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Top Trip Memories

  • Splashing and exploring the cave Actun Tunichel Muchtal (ATM), one of the coolest caves you'll ever visit
  • Scuba diving the epic Blue Hole - an underwater stalachtite filled deep chamber in the center of an atoll, and appearing from above as a giant sinkhole of velvety deep blue sea
  • Seeing jaguars at the Belize zoo
  • Relaxing on Ambergris Caye
  • Paddling dusky jade rives and floating through caves
  • Participating in adventure activites like leaping from beautiful waterfalls and zip lining through the canopy of lush tropical rainforests
  • Snorkeling or diving the world's 2nd largest barrier reef
  • Swimming close enough to touch giant sea turtles at Hol Chan Marine Reserve
  • Staying at a jungle eco-lodge and awakening to the sounds of monkeys and birds of paradise
  • Exploring the Mayan ruins of Caracol, an impressive site rising from the snarled jungle with five plazas and an enormous pyramid
  • Hopping over the border for a day trip to Guatemala to see the famous Mayan ruin of Tikal
  • Devouring Belizean fry jacks - a decadent yet dainty fried bread, with papaya jam for breakfast
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Tour Tips

  • Flights are the most convenient and scenic way to get around the country and the national airline is Tropic Air. Propeller planes head north or south from central hubs and run like bus routes, making stops to pick up and drop off fellow passengers - even locals out running extended errands.
  • To maximize time in the country, be sure to spend a few nights in the jungle and a few nights on the coast. Try Ambergis Caye for beautiful beaches and world-class diving, Placencia for boho-luxe hotels and island hopping, and the Cayo District as a launch point for jungle lodges and Mayan ruins. Consider the less-traveled southwestern corner near Guatemala for even more remote forests and wildlife spotting.
  • November through May is considered peak season and June through November is off-peak. Those summer months are hot but still a nice time to travel; the rainy season is mainly concentrated in September and October.
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Belize Travel Reviews & Ratings

4.7 out of 5

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1,500 Reviews

  • Excellent 1,112
  • Great 383
  • Average 3
  • Disappointing 0
  • Terrible 2

Rating Details

  • Value
    4.7
  • Guide
    4.7
  • Activities
    4.7
  • Lodging
    4.7
  • Transportation
    4.7
  • Meals
    4.7

Tour Reviews

I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing!

Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

5.0
February 2017
EF College Break
Recommend: Yes
I went on my first EF trip solo to Belize and it was absolutely amazing! Efrain was our tour director and he was wonderful! He was very funny and approachable if you had any questions. He made this trip so memorable with everything that went on. During the trip we had a couple of longer bus rides and he always found things to do along the way so we were not sitting for long periods of time. We also had free time after our activities which we loved because we got to go explore the areas on our own. The locals in Belize are also very very nice and very helpful if you do have any questions. I would 10/10 recommend this trip!
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La Ruta Maya

La Ruta Maya

5.0
January 2017
Exodus Travels
Recommend: Yes
A great trip to soak in the Mayan culture across different regions and to see the ancient Mayan civilisations greatest creations. A good way to see parts of Mexico and Guatemala not on the main tourist trails.
waking up at Lake Atitlan and wandering down to the lake side; watching the clouds skim the top of the volcanoes.
Diving at Tulum and snorkeling in Belize; the reefs are teeming with life. Swimming with nurse sharks and sting rays was an unforgettable experience.
Climbing the Mayan temples in the rain forests and upon reaching the top, surveying the dark green canopy backdropped against the bluest sky.

Armando was an excellent leader and very knowledgeable about all the countries we visited and the Mayan civilisations. He would plan ahead to make sure we got to the sites before the coaches arrived and got too busy; as well as making sure everyone was doing ok and had plenty of water, sunscreen, insect repellent etc.
All the drivers were great too, especially Javier our driver for the Mexican Leg.

Be prepared for some long days travelling in the bus. It was comfortable but some roads were a little bumpy. Stops were made every few hours.
Plenty of mosquito repellent; my ankles were the favourite spots that I got bitten.
No need to overpack, washing can be done at a few stops on the way, I got mine done in Belize for a reasonable rate, done same day.

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No complain at all.

Mayan Encounter

5.0
January 2017
G Adventures
Recommend: Yes
Nice combination of history, culture, beaches, good (local) food and drinks.

I highly recommend booking with EF and going on the Belize trip!

Belize: Rainforests, Reefs & Ruins

5.0
January 2017
EF College Break
Recommend: Yes
A couple weeks ago I went on the Belize tour as my first tour with EF, first time traveling alone, and first time out of the country.
This trip was by far one of the best things I've ever done. I stepped outside my comfort zone, made new friends and new memories. Our tour director, Efrain, was beyond wonderful. At one point a stomach bug hit our group but he made sure to take the appropriate steps with EF in helping everyone feel their best.
I highly recommend booking with EF and going on the Belize trip! Cannot wait to book my next trip! Feel free to ask questions if you have them :)
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We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkeling off of Carrie Bow Caye!!

Paradise Islands

5.0
December 2016
Island Expeditions
Recommend: Yes
Our Paradise Islands tour was a superb opportunity to see Belize up close and personal. We were blessed with a small group (3 guests and 1 guide), great weather, easy waters for kayaking and snorkelling. We started in Tobacco Caye Paradise Lodge where Mr Ed and his staff took great care of us with fabulous local food, comfortable cabanas built over the reef so we could sit out on our back deck and watch the rays and fish hover about. Kimike, our guide, had us out kayaking the first afternoon along the barrier reef where we saw large eagle rays and an osprey flying off with a parrot fish in its talons. We paddled over to Tobacco Caye Range, a large mangrove forest, about 2.5 Km away where we encountered cormorants, pelicans by the score, southern rays and ospreys. After Tobacco Caye, we paddle/sailed our kayaks down to South Water Caye and stayed with International Zoological Expeditions where our cabana was situated adjacent to the eastern mangrove forest on the Caye. From our deck we could watch herons carefully hunting for small crabs and lizards. Once again, the staff cooked excellent local meals and are very friendly. We snorkelled off the beach using our kayaks and also paddled over to Carrie Bow Caye where the Smithsonian Institute has a research facility. The managers gave us a tour of the operations and were very informative. Kimike had us paddleboarding that afternoon, teaching us the basics as he demonstrated his skill at yoga on the water! Our last day involved a long paddle down to Billyhawk Caye, weaving in and out of a large mangrove range on the way down, disturbing huge southern rays as we glided over their hollows, listening to ospreys call from their perches and enjoying a great lunch of conch stew, salad and rice at Billyhawk Caye. We gathered our possessions and said goodbye to the kayaks. Our last snorkel was in the reefs near the Bread and Butter Islands, just south of the Caye. The size and variety of the soft coral was astounding along with a profusion of brightly colored fish of all types.
Why did you choose to travel with Island Expeditions?:
We had a great time last year at Lighthouse Reef on Half Moon Caye and had no qualms about signing up again for a trip to Belize with Island Expeditions. This year we added extra time at Bocawina, Glover's Atoll and Pook's Hill with the IE staff arranging and booking rooms, transfers, local flights.

What was the highlight of your trip?:
We really enjoyed the kayaking and snorkelling off of Carrie Bow Caye where Joan had a chance to swim alongside a huge eagle ray. Night time snorkelling for the first time, where we saw an octopus, rays, channel crabs and conchs. Learning about coconut milk and Belizean rum in combination was delightful!

What would be your advice to potential travellers?:
Be prepared to travel light as all your baggage is going into dry bags and stowed in the kayaks. IE staff will look after your larger baggage in the office while you are out on the water. Bring long sleeved synthetic T shirts and tights for paddling and kayaking to protect against the sun and reduce your need for sunscreen. An infinity scarf can also cover your face and scalp while snorkelling.
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Belize Trips & Tour Advice

Nestled into Central America just south of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, with an idyllic Caribbean coastline, Belize boasts the world's second largest barrier reef -- making it a prime spot for Scuba divers and snorkelers -- as well as thick interior jungles and Mayan ruins to explore. While it's a quick flight from the United States, Belize offers plenty in the way of exotic tropical attractions, outdoor adventure, and Mayan culture both old and new. A Belize tour will get you far beyond the beaches so you can discover the heart and soul of this beautiful and increasingly popular destination.

A Jungle Paradise

Belize boasts an idyllic locale in Central America, perched between Yucatan Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea. Despite it's small size, the country packs a punch when it comes to adventure and cultural offerings. The long stretch of Caribbean coastline provides countless sandy cayes and beaches, many uninhabited for a lazy, island-hopping dream come true. The world's second longest barrier reef just offshore (home to the stunning Blue Hole) draws scuba divers and snorkelers worldwide. The interior of Belize is a tangle of jungle, with all of the adventure activities and wildlife viewing opportunities such a rich tropical forest entails. In fact, 60% of the country is covered in forest and more than 36% of the country is under some form of protected status. Eco-travel is possible and encouraged, from the UNESCO World Heritage reef on the coast to surprisingly luxurious eco-lodges in the rainforest.

Aside from the varied microclimates and topography, Belize is also a melting pot of people and languages. Soak up Latin American culture and history alongside laid-back Caribbean hospitality, with a touch of post-colonial influence from the UK (Belize was a British territory until 1981). The blend is intoxicating. English is the official language, but Belizean Creole, Garifuna, and Maya dialects are also widely spoken. The cuisine is a similar jumble of influence, brought to life with fresh seafood, salsas, rum, cacao, and tropical fruits.

Ancient History

The backbone of any trip to Belize is the extraordinary Mayan history of the area, once the epicenter of the ancient Maya civilization. Mayan influence courses throughout the country and is essential to its core. The captivating, crumbling ruin complexes spread throughout the interior are well worth a day trip - some of these mysterious cities and temples are said to be inspiration for the Indiana Jones films.

Belize is a multifaceted destination that offers something for everyone, from archeological splendors to cacao plantations. That aforementioned small size comes in handy -  this compact country is easy to navigate, meaning a staggering variety experiences can be had in a relatively short amount of time.

 

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