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  The undiscovered jewel of the Caribbean, Belize is home to unspoiled rainforest, white sand beaches and a blend of eclectic cultures. One of the most popular tours in the country is a visit to the Belize Spice Farm and Botanical Gardens. Located in the largely rural Toledo District in Southern Belize, this is an enclave of over 500 acres where you can explore an amazing array of orchards, spice gardens, and flower gardens. The smell of spices including black pepper, vanilla, cardamom, allspice,

  There's a good reason why the Monkey River has the name that it does, but this pristine watercourse in southeastern Belize is home a wide diversity of plants and animals, including the troops of black howler monkeys that gave the river its name. Here are 5 reasons why you should definitely do a tour of Monkey River: Monkeys They are, after all, the prime attraction for tours of Monkey River. Black howler monkeys, known locally as "baboons", are some of the loudest animals

If you're heading to Belize soon, there are two adrenaline-pumping adventures that you should definitely try: Zip Lining  Zip lining is the sport of sailing through the jungle along a series of steel cables. Although it is perfectly safe, the speed and thrill of seeing nature from a bird's-eye view is guaranteed to get your heart pumping. One of the best places to enjoy zip lining is in the Mayflower Bocawina National Park in southeastern Belize. The zip line runs  along a two-mile (three-kilometer)

  Many visitors arrive in Belize unsure about what to expect when it comes to food and drinks. A true melting pot society, the cuisine in Belize is a harmonious blend of Caribbean, British, African, Maya, American, and Mexican culinary influences. Seafood Fishing is an important part of the Belizean economy, and fisherman bring in hauls of lobster, shrimp, conch, and fish (including snapper, grouper, and dorado/mahimahi) on a daily basis. Fresh Produce Agriculture is also important in Belize and the fertile soils and warm

In 1971, the famous French marine biologist and explorer Jacques Cousteau put Belize in the world's spotlight when he declared that the Belize Blue Hole, a mysterious natural phenomenon located some 40 miles (65 km) off the mainland, was one of the best dive sites in the world. More than 40 years later, his grandson Fabien is set to complete Jacques's work by using a next-generation submarine to map the bottom of the Belize Blue Hole. Fabien Cousteau will be in

While less well-known and flashy as the crowded resort towns of Mexico, the small Central American nation of Belize offers travelers the chance to experience pristine natural beauty, a true melting pot of culture, and some of the most delicious food in the region. Some of the bigger offshore islands in Belize like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker in the north have drawn in celebrities for decades, but savvy travelers are increasingly discovering the quiet charms of southern Belize. Here are

Belize is home to more than 600 ancient Maya sites, but some of the most impressive of these sites are little known to outsiders. Located in Belize's far southern Toledo District, these amazing ancient cities continue to astonish and mystify archeologists. Nim Li Punit  Its original name is unknown, but it's modern Maya name means "Big Hat" because Nim Lim Punit is home to a large collection of carved stelae, including one of a chieftain in an elaborate headdress or "big hat." Despite the loveliness of the decorations, it

Rated by National Geographic and the Discovery Channel as the number one sacred cave in the world, Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave was an important religious center for the ancient Maya but was abandoned more than 1,000 years ago. Only rediscovered in the 1980s, ATM Cave has provided archeologists with an undisturbed look into the secret ceremonies performed by ancient Maya priests. The ATM Cave is located near San Ignacio in central Belize and is a treasure trove of ceramic objects,

Belize, with its fertile soil and abundant fisheries, is rapidly becoming a paradise for foodies. And one of the best places to eat in the country is Omar's Creole Grub in Placencia Village in southeastern Belize. Simple and unprepossessing from the outside, Omar's Creole Grub was founded in 1993, making it one of the oldest restaurants in the area. Omar's Creole Grub is a family-owned and run restaurant that serves traditional Creole Belizean food. Still helmed by the eponymous Omar, the

Belize is a natural wonderland packed full of exciting things to see and do. Two of the most exciting activities that you can enjoy in the country are zip lining and cave tubing. Cave Tubing Just as you might imagine, cave tubing is a relaxing adventure that involves using an inflatable inner tube to float down a gentle river that runs underground through a cave. Certain areas of Belize such as the South Stann Creek River and St. Herman's Cave are perfect for