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Driving in Belize

Driving in Belize is an adventure that may test you, depending on where you’re heading. You can rent a car at the Belize International Airport. Several car rental companies can be found right in the parking lot of the airport. Be sure to get a map of Belize and directions from your hotel to wherever you are going. Know that no matter how good the directions may seem, there will probably be a fair amount of guessing and hoping that you are on the correct road. Just look at it as part of the adventure, because it is. While there are signs directing you from town to town, the signs are few and far between and you may go several miles wondering if you are still on the right track. Again, the journey is part of the destination. If you get lost, one of the locals will be happy to point you in the right direction.

If you’re renting a car, be sure to get a sturdy 4x4 as the roads here are bumpy. We also advise that you only drive during the day...finding yourself on a very dark, very bumpy, very long and twisty road during the night is not a good idea. Besides, wouldn’t you rather be relaxing at night?

Also, you'll notice speed bumps and lots of them. We use speed bumps as opposed to stoplights in many areas. You really have to slow down when approaching them. They're frequent, but it gives you the opportunity to slow down and see a little bit more of the country, and you can probably buy a tasty treat from one of the local vendors.

It’s not all bumps here. There are three paved highways running through Belize that can get you where you need to go. They are: the Phillip Goldson Highway, which runs between the Mexican border and Belize City; the George Price Highway, running between. Belize City to the border of Guatemala; and the Hummingbird Highway which leads to southern Belize.

Activities

Don't just see the wonder of Belize, Experience it.

The open trail is waiting for you.

As intimidating as some of our trails may look on a map, don’t worry. Most are designed in loops so you easily return to your starting point. Some trails are self-guided, some require the expertise of...

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Grab your oar and get out there.

Whether you’re a beginner at canoeing or really know your way around a boat, we have the waterways for any paddling traveler. Tour companies and jungle lodges also cater to canoe travelers, with some...

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Dive right in

Divers from all over the world come to Belize for a diving experience unlike anywhere else. We’re home to the largest barrier reef in the Northern Hemisphere and three of four coral atolls in the...

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Attractions

Put these sites on your list, you won't regret it.

Cultural Heritage Trail Tour

Walk through the old Benque and get to know the ancient Mayan, which lived here more than 2000 years ago. The tour leads through parts of the rainforest where you can see the river Mopan. You will...

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

As translated in Maya as "Little Channel," the Hol Chan Marine Reserve refers to the deep cut or "quebrada" in the barrier reef off Ambergris Caye. This protected zone encompasses a total of 13,632...

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Glover's Reef

Glover’s Reef Atoll Marine Reserve is located in the southernmost region of Belize and is one of the most spectacular marine biodiversity not only for Belize but in the region. Encompassing 35...

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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Northern Belize in 72 Hours

As more eager travelers arrive to see the Great Blue Hole (among other things) for themselves, they’re often immediately whisked away to the sunny North Islands or to adventurous Western Belize. North...

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A Day at South Water Caye

After a 40-minute boat ride from Hopkins, a cluster of bright green palm trees starts to materialize over the horizon, followed by small wooden cabanas and a dock that welcomes us lucky ones. “It’s...

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(Re)-Discovering the Deep Blue

Just when you think the Great Blue Hole could not instill any more fascination, ocean explorers are determined to find what lies at the very bottom this fall. You know it from the travel brochures,...

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Events

International Costa Maya Festival 2018  | 1

International Costa Maya Festival 2018

By now Belize is known for its umpteen festivals – food, culture, you name it – and the International Costa Maya Festival is no doubt the highlight of the country’s “La Isla Bonita.” Otherwise known...

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Taste of Belize 2018 | 1

Taste of Belize 2018 features best of Belizean Cuisine

Belize continues to thrive in the culinary scene and those dabbing in the art of gastronomy are now able to witness up front nouvelle Belizean cuisine. Taste of Belize, held every two years, is a...

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Placencia Lobster Fest 2018 | 1

Placencia Lobster Fest reels in the masses

For 18 savory years, the not-so-lowly lobster has graced our palates in extravagant ways at every annual Lobster Fest held in Placencia. Spanning three days, this food festival has only grown over the...

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