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Belize was part of the Mayan territory long before the arrival of the Spanish and British.

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About Belize

Countries neighbouring Belize are: Guatemala and Mexico.

Map of Belize

Belize was included in the viceroyalty of Nuevo Espana in the 1500's. Then in 1683 English lumbermen from Jamaica settled on the Belize River.

Spain failed to remove the British during the wars between the two countries in the 1700s.

After the liberty of Central America from Spanish rule in 1836, the British claimed the right to administer the region.

It was declared an independent crown colony in 1884, after two years as a British colony subordinate to Jamaica.

Formerly known as British Honduras, Belize gained full independence in 1981.

The People of Belize:
The people of Belize are of mixed racial and ethnic descent, but proud to be Belizean first.

Weather in South America:
Local weather forecasts for destinations around Latin  America.

Getting to Belize - by Coconuts Caribbean Hotel

Most people arrive in Belize on direct flights from the United States.

Airlines: (All flights take less than two hours).

From Houston, Texas: Continental Airlines or Taca.

From New Orleans, Louisiana: Taca.

From Miami, Florida: American Airlines or Taca.

There are also flights from Cancun, Mexico.

Bonanza Airlines from Cancun to Belize is an hour flight.

AeroCaribe flies from Cancun to Belize on Tuesday, Thursday and Sundays.

Overland From Mexico

Take a first class bus to Chetumal, on the Mexico-Belize border, and then board a premier class Batty Bus from Chetumal to Belize City.

Total travelling time is around 8 hours and return-fare bus tickets cost approximately $50.

Getting to Belize From Guatemala

Aerovias from Guatemala City to Belize City (Monday, Wednesday and Fridays). Approx. 1 hour 20 minutes.

Maya Island Air from Tikal/Flores (Guatemala), to Belize City. Two flights daily.

From Southern Guatemala

Take a ferry or boat from Puerto Barrios or Livingston (Guatemala) to Punta Gorda (Belize), from where you can fly Maya Island Air; north, to your destination in Belize.

Getting to Belize From Honduras

From Roatan, Bay Islands with Caribbean Air - Saturdays only.

From San Pedro Sula with Taca.

Taca also flies from La Ceiba and Tegucigalpa, north to Belize.

Getting Around Belize

Around Belize by Air

Flying is the easiest, most economical and time efficient method of travel in Belize.

Maya Island Air services most major cities, Ambergris Caye (San Pedro) and Caye Caulker. The airline is also available for charter flights within Belize and neighbouring countries.

Around Belize by Road

Driving around Belize is easy, if not sometimes bumpy when journeying off-road.

Be sure to book your four-wheel drive vehicle with a reputable company. Most rental companies will not allow you to cross the border into Guatemala or Mexico, so ask before you rent.

Taxis, shuttles and public buses service most of the country.

Belize has an inexpensive and reliable bus service between all the major towns. Almost every day, buses leave Belize City every hour for towns to the north and west. Towns to the south, like Dangriga and Placencia, are limited to a few runs each day. The buses are comfortable and safe... and the views are spectacular.

Belize Packing Tips - by Coconuts Caribbean Hotel

Although most of these items are available in Belize, you may be staying at a lodge far from town and supplies, so be sure to bring along:

A flashlight and spare batteries; camera, spare film (or memory card) and batteries; Ziploc plastic bags for camera, documents, money and medicine; personal medication and basic first aid kit; lightweight rain poncho; Bandana hat; sunscreen and insect repellent.

You may also want to bring bird books, binoculars and a Swiss army knife.

Keep in mind that your clothes could get wet in the rainy season so bring extras.

You'll also need shoes with a good sole for the bush; sandals for the beach and caye; sunglasses; small backpack for day trips; and of course, a water bottle.

Belize Tourism

Belize Guide:
Comprehensive guide to Belize with useful information to help you plan your Belize vacation.

Belize Tourist Board:
The official guide to tourism in Belize is rather basic, with all the general information hyperlinked on a coral green background.

Belize by Naturalight:
The consummate website for all things Belize.

Diving in Belize

Belize is sub-tropical and has the Caribbean at its door.

With the longest coral in the western hemisphere, Belize attracts many diving enthusiasts to its shores.

Even with a snorkel and flippers it's like swimming in a giant aquarium. The waters around here are some of the clearest you'll ever see, and the fish offer a true kaleidoscope to bewilder even the most jaded traveller.

Diving in Belize:
Belize is a paradise for divers as it claims the second largest barrier reef in the world, with stunning islands nearby.

Splash Dive Centre:
Discover the real Belize and the best of the Caribbean. PADI dive resort and scuba diving packages, accommodation, and whale shark diving in Placencia, Belize.

Ambergris Caye (San Pedro)

Ambergis Caye is a 15-minute flight from Belize City, or you could skim over the sea in a water taxi.

Banana Beach Resort - Official Hotel Website. Banana Beach Resort: Coconut Drive, San Pedro.
Located on the Caribbean shores of Belize's Ambergris Caye and resting gracefully on the finest beach; just far enough south of San Pedro Town for real tranquillity.

Coconuts Caribbean Hotel:
Located right on the beach of Ambergris Caye, just south of San Pedro Town, the Coconuts Caribbean Hotel offers 18 beautiful rooms looking out on the private courtyard garden and pool; with incredible views of the Caribbean.

Belize City

Settled by British adventurers in the early 17th century, Belize City became the capital of British Honduras in 1884.

The low-lying coastal city is vulnerable to hurricanes and has been devastated three times this century: 1931, 1961, and 1978.

Most people use Belize City as their base for exploring the crystal clear ocean and coastal lagoons, and may not be aware that the present day capital of Belmopan is in the interior, on the way to Guatemala.

Belize City:
Some old colonial houses can still be found, with their distinct red roofs and wooden walls. Unfortunately wood doesn't stand up well to hurricanes; probably why the early Mayans used stone.


Situated on the Belize River, about 80 km from the Gulf of Honduras.

Belmopan's protected inland site made it the ideal choice as the new capital of Belize, after coastal Belize City was devastated by another hurricane in 1961.

Banana Bank Lodge - Official Hotel Website Banana Bank Lodge: Mile 47 Western Highway, Belmopan.
Just two miles from Belmopan, Banana Bank Lodge has 16 rooms, a restaurant/bar and swimming pool. As Belize's premiere equestrian centre, you can also go on horse-rides through 4,000 acres of mostly prime jungle vegetation.

Caye Caulker

The island of Caye Caulker is located 18 miles north-east of Belize City.

There are regular flights from Belize International Airport (Goldson) and water taxis from Belize City marine terminal arrive at the pier.

Caye Caulker Water Taxi Association:
As well as a regular scheduled service between Belize City, Caye Caulker and San Pedro charters are available for those who prefer to be on their own.

Cyber Caye Caulker:
Colourful directory of business services on Caye Caulker.

Go Caye Caulker:
The official website of the Caye Caulker Belize Tourism Industry Association.

Caye Caulker Accommodation

Cay Caulker Hotels.

Auxillou Beach Suites:
Individual one-bedroom suites, tastefully decorated to blend in with the island atmosphere. Each fully air-conditioned unit features a king-sized bed, private bath, hot/cold water, living room area, cable TV, kitchenette, and its own spacious deck space.

Tree Tops Guesthouse:
Tree Top’s beach front location gives visitors unspoiled views of the sea and reef.

Caye Caulker Activities

Dive the famous Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye and Long Caye.

Raggamuffin Tours:
Offers a variety of packages from one day snorkelling to sunset cruises and overnight sailing/camping adventures to the outer atolls and Cayes that have made Belize famous. In addition there's a selection of fishing tours available from deep sea, to trawling and fly fishing.

Belize Accommodation

Hotels in Belize.

Blancaneaux Lodge Blancaneaux Lodge:
Located outside of San Ignacio, in the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve; a 300-square-mile national wildlife reserve in the Maya Mountains. Each bungalow features a soaring hand-woven thatched roof, artisan-crafted and antique colonial furnishings and a luxurious Japanese bath with views of the jungle sky.

Chan Chich Lodge:
The lodge is located in the lower plaza of an ancient Maya city and is in a private nature reserve of over 250,000 acres. The 12 thatched-roof cabanas surround two central buildings that contain the reception desk, restaurant, bar, gift shop, and library.

Hickatee Cottages:
Memorable, comfortable and affordable accommodation for nature and adventure holidays in Southern Belize.

Laminai Outpost Lodge:
Adjacent to the spectacular Maya ruins of the Lamanai Archaeological Reserve, The Outpost is one of Belize's special places where adventure, education, and leisure come together in a magical blend.

Turtle Inn - Official Hotel Website Turtle Inn:
Located on the southern coast of Belize, just outside the town of Placencia. Charming cabanas of bleached thatch and native wood mingle with the beach’s palm and sea grape. Each Balinese-inspired cabana has artisan-crafted furnishings, a luxury private bath and a panoramic view of the sea.

Compare Belize Hotel Prices

Belize City, Belmopan, Caye Caulker, San Pedro, St. George's Caye.

Mayan Ruins

Mayan Ruins:
An important part of Belize's history is the Mayan legacy of outstanding palaces and temples; hidden in the jungle for centuries.

Belize Travel Guides

Belize, Guatemala & Southern Mexico (Footprint Handbook) Insight Guides: Belize: Apa Belize: National Geographic: Adventure Map (National Geographic: Adventure Map (3106))

Belize Travel Guides - Belize Maps.

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