Belize might just have the greatest variety of flora and fauna of any country of its size in the world. Offshore the Belize Barrier Reef, a great wall of coral, stretches the entire 200-mile-length of the coast. And archaeologists have identified more than 600 significant Mayan sites in Belize. Fodor's guide gives you all the information you need to plan the perfect trip, whether you want a scuba adventure, a getaway to a secluded jungle lodge, or barefoot luxury in a peaceful beach town.
Expanded Coverage: We cover the new hotel and restaurants in Belize City, as well as exciting developments in remote jungle areas such as the Cayo and up-and-coming beach communites such as Placencia Peninsula. Plus an entire chapter is devoted to Tikal, one of the world's greatest Mayan ruins, just over the border in Guatemala.
Gorgeous color-photo insert: The beauty of Belize is highlighted in an 8-page color feature on "Top Experiences."
Indispensable Trip Planning Tools: Chapters begin with a "Top Reasons to Go" feature that quickly identifies the highlights of each region. Find complete coverage of snorkeling and dive sites with maps and recommended outfitters. Choose an adventure, from bird watching to cave tubing to ecotours, from our special Adventure Vacations chapter. And learn about the Mayas with our brief history of the people, tips on visiting the ruins, and a special Maya-ruins itinerary.
Discerning Recommendations: Belize 6th Edition offers savvy advice and recommendations from local writers to help travelers make the most of their time. Fodor's Choice designates our best picks, from hotels to nightlife. "Word of Mouth" quotes from fellow travelers provide valuable insights.
ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts.
About the Author
A former newspaper editor in New Orleans, Lan Sluder is the author of more than a dozen books on travel, retirement and other subjects. Among his specialties are the country of Belize and the Western North Carolina mountains. His other recent books include Fodor's Belize, Amazing Asheville, Play Bridge Today, Asheville Relocation, Retirement and Visitor Guide and Easy Belize. He also has contributed articles to many magazines and newspapers and other media around the world, including TravelChannel.com, Chicago Tribune, Where to Retire, Globe & Mail, New York Times, Miami Herald and Caribbean Travel & Life. Lan Sluder is the owner of a Rolls-Royce 1991 Silver Spur II long-wheelbase saloon with armored doors originally owned by a gemstone billionaire who was an ambassador to the United Nations from several African countries. The author lives on a mountain farm near Asheville with his wife, Sheila M. Lambert, an attorney and potter who contributed a number of photographs to this book. They have two adult children.