Okay, so you’ve got the itch to travel to somewhere new, somewhere cool, somewhere exotic, or just anywhere that’s different. No problem! Belize is just a short flight from the United States and Canada, and all the biggest airlines now operate non-stop flights to this jewel of a country.
Truth be told, you could grab a last-minute fare and enjoy some Belize travel without any advanced planning and still have a great time. But if you really want to experience all the best stuff in the country, it’s usually best to book your stay around three weeks ahead of time since many Belize resorts offer discounts on advanced bookings.
Our advice is to first head to your favorite online travel aggregator like Expedia or Kayak or Hipmunk and see what’s being offered for a non-stop flight to Belize City (all international flights to Belize land in Belize City). You can also check for fares to Cancun in Mexico, which can be a lot cheaper. There’s a direct bus from Cancun to Belize City as well as connections from Flores in Guatemala.
Once that’s settled, make sure your passport is in order and has at least six months left to go before it’ll expire. After that, your next question is probably, “Where to go in Belize?”
Well, you simply can’t go wrong no matter what you choose. Belize has the largest coral reef system in the Northern Hemisphere, perfect for activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, windsurfing, and sea kayaking. Islands like Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker are great for seafood, too, all of it fresh-caught right from the surrounding Caribbean.
But don’t think it’s just about the islands. The mainland of Belize is amazing, too, with lots of wildlife to see and exotic birds. There are thick jungles, rainforests, and majestic waterfalls. Oh, and there are ancient Maya pyramids, palaces, and temples all over the place, too.
But what if you’re interested in Belize vacation packages? The good news is that all the top resorts offer great deals for one fixed price that usually include ground transportation, meals, lodgings, and even guided Belize trips to nearby attractions. They often throw in some great freebies like wireless internet and the use of bicycles or golf carts to get around, too.