Belize is a country of two halves. The first being its soft sandy beaches, amazing snorkelling, tiny cayes dotted off the coast and excellent diving. The other half of the country is covered in lush forest, hiding fabulous Mayan ruins and exotic wildlife. It makes a great companion country to Guatemala but equally stands as a holiday destination by itself. Highlights include:
- Ambergris Caye with its soft sand beaches and azure water is perfect for diving and snorkelling.
- As an alternative, laid back Caye Caulker or the beautiful mainland beaches of Placencia.
- Trek through the jungle and then swim through the entrance of an extensive network of caves at Actun Tunichil Muknal (or take a boat if you want something more relaxing!). The caves are full of stalactites and stalagmites and other crystal formations.
- Canoe, birdwatch, hike, swim, horsehide, or tube along the rivers and waterfalls in the Cayo District.
- Visit the impressive Mayan ruins of Xunantunich and Caracol.
Walking in Belize is low key and usually forms part of some other activity eg hiking to caves rather than four wheel drive. But many of the jungle lodges in the Cayo district run nature walks, some at night and some of the lodges are in extensive private grounds where you can follow trails to waterfalls and pools.
from £3645 per person
Classic Guatemala and Belize
from £3800 per person
Land of Belize group trip
from £780 per person (excl flights)
British nationals don’t need a visa to enter Belize. On arrival, you’ll be allowed to enter for a limited period. For further information visit the FCO travel advice pages