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Aerial view of Great Blue Hole, Belize

Belize Holidays

A country with conservation at its heart. Diligently explore the massive chunks of its dense jungle that have been reserved for the betterment of the local wildlife – home to over 500 types of birds.

Belize is a little smaller than Belgium, a member of the Commonwealth and the only English speaking country in Latin America. 40% of the country is set aside for conservation and much of it is covered by thick jungle supporting over 500 species of birds.

Scattered across the country are some beautifully preserved Mayan temples, while out in the turquoise Caribbean waters you will find a truly magnificent array of marine life with correspondingly superb diving – including the Blue Hole.

Lamanai mayan ruins in tropical jungle Belize

Why we like Belize

Green and lush. For a holiday which combines culture, history, wildlife and beach, Belize presents unlimited opportunities, packed as it is with nature reserves, national parks, archaeological ruins and a barrier reef that is the envy of the world. Journey times can be longer than you might expect, but the journey is always part of the enjoyment and the friendliness of the people make up for any shortcomings.

Toledo District, Belize
Toledo District, Belize

Belize: What to Expect

Culturally Belize has more in common with the Caribbean rather than its Spanish speaking neighbours and while there are some really excellent hotels, lodges and resorts, the infrastructure creaks at the joints. Don’t expect lightning fast service. Life moves at a sedate pace and it is better to join it.

Explore Belize

  • Belize Cayes
  • Cayo District
  • Orange Walk District
  • Stann Creek
  • Toledo District


Tell us what you love doing and we’ll curate a journey that’s perfect for you.

Outdoor Pursuits

Take part in a wide variety of outdoor adventures, from kayaking, tubing and wildlife trails to snorkelling and fishing.

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Chocolate Tasting

Toledo is a chocolate lovers haven. Sitting at the heart of Belize’s chocolate industry, a tour allows you to sample the finest cacao in its purest form.

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Toledo’s Archaeological Sites

Visit the archaeological sites of Lubaantun, home of the famous ‘crystal skull’, and Nim Li Punit with tallest stelae in Belize.

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Cave Exploration

Going Underground – dip into an ancient network of caves that were sacred places for the Maya

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Taste Belize Cuisine

Sample the Caribbean flavours of fresh seafood, alongside a local, cold beer.

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Crocodile Encounter

Night tour with scientists to capture, study and tag the morelot crocodile

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Discover the Barrier Reef

Snorkel and dive with rays and white tip sharks on the Belize barrier reef, the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere.

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Bird watch by boat and on foot to discover a great range of endemic and migratory species

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The Blue Hole

Take a boat trip to Belize’s famous Blue Hole to explore this remarkable underwater sink hole. The Blue Hole is considered by many as one of the world’s great diving experiences.

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Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary

Discover the Belize rainforest and all of its inhabitants at Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

John Faithfull

This quirky English-speaking country holds huge appeal for John, who is at his happiest when swimming and clambering through caves strewn with archaeological relics in Xibalba – the Mayan underworld!

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Paul Bird

It wasn’t part of the script, career plans were quite different but after four global trips visiting such exciting destinations, travel became a passion that eventually led to me entering the industry. The more I have travelled the greater the desire has been to see and do more.

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Frequently asked questions about Belize

When is the rainy season in Belize?

The rainy season falls between June and November, and the hurricane season hits Belize in July to the end of November.

Can I use my mobile phone in Belize?

Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies and coverage is generally good. We suggest checking with your network provider before travel. Please consider other guests when using your mobile phone and when in poorer areas.
Phones are available at all hotels and most, if not all restaurants. Phoning from any hotel room can be very expensive. Enquire at the reception.

What is the international dialling code for Belize?


What is the time zone in Belize?

Belize is 6 hours behind GMT and does not observe daylight-saving time.

How long are the flights to Belize from the UK?

There are no same day flight connections to Belize from the UK, therefore you will need to stay overnight in the USA on the outbound journey. There are connecting flights on the return. The transatlantic flight will take between 10 and 11 hours with the onward flight taking between 2 to 3 hours. Those combining Guatemala with Belize can avoid this compulsory stay overnight and connect the same day into Guatemala City.

What about the altitude in Belize?

Belize is pretty much low level with the highest point being Doyle’s Delight at 1,124 metres above sea level, so altitude is not a problem here.

What clothing should I take to Belize?

Where you travel to in Belize will dictate what is best to wear. We find that a good lightweight waterproof jacket, lightweight breathable tops and zip-off trousers work well for the different climes in the country.

What can I expect travelling in Belize from the UK?

Travelling is relatively relaxed in Belize and involves short hops on internal flights when heading out to the cayes. Whilst Belize boasts the second largest barrier reef in the world, it also has extensive jungle and most of the country is an important biological corridor, so it pretty much offers it all.

Are there too many tourists? Will I feel like a sheep?

A majority of the country is still uninhabited and tourism tends to centre round a fairly small number of destinations such as Ambergris Caye, but if you head up to Lamanai or down to the Toledo District which are off the beaten path, you can avoid this. With Belize’s relaxed charm, even the most popular destinations will not detract from the experience.

Are there any festivals I can see during my trip, or spend time with locals?

We should have discussed this with you and if this is of particular interest, then ask and your travel consultant can arrange this for you. Belize’s calendar is full of fiestas and from the Cacao-Fest in Punta Gorda to the Garifuna Settlement Day in November; there are many to choose from.

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John tailored the itinerary to our needs and we were delighted with his choice of properties and activities.

Destination: Belize
Travel Expert: John

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