Destinations Belize


Belize Vacation and Travel Planning Overview

IZE Dock at Southwater CayeBelize offers many vacation options for such a small country (about the size of Massachusetts).

For example, you know you want to visit Belize's beaches and do some snorkeling, fishing and/or diving.  But, which beach?  And, do you want a traditional Belize hotel, a villa or suite with a kitchen, a beach cabana, or a full service resort?

And what about the jungle?

Should you split your Belize vacation between the jungle and the beach, or just take day trips to the jungle and rainforest areas of Belize to check out the Mayan ruins, do some caving, jungle hiking, maybe some jungle horseback riding or jungle river canoeing?

Cockscomb riverAnd, what part of the jungle?

The answer to all of these questions is, "It depends." 

And, answering these questions is usually the initial focus of our work with most of our clients - before we even start talking about specific Belize hotels, resorts, guesthouses, lodges, etc.

For example:

  • Jungle and Beach, or Beach with Jungle Day Trips: Generally, we don't recommend splitting your Belize vacation time between two locations unless you have at least 7 days and 6 nights for your trip, 7 or more nights is even better.  While Belize is small, it's still not all that easy to get around, so you can usually figure on at least half a day travel time for each change in location.  The number of small children who might be accompanying you is another primary consideration for families.

  • Beach Location:  The primary beach areas in Belize are Ambergris Caye/San Pedro, Hopkins/Sittee Point,  the Placencia Peninsula, and the smaller cayes such as Whipray, Southwater, Turneffe Atoll, Glover's Reef Atoll, Lighthouse Caye, Ranguana and Tobacco Caye.  Choosing among them isn't all that easy.  We've attempted to provide some basic guidelines and links to additional information on our Belize Beach Locations page.

  • Jungle Lodges:  The activities in which you are interested should be a primary consideration in choosing the appropriate Belize jungle lodge.  Also, consider the ages of the people (and children) in your group, location (especially if you're splitting your time between jungle and beach), and budget.  Basic guidelines and links to additional jungle lodge information is on our Jungle Destinations page.

Our recommendations:  The menu to the right includes links to a variety of information about Belize and planning a Belize vacation that we hope will be helpful to you in thinking about your Belize vacation options, including descriptions of tours, activities and excursions in different parts of the country, sample vacation packages, custom vacation planning services, transportation, money and communications, health and medical care and more. 

We hope the information on our site is valuable to you, and that you'll let us assist you in planning your Belize experience.

We look forward to hearing from you!


I’m back in the US and finally settled down enough to write and say thank you! 

We had a wonderful time in Belize.  You recommendations were right on the money.  Even for the adults, there were a lot of first time experiences.  I can’t say enough. 

Caves Branch was a great way to experience the jungle.  Ian and his staff did an excellent job.  The guides on the excursions we took made sure that we were safe and had fun on all our excursions and that includes the stop at the Belize Zoo on our first day there. 

Again, you were right when you said the apartment in Placencia had the best ocean breeze.  I sat out on that patio many times and that was morning, midday and at night.  Captain Ran and his staff took great care of us on our excursion to French Louie Caye.  We were the only ones out there for the day.  And the Night Wind tour the next day was also awesome.  They created memories for the kids that I hope they will hold on to for a while.

Again, thank you for making this a vacation to remember.


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