As one of the smaller countries in the region, Belize certainly punches above its weight. Offering an incredible diversity of experiences, boasting remote Mayan ruins, dense jungle perfect for adventuring, national parks teeming with birdlife and a stunning coastline.
With a distinctly Caribbean feel that sets it apart from its neighbours, Belize has a unique mix of language, music and culture. For those seeking adventure, the Cayo District is the perfect destination, and from here you can hike through the jungle to discover towering temples, explore huge cave systems or drift down winding rivers on a kayak. With more time you could venture deeper into Belize’s jungles to track the elusive jaguar or swim with whale sharks off the coast of Placencia.
And don’t forget Belize’s beautiful barrier reef. Second, only in size to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, these picture-perfect turquoise waters are dotted with over 450 tropical islands (or cayes) and boast an amazing diversity of marine life.
- The cayes (islands) strung out along the Meso-American Barrier Reef – Caye Calker is one of the best
- Go Scuba diving, whether taking the plunge in the blue hole, or the submerged canyons of Caye Ambergris and the Northern Cayes
- Caracol, a vast Mayan City tucked into the matted jungle or the ruins of Altun HA
- Search for jaguars at Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
- Relax on the stunning beaches in Placencia
- Explore the narrow passages of Barton Creek Cave, an ancient sacred site for Mayan burials
When to Visit
The country’s sub-tropical climate is best sampled from December to May. When warm temperatures and clear skies create an optimum travel environment and provide easy access to the main attractions. Belize can get quite humid in the summer months (June to November) with an increase in precipitation at this time, however, this season benefits from fewer visitors and rainfall is generally limited to a short afternoon shower.
Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Belize City.