Belize boasts many attractions for adventurous Americans. It's less than two hours from Miami, has wonderful archeological sites, marvelous forests with spectacular biological diversity and white coral sand beaches. It's also the only primarily English speaking country in Central America.
Belize is culturally diverse, with a native population of Mayan Indians, Creole (African and European), Mestizo (native American and European), Garifuna (African and Caribbean Indian), as well as a substantial population of Mennonite farmers from the Netherlands and Germany. There are also Middle Easterners and South and East Asians.
The biggest draw here is the diving; Belize has the second largest coral reef in the world, after the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. There are numerous islands with well equipped dive resorts such as Ambergris Cay with access to the reef and three coral atolls - Glover's Reef, Turneffe Island, and Lighthouse Reef - that also offer gin-clear water, healthy coral formations and a riot of colorful fish to ogle.