Beautiful Belize has been popping up all over our socials of late, its rugged beaches, lush jungles and brilliantly coloured coral reefs making perfect fodder for "wish you were here" BeReals and barefoot-in-the-sand Instagram Reels. Beyond its picture-perfect looks, though, this Central American country hums with age-old traditions and ancient stories. Head inland and you'll find Mayan ruins and sky-tickling mountain ranges. Stick to the coast, and you'll be eating from a cookbook that counts Chinese, Creole, Lebanese, Mennonite and Mestizo among influences. Traversing the dinky country is easy, thanks to the retro fleet of retired Bluebird buses that tootle between towns. Bought from the US, these 1950s beauties are painted in primary colours and used as commuter shuttles between major conurbations in the country. They're the easiest (and coolest) way to get around.