It may be small, but Belize has an awful lot going for it. One day you can be snorkelling the Western Hemisphere’s longest barrier reef system; the next making eyes at its largest, most powerful cat at the world’s only Jaguar preserve.

"You’ll generally find the roads are quiet, the beaches relaxed, and the archaeological sites often blissfully crowd-free (the engaging jumble of cultures makes for some amazingly good eats too)!"

Another time you could find yourself paddling down the Macal, Sitee and Belize Rivers, or over to San Ignacio’s Saturday market, accompanied by the sounds of wildlife and birdsong.

Incredibly rich in natural wonders, in wildlife, and in incredible vistas, just 380,000 people (equal parts Mayan, Creole, Mestizo, Spanish, Lebanese, Chinese, British, Indian, and Mennonite) inhabit an area similar in size to Wales.

There’s hiking through mountain ranges, tropical rainforest, jungle and caves; lazing on a hammock nursing a cold one while scarlet macaws scream overhead; or exploring underground rivers once used by the Mayas for sacrificial rituals.

Speaking of which, as the epicentre of the ancient Maya world (once home to more than two-million Mayas), you’ll find ancient temples hidden away in lush green jungles pretty much everywhere you go, and it’s not uncommon to come across ancient pieces of pottery, or hear that a distant hill is actually a temple… so if you’ve always wanted to embrace your inner Indiana Jones, you’ll want to have your hat and whip at the ready!

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Belmopan

  • Time Difference

    GMT -6 hours

  • Best Time to Visit

    December to April

  • Currency

    Belize Dollar (US Dollars are widely accepted)

Belize

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Choose from the cream of Belize's finest properties.

  • Las Terrazas Resort & Residences Ambergris Caye

    A quick boat ride leads you to this sprawling, island-chic beachfront hideaway, just off Belize’s northern coast.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Cayo Espanto Ambergris Caye

    You could arrive at Cayo Espanto by boat. But if you want to start the super-luxe stay you’re about to experience on this private island paradise, three miles off the Belize coastline as you mean to go on, a touchdown by helicopter sets a perfectly princely tone.

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  • Victoria House Resort & Spa Ambergris Caye

    Spectacular, private and perched right at the edge of one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world, the Belize Barrier Reef, this silky-smooth, intimate and luxurious resort offers a variety of exceptional adventures and awesome activities.

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  • Matachica Resort & Spa Ambergris Caye

    Steps from the sea and the world’s second largest barrier reef, this gorgeous adults-only beachside resort on Ambergris Caye stands way out from the crowd both in terms of style and reputation.

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  • Blancaneaux Lodge, A Family Coppola Hideaway Cayo District

    A labour of love for Francis Ford Coppola who purchased the abandoned Blancaneaux Lodge in the early 80s as a writing/family retreat before turning it into the 20-room luxury resort you see today.

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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  • Ka'ana Luxury Resort Cayo District

    Deep in the heart of the jungle, Ka’ana marries bespoke excursions with boutique accommodation, family-style hospitality and hyper-personalised service.

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  • Chaa Creek Cayo District

    In 1981, Chaa Creek started off as a single hut. Almost four decades on it’s one of the world’s most eco-friendly resorts and a pioneer in Belize adventure travel: an exquisite blend of natural beauty, man-made comforts and wildly civilised adventure.

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  • Coral Caye, A Family Coppola Hideaway Placencia

    Sheltered behind the world-famous Belize Barrier Reef, Francis Ford Coppola’s truly eco-conscious sanctuary, eight miles offshore from Turtle Inn, can be all yours for a romantic, restorative or adventurous getaway.

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  • Turtle Inn, A Family Coppola Hideaway Placencia

    An idyllic, 25-room seafront escape for a relaxing or adventure-filled Belizean break, and a favourite spot for The Coppolas themselves.

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  • Copal Tree Lodge, A Muy'ono Resort Punta Gorda & Toledo District

    The Belize eco-lodge of your dreams and perfect for any adventure! Few places on the planet offer such astonishing diversity – and yet this National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World feels as if it’s tucked away at the end of the earth

    Call us on 01244 567 000 to start planning your next holiday.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. Beauty of the Barrier Reef

    Beauty of the Barrier Reef

    Placencia’s clear, calm waters and abundant marine-life make it a premier snorkelling spot for seeking out exotic coral species along the Belize Barrier Reef and at inner and outer reef locales.

  2. Mother Nature Meets the Maya

    Mother Nature Meets the Maya

    Head inland to discover Cayo District’s vast variety of wild and wonderful experiences; dotted with Maya ruins; jagged limestone hills; boulder-strewn rivers and creeks; and low, emerald mountains where tapirs, peccaries and jaguars roam free.

  3. The Mystical Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

    The Mystical Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

    An ancient Maya ceremonial cave rich in history and fascinatingly gruesome artefacts (sacrificial altars surrounded by jade axe heads, pottery and blood-letting implements), reached by jungle trail/cave-swim/river-wade/ladder-climb!