The year round beauty of Belize may make it feel like it exists on an entirely different planet, but you don’t need to book a seat on a rocket ship to get here. Traveling to Belize from the United States, Europe, or anywhere else isn’t a difficult process, and once you get here, you’ll have a lot of different transportation options at your disposal. Here’s what you need to know if you’re planning on traveling to this Central American wonderland.
Getting to Belize
There are a lot of planes flying in to Belize International Airport, but while finding a flight to Belize isn’t difficult, finding one that’s inexpensive is a bit trickier. Most of the direct flights from the United States to Belize leave from Atlanta, Miami, New York, or Houston, but you can sometimes find some that leave from Chicago or Los Angeles. If you’re coming to Belize from outside the United States, a connecting flight will be necessary. In either case, we recommend booking your trip as far in advance as possible so you can take advantage of advanced deals. All flights arrive at the Belize City Airport. Since it’s the capital, finding transportation once you get to Belize is a relatively painless affair.
If you’re working on a tighter budget, you may want to consider an overland route. If you don’t want to book a rental car, there are two main public transit options available. Overnight buses are available in both Mexico and Guatemala, and you can often save some serious money by booking a less expensive flight to one of these countries and then hopping on the bus that will take you to Belize. You can also find boats that travel from Guatemala and Honduras, but they’re rarely the most efficient option available.
Getting Around Belize
If you’re looking to travel within Belize, the options available to you are largely going to be contingent on what you want to explore. A rental car is one of the best options since it will allow you to go wherever you want whenever you want to get there, but there are also a ton of different tour operators who can take you to most of the more important landmarks and villages within Belize.
Since so much of Belize is made up of cayes and islands, domestic flights are more prominent than they are in many other smaller states. These flights typically leave from Belize City and include popular destinations like San Pedro, Placencia, and Dangriga.
But once you reach a given airport, chances are that you’ll want to do more domestic travel. Many of the landmarks worth visiting are out in the wild, so if you decide to forego a rental car, shuttles are going to be the most direct option. Both private and shared shuttles are available, and they tend to be comfortably accommodated with air conditioning and amenities no matter which route you go. They aren’t the cheapest option, but they’re tailor made for leisure travelers. Less efficient but more inexpensive are public buses. While they may require some research and a little more patience, they offer a great way to get to know the locals and go a bit off the beaten path.
When You Decide to Stay
Getting to Belize can sometimes be expensive, but staying here is refreshingly cheap for American and European travelers. Belize is quickly becoming one of the most popular Central American countries for land investment and retirement, so when you come to visit, it’s well worth your time considering the option to stick around. If you decide you want to invest or retire in Belize, be sure to check out Salt Life Belize. We can help you find property right along Ambergris Caye that encapsulates the charm of Belize while offering all the amenities that expatriates expect.