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Why Belize is perfect for bleisure travel

By now the established – albeit cringe-y – portmanteau “bleisure” has made its rounds in the travel industry for a couple of years now. “Bleisure,” a hybrid of business and leisure travel, has been on...

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What's Forest Bathing? | Embracing the Belize Rainforest

Early this year articles popped up everywhere about an intriguing Japanese concept known as forest bathing. But what exactly is it? Shinrin-yoku, shinrin meaning “forest” and yoku meaning “bath,” is...

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Belize Turns 37 – September Celebrations

Oh, Belize – the country that has made the word fête a verb. Known to be a vivacious people, we take our country’s birthday quite seriously. Independence Day is technically September 21, but the...

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Is Traveling in the Low Season Actually Worth it?

In the early 2010s, you used to hear all about low season and its benefits, but now all the buzz is around “shoulder season.” Sure, traveling at the end of low season and beginning of high season can...

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Know Before You Go | 8 Kriol Phrases

Whether landing at the international airport or docking at the cruise port in Belize City, you’ll be greeted with a motley of languages the further you venture into the country. One of these languages...

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6 Cayes that aren’t Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye

Locals and travelers alike swoon when they cross the bridge onto San Pedro sand or are greeted by the “Go Slow” diamond tile on Caye Caulker’s dock. While they have reason to walk a little lighter and...

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9 Mystical Caves to Explore in Belize

Thighs burning from the hike, your headlamp bounces off the moist rocky walls before illuminating a centuries-old Maya skeleton, undisturbed on the cave floor. Your sense of awe expands as you...

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Best Diving Spots in Belize

Through umpteen publications, time and time again Belize has been named a must-do for diving enthusiasts. Those who get their fix from trailing giant manta rays or observing graceful whale sharks will...

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Why Belize is the Ultimate Ecotourism Destination

Central & South America on a whole are known for the arresting greenery blanketing most of the continent. Belize, having the privilege of being both in Central America and the Caribbean, gets to...

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8 Cheap or Free Things to do in Belize

Despite its modest size, Belize is teeming with things to do and for every type of traveler. Whether your itinerary is in dire need of relaxation spots, or selfies with a jaguar is in your bucket list...

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Belize International Yoga Festival 2018

From looming Maya sites and rolling mountains, to silk-sand islets and rainforest canopies, any surface in Belize can serve as your yoga mat. To celebrate the versatility of practicing yoga in the...

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Romantic things to do | Honeymooning in Belize

After tying the knot in Belize, it only makes sense to continue reveling in the tropical paradise for your honeymoon. As you plan your romantic trip to Belize, here are a few things to add to your...

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Belize Barrier Reef removed from UNESCO Danger List

Good things come to those who wait, and who work tirelessly to preserve the wonderful life on this Earth. The people of Belize did both, and their efforts were recognized after nine years of working...

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8 Things You Can’t Miss | The Ultimate Belize Bucket List

It’s no secret many adventure travelers flock to Belize because of our famed Great Blue Hole; knocking off a World Heritage Site off your bucket list is an indescribable feeling. Luckily, while you’re...

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4 Things Travel Sites Won't Tell You About Belize

So you’ve finally gotten that PTO and researched your summer destination until you knew it like the back of your hand. Scouring travel forums for days and researching so thoroughly, you have no doubt...

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Mango Festival 2018 | Celebrate the fruit in all its forms

Diced, sliced, on a stick, or straight off the tree, there are so many ways to devour the (unofficial) fruit of Belize: Mango! You know us for throwing nutty festivals, sweet festivals, and fishy ones...

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Why Belize is Perfect for Your Babymoon

Whether you’re expecting your first, second or fifth bundle of joy, we can all agree pregnancy is no vacation. But that doesn’t mean you can’t take one! Babymooning deserves as much hype as honeymooni...

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5 Facts About Belize that May Surprise You

Despite its tiny size, Belize has a plethora of big surprises that delight travelers time and time again. Whether unearthing a historical fact or figuring out why we are obsessed with weird animals,...

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5 Must-Dos in Southern Belize

We’ve taken a look at the North’s Must-Dos, so its only fair we plunge into all things south. Venturing five hours south of the airport, travelers will encounter not only different topography, but a...

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Fly-fishing in Belize Ambergris Caye

Shin-deep in muddy seaweed, a Panasonic camcorder perched on my right shoulder and GoPro hanging off the left, I waded after the fly-angler. My warm exhale greeted me back under my fishing buff; baby...

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185-Mile National Monument

The Belize Barrier Reef

The Belize Barrier Reef sits just miles off the coast of Belize and is part of the larger Mesoamerican Barrier Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Home to hundreds of species of coral and fish, it is a hot spot for divers, snorkelers and biologists from all over the world.

For 185 miles, explore all that the reef has to offer, including swimming with whale sharks near the Placencia coast, diving deep into the Great Blue Hole and snorkeling off more than 400 white sandy islands that surround the reef.


snorkling
500 Species of Fish Found On The Reef
Belize Barrier Reef

Activities

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

Get to know our feathered friends.

Over 500 species of feathered friends call Belize home from time to time. Some of the best places to see migrant and resident water birds are Crooked Tree and the seashores of Belize.

Like everything...

Learn More

Travelers, mount up.

In fact, some of our most beautiful places can only be accessed on foot or hoof.

Horseback riding tours can be arranged through many resorts or tour operators. Popular tours travel through the jungles...

Learn More

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...

Learn More
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Attractions

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

Bacalar Chico

Discover Bacalar Chico, an established reserve since 1996, which forms one (1) of seven (7) reserve zones  that make up Belize’s World Heritage Site. There are plenty of activities for the adventurous...

Learn More

Marco Gonzales

The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site is located in Ambergris Caye. It was once a Maya trading post with 20,000 inhabitants, and many Maya fishing artifacts can be found here. The site is now open to the...

Learn More

Emerald Forest Reef

Emerald Forest Reef is a novice diver’s paradise, well known for its somewhat shallow attractions and spectacular Elkhorn coral formation, which is one of the best in the world!

Snorkeling and diving...

Learn More
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Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Why Belize is perfect for bleisure travel

By now the established – albeit cringe-y – portmanteau “bleisure” has made its rounds in the travel industry for a couple of years now. “Bleisure,” a hybrid of business and leisure travel, has been on...

Keep Reading

What's Forest Bathing? | Embracing the Belize Rainforest

Early this year articles popped up everywhere about an intriguing Japanese concept known as forest bathing. But what exactly is it? Shinrin-yoku, shinrin meaning “forest” and yoku meaning “bath,” is...

Keep Reading

Belize Turns 37 – September Celebrations

Oh, Belize – the country that has made the word fête a verb. Known to be a vivacious people, we take our country’s birthday quite seriously. Independence Day is technically September 21, but the...

Keep Reading
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Local

Events

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 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...

Learn More

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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Something For Everyone

Suggested Itineraries

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Travel Agent

Need some help planning your trip? A Belize Travel Agent Specialist is a great resource to help plan your adventure. Whether you want to catch some sun on a private caye or explore ancient Maya temples (or both!), your travel agent can help plan a trip that checks all the boxes. 

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Many Rhythms, One Heartbeat

Belizean Culture

Our small country isn’t defined by one culture, but a unique blend of influences from all over the world. It’s this blend that gives the people of Belize the distinct ability to make anyone feel welcome. While you may be far from it when you visit, we’ll make you feel right at home. From cuisine to language to dancing, explore the cultures and traditions that make Belize so unique.

Creole man
Rice & Beans is a different dish than Beans & Rice
Creole woman

Popular Creole dishes are universally enjoyed throughout Belize and include Rice and Beans, Beans and Rice (yes, they are two different dishes), Stew Chicken and Salad, and “Boil Up.”

The Creole culture makes up 24% of the Belize population.
Creole man wearing hat

The Kriol language is best described as a broken English dialect that is understood (mostly) and spoken by all cultures in Belize.

mestizo women
The Mestizo make up 48% of the Belize population
mestizo woman red flower

As documentations indicate, a Spanish sailor named Gonzalo Guerrero had shipwrecked off the coast of Belize shortly after the New World discovery. It was this arrival that eventually sparked a new friendship between the Maya Ruler, Nachanhan, and Guerrero. Eventually, this Spanish ally married Nachanhan’s daughter and their children were seen as the first Mestizo of Belize.

The Mestizo are people of mixed Spanish and Maya descent
metizo women dancing

With the blending of these cultures came a fusion of traditions, practices and foods, unique to Belize. Take a trip to the North to immerse yourself in this foodie-haven and celebrate the many festivities held annually to celebrate Mestizo culture.

Garifuna drummers
The Garifuna created punta: a hypnotic drumbeat music.
Garifuna drummers

November 19 commemorates the arrival in 1823 of the Garifuna (descendants of Carib, Arawak and West African people) and their contribution to the Belizean landscape. In 2001, UNESCO proclaimed the Garifuna language, music and dance to be among the masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Garifuna Settlement Day is celebrated on November 19.
Garifuna drum building

With festivals throughout the year, it’s impossible not to experience the warm and vibrant Garifuna culture during your visit to Belize.

Maya woman working
The Maya culture began as early as 1500 BC

Maya fire pit

Maya culture is still alive and well in Belize. Today, you can tour authentic sites left by this great culture and, in many cases, be guided through these sites by a direct descendant―a modern-day Maya. In many cities, you can also find Maya cuisine and festivals celebrating this ancient civilization.

Maya population in Belize reached 1 million in 250 AD
Maya woman at table

To explore Maya sites in Belize, check with your hotel or local tour operators throughout the country to see what ancient Maya temples are open for exploration. And if you get the chance, be sure to speak with contemporary Maya families. They will be happy to tell you about their culture and share stories that have been passed down through generations.

Activities

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

Get to know our feathered friends.

Over 500 species of feathered friends call Belize home from time to time. Some of the best places to see migrant and resident water birds are Crooked Tree and the seashores of Belize.

Like everything...

Learn More

Travelers, mount up.

In fact, some of our most beautiful places can only be accessed on foot or hoof.

Horseback riding tours can be arranged through many resorts or tour operators. Popular tours travel through the jungles...

Learn More

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...

Learn More
View All Activities

Attractions

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

Bacalar Chico

Discover Bacalar Chico, an established reserve since 1996, which forms one (1) of seven (7) reserve zones  that make up Belize’s World Heritage Site. There are plenty of activities for the adventurous...

Learn More

Marco Gonzales

The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site is located in Ambergris Caye. It was once a Maya trading post with 20,000 inhabitants, and many Maya fishing artifacts can be found here. The site is now open to the...

Learn More

Emerald Forest Reef

Emerald Forest Reef is a novice diver’s paradise, well known for its somewhat shallow attractions and spectacular Elkhorn coral formation, which is one of the best in the world!

Snorkeling and diving...

Learn More
View All Attractions

Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Why Belize is perfect for bleisure travel

By now the established – albeit cringe-y – portmanteau “bleisure” has made its rounds in the travel industry for a couple of years now. “Bleisure,” a hybrid of business and leisure travel, has been on...

Keep Reading

What's Forest Bathing? | Embracing the Belize Rainforest

Early this year articles popped up everywhere about an intriguing Japanese concept known as forest bathing. But what exactly is it? Shinrin-yoku, shinrin meaning “forest” and yoku meaning “bath,” is...

Keep Reading

Belize Turns 37 – September Celebrations

Oh, Belize – the country that has made the word fête a verb. Known to be a vivacious people, we take our country’s birthday quite seriously. Independence Day is technically September 21, but the...

Keep Reading
View All Blog Articles

Local

Events

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More
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Easy to get to. Hard to leave.

Getting Here

Escaping to Belize is easy with direct flights out of many major city hubs. With most major airlines making trips daily, it’s easier than ever to get in, out, and all around Belize.

plane cockpit
BZE: Belize City airport code
coastline and boat

Cruise Passengers


While one day is never enough to take it all in, you can still see and do quite a bit during your short visit because we’re a small country.

400,000: Number of overnight visitors in 2017
plane landing

Book a day trip, drink in the culture or do some shopping at one of the many markets.

Airlines and

With daily flights from many cities across North America, getting here is easier than you would imagine.

Air Canada

Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Flight Time: 3 hours, 5 minutes

For more information, visit www.aircanada.com

American, US Airways

Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Flight Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes
Dallas, TX (DFW)
Flight Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
Miami, FL (MIA)
Flight Time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Flight Time: 3 hours, 24 minutes

For more information, visit www.aa.com or www.usairways.com

Avianca

San Salvador, El Salvador (SAL)
Flight Time: 1 hour

For more information, visit nuevaexperiencia.avianca.com

Copa Airlines

Panama, PA (PTY)
Flight Time: 2 hours, 22 minutes

For more information, visit www.copaair.com

Delta Air Lines

Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Flight Time: 3 hours, 11 minutes
Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
Flight Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes

For more information, visit www.delta.com

Southwest Airlines

Houston, TX (HOU)
Flight Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes
Denver, CO (DEN)
Flight Time: 4 hours
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Flight Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

For more information, visit www.southwest.com

Tropic Air

Cancun, Mexico (CUN)
Flight Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes
Flores, Guatemala (FRS)
Flight Time: 45 minutes
Honduras (RTB)
Flight Time: 55 minutes
San Pedro Sula, Honduras (SAP)
Flight Time: 1 hour
Merida, Mexico (MID)
Flight Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

For more information, visit www.tropicair.com

United Airlines

Chicago, IL (ORD)
Flight Time: 4 hours, 15 minutes
Houston, TX (IAH)
Flight Time: 2 hours, 29 minutes
Newark, NJ (EWR)
Flight Time: 6 hours, 25 minutes

For more information, visit www.united.com

WestJet

Toronto, CA (YYZ)
Flight Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes

For more information, visit www.westjet.com

Talk to a

Travel Agent

Need some help planning your trip? A Belize Travel Agent Specialist is a great resource to help plan your adventure. Whether you want to catch some sun on a private caye or explore ancient Maya temples (or both!), your travel agent can help plan a trip that checks all the boxes. 

Find an agent

Traveling Here

Helpful Information

Visas & Immigration

Have your papers in order, friends. It’s easy getting to and traveling throughout Belize with the right documents in hand.
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Travel Agents

No one knows this country better than the people who live here. Let a Travel Agent Specialist help answer some questions and help you prepare.
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Cruise

Depending on how long your ship is docked, there’s so much you can do in a short amount of time. Make the most of it!
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Small Country, Big Adventure

Do & See

Attractions

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

Bacalar Chico

Discover Bacalar Chico, an established reserve since 1996, which forms one (1) of seven (7) reserve zones  that make up Belize’s World Heritage Site. There are plenty of activities for the adventurous...

Learn More

Marco Gonzales

The Marco Gonzalez Maya Site is located in Ambergris Caye. It was once a Maya trading post with 20,000 inhabitants, and many Maya fishing artifacts can be found here. The site is now open to the...

Learn More

Emerald Forest Reef

Emerald Forest Reef is a novice diver’s paradise, well known for its somewhat shallow attractions and spectacular Elkhorn coral formation, which is one of the best in the world!

Snorkeling and diving...

Learn More
View All Attractions

Perspective

Your curated guide to Belize

Why Belize is perfect for bleisure travel

By now the established – albeit cringe-y – portmanteau “bleisure” has made its rounds in the travel industry for a couple of years now. “Bleisure,” a hybrid of business and leisure travel, has been on...

Keep Reading

What's Forest Bathing? | Embracing the Belize Rainforest

Early this year articles popped up everywhere about an intriguing Japanese concept known as forest bathing. But what exactly is it? Shinrin-yoku, shinrin meaning “forest” and yoku meaning “bath,” is...

Keep Reading

Belize Turns 37 – September Celebrations

Oh, Belize – the country that has made the word fête a verb. Known to be a vivacious people, we take our country’s birthday quite seriously. Independence Day is technically September 21, but the...

Keep Reading
View All Blog Articles

Local

Events

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More

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...

Learn More
View All Events
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