Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala, the exotic country of Belize offers something for everyone. With its location so close to the United States, it's amazing the people of Belize aren't phased by the chaos and frantic lifestyle typically associated with the U.S. In fact, Belize is so laid-back, it's hard not to relax in this eco-friendly paradise. When you book a flight to Belize, you’ll see that almost half the country has been preserved as nature parks and reserves and if that doesn't provide a certain level of zen, the 174 miles of coastline and pristine beaches certainly will.
U.S. travelers booking flights to Belize will likely have to transfer planes in one of the closer cities such as Houston or Miami. Belize does have its own local airline so travelers booking Belize flights and needing a transfer will likely be placed on a local charter Belize flight. No matter where you fly in from, travelers booking Belize flights should pack extra scuba-diving and snorkeling gear. This tiny country is famous for its underwater reefs and caves. Take a deep breath and plan a relaxing vacation to Belize.
Belize has a temperate climate with two seasons. The rainy season lasts from June to November with rainfall averaging 60 inches in the north and 160 inches in the south. The coastal regions average temperatures of 81 F, but it cools down much more in the hills with an average temperature of 69 F.
Best Time to Fly to Belize
Most visitors arrive during the dry season, from November to May. Book Belize flights and accommodations ahead of time and make sure to secure your space on popular tours around the country.
Rainy season is from May to November. However, you will also see discounts on hotel prices and find cheap flights to Belize, so this can be an excellent time to visit.
Getting around Belize
The easiest way to travel the country is by plane. There are four charter services in the country offering domestic Belize flights and many airports.
There are no trains at all, so the only other option is traveling by road. Buses are used by most Belizeans and available on all the main roads. Buses will stop to pick up passengers along the journey.
Renting a car is possible. The minimum age for rental is 25. To travel anywhere off the beaten track, a private car is essential.
The following chart gives approximate journey times fromBelize City
(in hours and minutes) to other major cities and towns in the country.
|San Pedro, Ambergris||0.15||-||1.30|
Belize Travel Information
- One of the most popular destinations in Belize City is its zoo. The zoo predominantly has animals native to the country, including tapirs, pumas and howler monkeys.
- Caye Caulker is popular with tourists on a budget. The small coral island is just five miles long by one mile wide, but it has an abundance of beautiful beaches and a reef. The Split, a small channel running down the middle of the island, is a great place to relax, sunbathe, get a bite to eat or watch the world go by. Created when Hurricane Hattie ripped through the island, the Split has been enlarged by locals so it is now big enough for boats to pass through.
- Even if you’re not a diver, it is worth taking a snorkeling trip from Caye Caulker. The water is incredibly clear and you have the chance of seeing dolphins, sting rays and nurse sharks. Either hire a snorkel and potter about on your own or join an organized tour. The tours can last from three hours to a full day, and, of course, the leaders know the best places to go to spot wildlife.
- One of the most stunning sights in Belize is the “Blue Hole”, a perfectly circular hole in the sea, more than 1,000 feet deep and 400ft across. Inside the hole is a cave system popular with divers that is home to sponges, barracuda and angel fish.
- There are archaeological remains from the Maya period throughout the country, an estimated thousand ruins in all. One of the most impressive is Lamanai, within its own nature reserve. You can reach the area in about an hour from Belize City. Combine a visit to the ruins with a boat trip along the New River.