San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, © Can Stock / vojtechvlk
Visit Belize – Caves Branch River
Near the ATM limestone cave, you can also find the Caves Branch River. The Caves Branch River cuts a river cave through the limestone that is large enough for cave tubing. You can’t tube through in the dry season from Feb – June though. You will need to hike 45 minutes to reach this limestone cave.
St Herman’s Blue Hole
St Herman’s Blue Hole National Park is close to Caves Branch River and it offers caves, waterfalls and a small blue pool. This is not the same as the Great Blue Hole, which is located in the Belize Barrier Reef. You will find several tour companies offering day trips to limestone caves in Belize.
Belize City, © Can Stock / nik0s
Visit Belize – Mountain Pine Ridge
Mountain Pine Ridge is a full day tour from Belize City. Mountain Pine Ridge has caves, lakes, rivers and waterfalls that form the wilderness of Belize. Visit the Rio Frio Cave, Rio on the Pools, Big Rock Cave, Hidden Valley Falls and Barton Creek Cave. Mountain Pine Ridge is about 45 minutes from San Ignacio and around 2.5 hours from Belize City.
Visit Belize – Birdwatching
Belize is a great place for birdwatching. Check out the Belize Audubon Society hot spots. The Belize Audubon Society cares for 9 protected areas. Some of the best places for birdwatching are: Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, Aguacaliente Wildlife Sanctuary, Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Ambergis Caye and Caye Caulker, Caracol Archaeological Reserve, Half Moon Caye Natural Monument and Red Bank Village. At Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, you also have a chance to see jaguars, pumas and ocelots.
Xunantunich, © Can Stock / slickspics
Visit Belize – More Sights
- Rafting, canoeing and kayaking – The Mopan River and the Macal River merge to form the Belize River. You will find many opportunities on all three of these rivers.
- Dangriga and Hopkins – Dangriga is where Punta Rock music started. These towns provide a modern day cultural experience.
Savor the Tastes of Belize
- Taco stands in the streets of Ambergris Caye are common.
- Try Wish Willy Bar and Grill for inexpensive food in Caye Caulker.
Get to Belize
Visitors get to Belize through either the international airport outside Belize City or by cruise ships arriving in Belize City. Cruise ships will tender their passengers ashore.
Placencia, © Can Stock / haak78
Visit Belize – Visa Requirements
Citizens of many countries will find that there are no visa requirements to enter Belize. Exempt nations include those of the Caribbean, the USA, the European Economic Union and the British Commonwealth. Check your specific country at VisaHQ. For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Ambergris Caye, © Can Stock / slickspics
Best Time of Year to Visit Belize
Belize weather temperatures don’t change much throughout the year. Average highs are around 29 C (84 F) and average lows are about 24 C (75 F). Temperatures are only a couple of degrees higher than this in the summer months of June and July. In winter the temperatures get a couple of degrees cooler.
Rainfall is the main factor that affects tourism. The dry season extends from February to April and coincides nicely with spring break in North America. That makes February – April the best time of year to visit Belize.
Currency, Language, Power Plugs
The official currency of Belize is the Belize dollar. It is pegged to the US dollar at a rate of 2 Belizean dollars per US dollar. US dollars are also widely accepted. English is the official language of Belize. Power is provided with standard North American plugs.