Belize is a beautiful country that feels tailor-made for romantic getaways. Just a short flight from the United States and Canada, Belize really is a world away. In Belize, nature is king, and you’ll find more monkeys and parrots than you will skyscrapers, malls, or fast-food joints.

Indeed, the nature in Belize is so beautiful that the country is nicknamed “The Jewel.” As a former British colony, everyone speaks English in Belize, so it’s really easy to get around. Although Belize is a small country, it has a lot to offer, including lush rainforests teeming with wildlife, beautiful beaches, majestic waterfalls, and ancient pyramids to explore.

The ancient Maya once dominated all of Central America, including Belize, building large pyramids and highly accurate astronomical observatories. For unknown reasons, they then abandoned these colossal cities some 1,000 years ago. Today, you can now visit these ruined cities, and few experiences can compare to gazing out at the surrounding jungle from high atop an ancient Maya pyramid.

One of the best places to visit in Belize in February is the village of Placencia. Located at the tip of the Placencia Peninsula in southeastern Belize, Placencia is a small place (only 1,500 residents) with a big heart. In fact, this tiny village is recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records for having the smallest “main street” in the world, a four-foot wide sidewalk that is off limits to vehicular traffic.

Every February, Placencia is home to a unique celebration called the Sidewalk Art Festival. The central “main street” is transformed into a gauntlet of booths selling artwork, handicrafts, delicious food and drinks, games, and a wide variety of other things. There’s also plenty of live music to enjoy. Enjoying a stroll down this vibrant “main street” is a uniquely romantic activity that you and your special someone are sure to enjoy.

If you’re interested in enjoying a romantic Valentine’s getaway in Belize this year, contact Tour Belize Auto Rental. With two convenient locations in downtown Belize City and the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport, Tour Belize Auto Rental has a number of late-model vehicles for rent that are perfect for exploring the country at your own pace.

Whether you want to go visit the romantic waterfalls of Big Rock in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve or simply enjoy the drive along the Hummingbird Highway en route to Placencia, rent your vehicle from Tour Belize Auto Rental.