Belize has become one of my favourite countries globally, and many people ask me what my best tips are for others who want to go there. In this post, you'll find basic info on how and when to go and the 5 best things to do in Belize. What are you waiting for?
How to get to Belize?
When planning your trip, I recommend using Skyscanner to find flights to Belize City, where all international air traffic lands. From there, you can either drive or take a shuttle flight to other internal destinations like Placencia or San Pedro. You will need a passport to enter Belize that is valid for at least six months. Belize offers visa-free travel for up to thirty days to citizens of several countries, and if you want to stay for longer than 30 days, you can go to a nearby passport office and extend it at the cost of $100 US per additional 30 days.
When to go to Belize?
The weather in Belize is warm all year round, with a dry season lasting from November - June. I was there from January until the end of March and found that the temperature was getting much hotter and more humid towards the latter end of my trip. This is no bad thing, and by the coast, you'll find a nice sea breeze, but for those who can't handle high humidity, I would personally recommend going in December, January or February.
What are the 5 best things to do in Belize?
Out of all the amazing experiences I had, this is my round-up of the 5 best things to do in Belize:
1. Go on a wildlife tour
Walking through the rainforest, gazing up into the canopy and hearing the screams of Howler Monkeys was possibly one of the most intense and breathtaking moments of my life. You can also see some incredible birds, manatees, crocodiles, jaguars, tapirs, iguanas and more. We got a boat down Monkey River and then walked through the jungle to find some monkeys. Then, on the way back, we saw some manatees and got a shock from some bats. Want to see it? Watch my YouTube video here.
2. Explore Mayan Ruins
Belize was home to the ancient Mayan civilization, and the ruins of cities still stand all over the country. The largest, Caracol, was occupied as early as 1200BC and, at its height, was home to over 140,000 people! I'd highly recommend touring one of the sites and learning about this incredible culture.
3. Snorkel or dive the Belize Barrier Reef
Belize has the second largest barrier reef in the world (read more about it in my blog post here), and it is an absolute marvel. You can snorkel at places like Silk Caye or go diving in the Great Blue Hole. Stingrays, dolphins, manatees, fish, sharks and turtles are some of the wildlife you can see, in addition to the stunning coral itself.
4. Venture into underground caves
Belize is home to some awe-inspiring cave systems, and one in particular, the Actun Tunich Muknal Cave (or ATM), has been voted the number one most sacred cave in the world by the Discovery Channel. You can find out more here and arrange a tour. Some other guides arrange tours like the one I did, encompassing several sites in one day. I did Caracol Mayan Archeological Reserve, Rio Frio Cave and Rio on Pools waterfall. It was a hot and sweaty day of exploring but ended with the most refreshing dip in the water.
5. Swim in jungle waterfalls
For me, there is nothing that makes you feel more at one with nature than swimming in a waterfall. Whilst in Belize, I made it to four and loved every single one. You can see one of my adventures in the Cockscomb Basin on YouTube, and this photo below was at Maya King Falls, less than 30 minutes drive from Placencia, where I was staying.
And finally, a bonus tip!
6. Enjoy a cocktail at King Lewey Island
King Lewey is an island, that is a bar. The entire island is a bar. I repeat, it is an island that has been turned into a giant bar. You can't miss it! Off the coast of Placencia with brightly coloured decks looking over the sea, swings in the ocean, lookout towers and an amazing cocktail list, this is a really fun way to spend an afternoon. Of course, you'll need a boat to get there but this is easily arranged. A hugely entertaining and novel way to spend some downtime after all the explorations.
And now, relax and enjoy your trip, knowing that you'll be seeing the best of this incredible country. Any questions? Comment below or find me on Instagram and ask away.