Most accommodations in Belize are on the small side as many have fewer than 30 guestrooms. However, there are a handful of properties which boast 50 – 75 rooms. Belize has a good gamut of accommodation which ranges from cheap hotels through to luxury resorts. There is also an abundance of villas and jungle lodges for those looking for something a bit different.
Room rates in Belize are at their highest when Belize experiences its peak season between December and April. As a result some great bargains can be found if you time your holiday for the low seasons, indeed, many accommodations are up to 40% cheaper from May to November. Unlike other destinations, walk-in room rates are often cheaper than pre-booked rates. If you do want to pre-book, be sure to consider booking directly with the hotel as this is often lower than using an agent.
Most of the accommodation consists of guesthouses and hotels. These are available in a range of styles and can be found in larger towns. Bed and breakfasts are another popular choice of accommodation. These accommodations are smaller than guesthouses, but promise a homely stay and are a great choice for those who want to meet friendly locals.
Jungle lodges are a great alternative to a traditional hotel and are perfect for those who want to immerse themselves in Belize’s natural beauty. While some jungle lodges are rather spartan, others are incredibly well-equipped. An increasing number of lodges have air conditioning and swimming pools.
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.