The average flight time from New York City (John F. Kennedy or LaGuardia International Airport) to Belize is just over four hours. Keep in mind that this is for a non-stop flight. Those with layovers will obviously take longer depending upon the location of the airport in question. The major airport that serves Belize is Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport. Other regional airports include Belize City Municipal Airport (located within the city itself) and Placencia Airport (located south of the main urban area). Note that Placencia and Belize City airports are mostly designed to cater to local and regional flights as opposed to those originating abroad.
While the weather in Belize is agreeable throughout the year, many will choose to visit this tropical country is between November and the middle portion of April. There are a few main reasons for this. First, recall that Belize is denoted by a tropical climate. Visiting during this window will help to avoid the rainy and monsoonal seasons which tend to dominate the summer months. Secondly, Belize has been known to be in the path of hurricanes from time to time; a handful of these have been quite severe. As hurricane season generally stretches from June until early October, this risk can be avoided. Another concern is that during the summer months, the temperatures here can be quite stifling; a potential issue for those who have any existing medical conditions.
Avianca Aerovias is the most popular carrier between New York City and Belize; daily flights and flexible itineraries are offered. However, there are other airlines which provide flights on a regular basis. Some of the other companies include United Airlines, American Airlines and US Airways. As always, it is always wise to book in advance and check availabilities before reserving any tickets.
Things to do in Belize
Belize is known for its natural beauty. One common attraction can be seen in the Cayo district. Cave exploring is quite common here. Due to a vast number of sinkholes and its natural geology, some of the largest caves in the world are able to be entered. In fact, the Maya occupied these caves for years and numerous artifacts are still being discovered. The largest cave within this complex is known as Actun Tunichil Muknal. Guided tours are available to obtain a first-hand experience of this natural beauty. Not only are these guides quite friendly, but they will explain how the caves formed as well as some of the local mythology surrounding their unique history.
Due to its proximity to the Caribbean Sea, scuba diving and snorkeling are other popular pastimes that many visitors will experience. Those who may be interested in taking longer excursions should look into chartering a local catamaran or sailboat; a few notable shipwrecks and coral reefs can be located in this way. However, those on limited budgets can still take part in smaller excursions or simply rent equipment at local dive centers. Some of the best beaches to enjoy these aquatic activities include Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulkner. There is a larger site called The Blue Hole, but this tends to be more expensive to visit.
Old Belize is a final destination that should be considered. This district offers a massive exhibit that will take tourists back to the colonial days of the city. Some other features are relics of the Mayan culture and a depiction of an 18th century mining camp. While these are very impressive, an advantage of Old Belize is that it is found near a popular strip of sand known as Cucumber Beach as well as next to a large marina. There are luxury restaurants, a full-service conference hall and other smaller cafes. Old Belize is only a few miles from the center of Belize City and is worth having a closer look.