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Renting a villa in Belize? You're in the best place for all the information you can get about this Central American gem. With beaches, jungles, ancient ruins, and lots more, it's the perfect vacation destination for those looking for relaxation AND adventure. Use the tabs on this page to learn more about Belize, its attractions, and everything else you'll want to know about this tropical destination.
|January||81.1 ° F||67.4 ° F|
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|March||84.0 ° F||71.1 ° F|
|April||85.9 ° F||73.8 ° F|
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|June||87.0 ° F||75.0 ° F|
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|November||83.1 ° F||68.5 ° F|
|December||81.2 ° F||67.9 ° F|
Snuggled between Mexico and Guatemala along the Caribbean, this tiny Central American country boasts the longest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere. Miles of sandy beaches, scores of limestone caves, mountains, waterfalls, jungles, mangrove lagoons, more than 500 species of birds, the world's first and only jaguar preserve and much more await the active traveler.
For centuries Belize was one of the centers of the Mayan world, serving as a major trading and agricultural hub. The Mayans carved great cities out of the jungle and many of these sites are excavated and open to the public. Altun Ha is only 30 miles north of Belize City. Astonishing artifacts including the largest jade plaque ever discovered have been excavated from this ceremonial center's tombs. Beautiful towering temples loom out of the jungle from Xunantunich, Lamanai and Caracol. Carved stelae tell the story of this ancient civilization, the largest of which can be found at Nim Li Punit in the Toledo District of southern Belize.
The long British influence is evident throughout the largest city, Belize City. Formerly British Honduras, this sleepy outpost became independent in 1981. Constant development over the past 20 years created a tidy, efficient airport, beautiful resorts, hotels and jungle lodges, a substantial tourism infrastructure, and more eco-tourist sites and water sports opportunities than can be enjoyed in a typical vacation.
The barrier reef cays: Ambergris Cay, Turneffe Islands, Glover's Reef, Lighthouse Reef and many uninhabited tiny islets are favorites with fishermen and divers worldwide. Easy access to the cays is available by plane or boat from Belize City. The sand streets of San Pedro Town on Ambergris Cay are typical of this tropical paradise. Small, comfortable hotels, diving and fishing lodges welcome offshore visitors. Famous dive sites such as the "Blue Hole", Half Moon Cay, Hol Chan Marine Preserve, Caye Chapel, and the Sapodilla Cayes in Southern Belize keep divers coming back again and again.
The subtropical climate has a mean annual temperature of 79° with rainfall varying from 180 inches annually in the rain forest and jungle interior to 50 inches along the coast. Cooling trade winds keep the cays comfortable, with occasional storms blown in from June-December. Heat and humidity are the norm as you travel inland through small towns, large agricultural areas, and over the many rivers and streams crisscrossing the hilly landscape.
A variety of mainland tours featuring the Mayan ruins and natural wonders of Belize are now as popular as the diving. Belize offers 4,000 species of native flowering plants, howler monkeys, jaguars, 500 bird species, and pristine rain forests accessible from several mountain lodge resorts. Comfortable accommodations forged out of the wilderness as thatched roof cabanas or adobe cottages allow guests the opportunity to get close to nature and apart from civilization. Enjoy native cuisine with breakfast served on your porch. The mystique of the Mayan culture lives on in Belize.
With its many diverse attractions, you'll have to return again and again to experience all Belize has to offer.
Getting to Belize and getting around. Our transportation tips will help make your trip smoother. More good sand advice.
A valid passport and return ticket; Visas required for some countries
The major airlines servicing Belize include Continental, American, US Airways and TACA.
Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport
US$15.00, plus P.A.C.T (Conservation) fee of $3.75. If departing by air, the total fee is $39.25 per person - Included in most air tickets.
On the right - need to show driver's license to rent a car
Hourly flights via Tropic Air to Ambergris Cay from the Philip Goldson International Airport as well as the Belize City Municipal Airstrip. Visitors to the Caye can also travel from Belize City by local water taxis.
Vacationers don't just stay in Belize villas - they come to paradise to get married and celebrate their honeymoons! Three day residency to apply for a license. Two witnesses are needed. Must be 18 years or older. Cost: US$100 per couple plus US$5 administrative fee
Documents Required: Proof of citizenship in the form of an original birth certificate or a valid passport. Also provide divorce or death certificate.
Before making their way to Belize villas, vacationers like to know a little bit of helpful information to make them feel more at home during their stay. Take a look at our travel tips to make your time in villas in Belize even more relaxing.
|Size:||185 miles long and 75 miles wide, or about the size of Massachusetts|
|Time:||06:12 am zone:-6 (GMT/UTC -6)|
|Official Language:||English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole|
|Tipping and Taxes:||Hotel Tax: 9% Sales Tax: 9% * Departure Tax: -US $35.00 when departing the International Airport (US cash only) -US $18.75 or BZ $37.50 when departing by land (to Mexico or Guatemala) -US $3.75 or BZ $7.50 when departing by Sea to an International|
|Topography:||Flat, swampy coastal plain; low mountains in South|
|Telephone:||International: Country Code - 501|
64 Regent Street, P.O. Box 325
Belize City, Belize, C.A.