Belize — located south of Mexico and bordered by Guatemala on one side and the sparkling Caribbean on the other — is a country overflowing with underwater adventure, historical and archaeological wonders, secluded beaches, and low-lying offshore islands. English is the official language and the Belize dollar is tied to the U.S. dollar, making a vacation to Belize worry-free.
Flights to and from Belize are offered seasonally from December 22, 2018, through April 20, 2019, pending government approval. Flights operate weekly on Saturdays.
Why Go To Belize
Why go? Because if you like to explore and you like the outdoors, you’ll never run out of things to do on a Belize vacation…..snorkel or scuba dive along beautiful coral reefs and in one of the top 10 diving sites in the world, go spelunking in natural caves, kayak around an atoll, explore spectacular Mayan ruins, hike or go birding in verdant rain forests, relax on pristine white-sand beaches, and dine alfresco while sipping a locally brewed beer.
What to Do
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
With more than 500 species of fish and marine life and hundreds of sites along the 185-mile Belize Barrier Reef, snorkeling and scuba diving are superb and one of the main reasons travelers visit Belize. Some spots to search out are Half Moon Caye, Hol Chan Marine Park, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Atoll, and for the piece de resistance, the Blue Hole, a sea cave 350 feet deep, 980 feet across, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and visible from space.
Belize has some outstanding ancient Mayan sites including Caracol, thought to have spanned 70 miles at its peak; Xunantunich, with its stunning carvings and 360-degree views; Lamanai, accessible by boat along the New River; and Altun Ha — smaller in size, rich in history, and the closest ruins to Belize City. Further afield in Guatemala is Tikal, which was once the greatest city in the Maya world. With more than 3,000 buildings, some rising more than 160 feet above the jungle floor, the site is truly worth the time to visit.
Shopping in Belize is a pure delight, as the majority of it is produced locally by area residents. Bring home some locally made chocolate from the Belize Chocolate Company. Sip and savor locally made Traveller’s rum, Belikin Beer, and locally roasted coffee. Shop for that perfect souvenir, whether it be a local artist’s colorful paintings, stunning wood furniture and smaller carvings, or jewelry made of shells, coral, and sea glass.
Dining in Belize is a cornucopia of culinary delights, due to the more than eight diverse cultures and the vast number of expatriates from the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Naturally, there is fresh seafood, but you’ll also find fine French cuisine, farm-to-table options, spectacular ocean-view restaurants with food to match, East Indian fare, Italian gelato and more. For a real local flavor, be sure to have some fry jacks — deep fried dough pieces served at breakfast along with refried beans and eggs.
Nightlife in Belize is mostly laid-back, including casual street-front pubs, open-air beach bars, and sports bars. Most bars, as well as restaurants, are in the resort areas of Ambergris Caye, Caye Caulker, and Placencia. Or step away from the lights and scan the sky for some incredible stargazing.
Mayan ruins abound, including Xunantunich with its stunning carvings