Belize General Information

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Belize General Information

Posted on December 12. 2012

Overview

Belize offers visitors a kaleidoscope of pursuits, ranging from trekking through lush rainforests, to scuba diving with sharks and climbing Mayan ruins. To say that Belize is exotic and beautiful would be an understatement – there is so much to do here that it is almost overwhelming. Fine dining, shopping, nightlife and scuba diving are all on offer at this pearl of Central America.

Weather

Weather in Belize is typically hot and humid all year round (both day and night), with average daily temperatures never straying further than 4 degrees at either end of the scale. Mountain ranges have noticeably cooler temperatures; the temperature dropping the higher the altitude gets.

Unlike many other Caribbean destinations, Belize has two very distinct seasons. The rainy season typically runs from May to November (in the south) and from June to November (in the north).

Time Zone

The time zone in Belize is Central Standard Time (UTC-6). Daylight Savings Time is not observed.

Sightseeing

  • Tikal – Often considered the grandest of the remaining Mayan cities, with some of the most spectacular temples in all of Central America, from the pyramids here you can find amazing views over the tops of the rainforest.

  • More Mayan ruins at Altun Ha, featuring temples, tombs, pyramids and ancient artifacts.

  • Hike one of the trails through the Guanacaste National Park and observe the local wildlife and raging river.

  • Half Moon Caye National Monument – A major wildlife reserve, here you can spot thousands of resident and migratory sea birds.

  • For those traveling with children, head to Old Belize, which combines a museum, playground, beachscape and adventure sports.

Activities

  • Scuba diving

  • Snorkeling

  • Windsurfing

  • Fishing

  • Kayaking

  • Sailing Charters

  • Mountain biking

  • Snorkeling

  • Horseback riding

  • Birdwatching

  • Golf

  • Spas

Beaches

  • Caye Caulker – World class snorkeling and some fun beach bars make this offshore island good for a daytrip.

  • Placencia Peninsula – Picturesque beachfront and one of the most popular beaches in Belize, mainly due to the white sands and warm water.

  • Ambergris Caye – The largest of the Belize islands, Ambergris Caye is home to several beaches with wonderful diving and snorkeling opportunities.