Belize travel guide

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You're Going to Love Belize

Belize might be small in size, but it offers a world of attractions that include beaches, islands, jungle hiking and a rich wildlife.

What to do in Belize

1. Visit the Caye Islands

The islands of Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye are two of the most popular among hundreds of islands that are located off the coast. While the latter is larger and tends to get more touristy, Caye Caulker offers a more relaxed atmosphere and is popular among backpackers.

2. Go on a Tour of Altun Ha

This ancient Mayan city is located north of Belize City and is mainly renowned for its Temple of the Mason Altars, which is 54 ft tall. A panoramic view awaits those who make it to the top.

3. Learn About Local Wildlife at Belize Zoo

This small zoo is composed entirely of local fauna, with about 120 species available to be seen. These include macaws, jaguars, pumas, snakes and crocodiles.

4. Dive or Snorkel at the Hol Chan Marine Reserve

This reserve is a fantastic place for going underwater with coral, caves and tropical fish available. Nearby you will find Shark Ray Alley where you can swim with rays and sharks.

5. Hike in the Jungle

Mayflower Bocawina National Park has jungles, waterfalls, mountains and walking trails. It is home to a large number of bird species and black howler monkeys.

When to visit Belize

The best time to visit Belize and enjoy its outdoor activities is in the dry season, from November to April.

How to Get to Belize

Entry requirements

Citizens of a large number of countries, including those in the EU and the United States, can enter Belize without a visa. Citizens of any other countries will need to get a visa prior to arriving.

Plane

The main international airport is Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport, with direct connections to around 10 destinations, including Miami, Newark and Houston.

Car

It is possible to get to Belize by car from Mexico going through Chetumal, or from Guatemala going through Melchor de Mencos.

Bus

Frequent buses operate from Chetumal in Mexico and from Flores in Guatemala heading into Belize City. In addition, a direct service from Cancún, Mexico, is available once a day.

Boat

Speed boat connections exist with Puerto Cortés in Honduras once a week, from Puerto Barrios in Guatemala once a day and from Livingston in Guatemala twice a week.

Popular airlines serving Belize

United Airlines
Good (69,490 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (47,668 reviews)
KLM
Good (3,806 reviews)
Delta
Good (30,742 reviews)
Air France
Good (4,361 reviews)
British Airways
Good (23,348 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Excellent (11,534 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (25,044 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (30,315 reviews)
Frontier
Okay (40,472 reviews)
Copa Airlines
Good (12,985 reviews)
WestJet
Good (9,166 reviews)
Southwest
Excellent (14,745 reviews)
TAG Airlines
Good (17 reviews)
Tropic Air
Good (26 reviews)
Maya Island Air
Excellent (7 reviews)
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Where to stay in Belize

Aside from hotels, which are available for a variety of budgets, resorts and residences are a very popular choice of accommodation.

Where to stay in popular areas of Belize

Most booked hotels in Belize

Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
£164+
The Great House Inn
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
£100+
Cahal Pech Village Resort
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
£77+
Best Western Plus Belize Biltmore Plaza
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£117+
Costa Blu Beach Resort, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
£99+
Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
£94+
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How to Get Around Belize

Public Transportation

Buses are the main form of public transport in Belize. There are bus terminals in every major city and at least one bus stop in every village, making it easy to reach any part of the country.

Bus

Buses are operated by private companies, and the most popular ones include Belize Bus Owners Cooperative, Albion's, Frazer and Morales. There are 6 different bus lines, one of which is a dedicated Sunday line.

Car

It is possible to rent a car in Belize with all the major international companies available at the airport and in the main cities. Please note that while cars with automatic transmission can be found, if that is your preference, you need to book in advance as the majority of the cars have manual transmissions.

Plane

Flights within Belize and its main islands are available with Maya Island Air and Tropic Air, which offer routes to and from popular destinations, such as the Caye Islands.

Boat

One of the most common ways of getting around the Belize islands is by water taxi, with a large amount of connections available. Water taxis have a daily schedule from 7:30 am to 6:00 pm, so if you are planning a day trip to the islands, ensure you check the return schedule prior to leaving.

The Cost of Living in Belize

An inexpensive and casual meal in Belize costs around 5 BZD (2.50 USD) per person, while a sit down meal will cost around 20 BZD (9.95 USD) per person, and a public transport one-way ticket will cost around 1.99 BZD (1 USD). You can easily pay by credit card in all major hotels and attractions; however, it's always a good idea to keep a limited amount of cash with you to pay smaller merchants that might only deal in cash. US dollars are widely accepted around the country.

Popular cities in Belize