Belize offers something for everyone.
For the adventure seeker there is cave tubing, spelunking, ziplining and some of the best diving in the world. For the culture and history buff, Belize is a melting pot of different cultures and has numerous Mayan ruins to explore. A foodie? Belizean food is amazing! Beans, rice, fry jacks (like sopapillas), lobster, conch, barbecue chicken… Oh, my! And for the beach bum, the cayes offer you sand, fruity drinks, and as much seclusion and serenity as you seek.
For anyone planning a trip to Belize, I would encourage you to check out different parts of the country, as they are all vastly different. We spent one week in Belize and split our time between Ambergris Caye and the town of San Ignacio in the Cayo District, located in far west Belize. I would have loved to explore the cities of Placencia, Hopkins and Corazol, but we simply did not have enough time. I would not recommend spending much time in Belize City, as even the locals tell us it isn’t safe.
From Belize, a trek into Guatemala is quite easy and worth the trip to visit the Tikal Mayan ruins.
How to get there:
Most likely you will fly into the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport located just outside of Belize City. (About a 30 minute drive.) A total of nine airlines fly into the airport, including all of the major American carriers, United, Delta, American and Southwest. The airport is relatively small, and getting through customs was painless. Depending on where you are going in Belize, you have a few options for transportation from the airport. You can rent a car and drive, get a taxi or arrange a shuttle with your hotel, or if you are heading to one of the islands you can take a 15 minute flight from the airport to San Pedro on Ambergris Caye.You can also get a taxi into town and take the ferry for $20 US per person.
Visiting Belize with a baby or toddler
We found plenty to do in Belize with our 16 month old daughter. In fact, our little blonde baby was a superstar everywhere she went… especially when we made the trek into Guatemala.While the country may be known for its adventure sports, it does not lack things to do with a little one in tow.
Things to know
- They speak English in Belize, although many also speak Spanish, Creole (which is kind of English with a Jamaican accent) and Maya, the native language of the Mayan Indians.
- They take US Dollars or Belizean Dollars. The exchange rate is 1:2. One US Dollar equals two Belizean dollars.
- You will not see American chains even on the islands that are extremely touristy. I personally found that refreshing.
- You can easily buy things you need for your baby, like diapers and milk, in the grocery stores. However, I’d recommend bringing your own formula.
Things to Do and Places to Stay
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