Named British Honduras until 1973, Belize is the only officially English-speaking country in Central America. Bordered by Guatemala, Mexico, and the Carribbean Sea, Belize has a diversity of ecosystems within its 8,866 square miles that can only be rivaled by its cultural diversity. Mayan, Garifuna, Creole, Hispanic, and Mennonite peoples are amongst the many cultures found in Belize. Northern Belize offers a developed tourism region including the popular Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker for those interested in night life, shopping, and great beaches. Southern Belize offers authentic culture and pristine nature for those interested in wildlife, nature, off-the-beaten-track adventures and intact Mayan culture. Running parallel; to the coast is the world’s second longest barrier reef with over 200 offshore cayes and three major atolls which offers some of the Carribbean's best snorkeling, diving, and fishing. Belize has a range of accommodation options and adventures to suit all interest levels, so contact Great Expeditions to learn which options work best for you.