If you’re looking for a tropical vacation where the daily temperatures hover around 80 degrees, the water is warm and tranquil, and the beaches are some of the most beautiful in Central America, take a look at Belize. Belize has a lot of fun things to offer everyone from solo adventurers to honeymooners to families.

A short flight from the United States and Canada, Belize City seems a world away. The city has maintained much of its British colonial architecture and narrow streets that give it a historical feel. As the largest urban center in the country, Belize City is home to a cruise ship port, several trendy boutiques, a variety of restaurants, and lively bars. It is not unusual to encounter people from different cultures and ethnic backgrounds, such as Creole, Chinese, East Indians, Mestizos, and Maya.

If you want to get away from the city, you can take a quick commuter flight or water taxi to Ambergris Caye or Caulker, two popular island destinations off the coast of Belize. Each island has a unique feel and your choice of which one to visit will depend on what you’re seeking.

Ambergris Caye, the largest and most popular of the islands, has a wide selection of outdoor activities, luxury resorts, fine restaurants, and beach cafes. Kick back and relax on any of the pristine white sand beaches with a Belikin, the locally-brewed beer. If you’re feeling like an adventure, head out to the Hol Chan Marine Reserve on the edge of the barrier reef for snorkeling, diving, or swimming.

Caye Caulker, just 11 miles south of Ambergris Caye, may be a good choice if you want an island with a more relaxed vibe. Here, you can hike and explore the estuary that is teeming with wildlife like crocodiles, iguanas, and tarpons. Afterward, hang out with the locals at one of the many beachside restaurants while tasting local delicious favorites like conch and grilled fish. The island has plenty of accommodations ranging from campgrounds to hostels to budget-friendly hotels.

Belize has plenty of inland adventures. There are several Maya ruin sites scattered across the country from the easily accessed Lamanai and Altun Ha in the north to the impressive Xunantunich in the west. Escape the heat and explore an underground cave system by kayak or inner tube. Take a hike through the rainforest at the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve where you may get a glance of the near-endangered and elusive jaguar. The bird-lover in you will appreciate the over 200 hundred species of native and migratory birds that are found in Belize’s rainforests.

The country is host to numerous unique festivals and events throughout the year. The most popular ones are the Fiesta de Carnaval in February, the various celebrations held during Easter Week in March, and the Lobster Festivals in June and July. No matter what month you visit, you can join Belizeans celebrating their rich and diverse culture.

Make your visit to Belize memorable when you stay at Black Orchid Resort. Minutes from the Belize City airport, this eco-resort offers modern villas, suites, and rooms in a rainforest and charming setting. You can lounge by the pool, have a gathering in the conference room, or browse the gift shop. The staff can arrange tours or help you rent a car.

Contact the resort today and start planning your Belize vacation!