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Located on the eastern coast of Central America, this tiny country is brimming with a stunning array of wildlife, jungles, Mayan temples, islands, reefs and beaches. The east is markedly Caribbean, the north more Mexican, the west Mayan and Guatemalan, and the south populated by the Garinagu’s. Belmopan, the capital, was a refuge for the peoples of Central America during the civil wars of the 60s and 70s. Because of this you will find many El Salvadorans, Guatemalans and Hondurans calling Belize home. It’s most famous attraction is the blue hole, a giant piercing blue submarine sink-hole. That looks like a giant eye in the ocean. It is also the only country in Central or South America where the official language is English.
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Flying directly into Belize is rather pricey and not a very economical way of getting there. If you are trying to plan a budget trip the best route to take is to enter via Mexico. Flights to Cancun or Playa Del Carmen are cheap and plentiful, and getting from there to Belize is easy and fun. Busses run frequently to Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo, Stann Creek or Toledo districts, and water taxis leave a few times a day from Chetumal. 

How to plan your trip:
Take US dollars to Belize, as the currency is accepted everywhere and often preferred. If you like you can take a small amount of Belizean dollars just to be sure, but they are expensive to order if you exchange money before you arrive. The exchange rate on the Belize dollar is very simple, as it is always 2 to 1 on the American dollar.
If you are looking do a lot of snorkeling and diving, the Belizean islands offer an absolutely astonishing variety of coral, fish and wildlife for you to swim through. Ambergris Caye is the more expensive option, but offers easy accessibility to drop of points in the Blue Hole and easy transfers from Mexico or Belize City. The best backpacker option or budget island getaway is Caye Caulker. It is a small island, with lots of opportunities to meet other travellers, with a laidback Caribbean vibe.
If jungles, jaguars and Mayan temples are more your thing, the Cayo district is where you want to be. Plenty of budget accommodation is found in San Ignacio, which also has its very own Mayan temple (Cahal Peche). It is also only a short drive from Guatemala’s world famous ancient ruins of Tikal. The Cayo district is a great way to start a trip down the stunning Hummingbird Highway.
Cockscomb Basin in the Stann Creek district is an incredible way to see Belize’s 150 mammals, 549 birds, 150 reptile and amphibians, and over 3000 species of vascular plants. It is also known as the worldwide premier habitat for the Jaguar. If you want to mix Jungles and Islands together, we recommend taking a trip down the Hummingbird highway, starting in the Cayo district and making your way down to Danriga.

Cayo District

Transport:
The best way to get to Belize is to fly into Cancun or Playa Del Carmen/Cozumel in Mexico on a cheap deal and then take the ADO bus for around $20USD per person from the main ADO terminal to Belize City. You can also get an ADO bus to Corozal and then change to a local bus to Belize City or Belmopan, but it takes far longer and is very uncomfortable for that amount of time. So spend the few extra dollars to stay on the comfortable overnight bus direct to Belize City. Alternatively you can take a water taxi from Chetumal/Corozal to San Pedro or Caye Culker for around $30-$60 USD per person depending on the company you use.
http://www.sanpedrowatertaxi.com/index.html
http://www.belizewatertaxi.com/
http://www.cayecaulkerwatertaxi.com
Flights are also reasonably priced from Corozal or Belize City to the Cayes. Prices start at around $60 USD each way in a small plane with Tropic Air.
https://www.tropicair.com/en/
To get around Belize, you can board the beat up old school buses from the main bus terminals in each city and take them express to where you need to go. These relics are discards from the American school system and are often kitted out with huge sound systems and painted in bright colors. Be forewarned, you will have to push to get on board, otherwise you’ll be left in a pile of dust at the bus station. When the bus is full, and it almost always is, you may have to stand, or end up sitting on the spare tire in the back. You pay on the bus and each trip costs between $2 for short 1-2 hour jouneys, or $15 USD for a longer 4-6 hour ride. Check out http://belizebus.wordpress.com/ for information on bus timetables and fares.

Accommodation:
San Ignacio has some of the best budget accommodation in Belize and it is the best city to make a base. Belize City is really only used a hub to get to the Cayes or to head to the other districts. Caye Caulker is the most budget friendly island and Ambergris Caye has the largest variety of accommodation.
If you want to stay in jungle, search by district with Trip Advisor to find boutique hotels and guest houses located in more rural areas. There are plenty of opportunities to camp in Belize in either the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary or many accommodations offer tenting as an option in their reservations list.
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Urban nights:
There really isn’t an urban atmosphere in Belize. The Cities are more comparable to towns and some are not very safe. San Ignacio is the best tourist city to stay in and will cost you anywhere from $11-$100 USD per night. Belmopan and the surrounding areas have some great accommodation options and will cost around $50-$150 USD per night. For the most part, Belize is very cheap and it is easy to find something nice, whatever your budget.

Stay in nature:
Camping will cost between $8 USD and $25 USD per night, depending where you are situated. Most of the sites are located on wildlife reserves, so you will have to pay for park entrance fees as well. Cockscomb Wildlife Sanctuary fee is $5USD.

Belize Zoo Jungle Lodge - located on 84 acres of tropical savannah it’s the perfect way to get up close and personal with a few of Belize’s native animals. The accommodations are located opposite to the Belize Zoo and the lodge is in the heart of Central Belize’s biological corridor. The lodge is a certificate of excellence winner with TripAdvisor, and the rooms themselves are simple but amazing. You can stay in a lodge over a large pond and you have to cross a boardwalk to get to it. There are crocodiles and turtles swimming underneath the lodge and with your very own porch you can look out over the landscape. There are lots of trails as well and plenty of sites for bird watching or you can even spot central American Agouti’s.

A Puma

Where to spend your money:
Do:

There are elaborate cave systems throughout the Cayo district and you can go black water tubing through them for around $50USD. The most famous cave system is Actun Tunichil Munkal (the Cave of the Crystal Sepulchre), near San Ignacio.Known locally as ATM, this cave gets packed with tourist during the summer months, but is well worth a visit if you get the chance.
Cahal Peche is still an active archaeological site, and a cheap and easy temple to see in Belize. The Mayan temple has a resident flock of Toucans and a very insightful museum on the site location. It is also walking distance from the center of San Ignacio, if you dont mind a few hills.
The two Blue Holes: Not to be confused with the offshore blue hole, St Hermans blue hole is located in the jungle in the Cayo District right next to Belize’s famous caves. The fee is $5USD, and you can combine it with a tour inside the Crystal cave for around $80-100 USD. I would advise buying your tour directly at the main entrance from one of the local guides.
The other more famous Blue Hole s a giant submarine sinkhole off the coast of Belize, well known for its world class diving. Diving tours cost around $150-$200 per person and can be bought from the Cayes or tour offices in Belize City.
Hummingbird highway: It is by far the prettiest drive in Belize. The drive winds through sleeping giant Mayan mountains, small villages, orchards and thick lush green Jungles. There are of course hummingbirds here too.

Eat:

 Belizean food is a mixture of Caribbean, Mexican and a Central American amalgamations. Eat plenty of Pupusa (a San Salvadorian dish of fried thick corn tortilla filled with beans and cheese), Beans and rice with plantain, lobster and Conch Ceviche.   

Drink:
Rum cocktails, the warm climate and tropical lifestyle of the Caribbean make drinking rum based cocktails here a necessity. The national beer of Belize Belikin Beer which was extremely refreshing, the also have a drink called cashew wine which is made from fermented cashews and is cut with soda.

Now that you’re in Belize:
Head to Tikal in Guatemala. Tikal is one of the most important archaeological sites as it was one of the largest and most important cities of the Mayan classical period. During sunrise and sunset the temples are buzzing with wildlife, toucans and macaws fly through windows of seeping sunlight and monkeys are swing from tree to tree making their calls heard in the jungles that surround the complex. You can take a tour or bus from Belize into Guatemala and the journey takes around 2 hours from San Ignacio. 

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  1. hummingbird highway
  2. San Ignacio
  3. blue hole
  4. Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary
  5. san pedro belize
  6. mayan temples, cahal peche
  7. Belize Zoo
  8. Belmopan
  9. Actun Tunichil Muknal

Hummingbird Highway

San Ignacio

The Blue Hole

Cockscomb Basin 

San Pedro, Ambergris Caye

Mayan Temples

Belize Zoo

Las Flores, Belmopan

Actun Tunichil Muknal