Updated : September 12, 2010

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Belize is on the Caribbean coast, nestled between Mexico and Guatemala and offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic 3,675 foot mountains, mysterious Maya temples, and diving and fishing experiences beyond compare. In a single day one can go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. With a diversity of adventure opportunities, Belize has protected 40% of the country as parks and natural reserves.

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Overlooking Belize City during approach to the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport of Belize.

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On final approach to the airport of Ambegrise Caye island with a Tropic Air Cessna 208 Caravan (V3HEK). Ambegrise Caye island, the largest of some 200 cayes that dot the coastline of Belize, is located in the Caribbean Sea just off the tip of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

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After a 20 minutes flight from Belize City the arrival at San Pedro Airport marked the beginning of an enjoyable free weekend on "La Isla Bonita" Ambergris Caye.

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San Pedro on Ambergris Caye Island, Belize, turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to. Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, sunning and swimming on beautiful coral beach, the gin-clear waters of Ambergris Caye are a diver's, snorkeler's, birder's, and fisherman's paradise.

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The main street of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye Island, Belize. Fishing, coconuts, and chicle were historic means of islanders support, but in the last twenty to thirty years the incredible scenery of Ambergris Caye has led to a large growth in both the Belize dive and scuba trade, and ecotourism while golf carts became the preferred mode of transportation on Ambergris Caye.

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One of the main atractions on Ambergris Caye Island is a trip with one of the glass-bottom boats to the Barrier Reef about half a mile off the winward side of the island. It's the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere and the second longest in the world.

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Ambergris Caye Island seen from one of the glass-bottom boats.

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Back to work on the mainland of Belize after an unforgettable free weekend on Ambergris Caye Island.

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Hand-cranked cable ferry across Mopan River in Belize giving access to the Xunantunich Maya ruin site in San Jose Succotz Village approximately eight miles west of San Ignacio Town in the Cayo District. Xunantunich, which means "Maiden of the Rock" in the Yucatec dialect, was a major ceremonial center during the Classic period (300-900 AD) and was likely abandoned after an earthquake.

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View while being ferried across Mopan River for a visit to the Xunantunich Maya ruin site (May 1987).

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En route from Belize City to a remote radio relay station on Sibun Hill for a site survey (May 1987).

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The remote radio relay station located on Sibun Hill, 995 meters above mean sea level, in Belize (May 1987).

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A closer look at the Sibun Hill radio site.

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Terminal building of the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), Belize City.

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TACA International Airlines Boeing 737's departing from the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE) in May 1987.

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While leaving Belize en route to San Salvador on a TACA flight, the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport (BZE), Belize City, is briefly lit by the sun between some heavy tropical showers of rain.

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Visit the official web site of the Belize Tourism Board for more information about Belize.

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