Rough Guides, one of the world’s most popular travel publishers, recently published its Rough Guide to 2018 list that included Belize. Focusing on Belize’s astounding natural beauty, Rough Guide highlighted the country’s rich history as the center of the ancient Maya civilization that built colossal pyramids, palaces, and temples deep in the heart of the jungle.

Rough Guides also recommended visiting Belize in 2018 thanks to its low population (fewer than 400,000 people), its lack of crowds, and the fact that it is the only country in the region where English is the official language. The Rough Guides 2018 list also favorably mentioned Belize’s diverse landscape that includes pristine rainforests, white sandy beaches, and hundreds of offshore islands that are a mecca for activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing.

The Rough Guide to 2018 article made lavish reference to the country’s diverse cultures, giving visitors ample opportunity to learn about traditional lifestyles from diverse peoples like the Maya, German-speaking Mennonite farmers, and the Afro-Caribbean Garifuna people who were recognized by the United Nations for their language, music, food, and dance. Rough Guide’s inclusion of Belize as a must-see destination comes on the heels of similar recommendations by top travel sites such as Fodor’s and National Geographic that highlighted Belize’s increasing popularity as a great place to unplug and enjoy nature at its finest.

One of the best places to experience the natural beauty of Belize is at Black Orchid Resort.

Named for Belize’s national flower, Black Orchid Resort is located in the village of Burrell Boom on the pristine banks of the Old Belize River in a luxury setting elegantly integrated with the surrounding nature. With beautifully appointed rooms, a gourmet restaurant, and swimming pool, the resort is located just a short 30-minute drive from the international airport.

Black Orchid Resort is close to many of the top attractions in the country, including historic Belize City, ancient Maya ruins and temples, animal sanctuaries, and national parks. The resort can arrange for ground transportation to/from the airport as well as book your trip to top adventures such as Tikal (in Guatemala), the ATM sacred cave, and canoeing at Barton Creek cave.

Black Orchid also offers visitors a wide selection of Belize vacation packages that include transportation, lodging, and the ability to explore all the best that both the jungle and beach have to offer.