It may be one of the most expensive countries in Central America, but Belize has a whole lot going for it even if you are travelling on a budget. Here’s what you need to know to plan your perfect holiday in 2020.
It’s an idyllic mix of rainforest retreats and Caribbean island getaways
In Belize you can hop from one idyllic destination to another in the skip of a heartbeat. The mainland is a network of national parks, rivers, and lagoons and home to some amazing wildlife. Take the time to hike and you’ll see tapir, howler monkeys, coatis, and beautiful birds such as the toucan. There are over 200 islands, known as Caye, that you can visit too.
They speak British in Belize
Belize was formerly the British Honduras, and as a result English is the most widely spoken language here, in fact, Belize is the only English speaking country in Central America. You’ll also hear Spanish and German dialects as you travel about, part of the cultural melting pot that also inspires Belize’s unique cuisine. Rice and beans, fried meat pies, flour tortillas, cassava bread, and fry jacks – a fried dough often topped with cheese – all combine to deliver a very varied choice of foods.
Belize has got some of the best snorkelling and diving in the world
Take your pick from the barrier reef, the famous blue hole, or one of the many well-known marine sites – you won’t be disappointed! Sharks, rays, dolphins, turtles, octopus, and manatee are among a vast list of wonderful marine life you’ll catch in the waters off Belize. There is also the Belize Barrier Reef – the second largest reef in the world and a true wonder to witness. Do make sure that you book a tour with an ethical operator who has the health of the marine life and delicate reef system as a priority!
The Mayan ruins are a must-see
The ancient Mayan civilisation at one time called this beautiful place home. Make time to hike to the top of ancient temples and you’ll be rewarded with 360-degree views of the jungle. You’ll also find tours that will allow you to explore excavated tombs, and even learn the ancient Mayan art of making chocolate.
It’s small, so you can pack a lot into a short trip
To keep travel costs down, lots of visitors to Belize – back packers in particular – pay a visit en route to Mexico or Guatemala, packing in everything this pint-sized place has to offer in the space of a week. If you are planning a whirlwind tour make sure you:
- Fly to Ambergris Caye
- Take a water taxi to Caye Caulker
- Visit the Tikal Ruins
- Go snorkelling
- Hike in the rainforest
- Explore the ATM Caves
Don’t forget your Travel Insurance for Belize!
Petty theft is the most common threat in Belize so keep your personal belongings safe and avoid wearing flashy items. While having the right travel insurance will give you peace of mind, it is better to not experience the stress of losing your belongings or worse, having them stolen in the first place. Travel Insurance can also provide cover for all the amazing adventurous activities you can do in Belize including snorkelling, caving, hiking, and sailing.