Things to know for a Vacation in Belize

Things to know for a Vacation in Belize2018-12-10T07:29:25+00:00
Belize Vacation

Where is BELIZE?

Belize is located in Central America, South of Mexico and West of Guatemala. With the Caribbean Sea to the East and dense Jungle to the West, Belize is a top tropical vacation destination.

Offshore lies the crown jewel of Belize, The Belize Barrier Reef, surrounded by hundreds of tiny islands known as “Cayes”. Belize Jungle areas are home to the Ancient Maya Ruins, officially known as the Mayan Heart World. Belize may be a small country but it flourishes with culture and adventure.


The Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) handles all the international flights. Since Belize is a small country, it's possible to make a same-day connection at Belize City to or from other airports in the country. Plan a Belize vacation and enjoy the tropical paradise.

The following airlines fly to and from Belize:

American Airlines: Direct flights to/from Miami, Charlotte, and Los Angeles.

Avianca: Direct flights to/from Houston and San Salvador in El Salvador.

Westjet:  Non-stop weekly service between Calgary, Canada, and Belize

Copa Airlines: Flights three times weekly to Panama.

Delta Airlines: Direct flights to/from Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Southwest Airlines: Direct flights to Houston Hobby airport.

United Airlines: Direct flights to/from Houston, New York, and Chicago.

Tropic Air: Flights to Flores, Guatemala; Merida and Cancún in Mexico; Roatan and San Pedro Sula in Honduras.

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Belize Departure Tax

Non-Belizeans pay US$55.50 when flying out of Belize City on international flights. Some Airlines include this as exit fee in their ticket, but some regulations may require you to pay separately. Both Children and Adults pay the depart tax, which is to be paid in USD.

Travelers spending less than 24hours in the country is not required to pay the $7.50BZ conservation fee.

Shuttle and Transfers from the International Airport (BZE)

Plan a Belize vacation and Allow William shuttle to be at your service. Choose a private or shared shuttle from the Belize International Airport to Anywhere in Belize. William’s trusted drivers will be awaiting your arrival at the entrance, ready and willing to assist you while traveling. Enjoy a comfortable ride in an AC van with free WIFI, and get a chance to see the countryside while driving to your destination.


Places to Stay

The Belizean experience is unlike any other. San Ignacio, a top inland destination, offers Riverside cabanas, luxury jungle lodges, eco-lodges, downtown hotels and backpacker hostels.

Placencia and Hopkins, located on the coast, offers a “surf and turf” experience. Stay in a cabana on the beach, a luxury hotel overlooking the sea, a hostel, or a resort tucked away in the river valley.

Caye Caulker is a backpacker’s paradise, about a mile away from the Barrier Reef. This small island is a real treat for those looking for somewhere to relax. Stay in a cabana or hostel directly on the beach or at a luxury hotel overlooking the ocean.

Ambergris Caye, Belize’s top island destination is a hub for fun and family activities. San Pedro, the main area, offers accommodations ranging from exotic beachfront cabanas to luxury hotels.


Things to do in Belize

Whether inland, on the coast or on an Island, there’s always something to do! Some travelers prefer to do all the inland adventures first, and then head to the islands for aquatic activities and relaxation.

Belize Inland Vacation

How to enjoy your Belize vacation Inland :

  • Cave tubing and Zip lining at Ian Andersons Caves Branch at Jaguar Paw
  • Visiting Mayan Ruins like Xunantunich, Caracol, Cahal Pech, Altun Ha and Nim LI Punit
  • Touring the Amazing Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave
  • Visiting the Mountain Pine Ridge and swimming in infinity pools and Waterfalls
  • Bird Watching
  • Horseback Riding
  • Visiting the Iguana Conservation Project
  • Cave spelunking
  • Hiking to hidden waterfalls and rappelling
  • River tubing and canoeing
  • Visiting the St. Hermans inland Blue Hole
  • Touring the Baboon Sanctuary
  • Visit the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tour the Belize Zoo…… and so much more

How to enjoy your Belize vacation on the Islands:

  • Snorkeling and Diving at Laughing Bird Caye, Hol Chan Marine Reserve, South Water Caye, Turtle Alley, The Blue Hole, Silk Cayes, Shark Ray Alley, Coral Gardens, Turneffe Atoll and Glovers Reef
  • Day cruise in a catamaran
  • Island Hop
  • Sky Diving
  • Fly fishing/ Sportfishing
  • Swim with nurse sharks
  • Paddle boarding, windsurfing, water skiing
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 Places to eat in Belize

Every district in Belize offers a taste of culture with a variety of spices. Belize’s top destinations: San Ignacio, Placencia, Hopkins, Caye Caulker and San Pedro serves a variety of local food.

San Ignacio is popular for street food. Nevertheless, there are top restaurants to visit like Pops Restaurant, which is an amazing breakfast spot. Guava Limb, The Crave, Ko’ox Han nah or Hannahs, Cenaidas or Evas are great Downtown Restaurants for lunch or Dinner. Visit the San Ignacio farmers market on Saturdays for fresh local food from the grill.

Placencia - a small village located at the tip of a Peninsula offering a twist of Belizean and international cuisine. Rum Fish Y Vino is excellent for a date night with all the trimmings. De Tatch, Ricks Café, and Omars Creole Grub are great for lunch and dinner. Tipsy Tuna, the Pickled Parrot, Cozy Corner and Friends near the pier are great hangout spots. Above grounds serves amazing coffee while Brewed Awakening offers Seaweed shakes, and Tutti Frutti has the best gelato in Belize.

Hopkins is a small Garifuna village on the coast, offering an authentic cultural experience. Love on the Rocks- stone grill, Chef Robs Gourmet Café, Lucky Lobster Bar and Grill serves a variety of Garifuna, Creole, and international cuisine. Frogs Point Café and Thongs Café offer a Euro-style experience, while the Swinging Armadillo serves fresh seafood.

Caye Caulker is known as the slow-paced island. Barrier Reef Sports Bar & Grill, Happy Lobster serves fresh seafood. Pasta per Caso and Bluebeard makes international dishes, and Amor and Café and Caribbean Colors Art Café are excellent for breakfast. The Lazy Lizard Bar and Grill at the Split is a popular hangout area, and KOKO king is a fun area for family and a full day relaxing.

San Pedro in Ambergris Caye is the top Belize vacation destination. Casa Picasso and Rojo Lounge are great for cocktails and gourmet meals. The Dive bar and Rain Restaurant, The Truck Stop and Rooftop Terrace are excellent hangout areas. Cheap eats include The Taco Shack, Boogies Belly, Delices de France and the Coconut Café.


Getting Around Belize

William Shuttle is a top shuttle company in Belize, offering safe, comfortable transportation to your destination. Choose a private or shared shuttle from the Belize International Airport (BZE) to anywhere in Belize. Whether you’re traveling inland to the island or vice versa, Williams’s drivers will gladly assist you in making your trip comfortable, informative and memorable.

Travel like a local. Hop on a local chicken bus while traveling between destinations. Get a better experience of the country and cultures in a full day excursion. The bus makes a stop at every small town to pick up and drop off passengers. For information on bus schedules, check online or at your place of stay or at a local taxi stand. Wondering about uber availability in Belize! we don't know for sure but count local taxi association or well-known transportation providers.

Travel Belize by air. Tropic Air and Maya Island Air are domestic airlines in Belize. Travel from one destination to the other with ease. Need a private ride from the airstrip? William shuttle is at your service!