Looking for flights to Belize airport? Curious about what to do and see during a vacation trip to this Caribbean destination in the Northeastern coast of Central America? Our holiday travel tips might help you discover yet unexplored places and leisure possibilities in its mainland, islands, cayes and coral reefs, which only add up to the Mayan sites, exotic food, eclectic local culture and captivating music waiting to be enjoyed.
Beautiful Belize has, in fact, something for everyone, but it is particularly recommended to travelers seeking an active retreat where they can hike, go trekking, practice snorkeling and scuba diving, ride horses, learn and get lost in nature. Whether you prefer to stay in a budget accommodation near the jungle -to the west-, be closer to the ocean at a hotel -to the east- or get pampered at a resort in the Cayes, the subtropical weather of this Caribbean country remains warm and nice throughout the year. Continue reading below for advice to plan your trip and get ready to pack your bags.
How to travel to Belize: international airport, flights and transport options
The main international airport in Belize is the Philip S.W. Godson air terminal which, aside from seasonal operations, receives regular scheduled flights from Los Angeles, Houston, Atlanta, Denver, Orlando, Alaska, Dallas and Miami in the United States, Panama City in Panama, Cancun and Merida in Mexico and Flores in Guatemala all year round.
Domestic flights within the country are operated by Maya Island Air and Tropic Air to and from Corozal, Dangriga, Placencia, Punta Gorda, Caye Caulker, Caye Chapel and San Pedro. After landing, you may take a taxi to Belize City or Belmopan (the capital), a shuttle to the water taxi terminals or else hop on a chartered boat to reach St. George’s Caye, Ambergris Caye, Tobacco Caye, Glover’s Reef or the islands. Adventure travelers visiting Belize usually rent a car at the airport to get around independently.
Best places to stay in Belize and what to do during your trip
Former visitors and travelers have stated that their favorite areas to stay at in Belize are San Ignacio, Placencia, El Caracol, Caye Caulker, San Pedro and Punta Gorda. Notwithstanding that, you may prefer some areas over the others depending on what you want to do during your trip: relaxing, seeing the marine reserves and coral reefs, practicing sports, spotting wildlife or becoming an explorer at the more than ten ancient Mayan ruins and sites across the land. See our own selection below.
This accommodation is superbly located within short walking distance of San Pedro beach and the Hol Chan Marine Reserve. North Ambergris Caye and Playa Blanca lie about 7 kilometers from this point. Guests enjoy free private parking spaces, an outdoor pool, free WiFi and spa services and facilities, and may choose from a wide range of family rooms, suites, condos, villas and luxury residences for their stay in Belize.
The Hidden Valley Inn & Reserve in San Ignacio is an eco-resort consisting of luxury cottages located in the heart of the Mountain Pine Ridge Reserve, near the Chiquibil Forest and the Mayan ruins of El Caracol. Suitable for those who plan to go caving, canoeing and trekking during their trip to Belize, this sustainable accommodation has an onsite restaurant serving regional dishes, and offers suites, twin rooms and double rooms featuring private bathroom.
Punta Gorda in Belize is the perfect place to stay for ocean activities like snorkeling, scuba diving and marine life spotting, but also to taste the country’s finest pure chocolate, take a trip to see the waterfalls or visit Tiger Cove and the Snake Cayes. This property has luggage storage facilities and provides guests with currency exchange services, as well as with fully equipped rooms of varied capacity ranging from budget single to deluxe queen units.
The Drift Inn Cayo in Santa Elena lies close to the Mecal, Belize and Mopan rivers, and a short drive to the Mayan sites. This accommodation features a shared lounge, a bar, a restaurant and a swimming pool. Room service is available as well as a daily continental or American breakfast. They can arrange airport shuttle services for guests, who may opt for staying in a room with patio or in a dormitory with bunk beds.
This beachfront lodge is virtually on the beach while also exceptionally situated halfway between the reefs and the rainforest. The premises comprise a swimming pool, a cafe, a terrace, a garden, and a wide array of accommodations such as triple rooms with pool view, junior suites featuring ocean views and standard double rooms overlooking the pool (to mention but a few types). They also put bikes, kayaks and standup paddle boards at the guests’ disposal at no extra cost.