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Aerial view of azure sea, coral reef and the dark blue, circular cave of famous diving spot the Blue Hole, Belize, Caribbean Ocean, Central America

Belize Holidays

Beautiful Belize is something of an anachronism with a British heritage and a distinctly Caribbean feel that sets it apart from its Latin American neighbours. For such a small country you can enjoy an incredible diversity of experiences; there are little visited Mayan ruins, dense jungle perfect for adventuring, national parks teeming with birdlife and a Caribbean coastline dotted with idyllic islands and coral reefs.

Belize’s barrier reef is second in length only to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the marine life to be found here is easily a match. Dotted along the reef are around 450 tropical islands or cayes. Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye exude a mellow Caribbean ambience and boast serene stretches of white sand whilst some of the smaller cayes offer a more 'Robinson Crusoe' experience. Ambergris is the largest island and boasts some luxurious resorts while the only town on the island, San Pedro, offers a fascinating window on local life. Nearby reefs provide excellent snorkelling and scuba diving whilst more experienced divers flock to visit the renowned Blue Hole.

For those seeking adventure San Ignacio, an easy going little town up in the highlands of Belize, is the gateway for the Cayo District. From here you can discover Mayan ruins, hidden caves, explore the jungle on hiking trails or drift down the Mopan River on a kayak or river tube.

It’s estimated that hundreds of Mayan sites are still waiting to be discovered in the jungles of Belize. The best preserved, Caracol and Xunantunich, are both easy day trips from San Ignacio and, despite being Belize’s most visited sites, are tranquil spots that feel a world away from the throngs visiting Mexico’s Mayan sites. San Ignacio is also a convenient jumping off point for Guatemala and the stupendous site of Tikal is within easy striking distance.


Belize Explorer
9 days / 8 nights
from €2,433
  • Cayo District
  • Ambergris Caye


    Belize map
    A woman in a blue dress sits on the floor of a hut at a round board shelling cocoa beans in the Toledo District, Punda Gorda, Belize
    Toledo District & Punta Gorda
    The laidback district of Toledo is located in the south of Belize and remains largely untouched by tourism. Home to pristine rainforest, traditional Mayan villages and cacao plantations, Toledo is also a fantastic area for bird watching and home to numerous archaeological sites. More than just a gateway to Guatemala, friendly Punta Gorda, known locally as PG, boasts a pretty seafront location and a relaxed atmosphere.
    A red and black bird (Northern Jacana) with long legs and a yellow crest walks atop the lily pads on the New River in the Orange Walk District of Belize
    Orange Walk District
    Situated in the remote north of Belize and known for its sugar plantations and honey production, the Orange Walk District boasts dense jungle inhabited by a vast array of bird species and wildlife including the elusive jaguar. Explore this fascinating region on jungle hikes and river safaris and visit the impressive Mayan site of Lamanai which is flanked by rainforest and overlooks the New River.
    A yellow hammock strung between grey wooden posts sits on the beach next to palm trees and a calm shore in Ambergris Caye, Belize
    Ambergris Caye
    Surrounded by the unspoilt Belize Barrier Reef and crystal clear waters teeming with a myriad of marine life, Ambergris Caye boasts some of the best diving and snorkelling in world. Palm fringed beaches and a relaxed Caribbean vibe make this pretty island a popular place to kick back, relax and unwind. San Pedro, the island’s main town offers a good selection of bars and some fantastic restaurants.
    A shallow river flanked by sides of green trees is rippling over stones and black birds are sitting on the stones in the Cayo District, Belize
    Cayo District
    Situated in western Belize and home to Belmopan, the country’s capital, the Cayo District is best known as a nature lover’s paradise. Discover the ruins of ancient lost cities that whisper of a magnificent Mayan past. Explore lush tropical jungle bursting with a multitude of flora and fauna and visit tranquil azure pools and pretty waterfalls as you immerse yourself in this fascinating region.
    A crystal clear shallow sea leads up to a paradise island with white sandy, tropical trees and turquoise sun loungers on South Water Caye, Placencia, Belize
    Placencia occupies a long and beautiful peninsula that offers miles of stunning sandy beach and mangrove fringed lagoons. The clear surrounding waters are frequented by manatees and many other species of marine life providing superb diving and snorkelling opportunities. Atmospheric Placencia town is located at the tip of the peninsula and is home to a variety of bars and restaurants.


    Belize offers spectacular landscapes and a wealth of experiences and also provides many unique and special places to stay. From beautiful lodges surrounded by tropical jungle to beach resorts within reach of unspoilt barrier reef, all can be included in your Belize holiday on one of our private tours. Featured below is just a handful of what we have to offer. Please speak to your consultant for more details of these or other similar properties.
    The Lodge at Chaa Creek
    Cayo District

    Gaia Riverlodge
    Cayo District

    Lamanai Outpost Lodge
    Orange Walk District

    Thatch Caye Resort
    Thatch Caye
  • Complimentary water sports
  • Saltwater pools
  • Overwater bar

  • Victoria House
    Ambergris Caye
  • 3 pools
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Range of excursions & activities

  • Matachica Resort & Spa
    Ambergris Caye
  • Beachfront location
  • Pool
  • Spa
  • Restaurant & bar


    Hol Chan & Shark Ray Alley Snorkel Tour
    Approx 3 hours
    from €73
    Shark Ray Alley is a shallow water snorkel where guests will enjoy swimming with the harmless nurse sharks and southern stingrays.
    Barton Cave Explorer
    Approx. 6-8 hours
    from €183
  • Explore fascinating cave systems
  • Learn about Mayan history

  • Blue Hole Flyover
    Approx 1.5 hours
    from €340
  • Captivating vistas
  • See the magnificent Blue Hole from above

  • When is the best time to visit Belize?

    Belize Climate Guide


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    Top Tips From Our Experts

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Michael Hoverd

    The snorkelling and diving in the Hol Chan Marine Reserve, off the coast of Caye Caulker, is like nowhere else on the planet. Swim with schools of nurse sharks and manta rays, before reflecting on it with sundowners at The Split.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Barry MacCourt

    The world's second largest coral reef lines the Cayes of Belize. Catch a flight over the famous Blue Hole or dive into its mysterious cavern. Swim with nurse sharks and ancient turtles. Snorkel with rays and dodge baracudas. The underwater paradise awaits your intrepid spirit.

    Expert Travel Consultants
    Barry MacCourt

    Visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal caves on the border with Guatamala. Here you will swim in to the caves, climb up boulders and walk in the pitch dark on some of the most alien looking cave formations. Witness the final resting place of Mayan skeletons, now calcified, illuminated by your head torch, the closest you will ever feel to being Indiana Jones or Lara Croft!!

    Belize Fast Facts

    Time Zone

    -6 hours

    Flight Time to Belize

    12¾ hours


    Belize Dollar

    Visa Required?

    For stays over 1 month only

    €20 Off your visa service charge if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

    Recommended Immunisations

    Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio booster
    Hepititis A (vaccine recommended)
    Yellow Fever

    20% Discount off immunisations at our London Travel Clinic if you have booked your holiday with Trailfinders.

    Trailfinders Travel Insurance

    Enjoy comprehensive cover in Belize from just €69 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

    Climate for in
    Visa information given is given for Irish citizens holding a valid Irish passport with at least 6 months validity remaining. Immunisation guidelines assume routine Irish childhood immunisation has been given and will not apply to all situations. Medical advice should be sought. Your Trailfinders consultant will advise you of the specific visa and immunisation requirements for your trip.


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