Belize may be smaller than the state of Vermont, but there’s a lot to do and see in this magnificent country. If you’re planning a vacation to Belize, here are a few travel tips from insiders who know Belize inside and out.

Take Advantage of the Off Season

Some months, like May, June, September, and October, fall during the “low” season when fewer travelers visit the country. Take advantage of the lull as you’ll escape overcrowding, and you’ll be sure to find big discounts on accommodations.

Learn About the Ancient Maya

One of history’s greatest civilizations, the Maya built advanced astronomical observatories, towering pyramids, and enormous temples. Belize is home to more ancient Maya sites than anywhere else, and you’ll find them in all six of Belize’s districts.

Go Snorkeling and Diving

Just a few miles offshore from Belize lies the second-largest coral reef system in the world. The crystal clear waters of the Caribbean, white sandy seafloor and an incredible abundance of maritime life make the reef one of the best places in the world to enjoy activities like snorkeling and scuba diving.

Take a Domestic Flight

Tiny “puddle jumpers” connect all of the top towns and cities in Belize, making it easy to get just about anywhere in 45 minutes or less. Two of the offshore islands, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, also have an airport.

Attend a Festival or National Holiday Celebration

In Belize, the yearly calendar is packed full of exciting festivals and holidays. And in Belize, every event is celebrated with lots of good food, live music, street dancing, parades, and games.

Do Some Caving

The mainland of Belize is home to hundreds of caves, many of which are vast, underground labyrinths of shimmering stalactites and stalagmites. The ancient Maya believed that caves such as Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave were gateways to Xibalba or the world of the gods and used the caves for religious ceremonies, including human sacrifices.

Try the Food

Instead of sticking to burgers and steaks, why not try some of Belize’s amazing cuisine? Dishes range from Caribbean favorites like rich and beans to more exotic fare like gibnut meat (a kind of giant rodent) and seaweed shakes.

If you’re coming to Belize on your next vacation, book your stay at Black Orchid Resort. Named for the country’s national flower, Black Orchid Resort is located just 15 minutes from the international airport and is close to all of the top destinations and attractions in the country.