A Beginner's Guide to Belize by TravelLatte.net

A Beginner’s Guide to Belize

For a small country, Belize packs a lot of awesome! So much so, that it can be a little intimidating. World class diving and snorkeling. More Mayan ruins than any other country. Adventure activities from ATM Caves (that’s Actun Tunichil Muknal) to ziplines. Wildlife sanctuaries. Deep sea fishing. Jungles. Beaches. FOOD! (The country has two of the best seasons ever: Conch and Lobster!) Even though it’s a small country, a Beginner’s Guide to Belize would be really helpful.

A Quick Guide to Belize by TravelLatte.net

Where to Start

Let’s start with the basics! Our Quick Guide to Belize has the vital info you need before you go. Give it a quick read, or click to download the infographic. Questions? Ask away in the comments, or drop us an email. If we don’t know the answer, we know people who will.

Where to Go

Really, you can pick just about any place in Belize had have an adventure. It just depends on what you like. For our Beginner’s Guide to Belize, we’ve put together a map of some of the best places to visit. These are guaranteed highlights, but we are sure you will find more. And when you do, we’d love to hear about them!

To help you find what you’re interested in quicker, we’ve color coded the map:

The major towns and cities are in orange. “Major” doesn’t mean they’re big, they’re just bigger than the other vilages.
This is our sweet spot: Islands! These are the major Cayes off the coast of Belize.
Belize has more than 600 Mayan Ruins. These are a few of the bigger sites.
World class scuba and snorkeling sites along the Belize Barrier Reef!
Looking for adventure, hiking, cave tubing, or wildlife? Here’s where to find it!

Top Tips

Book the best activities before you to with Viator

No Guide to Belize would be worthwhile without some helpful travel tips. Like Belikin Premium is way better, but harder to find. Other tidbits from our travels in Belize:

  • ATMs are not unheard of, but they’re not very common. Be sure to carry enough cash to get you through your day.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted, but check the amount. If your $10 dinner looks like $20, remember that’s in Belize Dollars.
  • US dollars are widely accepted, but you will get Belize currency in change. US coins are not generally accepted.
  • Most resorts can book activities for you, but they generally use one or two specific companies. For more variety, book ahead. TravelLatte uses and recommends Viator quite often.
  • Taxis have green license plates, and don’t usually have meters. Ask about rates before you get in.
  • Insect repellent. Seriously. In most areas, Belize has a warm, moist environment. Just the way buggies like it.
  • Water taxis are more like buses: The have a set schedule and route. Be sure to add time if you need to be somewhere.
  • Most importantly, Enjoy Belize! It really isn’t hard to do!

Where to Find More

We already have a few articles from Belize, and we are adding more all the time. Get acquainted with our favorite Central American destination with these posts:

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Planning your own trip to Belize? Already been? We’d love to hear your questions, comments, and recommendations in the comments! Thank you!

28 comments on “A Beginner’s Guide to Belize

  1. You guys really love Belize and it shows through all the awesome posts! It is definitely somewhere I want to visit and your guide will come in super useful. All those Mayan ruins and beautiful beaches need to be explored by someone, right?!

    • Our thoughts exactly, Lexx! We really do love the country; we had a great time and made new friends. There are still a few things from this last trip we need to get down on paper (or post, I guess), but we are eager to explore more. Of course, we could say that about the rest of the world, too. 😉 Thanks for commenting!

  2. This post is super useful guys, you must have spent ages making it! Have pinned for future reference 🙂 Belize is now on our bucket list!

    • We made your Bucket List longer? Our work here is done! 😉 The map was actually fun to put together, and a handy reference for us, too. The infographic was equally fun, but we can be a bit OCD on those things. Glad you like it, and hope it’s helpful for planning your trip – that’s why we do these things! Cheers Garth (and Phil)!

  3. I have several friends who have go to Belize every year, and I can see why they love it so much. Pinning the for a future trip!

    • It’s amazing how many people are repeat visitors. But, being close to the U.S., and with so much to do (or room to do nothing!), it’s easy to see why. We hope your future trip comes soon! Thanks for reading, guys.

  4. This beginners guide is perfect and just what we will need when we visit (which we will do, for the diving of course … ooo and the fact it has Mayan Ruins!). Thank you for putting together this comprehensive list, pinned for when we visit! #feetdotravel

    • Diving and ruins – it’s almost too much, right? So…you guys going to do the specialist work and dive the Great Blue Hole? I have to admit – the caves intrigue me, but I don’t think either of us would be too comfy down there. 😉 Thanks for reading Angie. (And Sy, too!)

  5. I’ve been to Belize several times in the past so seeing your up to date information is good. Definitely get on the water – dive, snorkel fish or explore. I’ve been to some Mayan ruins in Belize and Tikal (in Guatemala) is not that far over the border.

    • We were definitely amazed at how many ruins there are, and by how great the snorkeling is. Being on the water around Belize is just as great. We can’t wait to get back for more! Thanks for your comment, Rhonda!

  6. If I ever make it to Belize I’ll try to refer back to your posts, Rob. They are very comprehensive, just what I would need in terms of useful information. They seem to have great Mayan ruins there. I’d love to see them. #TheWeeklyPostcrd

    • Great ruins and so many of them! They are not as developed or restored as those in Guatamala or Mexico, that has a certain appeal to it. Hopefully, there will be more protection in the years to come as more tourists are visiting every year. We hope you do go one day – it’s definitely a great destination! Thanks for reading, Anda!

    • We understand that some people (mostly those of the scientist sort) actually go for the bugs. Yech. 😉 I guess that really does make it “something for everyone!” We’ll stick with the sailing and snorkeling, and an occasional Maya excursion. Thanks for commenting, Jessica. (And Laurence!)

  7. Thanks for the introduction. We are cruising to Belize in November, and have not visited before. Do you know where the cruise ships dock and is there any thing with in walking distance? If not is there a beach for snorkelling near by? #feetdotravel

    • Hi guys! For snorkeling, I would check on excursions to Ambergris Caye, or directly to one of the snorkel sites. Hol Chan and Mexico Rocks were our favorites, and are close enough for a day trip from the port. There is not a ton to do in Belize City, but there is the Museum of Belize, and the Tourism Village, which is mostly souvenir shopping. Old Town isn’t too far, but you’d probably need (or want) a taxi. There’s also the Belize City Zoo, and you’ll definitely want a taxi for that. Of course, we just enjoy exploring a town on foot – you never know what you’ll find!

    • Hi Lolo – We hope you get to Belize, too! It’s very relaxing and enjoyable. It’s great that you can do as little as you want for as long as you like, but then have lots of tours and activities ready when you are. Can’t wait to see what you get up to when you go! Cheers, and thanks for the comment.

  8. Some years back I did a tour (Gap Adventures) through Mexico and heard others talk of a tour through Berlize they had completed prior. It sounded amazing and if I ever get back to that part of the world it is on my wish list.

    • That’s a wish you need to make true! Lots to do, no matter what type of adventure you like! Or, you can do nothing at all! Either way, we hope you do get back there soon. Thanks for your comment, Sally!

    • We’re so glad you’ve liked them! Maybe around the holidays, you can print them out and conveniently leave them here and there around the house. Maybe Santa will make that wish come true! Let us know if that works…we’ll go find Santa so we can try that trick, too! Cheers, Anisa – thanks for reading!

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