Thinking of coming to Belize for a visit, but not sure what to expect? Here is some information you might find helpful. Belize is best known for its world class snorkeling and diving destination. Belize also offers spectacular natural attractions and the authenticity of a genuine Caribbean getaway. Nestled between Mexico and Guatemala on the Caribbean coast of Central America, Belize is one of the few remaining unspoiled places on earth.
Offshore, Belize offers the longest barrier reef in this hemisphere. It is also home to the Great Blue Hole, as well as hundreds of islands as well as snorkel and dive locations. On land, Belize has hundreds of ancient Maya sites both excavated and jungle-covered. Belize has lush tropical rainforests with many bird species. Also exotic tropical flora and fauna.
If you’re looking for an adventurous vacation, Belize has it all. You can experience adrenaline-charged zip-lining through jungle canopies. Explore a mysterious cave or Mayan ruins. You may enjoy lazily canoeing down a peaceful jungle river observing nature may be more your pace. Marine adventures are suited for all ages and activity levels. Fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling, wind or kite surfing, para-sailing or cruising on a catamaran. The breathtaking colors of the Caribbean waters are an invitation to immerse yourself in nature for a safe and enjoyable adventure.
Belize’s history from ancient Maya to recent events are presented in museums, galleries and visitor centers. Street-side stalls, offer insight into the friendly Belizeans you will meet. Belize’s varied cultures, love of music and many holidays and celebrations give ample opportunity to relax your inhibitions.
Belize is known for its simple yet flavorful cuisine. Most meals include rice, beans, and peppers — the hotter, the better. The menus also include fresh seafood and fresh fruits and vegetables from local markets.
El Fogon, in San Pedro, features a menu dedicated to the home-style cooking of Belizean Creole and mestizo food. The delicious food is prepared in an open-fire hearth.
For breakfast, try The Coffee Bar which serves an assortment of hot and iced coffee drinks, teas, power smoothies, and home-made pastries.
For more upscale dining, the Blue Water Grill, in San Pedro, offers a mouthwatering blend of Caribbean cuisine, Seafood, and Sushi in an elegant beachfront setting.
Travel to Belize
The Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport in Ladyville is about 10 miles from Belize City. American, United, Delta, US Airways, Copa, Southwest airlines service Belize. The flights arrive from Miami, Houston, Los Angeles, and New Orleans. The best way to get from the airport is by taxi; although an airport bus service exists, it is infrequent and unreliable. Once in Belize City, arrangements can be made for a car rental or other transportation options. Belize City Airport also offers regional service to other cities in the country. This includes. Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.
Weather in Belize
Belize has a tropical climate with pronounced wet and dry seasons, although there are significant variations in weather patterns by region. Temperatures vary according to elevation, proximity to the coast, and the moderating effects of the northeast trade winds off the Caribbean. Average temperatures in the coastal regions range from 75º in January to 81º in July. Temperatures are slightly higher inland. The exception would be the southern highland plateaus. The Mountain Pine Ridge area is noticeably cooler year round. Overall, the seasons are marked more by differences in humidity and rainfall than in temperature.
Average rainfall varies considerably, ranging from 53 inches in the north and west to over 177 inches in the extreme south. The dry season is shorter in the south, normally only lasting from February to April. A shorter, less rainy period, known locally as the “little dry,” usually occurs in late July or August, after the initial onset of the rainy season.
When Should You Travel to Belize?
The busier time of the year for travelers to Belize is November to May, which are the winter months of the Northern Hemisphere. Still, many visitors prefer the more quiet days of the summer months from June to October for their vacation in Belize. Both times of the year have their own unique attractions and the choice of when to visit is totally up to you, your budget and the adventure you crave.