One of the lesser traveled locations in the Caribbean is the small country of Belize. Don’t overlook this gem.
Fly into Belize City
International flights bring you to the capital of Belize City. Most tourists will want to immediately head out to the touristy areas. Water taxis are available to get you to Ambergris Caye, but first you will have to take a taxi to the port. The other option is taking a short flight to the caye.
Ambergris Caye is the larger destination in Belize, and has more amenities than other locations. But be sure you understand, this island is still very underdeveloped compared to many of the hotspots you may have visited before. One of the characteristic charms of Ambergris Caye is that the primary mode of transport is by golf cart. There are very few cars on the island, and I highly recommend renting one for at least a few days of your stay.
To get to Ambergris Caye, you will have to take a ferry from Belize City or take a shorter, but more expensive flight on a small plane.
Caye Caulker is a much smaller destination compared to Ambergris Caye. For years, Caulker has appealed more to the backpacker crowd than any other. There are fewer amenities and fewer people around.
The Mayans ruled this part of the continent, and there are many remaining ruins in the country of Belize. Find one of the guide companies to take you into the tunnel and experience the ruins of an ancient empire. Caracol is one of such historical locations where you can see multiple carved stone pyramids.
You can’t talk about Belize without mentioning scuba diving and snorkeling. Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve are two of the most common spots to either snorkel or scuba dive. Both of these are located close to Ambergris Caye, but may be accessible for a longer trip from Caye Caulker. One of the world’s most coveted diving locations is the Great Blue Hole. At 318 m across and 124 m deep, it is truly breathtaking to see from the sky, but every scuba diver needs a trip down the hole. Recreational divers are able to dive to 132ft/40m at the Great Blue Hole.