SMILE. YOU’VE LANDED IN BELIZE.
Affectionately referred to as “The Jewel” by native Belizeans, Belize is unique among Central American nations—it’s English-speaking, small (about the size of New Jersey) and un-crowded. It is also one of the world’s newest nations, having gained independence in 1981.
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CURRENCY BELIZE DOLLAR
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TASTE COCHINITA PIBIL
SIP SEAWEED SHAKE
EXPERIENCE DIVING WITH WHALE SHARKS
After achieving independence, the new government set aside 40 percent of the total territory as protected land. Since that original designation, protection of pristine forest and marine habitats has continued, with subsequent establishment of numerous additional public and private reserves.
Founded as British Honduras in 1862, historic Belize served as an outpost for pirates and loggers, since the early 17th century. Prior to European settlement, the Maya occupied this land for over 3,000 years. Over the centuries, the indigenous populations erected dozens of cities around elaborate temples and plazas.
The best time to visit is between December and May. Rainy season extends from June to November, with hurricane potential from July to mid-November. Temperatures are fairly constant year-round, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 70s. March can be windy on the coast.
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BIRDING IN BELIZE
Belize is birding paradise. More than 615 non-introduced avian species have been recorded in Belize’s territory.
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What language is spoken in Belize?
English is the primary language in Belize. Its territory was a British Crown colony, known as British Honduras, from 1783 to 1964. It gained full independence in 1981.
Maya and Spanish are also commonly spoken. Plautdietsch is spoken in the Mennonite communities.
Is it safe to travel to Belize?
Generally speaking, yes. Travel anywhere, and you’ll want to exercise increased caution. All travel carries inherent risks.
Generally speaking, Belize is safe for foreign visitors. Travel anywhere, and you’ll want to exercise increased caution. All travel carries inherent risks. It pays to have a professional guide and heed his advice.
Belize City has neighborhoods with high crime rates, but those are not the places you are likely to visit as a foreign traveler. It’s Belize City’s crime rate that makes the national crime rate alarming. Most of our clients leave the city immediately upon their international arrival.
As with many countries, borderlands and remote areas can carry a higher risk. This is occasionally true in some of the Guatemalan and Mexican border regions, where armed groups have entered Belize in search of rare plants and animals for the black market.
When considering travel to Belize, it’s best to consult with those who know the situation on the ground. The expert travel planners at LANDED know Belize first-hand and by heart. Speak with us today. We’re at your service.
What is there to do in Belize?
Belize’s size—just 180 miles from north to south and 68 miles east to west—allows travelers to effortlessly mix active adventure with relaxation. Visits to tropical forest and mountain lodges can be conveniently paired with downtime at luxurious islands and beach hotels.
In the mountainous interior, you can zipline, scout ancient Maya cities, track jaguars, swim in river pools, and explore caves.
Belize is famous for its reefs, cayes, and atolls. Many visitors come to Belize purely for the snorkeling and diving. This is one of the best locations in the Western Hemisphere for swimming with whale sharks.
When is the best time to go to Belize?
The best time to visit is between December and May. Rainy season extends from June to November, with hurricane potential from July to mid-November.
Temperatures are fairly constant year-round, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 70s. March can be windy on the coast.
When is hurricane season in Belize?
Usually from July to mid-November. Sometimes it extends until the end of November.
Machu Picchu is a city of gods. In the same breath, it bears witness to the power of the human imagination. Towering amongst the clouds, suspended between the Amazon and Andes, each rock seems hitched to the moon, sun, and stars.