What to do, when to go, and everything you need to know about your next Belize travel adventure...
Welcome to Belize. Many travelers often think of Belize as a quaint little vacation destination with white sand beaches, turquoise waters, tropical drinks and mini cocktail umbrellas. Much to their surprise, there are caves to explore, sinkholes to dive into, ancient Mayan ruins to climb, rainforests to trek, and the world’s second largest barrier reef to see…
Beach by Beach
This tiny Caribbean nation is made up of beach after endless beach, as far as the eye can see. There are more than 200 islands, or Cayes as the locals call them, and over 230 miles of coastline. Ambergris Caye (pictured above) is the largest of them all. The scene here welcomes sun bums and snow birds from all over the globe looking to escape winter weather. As an added plus, the country’s low population is super appealing to those who want to avoid over-crowded shores.
Aside from the fact that Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world, divers usually travel here with much deeper intentions: The Great Blue Hole. This spot was made famous by Jacques Cousteau in the 1970’s when he declared it one of the top ten dives in the world, and set out on a mission to record his adventure on film. The Great Blue Hole dates back 150,000 years and sits under the surface at about 1,000 feet wide and 400 feet deep filled with caverns and small caves all the way down. If you ask some of the locals, they may tell you that the hole is bottomless or filled with terrifying sea monsters. Today, it’s listed as a National Monument and UNESCO World Heritage Site to ensure it’s protection for years to come.
Ancient Mayan Ruins
Advanced science, mathematics, and organized civilizations… all before the invention of the iPhone? That’s right. Modern technology would crumble in comparison to the ingenuity of Ancient Mayans. When you’re tired of the tides, take a trip inland to an era where architecture was rock solid and buildings were built to last. Which they have. For thousands and thousands of years. Over 1 million Mayans once lived in Belize which makes for several different ruins to explore. The more famous sites include Xunantunich, Altun Ha, Caracol, and Lamanai.
When to Travel
One of the biggest tourist attractions in Belize is the weather. Thanks to the balance between coastal breezes and steamy rainforests, the country never gets too hot or too cold. The rainy season falls between June & August with an average annual temperature of 77°F. Even though the seasons here are mild, travel insurance is still recommended to cover any unforeseen circumstances.
How Much is My Money Worth?
As of November 2015, $1 US dollar converts to almost $2 Belizean dollars. That’s twice the bang for your buck!
(Always subject to change, of course)
Do I Need a Visa?
Depending on your nationality you MAY need a visa to enter Belize. Most tourists are only required to pay a small entry & departure fee. No matter where you’re from, be sure that your passport remains valid for at least 6 months after returning home. Speak with one of our Travel Experts before you book to make sure you have the most up-to-date information.
How Do I Book a Trip?
Easy. Browse our Contiki travel packages to Belize here.