TRAVEL BELIZE

Belize Itinerary

Pristine beaches, jungle adventures and Garifuna culture

Tobacco Caye

The smallest island we have ever visited

Relax and enjoy the Caribbean!

Caye Caulker

Belize’s packpacking and party hotspot

Enjoy some carefree days and have fun!

Hopkins

Garifuna culture hub and relaxed beaches

Embrace Belize’s Garifuna culture!

San Ignacio

Maya ruins, wild rivers & an authentic town

Feel Latino vibes!

 

Duration: at least 2 weeks
Best time to travel: October – June
Budget: $75 per day

Belize is tinny regarding size and its population (about 320 000) but is home to a diversity of cultures and landscapes unmatched in the region. Indeed Belize is so “unbelizable” that we came back for a second and even a third time. The only English-speaking country in Central America combines Creole, Maya, Mestizo, and Garifuna influences.

Endless Cayes and 240 miles long Caribbean coastline offer some of the most incredible shades of turquoise you’ll ever see in your life. The most outgoing and friendly inhabitants provide tours or tag you along to swim, snorkel or fish.

  • Culture 90% 90%
  • Parties 85% 85%
  • Beaches 110% 110%
  • Activities 100% 100%

It wasn’t our first trip to Belize, and we’re sure it won’t be the last one. Travel Belize and you’ll be able to experience what original island life means if you are up to it.Further inland, you’ll find smaller Maya sites, wildlife sanctuaries, and stunning caves.

Why visit Belize

Beaches in Belize

Located on the Central American Caribbean coast, Belize is home to some of the best beaches in the world. With more than 200 offshore islands and cays, plenty of pristine sand stretches exist to explore. And because only about 10 percent of the islands are inhabited, you can also find plenty of deserted beaches to enjoy. Boat transport is the best way to get around all the different islands, and you can find some secret places to live out your deserted island fantasies–at least for a day. So if you’re looking for a Belize itinerary that includes some of the best beaches in the world, be sure to add a visit to one (or all!) of these beautiful spots.

Best beaches in Belize:

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Diving and snorkeling 

Belize is a truly magical place for adventurous travelers looking to explore the beauty of the sea. Belize has plenty of world-class sites to explore and discover, whether you are a seasoned scuba diver or an amateur snorkeler. From pristine coral reefs teeming with exotic fish to clear lagoons and atolls bursting with brightly-colored corals, the Belizean sea is a kaleidoscope of colors. The Hol Chan Marine Reserve is home to a wide variety of fish, coral, and other marine life.

Shark Ray Alley is a great place to see sharks and rays up close. You’ll find several species of sharks in the Reserve, including nurse, bull, and hammerhead sharks.

The Half Moon Caye waters are crystal clear and home to diverse marine life like groupers, snappers, hogfish, stingrays, and sand eels.  

Best diving and snorkeling in Belize:

Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef is an incredible natural wonder that spans 185 miles of the country’s coastline. As the largest reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, it is home to a wide variety of marine life, including over 500 species of fish, 70 hard coral species, and 36 soft coral species. The reef’s crystal-clear waters are a paradise for SCUBA divers and snorkelers, who can explore its many wonders above and below the surface. In 1996, the Belize Barrier Reef was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its significance as a habitat for many different species of plants and animals. The Belize Barrier Reef is not only a place of outstanding natural beauty, but also a cultural treasure trove. Belize is home to many skilled guides who can show you the best spots for diving, snorkeling, and simply taking in incredible views.

Visit the Barrier Reef from:

Belize’s Blue Hole

Belize’s Blue Hole is one of the most popular dive sites in the world, and for a good reason. This distinct underwater sinkhole is approximately 1,000 feet in circumference and more than 400 feet deep, making it the most significant natural formation of its kind found anywhere in the world. Blue Hole Belize was formed at the end of the last Ice Age when rising seawaters flooded a series of enormous caverns. Blue Hole Belize is approximately 60 miles offshore from Belize City and is part of the Belize Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Visit Belize’s Blue Hole from:

Maya ruins in Belize

If you’re looking for a unique but less crowded archaeological site to visit in Belize, look no further than Caracol. Caracol is situated right on the Belize-Guatemala border and is one of the most extensive Maya ruins in Belize. The site is incredibly well-preserved, and there are a variety of buildings and temples to explore. While it is possible to visit Caracol without a tour, it is more challenging than some other Belize ruins. However, the lack of crowds makes it worth the effort! Plus, at the end of your day exploring the ruins, you can cool off in the refreshing waters.

Visit Belize’s Maya ruins from:

Streetfood in Fes, Marokko

Actun Tunichil Muknal

Actun Tunichil Muknal is consistently voted one of the world’s top sacred caves by National Geographic- and for a good reason. It’s often referred to as the “Cave of the Stone Sepulchre” and is one of the most unique and exciting things to do in Belize. The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave contains Maya artifacts, including pottery, bones, and whole skeletons. It’s also full of mineral deposits, which have created stunning stalactites and stalagmites. The Actun Tunichil Muknal cave is a sacred place you should not miss. It’s best to book in advance, as the number of people permitted to the cave is limited.

 

Garifuna culture

If you’re looking for a unique but less crowded archaeological site to visit in Belize, look no further than Caracol. Caracol is situated right on the Belize-Guatemala border and is one of the most extensive Maya ruins in Belize. The site is incredibly well-preserved, and there are a variety of buildings and temples to explore. While it is possible to visit Caracol without a tour, it is more challenging than some other Belize ruins. However, the lack of crowds makes it worth the effort! Plus, at the end of your day exploring the ruins, you can cool off in the refreshing waters.

Learn about Garifuna culture in:

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Streetfood in Fes, Marokko

Food culture Belize

There’s no doubt about it; food is an integral part of any culture. And in Belize, there are a lot of cultures to be found. The country is a melting pot of Maya, Creole, Garifuna, and Mestizo influences, which is reflected in the cuisine. The result is a truly unique culinary experience you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

One of the most popular dishes in Belize is rice and beans. This staple dish is usually made with black beans, but you can also find it made with red or kidney beans. It’s often served with fried chicken or stewed beef, and it’s sure to satisfy your hunger. Another must-try dish is fry jacks, which are fried dough balls often served for breakfast. And, of course, no trip to Belize would be complete without trying some of the fresh seafood. Lobster and conch are two of the most popular options, and they’re both delicious. So if you’re looking for a culinary adventure, add Belize to your list of destinations.

Get ready to travel to Belize

Language: English and Spanish
Currency: Belizian Dollar & US Dollars

Public Transport in Belize

From 5 am to 8 pm weekly, buses travel throughout Belize delivering people and goods. The bus system equipment in this country is mainly based on derelict American school buses, with one of the most popular brands being Blue Bird Bus Company.

Getting around Belize by bus is a great way to save money and have a lot of fun. Often the music is blasting as people sing along.

Belize City: Do not walk between the bus and water taxi terminal. Always take a taxi instead.

Weather in Belize

Belize is a tropical country, so the best time to visit depends on what type of weather you’re looking for. If you want to experience the country at its busiest, then plan your trip for December to April. This is peak season, and Belize hosts many visitors from North America and Europe. The weather is also quite pleasant during this time of year, with average temperatures ranging from 75-85 degrees Fahrenheit.

The hurricane season runs from June till November 30th.

I prefer to travel to Belize in June for the Mango fest or for Garifuna settlement day in November.

Safety

During my solo backpacking trip, I felt very safe. Hustling can be intense from time to time, but it is manageable. However, Jamaica has some issues, and robberies do occur. The bigger cities such as Kingston, Montego and Negril are a bit unsafer than the countryside. However, you shouldn’t have any problems if you are a somewhat seasoned traveler.

Internet & Phone

The SIM card is the most cost-effective way to connect your mobile phone in Belize. You can get a 15 BZD (7 USD) from Smart or 22+Bzl(11$) at Digi’s store. Unfortunately, you can’t buy a sim card at the airport.

Tap water in Belize

The water quality in Belize varries greatly.  It’s therefore advisable to bring your Lifestraw along. 

Biggest challenges for the responsible traveler

Eating fish: To protect marine life in Belize, fishing is regulated by seasons to guarantee the species’ time to recover. Therefore, make a point of not eating lobster or conch when not in season!

Conch season runs from October to June. Lobster season is from July to February.

Sunscreen: Protect the unique marine life in Belize, and always wear reef-friendly sunscreen. Check out our guide to coral-safe sunscreens here.

Plastic: Bring your Lifestraw to avoid causing trash by consuming bottled water.

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Packing list Belize

Check out our packing list to prepare for all Belize has to offer. You’ll find anything from clothing to travel gadgets and eco-friendly toiletries.

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Eco-friendly stays in Belize

Unfortunately, eco tourism in Belize is only developing slowly. However, there are still many unique eco-friendly destinations to enjoy.

So, if you’re looking for the best eco tourism option in Belize, here are ten jungle eco lodges you must experience. Each one offers a unique perspective on sustainable tourism and preserving the natural beauty of Belize.

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Places to visit in Belize

A Small Country with a big personality!

San Ignacio, Belize – Wild rivers, Maya ruins &latino vibes

San Ignacio, Belize – Wild rivers, Maya ruins &latino vibes

San Ignacio and its twin town Santa Elena form the heart of the “Cayo” district. While there is a comfortable touristic infrastructure, San Ignacio manages to maintain an authentic and vibrating charm. Contrary to the coastal part of Belize, Spanish is most widely spoken. San Ignacio is surrounded by lush vegetation, fast flowing rivers, Maya ruins, and caves. There are lots to do in this lively little town!

Caye Caulker – backpacking and diving haven

Caye Caulker – backpacking and diving haven

Caye Caulker, Belize’s backpacking hotspot charms it’s visitors with its easy going and fun vibes. It’s an excellent place to get to know Belize. While it is far from representative, it shows you the fun, carefree side of life. Creole, Rastafaris, and travelers perfectly blend. On top of that, Caye Caulker offers several amazing things to do.

Tobacco Caye – Caribbean paradise ?

Tobacco Caye – Caribbean paradise ?

Tobacco Caye is so small in size but holds so much for those who are open to it! It’s an island with a heart and a soul which we hold really dear. On top of that, it is surrounded by some of the most turquoise water you’ll ever see!