Located in Central America, this small diverse country is packed with culture and adventure. On one side of the country is the Jungle; where the trees are thick, filled with exotic birds, citrus farms and lightly touched hiking trails and the other side stamped with one of the largest reefs in the world.
The other footsteps in the Caribbean Sea, the blue canvas water is filled with hundreds of white sand Cayes (pronounced “key”, this is a low elevated sandy island on a reef).
The reef is considered the second largest in the world, with many dive and snorkel opportunities. Despite the size, Belize has a variety of diverse and approachable travel experiences for everyone in the family, at an affordable price. Truly an immersive experience, the locals want you to enjoy and learn their organic culture.
LITTLE KNOW FACTS
- Belize first gained their independence in 1981 – was originally known as “British Honduras”
- Culturally diverse – English is the official language
- History junkie? Ruins and remote structures: Caracol Mayan Ruins, Xunantunich Mayan Ruins
- Traditional Garifuna drumming and Punta dancing
- Conch and Lobster are seasonal, but very much enjoyed by the locals
- Best time to see Whale sharks begins about 2 days before the full moon up until 10 days after in the months of March, April, May, and June
- Belikin is the Belize brewed beer and Tiburon is the native rum
- Belize is filled with what is known as a “Caye” is a small, low-elevation, sandy island on the surface of a coral reef. There are many you can visit in the area!
1. FLY OVER THE GREAT BLUE HOLE WITH TROPIC AIR OR MAYA AIR
Cheaper to charter a flight, but you can also ride in a helicopter. Primarily this guided tour runs Tuesdays and Thursdays.
2. HIKE TO THE CEREMONIAL CAVE IN BEL MO PAN
This adventure is still untouched by tourists, a beautiful hike through the jungle ascending up to the cave.
3. TOUR CAYE CAULKER AND SAN PEDRO ON GOLF CARTS
The main source of transportation in these villages is by golf car. Take it beach or bar hop!
4. TAKE YOUR GOLF CART TO SECRET BEACH IN SAN PEDRO
“Secret Beach” located north of the inner town. A stretch of water you can walk out from the beach for football fields long. Beach bars surrounding you and also a company call JetSurf that allows you to ride motorized surfboards (highly recommended).
5. VISIT THE MAYAN RUINS
Caracol, Xuanantunich, Altun Ha
6. FISH WITH A LOCAL GUIDE AT RAMONES IN SAN PEDRO
Ask for the guide Omaro, he and his nephew have been guiding the reef waters of Belize for 38 years. Guaranteed catch. We caught many types of fish and at the end of the day, they filleted them on the dock for us to eat that night! Incredible experience.
7. SNORKEL/DIVE SOME OF THE BEST BELIZE CAYES
There are many Cayes in the area, some of our favorites; Silk Cayes, Gladden Spit, Lighthouse Reef, Laughing Bird. Enjoy lunch on the island in a larger package.
8. ST.HERMANS BLUE HOLD ADVENTURE
Enjoy a hike and a swim in the azure waters deep in the jungle in the capital city of Belmopan
9. SWIM WITH WHALE SHARKS
Belize is known for its water being populated with Whale Sharks and there are many tour operators that offer guides during peak season. Experts say peak season is “about 2 days before the full moon up until 10 days after in the months of March, April, May, and June.” Locals say the best months are typically April and May.
Sleeping Giant – Bel Mo Pan
Naja – Placencia
Chabil Mar – Placencia
This is a true Belizean way of lodging, each room has its unique feel, with art, wood carvings, soap, etc. all made by locals. This by far was our favorite place to stay after all things considered.
Everything from their spectacular food menu to their service, Chabil Mar and their manager Chris is a class act! A very quaint, authentic place to stay with a perfect location outside of the town, just a quick bike/golf cart ride away. Everything within the resort is close yet private.
You can have a drink at the pool, yet not too far from your room to go back to grab what you forgot (this is an example, yet quintessential part of your stay). Their team truly makes you feel right at home!
Chabil Mar is your #1 place to stay when in Placencia!
Grand Caribe – San Pedro
Family-style resort. If you are looking for a place to stay that provides you with simple rooms overlooking the pool, this is your place. Outside the town of San Pedro, about 12 minutes on a golf cart. There are multiple room variations but they all offer you space and accommodations you need.
The Ramones – San Pedro
Authentically styled hotel, very quaint and steps from the beach. This hotel is located in the heart of San Pedro. If you are looking for an immersive experience, this is your place. With a very unique style, The Ramones gives you everything you need to fully explore the culture and interact with the locals. Belize being very popular for their diving, the Ramones is the right next to the shop and all guided tours/excursions.
1. Wendys – not the chain “Wendys”
2. La Dolce Vita – Italian
3. Turtle Inn – food and drinks
4. Barefoot Bar – drinks
5. Tipsy Tuna – drinks
San Pedro Restaurants/Bars
1. El Fogon – Authentic Cuisine
2. Blue Water Grill
3. The Baker – Breakfast
4. Wayos – drinks
Big Bug Spray
Cash -> small bills
When traveling on hopper planes through Tropic Air (main airline in Belize): sit on the left side of the plane for ocean view -> Belize City going SOUTH-
Sit on the right side for ocean view -> Belize City going NORTH **Ask boarding agent to sit in the cockpit as co-pilot before boarding**
Explore the Belizean Jungle