You better Belize it!

Think Caribbean getaway and many Canadians drift to Turks, Cancun or the Cayman Islands, however Belize is a destination not to be missed - both in travel and investment opportunity.

Sitting on the eastern coast of the Central American coastline facing the Caribbean Sea, Belize is the Caribbean gateway to Central America. Located in the northern hemisphere above the equator, Belize is bounded on the north by Mexico, the south and west by Guatemala, and to the east by the Caribbean Sea. Approximately the size of the state of Massachusetts, Belize is 176 miles long at its longest point, 88 miles at its widest point and covers 8,867 square miles, including 266 square miles of offshore islands.

Belize is highly accessible from the U.S. and Canada. Its proximity to Canada and the US creates short travel time and since Belize is on Central Time, there is no jet lag due to time differences. Direct flights to Belize depart from Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Newark, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles and Toronto (seasonal).

With the expansion of the runway completed at Belize International Airport, long haul direct flights from Canada and Europe are expected to begin service in the very near future. International arrivals to Belize have been increasing drastically in the last six years - at an annualized growth rate of 11.1 per cent, which is the highest in Central America.

The Belize Tourist Board, a department of the Ministry of Tourism, is aggressively marketing and promoting Belize to the North American and European markets now that the airport can accommodate long-haul direct flights.

In fact, overnight visitors to Ambergris Caye totalled 200,000 visitors - in comparison, that is the number of visitors to Cancun in any single month of the year.

For the full article pick up a copy of the September issue, on newsstands now.

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