Belize has one major international airport, Philip S. W. Gordon International Airport(BZE) located just outside of Belize City. Most major airlines fly into Belize City including America, Delta, United, Copa, and Southwest. There are many direct flights from the US and several connecting flights from the UK, Canada and other countries.
Belize is a country with a rich Mayan history and a diverse range of historical sites that showcase its ancient Mayan civilization, colonial past, and cultural heritage. Here are some of most famous and best restored Mayan sites. These sites not only provide a fascinating look into Mayan history and culture, but also offer breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Exploring these Mayan ruins can be an enriching experience for history enthusiasts and travelers alike.
- Lamanai: Located in the northern part of Belize, was occupied for over 2,000 years and is renowned for its well-preserved stone monuments and temples. The Mask Temple, Jaguar Temple, and High Temple are notable structures at this site.
- Xunantunich: Located near the border with Guatamala, Xunantunich is one of the most accessible and impressive Mayan sites in Belize. It features El Castillo, a large pyramid that offers panoramic views of the surrounding areas.
- Caracol: Situated in the Cayo District, Caracol is the largest Mayan site in Belize. It was a major political and economic center during the Mayan civilization and is known for its towering structures, including the massive Sky Palace pyramid.
- Cahal Pech: Situated near the town of San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is a Mayan site that was occupied from around 1200 BC to 900 AD. It features multiple plazas, palaces, and temples, offering insights into ancient Mayan architecture.
- El Pilar: El Pilar is a cross-border archaeological reserve that straddles both Belize and Guatemala. It provides a glimpse into the urban and agricultural features of the ancient Mayan civilization and offers nature trails for exploration.
We highly recommend Cave Tubing at the Caves Branch Outpost. The Caves Branch River is a winding waterway through the caves once inhabited by the ancient Maya, giving you a sneak peek into their historical homes. The Maya used caves as ceremonial sites and evidence of these activities can be seen. This is a very fun activity to do as an individual or with a group.
Belizean culture is a delightful fusion of flavors influenced by Mayan, Caribbean, African, and European culinary traditions. Some of the more popular dishes and flavors you can expect to enjoy are rice and beans, fry jacks, stew chicken, garnaches, conch fritters, hudut, ceviche, Belizean rum, tropical fruits, and chocolate! Belize is world renowned for its high quality cacao production, so indulging in some while visiting won’t soon be something you regret! Exploring the local food scene is a must-do when visiting Belize, whether it’s dining at local restaurants, sampling street food, or trying traditional dishes at cultural events.
Belize is a beautiful country and offers a wide range of activities to enjoy. Whether you’re interested in immersing yourself in cultural experiences or experiencing nature, there is something for everyone. Some of the most popular things to do include cave tubing, Maya Ruins exploration, wildlife & nature tours, cave explorations, zip lining and canopy tours. For cultural immersion you can visit indigenous communities, attend traditional festivals, sample local cuisine, and learn about the Garifuna, Maya, and Mestizo cultures that shape the country.
Belize City itself has several historic landmarks including St. John’s Cathedral, the oldest Anglican church in Central America and the Belize Museum housed in the former colonial governor’s mansion. The Belize Zoo, located 29 miles west of Belize City is located on 29 acres of tropical savanna and has over 125 animals all native to Belize which includes Jaribu Storks, Scarlet Macaws, Jaguars, Margay, Keel-Billed Toucans, and black Howler Monkeys.
It’s worth noting that Belize is a relatively small country, and most major tourist destinations are easily accessible. However, road conditions may vary, especially in more rural areas, so it’s recommended to plan travel times accordingly. The main transportation options in Belize include domestic flights, buses, taxis(negotiate fare before starting journey or ensure driver uses a meter) water taxis, car rentals, and watercraft.
Recommended Tours and Activities
Day Tours From Belize City
Stay a day or two and explore the wonders of Belize. Here is a sampling that includes something for everyone:
Altun Ha "Water of the Rock"Learn More
The Blue Hole, St. Hermans National Park
Belize City & old Tour
Cave Tubing Adventure Tour
Aerial Trek (Zip-Line) Adventure
Crooked Tree Birds Sancuary Tour
Howler Monkey Sanctuary
Belize Zoo Tour
Lamanai Mayan Temples & the New River Safari
Lamanai is cradled on the shores of the New River Lagoon and is thought to be the largest Mayan ceremonial site in the region. Stretching over a huge expanse on the Belize New River, Lamanai boasts over 800 structures deep in the lush jungle. A one hour drive from Belize City brings you to the Tower Hill Bridge where you will board a riverboat for a spectacular ride. Your guide will point out species of birds and wildlife that inhabit the area, including spider monkeys and crocodiles.
Belize Zoo Tour
The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center gives you a unique opportunity to view Belize's prolific wildlife in one location.
It is home to over 150 animals representing over 45 species including an impressive array of large cats, primates, reptiles and birds who reside in a natural setting.
Belize Zoo Tours are scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Embark on a one hour drive to Caves Branch Outpost where your adventure will begin. The Caves Branch River is a winding waterway through the caves once inhabited by the ancient Maya. The Cave Tubing adventure starts with a jungle trail hike to the entrance tunnel that heads in to the underground cave system. Your guide hands out headlamps and you will float in inflated inner tubes assisted by gentle currents taking you through the cave system. Intricate crystalline formations line the caves with stalagmites and stalactites. Cave Tubing is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
What could be more fun than ziplining through the Belize rainforest? The 6 zipline course ranges in length from 200' to 600' between treetop platforms secured in the canopy of tropical hardwood trees. Intriguing karst limestone cliffs provide a scenic backdrop as you zip through the rainforest canopy.
This zipline course is truly unforgettable and second to none in Central America. Ziplining is scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Lamanai Landing Hotel Package
Add on a day with Tour activities at RAZ (Rainforest Adventure Zone) hiking, kayaking, & ziplining. Includes lunch, breakfast and overnight at hotel.Learn More
4 Day/3 Night Mayan Ruins & Jungle TourThree Adventures in One - Includes tours of Belize jungle & ruins, Cave Tubing & Zip Line and Guatamalan Jungle and Ruins.Learn More
Belize Boutique Resort & Spa
The internationally known private 4-star luxury Resort and Spa provides all the pampering amenities of an upscale hotel including Gourmet dining 2 pools and adventure tours to all the top destinations in Belize.
Belize Hotels & Resorts
Radisson Ft. George, Belize City, Belize
Host Hotel to Belize Aggressor III & IV
Situated in the heart of Belize City, this hotel's location is right across the street from where the boats dock. During your stay, you can make use of the hotel's outstanding amenities, including complimentary high-speed Internet access, two beautiful swimming pools, a full-service marina and dive shop and on-site dining. During your stay, visit the Belize Zoo, Jungle tours or Mayan Ruins.
Chaa Creek, Belize
This beautiful award winning lodge has 23 palm thatched cottage rooms with a full-service spa. Chaa Creeks private 365-acre nature reserve set along the banks of the Macal River in the foothills of the Maya Mountains is home to a number of exotic jungle dwellers including peccaries, jaguar, monkeys and many others as well as over 300 species of tropical and migratory birds. Guests are literally surrounded by one of the most pristine ecosystems in the world.
Ramon's Village Resort
Ramon's Village is a beachfront sanctuary nestled in a tropical garden of Royal Palms, bougainvillea, lilies, hibiscus and dozens of other types of tropical flora. Surrounded by the plant life are Mayan sculptures that provide a glimpse of the civilization that preceded us to this Caribbean paradise.
The cabanas (cabins) were built from native materials by craftsmen utilizing the same skill and techniques the islanders used in the days of the great sailing ships.