Put Belize at the very top of your travel list, it won’t take me long to convince you. I traveled with my boyfriend to the Central American country for two weeks during March.
We traveled to all of the typical Belize destinations, plus some off-the-beaten path areas.
For being such a small country (330,000 people), Belize has it all: caving, snorkeling, kayaking, gambling (you read that right), and my favorite: trying new foods and drinks.
The part that made traveling to Belize incredible, for us personally, were the its people. Belizeans are some of the friendliest and happiest people in the world!
Finally, Belize is the perfect country for the new traveler or the tourist who is ready to explore beyond the resort walls/port cities. Alongside being an English speaking country that accepts U.S. dollars, it’s a beautiful paradise with several different cultures and ecosystems!
Read more about my travels in Belize by clicking on the photos below. Cheers!
Planning a trip soon? Check out my top Belize travel tips at the bottom of this post.
What to Know About Traveling to Belize
About the Central American Country, Belize
- English is the official language of Belize, but Creole and Spanish are also spoken by nearly everyone.
- The US dollar is accepted everywhere, but the ATM’s only spit out Belizean dollars. They’re at a conversion rate of 2 Belize dollars to 1 US dollar.
What To Do in Belize
- We spent 2 nights, 3 days in each Belize destination. I think that was perfect as it gave us one full day in each area.
- Granted, we stayed in the San Ignacio area for awhile because of all the attractions. We just moved to a small village a few miles away from the area for a different experience from the bustling city of San Ignacio.
- Some of the top things to do in Belize are things such as: snorkeling, diving, caving, kayaking, fishing, eating, and most importantly, making new friends.
Getting Around in Belize
- Belize is a very small country. All of the cities I visited were just two hours drive (or less) away from each other. Even the more ‘off-the-grid’ spots.
- We rented a car and it was wonderful traveling the small country that way.
- Gas is crazy expensive! When we went, it was about $5 a gallon.
- If you’re looking to budget travel you can definitely get by on chicken bus (old school buses). There were many travelers in our hostels who had done that, no problems.
- Getting around the Cayes is pretty easy, there are two main water taxi companies. Both are good.
Belize Culture & Safety
Belize Food & Drink
- Check out my complete guide to Belize’s best food and drinks.
- Rice & Beans are the typical side dish of Belize, but you’ll want to order fry jacks as much as possible. They’re doughy, puffed up, tortilla-like fried dough.
- The water isn’t drinkable in most of the country, but don’t worry. Many businesses and Belizeans use and provide bottled water.