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Beautiful Pictures of Belize

Updated on October 22, 2014
By Victoria Reay's (CC-BY-2.0), via Wikimedia Commons
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Belize and Ambergris Caye in Photos and on Gift Items

You'll enjoy these pictures of Belize, whether this beautiful little country is still on your bucket list or not. It's a popular cruise destination, while Ambergris Caye, just off the northern coast, and the nearby Great Blue Hole are prime dive spots.

Though small - just larger than the state of Massachettes - the nation is incredibly diverse. With beaches, jungles, navigable and rafting rivers, crystal clear waters covering the Belize Barrier Reef, plains and low mountains, flocks of tropical birds, and numerous Mayan Ruins, it's no wonder it's a popular destination for eco-tourists, as well as sun worshipers, snorkelers, divers, and cruisers.

I've been there several times, and would welcome the chance to return, and I don't think I'm alone in that. In short, everybody loves it there - and you will too, once you've seen these images of Belize.

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The Beauty of Belize in Pictures

What follows is a group of images showing some of the many facets of Belize. These six images were gathered from around the web.

The last one shown has appeared on this page before, and won the nod from readers as the most favored picture from a previous group of images.

Now, five new ones have joined it, to see which one winds out this time.

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Mayan Ruins

Mayan Ruins in Belize, By Ian Mackenzie from Ottawa, Canada (Xunantunich, Belize) (CC-BY-SA-2.0), via Wikimedia Commons
Mayan Ruins in Belize, By Ian Mackenzie from Ottawa, Canada (Xunantunich, Belize) (CC-BY-SA-2.0), via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Palms and Pier

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Roots

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British Honduras (Vintage Artwork)

BNritish Honduras was the name of the country from 1862 until 1981, when it was renamed Belize upon gaining full independence.  Artwork by Henry Robertson Blaney [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
BNritish Honduras was the name of the country from 1862 until 1981, when it was renamed Belize upon gaining full independence. Artwork by Henry Robertson Blaney [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons | Source

Underwater View of a Coral Reef in Belize

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Ambergris Caye, Belize, Central America. 2

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Ambergris Caye, a popular diving and snorkeling destination, is an island just off the mainland.


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Where Is Belize?

Belize, in the very north of Central America, forms part of the western shore of the Caribbean Sea.

The independent nation - circled in red on the map to the right - is just to the south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and is bordered on the west and south by Guatemala.

Ambergris Caye (pronounced like "key"), just off the northern coast of Belize is very popular with divers and snorkelers in the know, while the nearby 407-ft deep Great Blue Hole is on every diver's bucket list.

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Keel-Billed Toucan

Keel Billed Toucan, by SnowmanRadio, CC
Keel Billed Toucan, by SnowmanRadio, CC | Source

The National Bird of Belize

The colorful Keel-Billed Toucan is the National Bird of Belize.

Mayan Ruins at Altun Ha - Explore the Remnants of an Ancient Civilization in This Video

There are several different places in Belize where you can visit Mayan Ruins. One of the most accessible from the coast is Altun Ha. Here is a video view of the ruins there.

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Map of Belize (public Doimain) | Source

Some Facts About Belize

Did You Know These Things?

  1. Just off the coast is the Belize Barrier Reef, which, at 199 miles long is the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Only one other barrier reef in the world surpasses it in length, and that is, of course, Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
  2. Belize is the only nation in Central America whose official language is English.
  3. Formerly kown as British Honduras, the country declared independence from the United Kingdom on September 21, 1981.
  4. Neighboring Guatemala did not recognize the new nation for some 11 years, and there is still a dispute between the two countries over the border.
  5. Several hundred small islands (called Cayes) line the coast.
  6. Belize has the largest cave system in Central America
  7. The National Tree of Belize is the Mahogany Tree
  8. Native to Belize, the Baird's Tapir, is the largest land mamal in Central America, and the country's national animal.
  9. The National Bird is the Keel-Billed Toucan.
  10. The national flower is the Black Orchid.

The Great Blue Hole - Diving the Great Blue Hole

The Blue Hole off the coast of Belize is one of the most fascinating dive spots in the Western Hemisphere

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Independence Day is September 21

Belizeans know how to celebrate!

Belize is a spectacular diving and snorkeling destination, and that what I always plan to do on a cruise that calls there. EXCEPT ONCE, when the the ship happened to call there on September 21.

Why? Because September 21 is Independence Day, and I'm glad I stayed on land that day.

In Belize City that day, I felt like I was in a wonderful old movie. No gaudy glitz. Simple, genuine national pride, and lots of congenial celebrating.

There were food vendors, happy people milling about, speeches, and a parade. The picture is of children from one of the schools assembling to march in the parade. Each contigent had on the uniform of their shool. Everyone was spiffed up, every uniform starched and pressed.

There were big, smiling policemen. I must tell you, that it seemed like only the biggest, tallest guys in the whole country are allowed on the police force. My daughter got permission to take my picture with one of them, and he TOWERED over me!

It was a fun day!


Bid on Some Belize Money - Here's Some You'll find on eBay Today

Belize has some beautiful currency and coins, too.

You'll often find collectible Belizean money on eBay.

See what's up for auction there today:


Weather in Belize

What's the weather like there?

The climate in is sub-tropical.

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ANNUAL WEATHER

Average Temperature: about 72 - 80 degrees F.

Average Annual Rainfall: Vaies greatly the farther south you go - with the north of the country usually getting less than 70", and the farthest south portions twice that much or more

Rainy Season: Varies

Hunidity is much higher on and near the coast, but frequent tradewinde mitigate the effect of the high humidity.

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    • CruiseReady profile image
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      CruiseReady 4 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Aunt-Mollie: Yes - they really are beautiful

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      What an exotic place. To see the toucan in the wild is reason enough to want to go.

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      NightMagic 4 years ago

      I plan on going to Belize this next winter. I'd love to explore the caves there.

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      thegreenninja 4 years ago

      I SO want to go to Belize - maybe this is my year!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      It would be lovely to visit Belize. I just leaned about this place a few years ago. :)

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @SquidooPower: You will LOVE it!

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      SquidooPower 5 years ago

      You have no idea how far up on my list sailing to Belize is!

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      jseven lm 5 years ago

      Beautiful and a dream I love to dwell on seeing someday!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      awesome images

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      CoffeeWriter LM 5 years ago

      Beautiful pictures to warm the soul on a cool day (where I live anyway).

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      Expat Mamasita 5 years ago from Slovakia

      Excellent lens. I have included it onto my Visit Central America lens

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      MillBucks 5 years ago

      Belize is such a beautiful place, my daughter has been there and the photos she brought back were simply amazing! Its on my bucket list for sure! Thanks for sharing!

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      BeadCatz 5 years ago

      Beautiful lens. Belize is my next big vacation. From everything I've learned about it, I would love to live there.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      Beautiful images and fond memories. Blessed!

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      CreativeArtDesigns 5 years ago

      Great Pictures of Belize! Such a fun place to visit.

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      Anna2of5 5 years ago

      Hi I'm glad you have this lens up in time for my Mother's Day quest, you see my mom is currently living in Belize ( somewhere near Corezal Town). She loves it. We researched it for a few years before she drove down the first time. She loves that they speak English, the currency is dollar based, there are lots of ripe fruit trees everywhere, and she can walk to the beach. She sends me killer post cards (usually in deep winter up here-its nice there except hurricane season) anyway the postcards have Massive flowers on them, and everything looks lovely there. She once bought a bag of oranges there almost as big as her for $8.00. yeah so she digs it. Also amazing fish there. She sometimes misses turkey because they don't really have that, but other than that she's good. I haven't heard from her in a while, guess its my turn to write. Anyway thank you. Nice lens.

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      OUTFOXprevention1 5 years ago

      Looks like a great place! Getting the word out will help drive traffic... I'm still a little sketched out to visit. :/

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      Bobbala 5 years ago

      Nice lens. Thank you!

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      Blackspaniel1 5 years ago

      Nice lens

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      I thought I might make it to Belize, but not sure I will get the chance in my lifetime. I've loved the place and contemplated it as a retirement spot. Particularly love the beach cabana.

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      CruiseReady 5 years ago from East Central Florida

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Many Thanks, Kona Girl

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      June Parker 5 years ago from New York

      I have always wan't to go to Belize and love to see photos and read info about the place. I liked your spin on the country and am sorry that the video "Mayan Ruins in Belize" is no longer available. Perhaps you could find a new one to replace it. Even though, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit and I'm leaving you with an *Angel Blessing* for a job well done! This lens is also the 1st one to be featured in the "Travel & Places » Central America" neighborhood of My Squid Angel Blessings 2012 lens. Aloha!

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      SayGuddaycom 5 years ago

      Stunning.

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      Tony Payne 5 years ago from Southampton, UK

      You didn't have an answer for me on the first poll, since I have been to Belize, but don't/didn't live there, and didn't go on vacation. I spent a week there working in Belize City, but unfortunately didn't have time to visit the reef and do any diving, or to see the Mayan Ruins.

      The first time I passed through, in transit to El Salvador I think it was, the airport runway was lined with Rapier anti-aircraft missiles and the terminal was an old building in much need of repair. The next time I flew in, they had a brand new terminal and the missile systems had been removed, showing the decrease in British military presence there.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      one more wonderful travel guide from you. thanks for sharing this beautiful lens with lovely pictures and information. i love belize.

      wish you a happy and prosperous new year.

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      Nathalie Roy 5 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Beautiful tour of Belize. It's really nice. Love the photos. Blessed for Thanksgiving!

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      Jim Sterling 5 years ago from Franklin, Tennessee

      Thank you for the tour.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! This a real beautiful place. Thanks for posting the stunning video of the Great Blue Hole! :)