Belize is located south of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula and bordered by Guatemala to the west and south and is approximately the size of Massachusetts. The friendly English-speaking country has a population of about 370,000. The coastal waters are protected by the second-largest barrier reef in the world, affording outstanding saltwater fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Exotic wildlife, ancient Mayan ruins and numerous caves, caverns and rainforests also make this tiny nation a special jewel in the western Caribbean.
Belize offers the light-tackle saltwater fisherman one of the most diverse selections of game fish in the world. When conditions are right, the angler can cast to bonefish, tarpon, snook, permit, jacks, barracuda, snapper, sharks, and several different reef species in a single week of fishing. This angling opportunity is only found in a limited number of locations worldwide. Having the right equipment will ensure a comfortable and successful fishing adventure. Rods and reels are expensive, and the average angler does not need a separate rod for each species. It makes sense to try to choose your rod and reel combinations so that they can handle several types of fish—bonefish, permit, and snook.