Cultural Activities in Belize

Rediscovering a Lost Civilization

Long before Europeans came ashore, tall pyramids and magnificent temples adorned with intricate carvings dominated the landscapes of Belize. But this stronghold of Mayan culture waned, its people returning to a simpler way of life as the jungle reclaimed the land. It would be hundreds of years before evidence of this once-greet civilization would be revealed by the careful digging of archaeologists, Now, thanks to ongoing excavations and restoration efforts, visitors to this historic land can perch on stone daisies once occupied by Mayan lords, and ascent pyramids where masked priests invoked favors of the gods of sun and rain.

Highlights

  • Best for: Everyone, from relaxing and beach travelers, to soft and rugged adventurers
  • Best season to visit: Year round, drier from January to June
  • Weather: Belize enjoys a sub-tropical climate moderated by Caribbean sea breezes. Winter temperatures occasionally dip below 70 during northerlies, while summers may reach into the 90s, with increased humidity and rain showers after June

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Cultural Activities in Belize Overview

There are hundreds of significant archaeological sites covering the entire country of Belize. Many of these sites were not discovered until the mid to late 20th century, and excavation and restoration is an ongoing process. Many sites are located on private land and can only be visited if prior permission is obtained, but the largest and most significant sites are now recognized as official archaeological reserves. These are open to the public and often include supporting facilities.

Best Places for Cultural Activities in Belize

Deep in the heart of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve, the underground chambers of Actun Tunichil Muknal cave holds pre-Columbian artifacts and tombs of the ancients. The lost Mayan city of Lamanai was once the region's most important center of commerce and ceremony. A short drive across the Guatemalan border leads to the sprawling archaeological site of Tikal, where more than 3,000 stone temples, pyramids and homes have been reclaimed from the jungle. 

What to Pack for Cultural Activities in Belize

Comfortable walking shoes are a must, as there is often a bit of climbing and clambering when visiting archaeological sites. There is little or no shade around pyramids and temples, so include a hat and wear clothing that mitigates the rays of the tropical sun, Don't forget to bring—and drink—plenty of water.

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Belize

Turneffe Island Resort

CYBER MONDAY SALE - STAY 7, PAY 4 NIGHTS SNORKEL PACKAGE includes Deluxe accommodations, (upg to Superior or Villa for a surcharge) including all Belize taxes. Guided snorkel trips by boat, water depths range from 5 to 15 foot, scheduled daily at 10:00 am or 3:00 pm except Saturdays, full-day trip on Tuesdays to the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, basic beverages plus daily hors d’ oeuvres (excluding alcohol). Complimentary activities include kayaks, shore snorkeling, pool, hobie kat, paddle boards, horseshoes, and volleyball. Complimentary airport transfers on Wednesday and Saturdays.

Valid 1/1/21-1/31/21, 5/1/21-5/31/21, 7/3/21-12/17/21. Book by 12/11/20.

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Belize

Turneffe Island Resort

CYBER MONDAY SALE - STAY 7, PAY 4 NIGHTS RELAXATION PACKAGE includes Deluxe accommodations, (upg to Superior or Villa for a surcharge) including all Belize taxes.

Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, basic beverages plus daily hors d’ oeuvres (excluding alcohol). Complimentary activities include kayaks, shore snorkeling, pool, hobie kat, paddle boards, horseshoes, and volleyball. Complimentary airport transfers on Wednesday and Saturdays.

Valid 1/1/21-1/31/21, 5/1/21-5/31/21, 7/3/21-12/17/21. Book by 12/11/20.

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Belize

Belize Aggressor III

LIVEABOARD - SAVE OVER $2000 includes 7 nights Deluxe Stateroom accommodations, diving as scheduled, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and beverages including alcohol.

Valid for departures 11/21/20, 11/28/20, 12/19/20.

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Belize Aggressor IV

LIVEABOARD - DIVE FOR $999 - 7 nights Stateroom accommodations, daily diving as scheduled, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and beverages including alcohol.

Valid for departures on 12/19/20.

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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE – DIVE THE BARRIER REEF includes 5 night’s accommodations, 3 days of 2-tank boat dives, roundtrip air transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

Caradonna Diving Adventures offers multiple dive package combinations-Call for additional information 1-800-330-6611.

Valid through 12/18/20 and 5/1/21-12/18/21.
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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE - DIVE SPECIAL includes 7 nights Ocean View Suite accommodations, 4 days of 2-tank local boat dives, 1 night 1-tank boat dive, hotel tax and service charges.

Add $200 per person for roundtrip air transfers from Belize International Airport to San Pedro Airstrip including ground transfers from airstrip to Sunbreeze Hotel.

The Great Blue Hole dive is a giant marine sinkhole near the center of Lighthouse Reef. Add-on this 3-tank dive including breakfast & lunch for $299 per diver.

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Valid through 12/18/20 and 4/15/21-12/18/21.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - DIVE SPECIAL includes 7 nights Standard Room accommodations, 4 days of 2-tank local boat dives, 1 night 1-tank boat dive, hotel tax and service charges.

Add $200 per person for roundtrip air transfers from Belize International Airport to San Pedro Airstrip including ground transfers from airstrip to Sunbreeze Hotel.

The Great Blue Hole dive is a giant marine sinkhole near the center of Lighthouse Reef. Add-on this 3-tank dive including breakfast & lunch for $299 per diver.

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Valid through 12/18/20 and 4/15/21-12/18/21.
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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - 7-NIGHT SUMMER SPECIAL includes 7 nights Steve & Becky’s room accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast daily, tax, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 12/18/20. Travel 1/2/21-4/30/21 for $91 additional per diver.
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Belize

Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

BELIZE & AMBERGRIS CAYE - WATERFALL & SNORKEL OR DIVER PACKAGE includes 4 nights Estate Room accommodations at Hidden Valley Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, full day tour at Caracol Maya Site with stops at Rio Frio Cave and Rio Hon Pools, choice of Barton Creek Cave canoeing or ½ day Horseback riding.

3 night’s accommodations at Sunbreeze Hotel, choice of one 2 ½ hour snorkel trip and day sail and snorkel Caye Caulker for non-divers or 2 days of 2-tank local dives for certified divers, breakfast daily, complimentary use of bikes, roundtrip airport transfers, roundtrip air transfer on Maya Island Air from Belize International to San Pedro, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid for travel 12/13/20.
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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean View accommodations, full day adventure to the ancient Mayan city of Lamanai Temples, Cave Tubing & Zip-line a full day trip, 2 ½ hour Snorkel Trip Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley Marine Reserves, roundtrip air transfer from Belize International Airport to San Pedro, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid for travel 12/18/20.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations, 1 full day adventure to Ancient Mayan City of Lamanai, 1 day cave tubing and zip-lining, 2.5 hour snorkel trip to Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, air transfer from Belize City to San Pedro, hotel tax, and service charges.

Valid for travel 12/18/20.
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Belize

Turneffe Island Resort

TURNEFFE ISLAND - DIVE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of Deluxe Room, Superior Room or a Private Villa including all Belize taxes, 15 single tank boat dives, 1 custom full day trip to dive the Great Blue Hole and spectacular reefs of Half Moon Caye and Long Caye. This trip includes lunch on Half Moon Caye Beach and a visit to the Red Footed Booby Sanctuary (Tuesday only). Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including basic beverages plus daily hors d’ oeuvres (excluding alcohol). Complimentary activities include kayaks, shore snorkeling, pool, hobie kat, paddle boards, horseshoes, and volleyball. Complimentary airport transfers on Wednesday and Saturdays.

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Turneffe Island Resort

TURNEFFE ISLAND - SNORKEL PACKAGE includes accommodations in your choice of Deluxe, Superior or Private Villa including all Belize taxes. Guided snorkel trips by boat, water depths range from 5 to 15 foot, scheduled daily at 10:00 am or 3:00 pm except Saturdays, full-day trip on Tuesdays to the Blue Hole and Lighthouse Reef

Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily including basic beverages plus daily hors d’ oeuvres (excluding alcohol). Complimentary activities include kayaks, shore snorkeling, pool, hobie kat, paddle boards, horseshoes, and volleyball. Complimentary airport transfers on Wednesday and Saturdays.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - DIVE PACKAGE #2 includes 7 night’s accommodations, 4 days of 2-tank boat dives, 1 night boat dive, roundtrip air transfers, hotel tax, and service charges.

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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - DIVE PACKAGE #3 includes 7 night’s accommodations, 5 days of 2-tank boat dives with Ambergris Divers, roundtrip air transfers from Belize International to San Pedro on Maya Island Air, hotel tax, and service charges.

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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE - DIVE PACKAGE #2 Includes 7 nights accomoodations, 4 days local 2-tank boat dives + 1 tank night dive, roundtrip air transfers, hotel tax, and service charges. Other packages also available.
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Belize Dive Haven Resort & Marina

TURNEFFE ATOLL - 7 Nights Ocean-View Accommodations, 6 days diving (5 days of 3 tank dives and 1 day of 2 tank dives total 17 boat dives), breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, free watersports/kayaks, round trip boat transfers from Belize City to Dive Haven (Sat-Sat only) and hotel taxes.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - SNORKEL PACKAGE Includes 7 night’s accommodations, 1 day trip to Caye Caulker including 2 snorkel stops with lunch, 2 days of 2 1/2 hour snorkel trips, use of snorkel equipment and park fees, roundtrip flights from Belize City to Ambergris Caye, hotel tax and service charges.
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Belize

The Lodge at Chaa Creek

PLACENCIA & SAN IGNACIO - Rated one of the world's best Eco Lodges & a pioneer in adventure travel to Belize. Wildly civilized sums up the philosophy of this Belize Jungle Resort, located in the heart of Maya civilization. Coexisting with nature while creating a true jungle experience and the result is an exquisite blend of natural beauty & man-made comforts. Chaa Creek continues to win recognition as one of the Caribbean region’s best examples of sustainable, Green tourism.
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The Lodge at Chaa Creek

PLACENCIA & SAN IGNACIO - INLAND EXPEDITION 5 night package including Cottage Collection accommodations, full breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, guided tours of Chaa Creek’s Natural History Centre, hilltop butterfly exhibit, and Rainforest Medicine Trail, canoeing on the Macal River, guided early morning bird watching, nature walks, swimming, and roundtrip transfers with visit to Belize zoo on arrival or departure. All applicable taxes & service charges on above and gratuities to Chaa Creek Staff. *5-night Expedition also includes your choice of two full day tours, a half day tour on non-transfer days. Not Included: Optional tips to drivers and guides, Visa/border crossing fees, Bar beverages, and Park Entrance & Park guide fees.
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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

BELIZE - DISCOVERY PACKAGE includes 4 nights Estate Room accommodations at Hidden Valley Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, full day tour at Caracol Maya Site with stops at Rio Frio Cave and Rio Hon Pools, choice of Barton Creek Cave canoeing or ½ day Horseback riding, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - ADVENTURE PACKAGE Includes 7 nights accommodations, 1 full day adventure to Ancient Mayan City of Lamanai, 1 day cave tubing and ziplining, 2.5 hour snorkel trip to Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley, air transfer from Belize City to San Pedro, hotel tax, and service charges.
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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE - 7-NIGHT BELIZE ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights Ocean View accommodations, full day adventure to the ancient Mayan city of Lamanai Temples, Cave Tubing & Zipline a full day trip, 2 ½ hr Snorkel Trip Hol Chan and Shark Ray Alley Marine Reserves, roundtrip air transfer from Belize International Airport to San Pedro, hotel tax and service charges.
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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - DIVE PACKAGE Includes 7 nights in your choice of room accommodations, 6 days of 2-tank boat dives, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

BELIZE & AMBERGRIS CAYE - WATERFALL & SUNBREEZE PACKAGE includes 4 nights Estate Room accommodations at Hidden Valley Inn, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, full day tour at Caracol Maya Site with stops at Rio Frio Cave and Rio Hon Pools, choice of Barton Creek Cave canoeing or ½ day Horseback riding, 3 night’s accommodations at Sunbreeze Hotel, choice of 2 days of 2-tank local dives for certified divers or one 2 ½ hour snorkel trip and day sail and snorkel Caye Caulker for non-divers, breakfast daily, complimentary use of bikes, roundtrip airport transfers, roundtrip air transfer on Maya Island Air from Belize International to San Pedro, hotel tax and service charges.
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Belize

Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 nights in your choice of room accommodations, breakfast daily, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charge. Options to add-on Island Tours, Mayan Ruin Tours, Snorkel Tours, Offroading Tours, Paddle Adventures and Zipling Excursions.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 night’s accommodations in your choice of beachfront or treehouse options, breakfast, lunch, dinner daily, air/ground transportation from Belize International airport to resort, hotel tax, service charges and a welcome cocktail.

Guests may choose 5 of the following adventures: Barrier reef diving (certified divers only), barrier reef snorkeling, Mayflower jungle & waterfall hike, Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary and Jaguar Preserve, cave and jungle adventure, tropical birding, jungle river canoeing or the magical Mayan history tour.
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Turneffe Island Resort

TURNEFFE ISLAND - Located 30 miles off the coast of Belize on a 14-acre private island amidst a diving paradise. 22 beachfront guest rooms with private screened-in patios. Family-style meals included, pool, kayaks, paddleboards, Hobie cats. Weekly trips to the Great Blue Hole and Half Moon Caye.
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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - SunBreeze Hotel puts you right in the heart of Ambergris Caye and all that the island has to offer. On the southern edge of the friendly town of San Pedro, SunBreeze’s Latin-Caribbean architectural design forms a wide crescent that embraces the waterfront as well as its own private white sand beach and palm and tropical garden complete with a fresh water pool.
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Belize Dive Haven Resort & Marina

TURNEFFE ATOLL - Belize Dive Haven is located on 47-acres of breathtakingly beautiful and private land within the Tuneffe Atoll, just 30 kilometers offshore from Belize City. 96 rooms come equipped with all the amenities you would need for your stay in paradise, including a balcony with a view of the Caribbean sea, single king bed or two queen beds, air conditioning and ceiling fan, in-room refrigerator and safe, television and WiFi. As part of the Belize Barrier Reef, the Atoll consists of creeks, lagoons, mangrove islands, and cayes. It is home to over 500 species of fish, 65 different species of stony corals as well as birds, turtles, manatees, and dolphins. Nestled between palm trees and the Caribbean Sea, providing the perfect getaway for couples, individuals or groups.
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Hidden Valley Inn and Reserve

MAINLAND - Hidden Valley Inn comprises an estate lodge and just six surrounding cottages, each with two suites, making for a highly personal and exclusive vacation experience. The lodge, once the Main House of the Hidden Valley estate, boasts several fireplace lounges, a handsome bar room that opens to the pool's stone terrace, beautifully surrounded by gardens of orchids, lilies and bromeliads. At night, enjoy the Jacuzzi under Belize's starry skies or cozy up with a book after dinner. The restaurant at Hidden Valley Inn is an epicurean delight reserved for property guests only. Candlelight dinners are best when followed by a nightcap in our cocktail lounge. And after, guests make their way back to their individual cottage where, on cooler evenings, a fire is glowing.In the morning, refreshed and ready to venture out into the broad landscape of Hidden Valley Reserve, guests meet the friendly staff to go over the day's itinerary.
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Roberts Grove Beach Resort

PLACENCIA - Robert’s Grove is a beautifully appointed Hacienda-style Belize beach resort nestled on 22 acres of the finest white sand beach in Placencia Belize. Its ideal location allows guests to be surrounded by Belize’s best attractions- the Barrier Reef, Tropical Rainforest & Mayan Ruins. This unique position makes it easy for guests and especially families to choose from a vast array of Belize’s most sought after activities, including diving tours, fly fishing trips, and many more exciting adventures.
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Belize

Kaana Resort

SAN IGNACIO - Ka'ana Resort is Belize's first Small Luxury Hotel of the World. True to its Mayan name 'Ka'ana' meaning, 'heavenly place,' this delightful resort, set in tropical gardens, offers exceptional accommodation in charming cottages with fine dining, superb service and easy access to ancient Mayan sites and numerous thrilling activities. Enjoy the best of Belize - its people, its food, and its attractions at a world class resort.
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Laru Beya Resort and Villas

PLACENCIA - Tucked away on the lush Placencia Peninsula on the southern coast of mainland Belize, Laru Beya is the perfect place to both do nothing and experience everything. Quiet and modern beachfront resort is built for relaxing, with hammocks on every balcony, and pool, restaurant, and bar are mere steps from your room.
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Windy Hill Resort

BELIZE - Cassia Hill Resort is located in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, the most diverse area of Belize. This beautiful resort provides all the modern conveniences in a lush tropical setting and just minutes from the archaeological sites, rivers, caves and other attractions that visitors come to see and experience in Belize. After a busy day of trekking around the Maya temples, canoeing or tubing through the caves, hiking through the rainforest, or horseback riding along jungle trails, you will enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and the amenities of Cassia Hill Resort.
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SunBreeze Suites

AMBERGRIS CAYE Comprised of twenty comfortable one bedroom vacation suites overlooking the beautiful blue sea. Each comes with a private balconies from where you can enjoy breathtaking sunrises, refreshing cool sea-breezes and romantic moonlight nights. It is within walking distance to grocery stores, entertainment centers, local and gourmet restaurants, banks, fruit shops, cafes, and Belizean art galleries.
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Ramons Village Resort

AMBERGRIS CAYE - Ramon’s Village is a 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 in this Caribbean paradise. Once inside our enchanted village, you’ll be in a world of your own choosing. Styled after the Tahitian cottages on the Polynesian island of Bora Bora, the cabanas are built from native materials by craftsmen utilizing the same skill and techniques the islanders used in the days of the great sailing ships. Combine the lush vegetation, Mayan influence, Tahitian elements, delicious food, wonderful people, excellent service, great amenities, comfortable accommodations, superb location and the wide variety of entertainment options, and it’s no wonder Ramon’s Village Resort in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye has been the first choice of travelers to Belize since 1987.
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Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort

DANGRIGA - Hamanasi is a boutique hotel on the southern coast of the Belize mainland offering spacious treehouse, beachfront room and honeymoon suite accommodations with handcrafted hardwood furnishings, air conditioning and private porches. From scuba diving Belize’s Great Barrier Reef and Belize's three atolls to climbing Mayan pyramids, hiking through rainforests in search of hidden caves, to birdwatching, Hamanasi resort offers it all at one comfortable, convenient location.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A current passport, valid through your departure date, is required for entry into Belize. Your passport needs to have at least 1 blank page for the entry stamp. Proof of onward or return flights may be required at entry as well. No visa is required for stays less than 30 days. Upon departure from Belize, there is a departure tax of approximately $40.00 U.S. which should be included on your international ticket.

Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

There are no required immunizations for entry into Belize, although you should check with your doctor and reference the Centers for Disease Control on recommended vaccinations.

Culture and Customs

Belize is a true melting pot of cultures, stretching back to the stone cities of the ancient Maya, and the Arawak roots of the Garfunkel dialect that are still heard through the country. British settlers arrived in the 1600s, and English remains the nation's official language. But Spanish influences are equally prevalent, and Mennonite, Creole, Lebanese, Chinese, and East Indian immigrants have all left their mark on the collective consciousness. Today, they are all just Belizeans, and everyone gets along in a society that places a high value on civility and inclusion. This is a country that doesn't need an excuse to dance and throw a party. Weekends are reason enough for celebration, and dozens of festivals, carnivals and concerts are staged throughout the year. Head up to the country into the rainforest and wooded mountains of the interior and you are in the land of Indiana Jones where thatch-roofed eco lodges serve as base camps for jungle hikes and inner tube drifts through river caves. Head offshore and island times takes over when you land on the offshore cayes. On Ambergris Caye a flipflop and tank top vibe permeates the beach town of San Pedro, where beach bikes are the preferred mode of transportation, and packed-sand streets are fronted by colorfully painted wooden shops and taverns.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

Belize electricity is 110 Volt/60 cycles and uses the same plug types as the U.S., so no converters are required.

Belize has a standardized seven-digit phone numbering system and a country code of 501.

Many hotels offer WiFi. Be sure to check with your mobile provider to see if International plans are available for phone and data usage while in Belize.

Water Quality

Bottled water is recommended in Belize and readily available for purchase and also supplied by some resorts.

Language & Currency

English is the official language, but Spanish is widely spoken. Other languages spoken are Maya, Garifuna, and Creole.

The BelizeDdollar (BZD) is pegged to the US dollar at 2:1 - always verify whether you are paying U.S. or Belize Dollars. It's easy to change U.S. dollars just about anywhere.

ATMs are available in many cities and accept major cards such as Visa, Mastercard, Cirrus, although cash will be dispensed in Belize Dollars.

Most businesses will accept U.S. cash without question. They usually give change in Belizean Dollars, though they may return U.S. change if you ask.

Time

Belize is on Central Standard Time, 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Belize does not observe daylight saving time.

Location, Size and Population

Belize is located on the Eastern coast of Central America, along the Caribbean Coast. Its capital city is Belmopan.

Belize is bounded on the North by Mexico, South, and West by Guatemala, and the beautiful Caribbean Sea washes its 174-mile coastline to the East.

Belize has an area of 8,866 sq. miles including 266 sq. miles of islands.

The population of Belize is 367,177 (2016), while the island of Ambergris caye has an estimated 22,000, the area of Placencia approximately 1,500 and the area of Dangriga close to 10,000.