Whether you’re looking for a relaxing holiday on the beach or want to get out and explore ancient Mayan ruins, Belize makes the perfect destination. Not only are there endless activities to suit pretty much every tourist’s interests, but there are also a wide variety of Belize homes for rent. Tourism grows in this Central American nation each year attracting visitors from around the globe. If you’re thinking about being one of them this year, check out the following suggestions on how to have a fantastic trip to Belize.
When is the Best Time to Visit?
Belize is blessed with warm tropical weather all year round. The temperatures often hover in the high 20s or low 30s making the perfect weather to relax on the beach or to go snorkelling. The dry season starts from December and lasts until May where you can expect clear skies on most days. If you do visit in the rainy season, the downpours tend to be in the early afternoon.
The Best Place to Visit
No trip to Belize would be complete without heading out to one of the cayes (pronounced keys). The largest and most popular is Ambergris Caye located along the northern shores. Covering a total length of 45 kilometres (25 miles) with a width of 8 kilometres (5 miles), the island boasts a range of activities from sailing, deep sea fishing and scuba diving. But the biggest highlight of Ambergris is the nearby Great Barrier Reef, which incidentally is the second largest in the world. Head to the central town, San Pedro, to find accommodation, bars and restaurants.
If you’re looking to relax on the beach, head to Caye Caulker. The island mixes Belizean culture with a distinct Caribbean flavour. Holidaymakers like to come here and relax on one of the long sandy beaches before going for a dip in the warm tropical waters. As with most of Belize, snorkelling is a highlight on this caye too. But one of the best activities is to justchill out in one of the beachside bars with a fresh coconut or a cold beer while listening to reggae.
Those looking to escape the crowds and a want their ownprivate luxury should consider spending their time in Tobacco Caye. And just off thecaye’s coast is the South Water Caye Marine Reserve, which has a diverse range of fish and coral. There are several opportunities to go snorkelling and diving in these waters without the crowds.
Belize’s Top Experiences
The number one must-have experience in Belize is to take advantage of the endless opportunities for snorkelling and diving. Belize’s Barrier Reef covers several hundred kilometres and is just a short distance from the coast. It’s easy to rent equipment to get out onto the water. Expect to see thousands of fish of all shapes and colours swimming around. And the views of the coral will take your breath away. Those with a diving license should try to get to the Great Blue Hole, which is a giant sinkhole. Dive into the depths and have an otherworldly experience.
Fans of history will appreciate the vast array of Mayan ruins dotted around the country. Belize was once a major stronghold for the ancient civilisation and visiting the ruins is sure to be a top experience for any tourist. The top ruins include Lamanai, Caracol and Xunantunich. Nature lovers will get their fix in Belize too. Large areas of the rainforest are protected areas. The Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary is the only Jaguar preserve in the world. Popular activities include jungle trekking and wildlife spotting.
Travel Tips that are Worth Knowing
The first question potential tourists ask about Belize is always about safety. Look at any statistic about the country,and they’re always grim reading. Belize City is often rated among the world’s worst for violent crime. But if you dig a little deeper, you’ll often find this is mostly gang related and not aimed at tourists. Walking around late at night in certain neighbourhoods will put yourself at risk. However, the crime is mostly isolated to the capital. If you spend your time like most tourists on the cayes and away from the city, it’s highly unlikely that you’ll face any problems.
The next tip is to have an idea of where you want to go and what you want to do in Belize. As a travel destination, you’ll find everything from cultural towns to endless beaches and tropical rainforests. And now add in the Belize Barrier Reef and the Great Blue Hole and mix it with the Mayan Ruins. Despite the relatively small size of the country, there are endless activities to keep tourists busy. Research what you want to do and come up with a rough itinerary to make sure you don’t miss out on anything.
Tourists travelling to Belize will most likely plan to join a tour at some point. Tours are a great way to see the vast diversity of the island. Several operators line the streets and are easy to spot on the cayes. But you should know that despite different tour groups offering similar packages,they might have a completely different level of quality and comfort. It’s always a good idea to read up on the company before committing to any one operator.
An Amazing Trip to Belize
Belize makes the perfect spot for tourists looking to enjoy the beach, diving and getting out into the jungle. Be sure to check out the cayes, Belize Barrier Reef and visit some of the Mayan ruins.