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Experience Your Best Belize Vacation

Whether you want to relax on the beach, spend time in the Caribbean Sea, visit Mayan ruins or explore the expansive cave system, a Belize vacation has plenty to offer. From the barrier reefs and Great Blue Hole to the wildlife sanctuaries and islands, enjoy dining, shopping, and outdoor adventures as you travel this Central American nation. Before you rush down to Belize to dive in the warm water, Orbitz will give you the inside scoop on the best time to go on a Belize vacation, top 10 attractions and insider gems.

Best time to take a trip to Belize

High season runs from November through April (dry season), so plan ahead to snag discount hotel rates. February and March are the driest months, and mountainous areas are coolest. On the Cayes, temps linger in the 70s and 80s and tropical breezes bring natural air conditioning. In April and May, the mercury can reach into the 90s.

Summer is rain season, showers are typically short and sporadic, and cheap hotel rates are easier to find. Hurricane season spans from July through October. 

Plan ahead if you're visiting during Carnival (the week before Lent, February) when towns host parades, dance competitions and festivities. Baron Bliss Day (March 9) is a nation-wide bash with a regatta, horse races and more.

Things to do in Belize

Mayan Ruins

Discover former cities of the Mayan civilization. Visit Caracol -- the largest Mayan site in the country -- and ogle Canaa, a nearly 150-foot-high pyramid. Explore the temples and palaces of Xunantunich (Maiden of the Rock), and walk the ancient trails of Lamanai (Submerged Crocodile), where the first inhabitants date back to 1500 B.C.

Belize Zoo

Located on 29 acres of tropical savanna west of Belize City, the Belize Zoo boasts more than 125 animals native to the area. Find scarlet macaws, harpy eagles, the endangered Jabiru Stork, boa constrictors and jaguars. For extra thrills, arrange a guided night tour, or kayak the Sibun River.

St. John's Cathedral

See European history come alive in the oldest Anglican Church in Central America. With bricks imported from Europe, St. John's Cathedral has seen its share of famous visitors, including the Archbishops of Canterbury, York and Wales. Four Mosquito Coast kings were crowned here between 1815 and 1845.

Great Blue Hole

This giant sinkhole near the Lighthouse Reef is considered one of the most unique scuba diving spots in the world. Over 400 feet deep and nearly 1,000 feet across, this spot -- made famous by Jacques Cousteau -- draws divers with its limestone formations, stalactites, and crystal clear water that gets clearer the deeper one gets.

Community Baboon Sanctuary

An hour bus ride from Belize City, the sanctuary has more than 2,000 monkeys, so the chances of seeing one are pretty good. You can even camp on the sanctuary grounds or stay in a local bed and breakfast with a community member.

Belize Barrier Reef

Located about 1,000 feet offshore, the nearly 200-mile-long reef draws experienced scuba divers to first-time snorkelers, as well as fishing and kayaking. Swim alongside hawksbill and loggerhead turtles, nurse and reef sharks, colorful fish and reef formations.

Insider tips for Belize travel


This town is nature-lovers paradise with mangroves, whale shark watching, butterflies, and Monkey River – home to famous Howler Monkeys, iguanas and crocodiles. Explore diverse cayes, and bike into town for Tutti Fruitti's gelato, art galleries and restaurants.

Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley

Located close to San Pedro, these snorkeling and diving sites feature nurse sharks and sting rays.

Belize Botanic Gardens

Created and maintained by the duPlooy family, this non-for-profit botanic garden has five Belizean ecosystems. Tour the Native Orchid House, and learn about the native culture on the Plants of the Maya trail.

Lazy Croc BBQ

This laid-back restaurant on Ambergris Caye is a gem for barbecues, pulled pork, drunken rum cake and friendly service. Bring cash, and plan ahead -- the restaurant is open seasonally.

Top Rated Hotels for your Belize Vacation

Maya Beach Hotel
Maya Beach Hotel
3.0 out of 5.0 Maya Beach, Stann Creek District, Placencia, Stan Creek
4.7/5 (6 reviews)

Nice people, very helpful, great restaurant, incredible View

Reviewed on Dec 10, 2019
Guests of Maya Beach Hotel enjoy features like an outdoor pool, free WiFi in public areas, and free use of bicycles. Front-desk staff can help with tours or ...
Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton
Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton
4.0 out of 5.0 Sea Grape Drive, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
4.3/5 (13 reviews)

This property is a beautiful little world unto itself. They seem to still be putting some of the finishing touches on the property, so there is some construction going on. I loved the little villas instead of hotel rooms-I don't know if the pictures do them justice. They have string lights on the ...

Reviewed on Mar 15, 2020
Built in 2017, the brand new Mahogany Bay Resort & Beach Club, Curio Collection by Hilton offers an outdoor pool, a fitness center, and free WiFi in public areas. ...
Island Magic Beach Resort Ltd
Island Magic Beach Resort Ltd
3.0 out of 5.0 Avenida Hicaco, Caye Caulker
4.3/5 (10 reviews)

The view of the ocean was beautiful. Great location. Polite and helpful staff.

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020
Guests of Island Magic Beach Resort Ltd enjoy a full-service spa, an outdoor pool, and a children's pool. You can take advantage of free parking, along with ...

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