Belize is most notably famous for it’s idyllic beaches, crystalline waters and scuba diving the northern hemisphere’s largest barrier reef. Here you will find some of the world’s most impressive dive sites including the giant sea cave, the Blue Hole. Dotted along the coastline are little islands, called cayes, which are small tropical oases, housing little luxury hotels and offering a myriad of activities including fishing, kayaking, sailing, scuba diving and snorkelling.
If you look beyond the coast and head west, you’ll find a country
covered in ramshackle colonial towns, tropical forest, national parks and Mayan archaeological sites, all offering adventures such as cave tubing, riding, hiking and river explorations.
The mainland coastline towards the south of Belize is home to Placencia, with its fine beaches, barrier reef and Garifuna community attracting the laid back tourist who may be looking to while away the hours in a hammock. If you travel here in March, you may have an opportunity to swim with a whale shark.
WHEN TO GO: It is hot all year round. The cooler months are between November and January. Best months to travel are from January to June during the drier months. It can rain any time of year. Hurricanes tend to hit between June and November.
WHO FOR: A perfect destination for beach lovers who enjoy snorkelling, scuba diving or fishing and fancy a bit of a tropical jungle adventure on the side. The afro-caribbean air about Belize gives it a slow and laid back vibe. The lodges and hotels ooze character and charm making Belize a top choice in Central America. The food is simple… a typical dish might be fresh fish, rice and beans.
TYPE OF HOLIDAY: Honeymoon, Family, Jungle Adventure, Scuba Diving.
CURRENCY: Belize Dollar
FLIGHT TIME: 12 hrs (in-direct from London, overnight in Miami)
VISA: Not needed for UK passport holders
TIME DIFFERENCE: GMT – 6 hours
COMBINES WELL WITH: Guatemala and Mexico