With a coast along the Caribbean Sea, jungle with lots of wildlife on the border to Guatemala and several mystical Maya ruins; the country offers lazy days in the sun as well as lots of great adventure.
When to visit Belize
Belize is hot and humid all year around. The high season for tourists is from December to April and from June to August. The best period of time traveling to Belize, considering the climate, is probably between November and May.
However if you travel there in the months of July and November you’ll probably get lower costs and find it easier to find hotels.
Getting to Belize
Belize can be reached from the rest of the world by several airlines. You’ll be arriving at the international airport in Belize City.
If you are arriving from in one of the neighboring countries you can get to Belize by bus from Chetumal in Mexico or from Mencos in Guatemala.
It can also be reached by boat from Puerto Barrios or Livingston in Guatemala and from Puerto Cortés in Honduras. When leaving Belize you have to pay a visitor tax at the border.
When going to Belize by air you arrive at the international airport in Belize City.
Philip Goldson International Airport
Airport Code: BZE
» Philip Goldson International Airport website
If you are in any of the neighboring countries, you can get to Belize by bus from Chetumal in Mexico or Mencos in Guatemala.
It can also be reached by boat from Puerto Barrios or Livingston in Guatemala, or from Puerto Cortés in Honduras.
Getting around Belize
Bus is the most common way to travel when in Belize. It’s also the cheapest way to travel. The buses runs quite Regularly. No reservations are required, but often recommended at some routes as the buses often fills up quickly.
If you’re over 25 years old and have your driver’s license you can rent a car in Belize City.
Domestic flights are also available for those who prefer that mean of transportation. There are a few domestic airports for small aircrafts.
Tropic Air: Belize International, Belize Municipal, Amber Gris Caye, Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel, Corozal, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Flores (Guatemala)
» Tropic Air website
Maya Island Air, Island Air: Belize International, Belize Municipal, Amber Gris Caye, Caye Caulker, Corozal
» Maya Island Air website
Citizens from USA, and the European Union do not require visas, but must be able to show the customs a return ticket.
Sightseeing in Belize
Lamanai is one of the most impressive sites to experience Mayatemples in Belize. Here’s a 111.5 feet high building, a small temple and a ball court. A museum with flint stones, pottery and jewelry are also available here. During your visit to Lamanai you’ll probably hear the howler monkey and see the black orchid which is the national flower of Belize.
You can get to Lamanai by car or bus (58 km from Orange Walk), by air or by boat. Going by boat on the river is a special experience in itself, travelling trough the nature of the northern parts of the country.
In Lamanai you can stay in guest houses or at a jungle Lodge.
Caracol is the most famous Mayan temple in Belize. It can be difficult to access during rainy season. It takes approximately three hours by car from San Ignacio and it’s a very beautiful drive. Once you get there you’ll be welcomed by guides who want to show you around. Some are willing to guide you for free but expect some tip, but here are also organized tour guides who are recommended by the Belize Tourism Board.
The big highlight is the Sky-Palace, Caana, with its 141 feet it’s the tallest human-made structure in the countryside.
Getting to Lubaantun may be difficult because there is no public transport to the ruin. You must make arrangements in Punta Gorda Town to be able to get there.
Birds and wildlife
Belize is a small country which has succeeded in protecting its nature and its wildlife. People interested in birds watching will be able to see a wide variety species of birds. Belize offers a few really nice national parks for bird watching such as; Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Silk Grass Creek Road and Mountain Pine Ridge.
Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is situated within the shadows of Maya Mountains at Mile 15 on the Southern Highway in the Stann Creek District. The national park was established in 1984 to protect a large group of jaguars. The Jaguar, however, is rather shy and rarely seen. There are, however, other cats, birds, and of course a beautiful fauna.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is located 30 miles northwest of Belize City. Here you’ll be able to see a lot of different species of birds.
Belize’s barrier reef
Belize’s barrier reef is the longest in the Western Hemisphere at 951 feet. Caulker’s reef is smaller, but still really nice. You get excellent diving, snorkeling and fishing just a short boat ride away from Caye Caulker.
Caye Caulker, a Caribbean island along the Belize coast
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