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.
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!
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!
While in Belize, TravelLatte stayed at the Grand Caribe Resort on Ambergris Caye, one of TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Resorts in Belize. Whether you choose to stay on the islands or the mainland, you can find the best deal, compare prices, and read what other travelers have to say at TripAdvisor.
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