About Belize

  • History

    History – The history of Belize dates back thousands of years to the ancient Maya civilization. Believed to have inhabited this area between 1500 BC and AD 200, the Maya people thrived here until AD 1200. The country is home to many archeological sites that are an amazing reflection of their lives of long ago. Learn more >>

  • Geography

    Geography – This country in Central America, part of the Yucatan Peninsula, is beautifully tucked on the Caribbean Coast between Mexico and Guatemala. It truly offers the best of several geographic worlds – the inland jungle and rainforests, and the blue water spectacles of the Caribbean Sea. Learn more >>

  • Culture

    Culture – The 294,385 people that live in Belize are a spectacular blend of backgrounds, forming a cultural melting pot that is uniquely Belizean. The country’s ethnically diverse society is known for its warmth and hospitality. Learn more >>

  • Barrier Reef

    Barrier Reef – Belize is home to the second largest barrier reef in the world (only behind the Great Barrier Reef of Australia). In its entirety, the reef runs along the east coast of Mexico and Central America, with Belize’s section of reef running the entire length of the country. Learn more >>

  • Maya Ruins

    Maya Ruins – Known as the epicenter of the ancient Maya world, Belize was once home to more than 2 million Mayas. Sacred temples, pyramids, palaces, and other structures still remain throughout the country to preserve their legacy. While these awe-inspiring ruins are a must-see when you visit Belize, it is believed that the majority of all Maya structures have yet to be excavated. Learn more >>

  • Caves

    Caves – Just as intriguing as the Maya ruins, are the extraordinary caves and underground treasures Belize has discovered over the centuries. Over the course of millions of years, rainwater and underground rivers have etched through the lime rock and other soft bedrock creating one of the most spectacular and extensive cave systems on the planet. Learn more >>

  • Wildlife

    Wildlife – With thousands of acres of jungle and tropical forest, and the second largest barrier reef in the world, there’s bound to be plentiful wildlife throughout the country. Learn more >>

  • Cuisine

    Cuisine – If taste is one of the senses you like to exercise when you travel, the “local” dishes provide a tantalizing way to explore the flavors of Belize. Foods often draw from the cultural traditions of the local residents, from stewed chicken to fresh seafood to rice and beans. Learn more >>

  • Fast Facts

  • Language

    Language – English is the official language of Belize and is the primary language of their public education system. However, bilingualism is very common with several other languages spoken throughout the country. Nearly 46% of the population is Spanish native speakers and Kriol (an English-based Creole language) is spoken as the first language of 33% of Belizeans.

  • Weather

    Weather – The most popular time to visit Belize is late November through early May. Temps range from 70 degrees at night to 85 degrees during the day. Humidity stays around 85 percent. The rainy season runs from June to mid-November, while hurricane season is July to October, with the most activity in August, September, and October.

  • Time Zone

    Time Zone – Belize observes the US Central Time Zone (GMT-6 hours). However, please note the country does not utilize Daylight Savings Time, which means they do not adjust their clocks forward in Spring or back in Fall.

  • Getting Around

    Getting Around – Road transfers are the most common way to reach Cayo or Belize City. If you’re heading to Southern Belize or the major Cayes, light aircraft is an easy way to travel. The airports are simple to navigate and flights range from 20 minutes to one hour. Best of all, passengers will have an amazing aerial tour of the country’s beauty.

  • Electricity

    Electricity – 110 Volt AC is found throughout Belize.  No adapters or converters are needed for American visitors. 

  • Immunizations

    Immunizations – Belize does not require proof of immunizations to enter the country. However, we advise all clients to talk with their travel clinic. Most travelers have received their Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus and Polio vaccines. Depending on the areas you visit, your doctor may also prescribe anti-malaria medication.

  • Currency

    Currency – The Belize Dollar is the official currency. However, US Dollars are gladly accepted (as are most major credit cards). The Belize Dollar is tied to the US Dollar at an official rate of two Belize Dollars to one US Dollar. There is no need to convert your US currency, but you will likely receive Belize Dollars in change.

  • Safety

    Safety – Belize is generally safe. However, exercising good judgment is always wise when traveling. We recommend using a reputable tour company when visiting remote sites where there have been isolated reports of opportunistic robberies of tourists. All major resorts and seaside villages are laid back and safe to walk around.

  • Bugs

    Bugs – Naturally, with any jungle setting comes some of the smaller, less desirable “wildlife.” Don’t be alarmed when the occasional spider, cockroach, ant or rodent crosses your path (whether it’s inside or outside your accommodations). It bares no reflection on the quality of the property or experience, just the fact that we’ve invited ourselves into their surroundings.