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When people hear about Belize, usually the first tales are of the incredible snorkeling and diving on the Barrier Reef and the beautiful beaches of its cayes (islands), Ambergris Caye being the largest and best known. Many tourists go just to relax or dive and spend their whole vacation at one of the many resorts scattered along the coast and on these cayes. If this is your intent we suggest that you go to our Hotel Index and see which of the hotels fits your style and pocket book. Once you have decided, give one of our travel advisers a call and we can arrange the local transportation and book that and the hotel together.

However, Belize is a beautiful country with much more to offer than its spectacular beaches. You can check our Moon Handbooks guide for a brief description of the various Regions of Belize. Being a very small country it is easy to either fly or drive to your choice of destinations. Flying is, of course, quicker while driving gives you more freedom to explore along the way. CentralAmerica.Com can arrange either your flights or to have a rental car delivered to the airport or your hotel. In addition to your travel and hotels we can book any tours you would like to include.

A special note about the Mayan ruins. Belize has a number of archaeological sites within easy reach of most resorts and many are well worth exploring. The largest Mayan ruin of all, Tikal, though is nearby in Guatemala. While we do not recommend driving from Belize to Tikal it is easy to fly or take a guided tour. Something you might want to seriously consider while you are visiting this unique part of the Americas.

For guided tours we use the premier tour operator in Belize, Discovery Expeditions. If you are interested in a guided tour please see our Package Tours. For independent travelers we specialize in creating a custom itinerary just for you. A popular combination is to pickup a rental car at the airport and make the short drive to Cayo. Spend a couple of days exploring Mayan ruins, caves and orchard gardens Then take the Hummingbird highway to the Placencia Peninsula to relax on the beach and get in some snorkeling.

There is a lot to enjoy in Belize. Look through our web site, select the areas that interest you and hotels that appeal to you. Give one of our knowledgeable travel advisers a call at 800-948-3770 and we will be happy to help you coordinate your dream vacation.

Excerpt from Moon Handbooks Belize

Planning Your Trip
Belize is ripe and bursting with adventure travel and learning opportunities for all ages and abilities. The hard part is deciding which ones to choose in your limited amount of vacation time. It’s helpful to keep in mind the style of travel you like, your physical ability, and whether you will be bringing children. Some folks enjoy getting dirty and being tested to the limits of their physical abilities; others like to stay clean and experience the outdoors in a softer fashion. Some travelers like to trek through miles of muddy jungle in hopes of seeing a tapir or jaguar; others prefer to sight one at the Belize Zoo. While some travelers choose to participate in a jungle research project, others are fascinated by a short visit to some excavated Maya ruins and a guided tour. All of the above are available in Belize and can be arranged through travel agents, guides, hotels, and lodges—or on your own.

Museums are a rarity in Belize (although there are a couple of small, interesting ones in Belize City and elsewhere) and “sightseeing” is much more of an active experience: hiking through Maya archaeological sites, paddling, swimming, diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, caving, and so on. Of course, you can also lay low, spending your vacation reading in a hammock and listening to the surf.

Once you’ve got an idea of what kind of Belize trip you’re looking for, you’ve got to plan your time. If you only have 7–10 days, be careful not to overextend yourself. Because of Belize’s uniquely compact size, many resorts and campgrounds serve well as bases to explore the surrounding sea and mountains in all directions, making moving from hotel to hotel unnecessary. You may consider choosing only one or two regions that suit your needs, then after you’ve arrived, planning your day trips from there. There are also some great loop trips to be had in Belize, especially for the independent traveler. And if you’ve got several weeks or more, you’ll have no problem spending them all in Belize.

WHEN TO GO
Most visitors look at a combination of their available vacation time and Caribbean climate trends when planning when to take their trip. Some plan around the bigger events of the year, like Garinagu (Garifuna) Settlement Day in November or the Ruta Maya Challenge Canoe Race in March. High season (meaning an increased number of tourists and hiked prices) is generally mid-December through May, a period many travel agents and guidebooks will tell you is the “dry season” in a vain effort to neatly contain Belize’s weather. In many years, this is true, with this time of the year enjoying sunny skies and vegetation still green from the rainy season. Mother Nature, however, enjoys making things a bit more unpredictable, especially in these times of uncertain global climate. November can be dry as a bone and sunny, while December, January, and even February can play host to wet cold fronts that either blow right through or sit around for days.

Your best bet? Be prepared, both with clothing and attitude! A week of stormy weather may ruin a vacation planned solely around snorkeling, but it could also provide the perfect setting for exploring the rainforests or enjoying a hot tub and fireplace in the Mountain Pine Ridge.

June, July, and August technically fall in the rainy season—rain during these months may mean just a quick shower each afternoon, or it may go on for days. Those who travel to Belize during this time are rewarded with significantly discounted prices at most accommodations. August is the big month for European backpackers and travelers, while December and February are dominated by North Americans. Some tourism businesses shut down completely during the months of September and October, the peak of hurricane season.



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