With a British colonial heritage, Belize is a small country with a sub-tropical climate and sandy beaches on some 200 palm-fringed islands. A wonderful destination for nature and wildlife lovers, archaeology buffs, and Caribbean beach holidays.

Much of the national cuisine is derived from the various cultural influences that have touched Belize throughout its history - Mayan, Mexican, Caribbean, Spanish, African and British - including delicious seafood dishes.

Belize offers a good range of international hotels in the cities as well as deluxe beach retreats and smaller cosy bungalow-style properties or jungle lodges in the rainforest.

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Where to go in Belize


General Info

Capital: Belmopan
Official language: English
Currency: Belize dollar (BZD)
Time zone: GMT −6 hours
International dialling code: +501
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Beaches & Sea

Choose from a superb selection of beach hotels and resorts and simply relax and take in the beautiful white sand, turquoise clear water and laidback atmosphere. Go island-hopping between the 200 Caribbean islands around Belize, go snorkelling or venture out in the sea for an unforgettable diving experience in The Great Blue Hole, famous dive site in the Belize Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest barrier reef.

Enjoy Nature

Venture into Belize’s unspoiled interior for bird watching in Crooked Tree. Stay in a jungle lodge and immerse yourself in nature. Belize rainforest and virgin jungle hold the world’s only Jaguar Preserve and is home to over 500 species of birds.

Mayan Sites

Explore the ancient Mayan network – choose a day trip or a week-long tour. Enjoy the Mayan ruins of Lamanai in Orange Walk district, surrounded by pristine rainforest, or visit the Mayan archaeological site of Xunantunich with amazing views of western Belize and eastern Guatemala from the top of El Castillo pyramid.

Caves & Hikes

Explore the mystery of underworld caving. With thousands of caves in Belize, the choice is yours ranging from easy walks to challenging hikes.

Try cave tubing and float along the gentle river current in the underground cave system of Barton Creek, only accessible by canoe, and admire its beautiful formations of stalactites and stalagmites as well as skeletal and pottery remains that ancient Mayas left behind.

Hike the Victoria Peak trail during the dry season from February to April, or hike up the Maya Mountains before rappelling down through The Black Hole Drop.

When to go

We recommend travel during Belize's dry season which runs from November to May. This is the best time to enjoy a tropical beach stay and a little less rain during your rainforest experience. During this period, the average daytime temperature on the coast and cayes is around 27 °C, although it can get considerably warmer during the day during the summer months.

The rainy season which is also the hurricane season runs from late August to the middle of October.


Where to go next

Explore the Mayan route and continue to Mexico or Guatemala. For example, it is a half-day’s transfer by road to Cancun and Mexico’s Riviera Maya where you can visit the Mayan sites of Chichen-Itza and Tulum situated right by the turquoise water of the Caribbean.

Belize - Blue Hole
Belize Caana, Caracol
Belize Hidden Valley Falls
Belize Altun Ha

Map of Belize

Entry Requirements

Valid passport required.
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