Hiking in Belize

Routes to Relaxation and Pathways to Adventure

It is a country where a hike can be a walk in the woods—or a whole lot more. There are lowlands jungles where the big cats still roam free, mountain ridges covered in tropical pine forests and river valleys where azure waters surge up from holes in the ground, only to be swallowed again by the dark entrance of a cave. Belize rewards the adventurous trekker with a range of bucket-list experiences, but also offers easier routes for those who just want to escape civilization for a while. And best of all, these adventures can be enjoyed as day trips from many of the country's beachfront resorts.

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

Things to Do

Belize Information

Hiking in Belize Overview

More than 80 percent of Belize remains covered in forests and jungles, and the country has the lowest population density of any nation in Central America. These factors combine to provide hikers with miles of uncrowded trails, and pristine jungle and mountain landscapes to explore.

Hiking in Belize Tips

On many tours, a hike in Belize isn't a journey unto itself, but a means of getting to and back from an adventure such as a cave tour or river swim. When this is the case, you will want to include a towel for drying off and a change of clothes for the return walk.

Best Places for Hiking in Belize

A walk into the heart of the Tapir Mountain Nature Reserve leads across a jungle river to the Cave of the Stone Sepulcher. Trekkers can test their nerves with a descent into the Black Hole to explore passages that hold ancient Mayan artifacts. Journey to the source of the Blue Hole River and learn about indigenous medicinal plants along the way. Venture into the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, home to the largest concentration of jungle cats in the world. Ascend into the only true pine forest in all of Central America, the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve.

What to Pack for Hiking in Belize

Comfortable light-weight long pants for protection from the brush, and a loose-fitting shirt that will provide cooling and allow ample freedom of movement. Moisture wicking and fast-drying fabrics are best. Shoes with a reasonably aggressive tread pattern for traction on muddy trails. Bring plenty of water and bug repellent.

Specials

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Belize

SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - BELIZE DIVE DEAL includes 5 nights Standard Room accommodations, 2 days of 2-tank local boat dives, 1 night 1-tank boat dive, hotel tax and service charges.

Valid through 12/22/21.

Add $171 per person for roundtrip air transfers from Belize International Airport to San Pedro Airstrip, including ground transfers from airstrip to Sunbreeze Hotel.

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SunBreeze Hotel

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

Rates from $979 Valid through 4/30/21.
Rates from $856 Valid 5/1/21-12/18/21.

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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.

Rates from $1087 through 4/14/21.
Rates from $984 valid 4/15/21-12/18/21.

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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.

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

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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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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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.

For non-divers we can offer snorkeling, fishing, and/or combo packages. Call Caradonna Adventures at 800.328.2288 for your tailor-made luxury travel package.
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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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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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Resorts

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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 - Authentic palm-thatched cabanas. Full service beachfront resort nestled in a tropical garden of Royal Palms, bougainvillea, lilies, hibiscus and dozens of other types of tropical flora. Dive the Belize Barrier Reef, Turneffe North, and the Blue. Hole/Lighthouse Atoll. PADI 5-Star IDC Resort.

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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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SunBreeze Hotel

AMBERGRIS CAYE - Located on the southern edge of the friendly town of San Pedro in the heart of Ambergris Caye, convenient seaside resort catering to divers with pool, restaurant and massage studio. Custom boats with state-of-the-art equipment. Daily barrier reef dives, Blue Hole/Lighthouse Reef and Turneffe Atoll dives, and PADI courses available. 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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Turneffe Island Resort

TURNEFFE ISLAND - Located 30 miles off the coast of Belize on a 14-acre private island with more than 70 dive sites just minutes away. Twenty-two beachfront guest rooms with private, screened in porches and amazing Caribbean views. Family-style meals included, pool, kayaks, paddleboards, Hobie cats. Excursions to the Blue Hole, Lighthouse Reef, Half Moon Caye.

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Belize Dive Haven Resort & Marina

TURNEFFE ATOLL - Located on 47-acres of breathtakingly beautiful and private land within the Tuneffe Atoll, just 30 kilometers offshore from Belize City. 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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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.