Tucked away between Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean, Belize is one of Central America’s hidden gems. In fact, this tiny country is mostly visited by savvy travellers who know that there is a pretty much unexplored tropical paradise just a few hours south of Cancun.
During a holiday to Belize, you can forget about crowded beaches and about queueing to get into the main attractions.
Belize is an incredibly low-key holiday destination dotted with gorgeous beaches, tropical forests, ancient ruins, and dreamy islands that make it the perfect place for a romantic getaway.
If this sounds like your kind of place, book your flights, get your holiday insurance, and choose your favourite destination in Belize from the list we have put together.
For several years, Ambergris Caye was one of best-kept secrets in the Caribbean and a popular destination with North American celebrities.
Ever heard Madonna’s “La Isla Bonita” song? Well, she was referring to Ambergris Caye, also known as San Pedro.
In 2008, this Belizean destination made it to the list of top 10 islands in the world, so this should be your first port of call if you are looking to treat yourself to a romantic Caribbean getaway.
Ambergris Caye is the type of place where you can spend your days lazing on the beach, snorkelling, diving, sipping your favourite cocktails, and watching the sunset.
It’s easy enough to get around on foot and there are several oceanfront hotels, villas, chic resorts that offer a secluded atmosphere and some of the best views in Belize.
Caye Caulker is the second most popular destination in Belize. While its neighbour Ambergris Caye caters to a more upscale clientele, Caye Caulker offers a varied nightlife scene and lower accommodation prices.
The setting is just as spectacular: white sand beaches fringed by palm trees, turquoise waters gently lapping the shore, and lush mangroves that make for a great day trip.
The island is also the departure point for tours to the Blue Hole, one of the world’s top diving sites and a true natural treasure. Don’t miss a visit to the many reggae bars in the island!
Located in southern Belize on a narrow peninsula and overlooking the Caribbean, Placencia is a truly off-the-beaten-path destination.
Not many tourists make it here, but those who do are rewarded with fantastic views, great accommodation options, and the opportunity to discover one of the most authentic Central American destinations.
The main things to do in Placencia include sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, sailing, fishing, and diving. Tours to Mayan ruins and to the Belizean jungle can also be arranged here.
Placencia is also a great place to sample the exotic flavours of the local cuisine, which offer an interesting mix of Mexican, Indian, and Caribbean influences.