In Belize, one of the best ways to enjoy the incredible natural beauty of the country is by driving across it with a car. Unlike other countries where highways are boring, lifeless ribbons of concrete, Belize‘s highways and byways pass through some of the most scenic passages on the planet. Whether it’s crossing mist-shrouded mountains or heading through fertile lowlands filled with the heady perfume of citrus orchards, driving in Belize is just as pleasurable as arriving at your final destination.

Most of the Belizean mainland is composed of lush rainforest and thick jungles. Measuring just a bit smaller than the state of Vermont, Belize is small enough to reach just about any destination in three hours or less. Belize has three highways, which are paved, well-maintained, two-lane thoroughfares that connect the biggest cities and towns in the country.

Ask anyone in Belize, and they’ll tell you that the Hummingbird Highway is the most picturesque roadway in the country. Beginning at the national capital of Belmopan in the west, the Hummingbird Highway is 55 miles (89 km) long and connects to Dangriga on the Caribbean coastline.

The other highways in Belize are the Philip Goldson Highway (often referred to by its old name, the Northern Highway), which connects Belize City to points north all the way to the border with Mexico, and the George Price Highway (also known as the Western Highway), which connects Belize City to San Ignacio, Belmopan, and points west all the way to Benque Viejo del Carmen, located on the country’s border with Guatemala.

When you drive these scenic highways in Belize, you’ll need to budget extra time for stops to take photographs and record videos of the stunning landscape. Don’t be surprised if you see some of the indigenous wildlife along the way too, including exotic animals like howler monkeys, giant iguanas, and jaguars. These highways also make it easy to reach remote areas like national parks, animal sanctuaries, and the numerous ancient Maya cites that still tower over the landscape more than 1,000 years after they were built.

If you’d like to travel across Belize by car, be sure to rent your vehicle from Tour Belize Auto Rental. With two convenient locations in downtown Belize and at the international airport, Tour Belize Auto Rental has a large fleet of modern, spacious vehicles that are ideal for exploring the incredibly beautiful highways and byways of Belize.