From coastal mangrove swamps to soaring mountains, Belize is a magnet for travellers wanting to experience intense adventure, unrivalled nature and one of the most extreme environments of biodiversity on the planet.
Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world, after Australia, stretching the entirety of its 185 miles and the largest cave system in Central America. Bordered by Mexico, Guatemala and the Caribbean Sea, in Belize you can trek through endless jungle, delve into the ancient Maya underworld of fire pits and skeletons of human sacrifice in its caves, or dive to the depths of the Great Blue Hole of Belize. Divers can also explore the Lighthouse Reef, Glover’s Reef and Turneffe Islands. Nature will also play a big part in your trip to Belize with the 570 bird species, manatees, monkeys, keel-billed toucans and blue morpho butterflies making their home in this one of a kind destination.
Airports / Gateways / Flying times
Airport: Phillip S.W. Goldson International Airport is 9 miles from Belize City. Belmopan City, the capital, is located 50 miles west of Belize City.
Gateways/Flying Times: Fly to Belize City (BZE) with American Airlines from Heathrow via Miami and Houston, Continental Airlines from Gatwick via Houston, and TACA from Miami and Houston. Miami: 2 hours. Houston: 2 hours.
Temperatures vary from 21°C to 34°C during the year. Annual rainfall averages 50 inches in the north and 170 inches in the south during the rainy season of June to August. The driest months are February through to May.
Belize is passionate about food and has many culinary festivals that celebrate traditional Belizean cuisine like the Chocolate Festival and the annual Placencia Lobster Fest. Placencia itself has also earned a reputation as one of the best places in Belize to experience authentic Belizean cuisine, like Omar’s Creole Grub for traditional creole food and fresh fish.
The main language in Belize is English.
Most people choose Belize for its intrigue and adventure rather than its nightlife, but there’s still enough going on to keep you entertained at night. If you’re diving in the Ambergis Caye region then San Pedro has plenty of bars like The Dive Bar, promising cocktails and live music. If you’re in The Cayo District for a rainforest adventure then San Ignacio has lots of restaurants and bars, whilst in Placencia on the south coast, you can visit quirky bars like the Barefoot Beach Bar with its casual vibe.
Wrapped in intrigue, the ancient civilisation of the Maya holds endless fascination for tourists. Reach into the mystery at Caracol which was once the greatest Mayan city in all of Belize. At Altun Ha, you can visit the ruins of an ancient Mayan city and wander amongst the temples and tombs, and there are other sites to visit like Lubaantun, Santa Rita, Cerros and more. With the rainforest within touching distance, you can book a tour and see wildlife in their natural habitat. Belize Zoo and the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary can also bring you up close to some of Belize’s animal residents. For natural wonders, it has to be the Belize Barrier Reef, Ambergis Caye and the Blue Hole National Park.