Belize

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Belize

Explore Belize’s eclectic mix of cultures, ruins and jungle, then head to the coast for remote cayes, beaches and the spectacular barrier reef - home to some of the best diving in the Caribbean.

Diving Highlights

  • Dive and snorkel the extensive Mesoamerican Barrier Reef
  • Explore the Great Blue Hole, one of the world’s most famous flooded sinkholes
  • Catch and release fishing for Belize’s ‘Big Three’ - bonefish, tarpon and permit
  • Seasonal whale shark and manta ray encounters plus migrating whales
  • Unique culture and history, blending Mayan and Caribbean heritage
  • Day trip access to the best diving in Belize from almost anywhere in the country

Located at the northern border of Central America, Belize has long been a crossroads of different cultures. The country lay on many important Mayan trade routes, acting as a link between states and chiefdoms. In more modern times, Belize’s connections have endured, with one foot in Central America, and the other firmly in the Caribbean - as well as ties to the British Commonwealth. Visitors can discover more than ten different cultures in this diverse country, including Garifuna, Mestizo, Maya, Mennonites, and Creole. But, out on the cayes scattered along the reef, the heavy West Indian influence shines bright. Expect laid-back beachfront living, flavourful food, and street festivals set to rumbling rhythms.


Destinations in Belize

  • Belize District
  • Stan Creek District

Top Belize experiences

Dive the first marine reserve in Belize, Ambergris Caye Image
Year round

Dive the first marine reserve in Belize, Ambergris Caye

Located at the southern tip of Ambergris Caye, Hol Chan was the first marine reserve in Belize. Explore the barrier reef, seagrass flats, and mangroves in search of tarpon, grunts, snapper, schools of barracuda, and spotted eagle rays.

Meet sharks and rays in Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye Image
Year round

Meet sharks and rays in Shark Ray Alley, Ambergris Caye

Just south of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, this shallow site allows visitors to snorkel with Southern stingrays, nurse sharks, and a range of other classic Caribbean fish.

Descend into the depths of the Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef Image
Year round

Descend into the depths of the Great Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef

Immerse yourself in one of the most unique and sought-after experiences in the underwater world - a gigantic sinkhole measuring 300-metres across and some 125-metres deep!

Whale shark aggregations, Placencia Image
March to June

Whale shark aggregations, Placencia

Head out to Gladden Spit and Silk Cayes Marine Reserve to witness whale sharks feeding on the spawn of grouper and snapper. For your best chances, visit for a few days before and after the new moon.

Discover the country’s wildlife at Belize Zoo, La Democracia Image
Year round

Discover the country’s wildlife at Belize Zoo, La Democracia

Home to rehabilitated, orphaned and rescued native species - alongside wild animals that stroll, swing or soar in from the surrounding jungle every day - this is certainly not your average zoo.

Delve into history at Caracol, Chiquibil Image
Year round

Delve into history at Caracol, Chiquibil

Walk down ancient Mayan plazas and climb the legendary ‘Sky Palace’, which, to this day, still holds the crown as the tallest man-made structure in Belize! Be sure to check out its ball courts, observatory, altars, and reservoirs.

Trek breathtaking Belizean landscapes, Cockscomb Basin Image
Year round

Trek breathtaking Belizean landscapes, Cockscomb Basin

Take a tour through dense jungle scenery or to Belize's tallest mountain, Victoria Peak, and just maybe, catch a glimpse of the endangered jaguar on your way.


Dive seasons and weather in Belize

Belize boasts a great year-round climate, but the peak tourist period coincides with the dry season which runs from December or January, through to April. While temperatures can sit comfortably around 26°C during this time, colder northerly winds are common between December and February, prompting many to label this as its own separate season. For guaranteed sun, the ideal months are March and April. The rainy season runs from June to November, with the highest chance of hurricanes between August, September, and October. Downpours during the wet season can happen daily but are generally short-lived.


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