A travel guide to Belize


| June 9, 2020

A travel guide to Belize

Things to do in Belize include jungle walks, uncovering Mayan temples, experiencing superb snorkelling and visiting isolated island retreats.

A former British colony with English as an official language, Belize is a tiny tropical paradise situated between Mexico and Guatemala. The interior contains large areas of protected forests and mountains, with diverse wildlife, rivers, cave systems and Mayan archaeological sites. The Caribbean coastline features white sandy beaches, small cayes and the second largest barrier reef in the world.

For ease, we have split the areas and their attractions into area below:

Western

The Cayo District
The Cayo district is located in western Belize, near the border with Guatemala, and encompasses lush subtropical forests and the Maya mountains. Here, the rainforest is home to howler monkeys, armadillos and superb birdlife. Within this area, the Mountain Pine Ridge forests spread over an area dotted with waterfalls and caves. Stay in a lodge and explore the region by hiking, horse riding, cycling, and canoeing, or visit Mayan ruins such as Caracol.

Northern Belize
Northern Belize is home to the Orange Walk district and is known for its areas of dense jungle. Highlights include the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, home to hundreds of waterbirds, and the Mayan sites of Lamanai and Altun Ha. This is one of the country’s great birdwatching destinations, with more than 400 bird species located here, as well as jaguars and pumas. Stay at the remote and stylish Chan Chich Lodge, located in a 500-square-kilometre reserve.

Southern Belize
The less-visited Toledo district in the far south is reached by a flight to the coastal town of Punta Gorda, with its strong Garifuna culture. The area offers well-preserved rainforests, rivers, mangroves and coastal nature reserves, all with opportunities for birding and wildlife spotting. Activities include hiking, boat trips, snorkelling and visits to local Mayan villages.

Caribbean Coast

Beaches of Belize
Ambergris Caye is located off the coast of Belize, running parallel to the coral reef. Stay at a property outside the town of San Pedro and snorkel around the clear blue waters alongside hundreds of colourful tropical fish. On the south coast of the mainland, hotels near villages such as Placencia and Hopkins are also ideal for relaxation and snorkelling.

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