BELIZE TRAVEL GUIDE

INTRODUCTION

Wild and alive with its lush Highlands, mysterious Mayas, magnificent marine life, and spectacular shorelines, Belize is a destination for the adventurous. You can canoe in the waters of the Macal, trek in the dense forests, and walk among the remains of the great Mayan civilisation or explore the second largest reef in the world.

 

If you’re the kind who loves to laze in peace and all this sounds like too much action, there are plenty of places tucked away in the highlands or located on the beachfront where you all you need to do is eat, sleep and enjoy the untamed beauty of Belize.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

Updated:

Belize has closed its airports until at least August 14, and restricted the entry of all travelers who are not nationals or residents of Belize.Philip Goldson International airport was expected to reopen on August 15; however this date has now been postponed until at least September 3.When international travel reopens, travelers must download the Belize Health App and complete the required information prior to boarding a flight to Belize. This will create a unique QR code for contact tracing while in Belize.Travelers must have a booked stay at a hotel in Belize that has achieved the Tourism Gold Standard Certificate of Recognition. They are encouraged to to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours of travel. Those who present a negative PCR test upon arrival will be able to utilize the ‘fast track’ entry lane for much faster arrival processing.Travelers who do not have a negative test will be required to undergo testing by the Ministry of Health upon arrival at their own expense. Those who test positive will be quarantined in a government facility.All travelers to Belize must wear a face mask at all times.

 

TRAVEL ADVISORY

LOCATION MAP

Belize

America - Central

REGION:

COUNTRY MAP

Belize

Do You Need a VISA to Visit

BELIZE?

arrow&v

FIND YOUR

WHERE-TO-NEXT

DESTINATION

Advanced real-time filter by visa, region, value, weather & activity

QUICK FACTS

  • Capital: Belmopan

  • Currency: Belizean dollar (BZD) / U.S. Dollar (USD) (Widely accepted)

  • Area: 22,966 km2

  • Population: 383 071 (2018)

  • Language: English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Black Carib), Creole

  • Religion: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 27% (Pentecostal 7%, Anglican 5%, Seventh-Day Adventist 5%, Mennonite 4%, Methodist 3.5%, Jehovah's Witnesses 1.5%), none 9.4%, other 14%

  • Electricity: 110/60Hz (North American plug)

 

Search for flights to

BELIZE

PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 9 March, National Heroes and Benefactors Day (formerly Baron Bliss Day)**
  • 24 May, Commonwealth Day (Sovereign’s Day)**
  • 10 September, National Day (St. George’s Caye Day) (1798)*
  • 21 September, Independence Day (1981)*
  • 12 October, Day of the Americas (Pan American Day)**
  • 19 November, Garifuna Settlement Day (1823)*
  • 26 December, Boxing Day*

* Observed on Monday if holiday falls on Sunday.

** If the holiday falls on a Sunday or a Friday, the following Monday is observed as the bank and public holiday; if the holiday falls on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, the preceding Monday is observed as the bank and public holiday.

Also, Semana Santa (Holy Week), especially Good Friday, Holy Saturday, Easter Sunday, and Easter Monday.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

 

WEATHER SYNOPSIS

Belize is characterised by a moist tropical climate with a seasonal variation slightly different than other Caribbean countries. Its wet season occurs during the months of May to October and its dry season occurs during the months of November to April. The mean annual temperature ranges from 23-27°C, providing some variation throughout the country, with the coast generally exhibiting hotter temperatures than the interior. The El Niño Southern Oscillation (ENSO) heavily influences Belize’s climate, in addition to the intensification of the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). The El Niño phenomenon generally produces warmer conditions during the months of June to August, whereas La Niña produces wetter conditions typically associated with the tropical Atlantic cyclones. During the wet season, Belize usually receives mean monthly rainfall of 150-400 mm in the south of the country. The rest of the country receives less than 100 mm of rainfall per month, where precipitation is limited. Belize is prone to hurricane impacts since it lies in the direct path of the majority of Atlantic storms.

Belize

TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

Peak Season

Shoulder Season

Off Peak Season

JANUARY

HOT

COLD

MODERATE
DRY

WET

FEBRUARY

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

MARCH

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

APRIL

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

MAY

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

JUNE

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

JULY

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

AUGUST

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

SEPTEMBER

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

OCTOBER

HOT

COLD

MODERATE

DRY

WET

NOVEMBER

HOT

COLD

MODERATE
DRY

WET

DECEMBER

HOT

COLD

MODERATE
DRY

WET

 

SPORT & ACTIVITIES

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in Belize is from November to May when the weather is dry and temperatures moderate.

BEACH:

The best time to enjoy the beautiful beaches of Belize is from December to April when the weather is dry and temperatures moderate. May and November can also be pleasant, but from June to October it's hurricane season.

WIND:

A bit of a secret gem when it comes to kitesurfing, Belize has two main kite spots, on Caye Caulker or Ambergris Caye. The only downside is that there is the lack of beach for launching so this often needs to be boat assisted. You can find some usable winds all year round, with the most consistent winds from November to May with the best time from January to April.

For more details on kite surfing in Belize expand this section!

SURFING:

Belize is an excellent all year round surfing destination. The most consistent swell is usually from December to March. Long Caye out at Glover's Reef offers the best waves.

 
 

HEALTH

Be aware of possible health risks in 

Belize

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

For the latest travel health notices and recommended precautions click

 
 
 

CHOOSE NEXT DESTINATION

arrow&v

© 2020 Andre & Lisa