It is also the only English-speaking country in Central America, making it easy for your children to engage with the local children and perhaps make some new friends. The area around San Ignacio and Mountain Pine Ridge is perfect for active families with opportunities for hiking, river-kayaking and tubing, cave exploration and zip-lines, and we happen to offer the best Belize family holidays.
Mayan sites may not be the most exciting prospect for children, although they may be intrigued by the story of the Crystal Skull, claimed to have been found at the southern site of Lubaantun. They can also learn how chocolate is made from cacao beans in Toledo.
Out on the coral cayes, you can head out by boat to fascinating and easy snorkelling sites to swim among rays and harmless nurse sharks above a beautiful coral garden and into small coves, looking out for West Indian manatees.
Or if you choose to stay on the mainland coast close to Placencia whilst on your Belize family holiday, you can also access the Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Reserve to look out for birds, monkeys and large cats in this national park of thousands of acres dedicated to the preservation of the elusive jaguar. While jaguar sightings are rare, this reserve does offer a haven for around 200 of these beautiful endangered cats.