Belize

Where to go

Belize is a wonderful destination for nature lovers and archaeology buffs whilst also offering the perfect laidback Caribbean beach holiday.  With its British colonial heritage, English is the official language of Belize.  A small country with a sub-tropical climate with sandy beaches on some 200 palm-fringed islands, Belize also offers wonderful nature and wildlife opportunities with preserved virgin jungles populated with over 500 species of birds, exotic flora and fauna and crystal-clear waters teeming with countless species of fish and marine life.   Equally irresistible are the impressive temple legacies of the Mayan Civilization and numerous nature, archaeological, forest and marine reserves, national parks and wildlife. There is a lot to see and do in this small country. Some of the main highlights are:

  • Rainforest and virgin jungle holding the world’s only Jaguar Preserve and home to over 500 species of birds.
  • The Great Blue Hole, famous dive site off the coast of Belize, part of the larger Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Xunantunich, the Mayan archaeological site, with amazing views of western Belize and eastern Guatemala from the top of El Castillo pyramid.
  • Mayan ruins of Lamanai in Orange Walk district, surrounded by pristine rainforest.
  • Beaches, breaches, beaches! Choose from a superb selection of beach hotels and resorts and simply relax and take in the beautiful white sand, turquoise clear water and laidback atmosphere.


What to do

  • Go snorkeling or scuba diving at the world’s second largest barrier reef, the “underwater wonder of the world”!
  • Island-hop between the 200 Caribbean islands around Belize. 
  • Hike the Victoria Peak trail during the dry season from February to April. 
  • Explore the ancient Mayan network – choose a day trip or a week-long tour. 
  • Try the adventurous sport of cave tubing and float along the gentle river current in the underground cave system
  • Venture into Belize’s unspoiled interior for bird watching in Crooked Tree. 
  • Stay in a jungle lodge and immerse yourself in nature.



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When to go

We recommend travel during Belize's dry season which runs from November to May.   This is the best time to enjoy a tropical beach stay and a little less rain during your rainforest experience.  During this period, the average daytime temperature on the coast and cayes is around 27 °C, although it can get considerably warmer during the day during the summer months.  The rainy season which is also the hurricane season runs from late August to the middle of October.


Currency and money

The official currency in Belize is the Belize dollar (BZD)


Cuisine

There is a wide range of restaurants serving everything from international cuisine to local dishes.  Much of the cuisine is derived from the various cultural influences that have touched Belize throughout its history. You will find a mixture of Mayan, Mexican, Caribbean, Spanish, African and British cuisine including delicious seafood and fish dishes.  


Hotels

Belize offers a good range of international hotels in the cities as well as deluxe beach retreats and smaller cozy bungalow-style properties and jungle lodges in the rainforest. 


Where to go next

Explore the Mayan route and continue to Mexico or Guatemala.  For example, it is less than a half-day’s transfer by road to Cancun and Mexico’s Riviera Maya where you can visit the Mayan sites of Chichen-Itza and Tulum situated right by the turquoise water of the Caribbean.


Links

Saspo’s partner office in Belize is S & L Travel & Tours. For further information please see their website at www.sltravelbelize.com 

Contact:    TEL: +44 20 8123 1827   Mobile: +44 7989 982 210   Email: Info@saspoUK.com