A crescent white sand beach dotted with palm trees.

Belize’s Lighthouse Reef Atoll and Half Moon Caye

On Lighthouse Reef Atoll, you’ll find Half Moon Caye, a historical natural monument and protected area with a lighthouse, bird sanctuary, shipwrecks, and incredible diving spots offshore. Author Lily Girma shares everything you need to know about this interesting area.

A howler monkey clutches at branches and looks directly into the camera.

The Community Baboon Sanctuary in Belize

The Community Baboon Sanctuary is a nonprofit organization consisting of 220 members in seven local communities who have voluntarily agreed to manage their land with baboon preservation in mind. Learn more about visiting the sanctuary, as well as the history of the organization.

At the edge of the lagoon, a stork runs with its wings prepared to take flight.

Belize’s Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary

A 33-mile drive from Belize City, or a little over an hour by bus, the island village and wildlife sanctuary of Crooked Tree are primary destinations for serious bird-watchers. Lily Girma provides an overview of Crooked Tree, including information on hiking, lagoons, and the annual cashew festival.

A plate heaped with rice and a couple pieces of chicken stewed with a reddish-orange tint.

Belizean Restaurants & Cuisine in Belize City

Belize City is packed with traditional Creole eateries. From jam rolls and flaky pastries to traditional Belizean fare like stew chicken, fish fillets, and meat pies, there are plenty of food options to choose from in this roundup of the city’s best restaurants.

Two people floating in inner tubes with the dark entrance of a cave behind them.

Finding Adventure in Belize

Get your heart racing by exploring the largest cave system in Central America, more than 11 national parks, and numerous forest and marine reserves and wildlife sanctuaries. Author Lily Girma shares the exciting kinds of adventure that await you in Belize.

View across the canopy with the tops of temple ruins visible.

Visiting Belize: Where and When to Go

Belize expert Lily Girma helps you plan your trip with suggestions for when to visit and an overview of the different areas in the country—from the beautiful turquoise waters of the Cayes to the archaeological wonders of the western interior.