Whether it’s the shape of a whale shark the size of a bus coming at you in the underwater haze, the guttural bark of black howler monkeys waking you at night, or dancing to the clear tones of local marimbas, Belize offers moments that will stick out amid a lifetime of experiences.

One of Central America’s least-visited countries, Belize gives travelers opportunities to explore without the crowds of tourists one might expect in a place with multiple Mayan archaeological sites, teal-blue waters, lush jungles, diverse villages, and the second-largest barrier reef in the world.

Find even more reasons — your own reasons — to visit Belize, below.