Where is Belize and Why Would You Go There?

To answer your question; “Where is Belize Located?”. We will start simply by guiding you from the popular destination in Mexico, Cancun, a coastal destination famous among travellers. From there continue following the coast south into Central America.

You will find Ambergris Caye, This is Belize’s first and most popular coastal destination. Here; the Belize Barrier reef is just 1 mile away from both Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker to the east.

It is well-known that the location of Belize is that it’s a country in Central America border by Mexico to the East and Guatemala in the West and south.

Belize Borders

The Mexican state, Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula, shared its border with Belize to the South. Travelling by Sea you would arrive at Ambergris Caye, by land Corozal District.

The Department of Peten in Guatemala shares its eastern border with Belize. Here the district of Orange Walk, Cayo and Toledo district of Belize shares the border.

The southern district of Belize also shares its border with Guatemala’s Izabel Department.

Travelling due west from the island nation, Jamaica on the Caribbean sea you will without a doubt land on the shores of Belize.

The Caribbean sea lies east of Belize and one of the reasons why you want to visit.

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Latitude: 17° 14′ 60.00″ N
Longitude: -88° 45′ 59.99″ W

Why would you travel to Belize, here are some fun facts?

  • Belize is the only country in Central America, where the official language is English
  • Belize was once a British colony called British Honduras
  • The US dollar is accepted everywhere at an exchange rate of 2BZD to 1USD. Banks offer a little less on the exchange.
  • The Country is 2 hours to 2.5 hours away from the United State by flight.
  • With a little common sense applied you will find that Belize is a very safe country.
  • It is home to the world’s second-largest barrier reef
  • It is the location of the Great Blue Hole a Unesco World Heritage site
  • Once home to Maya Civilization
  • The Worlds only Jaguar Preserve
  • It has 4 major highways
  • Belize City is the largest city and was once the Capital
  • The Capital is Called Belmopan City (Belmopan by locals)
  • Many Expats live among Belize various ethnic groups: Belizean Creole, Mestizo, Maya and Garifuna.

Because of Belize's unique location, it has plenty of sites and attractions.

As you will see from Travel Blogs, Facebook, Instagram, TripAdvisor along with other social media site and travel guide on the internet. Belize plenty of things to do. William’s short guide can help you plan your vacation a little better, and possible find the best time to visit Belize. You can also visit the Belize Tourism Board website for more in Belize also.

Belize Adventure must see sites or activities are: Actun Tunich Muknal (ATM Cave), Caracol Ruins, Lamanai Ruins, Cahal Pech Mayan Ruins, Scuba diving or Snorkeling the Barrier Reef and Atolls, Great Blue hole, Sport Fishing.

Places to go: Placencia, San Pedro, Hopkins Village, Tobacco Caye, San Ignacio, Dangriga, Turneffe Island, Caye Caulker, Punta Gorda Town, Glover’s reef and Monkey River.

Another unique feature of Belize it’s International Airport, along with the cruise ship ports, they make up the two main ways tourist arrive in the country. Another port that makes Belize country profile is the Port of Big Creek, once the main for exporting Banana.

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beach for a belize vacation

Belize International Airport (BZE)

The Philip S. Goldson International Airport is located near the old capital of the country Belize City. It is the main airport where all international flights will arrive and depart.

If you are planning to visit Belize from North America or South America, you will find that this is the only International Airport, which is not open 24/7. It is easy to navigate around and have just about all amenities of any international Airport. One thing you should know is that there is no ride share service available. There are taxi and car rental service on-site, you can also arrange a private or shared shuttle as well as taking a domestic flights to places in Belize.  

belize location and US flight on a maps

Domestic Flights

Once at the International Airport your connecting flight, to the Districts, towns or Villages in Belize are provided by Tropic Air or Maya Island Air.

You can fly to other location such as:

  • San Pedro (Ambergris Caye)
  • Caye Caulker
  • Caye Chapel
  • Corozal
  • Placencia
  • Dangriga
  • Punta Gorda
  • San Ignacio

William’s shuttle service is also a great ground transportation service for the solo traveller, a Couple, Group or family to get around in.

Belize is certainly a country you want to seek out a visit to. Its ideal location makes it super easy to visit and travel around. We hope you find the page useful and the answer to your question; "Where is Belize Located?".

map of things to do in belize and major highways
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