Belize may be a Central American country, but it's coastline and the friendly laid back attitude of its people is entirely Caribbean. From the stunning, ancient ruins to the remarkable coral reefs, there's plenty to explore. If you fancy a spot of snorkelling, the island of Ambergris Caye is an absolute must. No Belize holiday would be complete without a visit to some of the famed Mayan structures - the ancient city of Altun Ha is just one magnet for tourists. If you're looking to spend quality time in a haven of unspoilt natural beauty a hotel in Belize is the perfect getaway.
Although there are no direct flights from UK airports, there are many indirect flights to Belize with carriers such as Delta and KLM. They come at reasonable prices if you don't leave it to the last minute to book. Flights can take around 12 hours and fly into the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport located about 30 minutes away from one-time capital Belize City.
Exploring the country is easy especially if you take advantage of the buses on offer - just stand at the roadside and flag one down like you would in the UK. The buses are brightly coloured and are often boarded by kids selling traditional homemade snacks, which is a great way to have a first, inexpensive taste of Belize culture. For a more unconventional way of exploring during your holiday in Belize take a water taxi from city to city. The San Pedro Belize Express has many departures a day so you never have to wait for long!
An exotic holiday doesn't have to cost the earth if you book your Belize hotel well in advance. During August the country plays host to the San Pedro International Costa Maya Festival so be mindful of the fact that hotels may be more expensive during this period.
Snorkelling doesn't always have to be expensive. Take a wander along the beaches of Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker to find good deals. Just keep in mind that you'll be expected to pay a small charge as park tax to help contribute to the upkeep of the reefs.
It can be expensive to eat at touristy restaurants so make sure you ask around and see where the locals like to eat - you can get much more for your money. Rice and beans is a popular local speciality consisting of white cooked rice and a side of pinto beans. If you're feeling brave try it with Marie Sharp, a fiery hot sauce made from habanero peppers - see if you can handle the extra hot!
Updated 15th May 2013
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