Forget Belize City, get out to the Cays that line the large lagoon off the coast of Belize. It’s a different world from the decrepit streets of the largest city (60,000 people) in the former British Honduras. Indeed most tourists fly in and transfer to the Cays immediately. Out there it’s obvious why – the snorkelling is pretty well unparalled and we spent a great day just floating about amongst the groper, rays, nurse sharks and plethora of smaller fish. Pity about the sunburn – two of us anyway looking like the lobster who spent too much time in the sun. Only one side burnt of course but still painful!
Overall this small country of just 300,000 people is quite forgettable – nowhere near as dynamic in the provinces as its neighbours are, and with a down and out main city, if it weren’t for the Cays and a couple of Mayan sites, we’ve been pleased it’s only small and doesn’t take long to traverse. But for us it’s been important – it’s the last country in the North, South and Central America continents for us to ride across, so we’re chuffed about that.