by site belize
Defeating the Spanish first in 1798, at the Battle of St.George's Caye, and then formally declaring British rule, they renamed it British Honduras in 1862.In the middle of this battle for survival, a plague of locusts and ensuing famine almost wiped out the Mayan people altogether between 1627-1630.Indeed, today it remains the most sparsely populated country in Central America.In fact, most jade-like jewellery is actually nephrite nowadays.The Blue Hole is stunning, but some scuba divers find it an anti climax, after having it at the top of their dive wish lists for as long as they have had their PADI.
Its still considered a stormy city by some metaphorically however, with occasional instances of crime reported, but these have fallen in recent years. As a former British colony, English is the national language, spoken with a beautiful Caribbean lilt.
Just you and the crocs on this particular Mayan Trail. Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world, and so not only are diving holidays the biz, full on marine conservation trips are the real biz. Herman's Cave, ancient stalactites and stalagmites, as well as Mayan artifacts for whom this was a spiritual underworld.
Heading into the quieter waters of southern Belize, conservation holidays explore the likes of Sapodilla Cayes Marine Park, identifying marine species, training for PADI qualifications, and learning how to spear invasive lionfish. And for us visitors, it's a magical world of adventure.
Everywhere you go, the traditional drumming and music is heard, as is the language, a French and Arawak mix.
Their home is location, location, location, with the Caribbean on one side and Maya Mountains on the other. There is a north-south divide when it comes to tourism, but oh those southern belles.
Pronounced keys, these are small islands formed by a gathering of sand on top of reefs. The most popular are Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker both gateways for snorkelling and diving in Hol Chan Marine Reserve.