Belize is located at the Caribbean coast, nestled between Mexico City and Antigua Guatemala and offers an intriguing mix of tropical forests rich with wildlife, majestic 3,675 foot mountains, Maya temples, and interesting diving and fishing possibilities. In a single day you can go from tropical forest to the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. And the people are known to be very friendly. Belize is also known for its marine environment. The country has the second longest barrier reef in the world, as well as three major offshore atolls. You can find also mangrove systems both offshore and along the coast, thus creating a tremendous wetlands environment in which birds, fishes, mammals, and reptiles can propagate. With such a significant marine ecosystem, scuba divers, marine biologists, and sport fishermen have long recognized the importance of Belize, and it has become a favorite destination for them.
Malaria is a very small, and easy to treat risk (and only in the summer wet season); Dengue fever is a risk throughout the year (for the aches and fever, take a lot of ibuprofen). The 2 private hospitals (in Belize City and Santa Elena) are more trustworthy than the government hospitals.