Belize is located in Central America on the western edge of the Caribbean, immediately south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. Formerly called British Honduras, it is the only English-speaking country in Central America. Its British Colonial-era legacy is reflected in the exquisitely charming 19th Century architecture of Belize City and a solid, democratic society based on British commonlaw. In fact, it is still a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, whose head of state is none other than Queen Elizabeth II of England.
Belizeans are a true melting pot of cultures: Mayan Indians (the original inhabitants), Hispanic, Creole, Garifuna, European and more recently, Asian. Easy mixing of ethnic backgrounds is common and everyone refers to themselves as 'Belizean', regardless of ethnicity. It all makes for a very friendly, open people.
Belize is a short 2- 2.5 hour flight from Houston (Continental, TACA), Dallas (American), or Miami (American). Slightly longer, but direct flights are available from Atlanta (Delta) and Newark (USAir).