Belize Travel Guide: Things to See and Do in Belize
So, I just returned from a 4 day trip to Belize and it was #unbelizeable! If you remember, last month for my birthday I posted a #25at25 bucket list with 25 things I wanted to do before turning 30 (read about it here) and visiting Belize was one of the items on that list!
Here’s a travel guide to help you guys get the most out of your trip to Belize!
How to find a cheap flight to Belize & How to Get Around in Belize:
We literally found a last minute cheap flight to Belize about a week before we went. So We flew into Philip Goldson Airport, which is Belize City’s international airport. Our first stop after Belize City was the island of Ambergris Caye. There are 2 different options to get to Ambergris, you can take a water taxi for about 50 to 70 Belize Dollars roundtrip per person (25-35 USD) or you can take a 20 minute ride on a small plane for about 300 Belize Dollars roundtrip (150 USD) with Maya Air or TropicAir.
$300 can get me to Paris…so y’all know what I did.
We chose to take the water taxi to San Pedro/Ambergris Caye. The water taxi harbor is about 30 mins away from the airport, so you’ll need to take a cab which is fairly cheap! Only 25$ for the ride, not per person, but 25$ total. The cabs all have green license plates so they are easy to identify, and there were tons of them standing outside of the airport asking if anyone needed a cab. Btw, even though Belize is the neighbor of Mexico the national language is English, so there wasn’t any difficulty communicating.
There are a couple different water taxi companies but we chose to go with San Pedro Belize Express Water Taxi. I mentioned the roundtrip tickets earlier, now they do sell one way tickets but you save money if you buy roundtrip. Our roundtrip tickets to Ambergris Caye came out to 35$ USD per person. There is another water taxi nearby,
Ocean Ferry is the name, that advertises free wifi onboard, but don’t let that be your determining factor because they actually DON’T HAVE WIFI, we rode with them on a day trip to Caye Caulker and the attendant told us “there is no wifi.”
Where to Stay in Belize:
There are literally hundreds of affordable places to stay in Belize. We stayed in San Pedro/Ambergris Caye, but ventured out and took day trips to nearby places. While I was researching places to stay in Ambergris Caye, Belize I came across a ton of good options, So here is a round up to help make your trip to Belize planning process easier!
Budget hotels in Ambergris Caye
- Sandbar Beachfront Hostel – Budget friendly beach front hostel located directly on the beach. Has a restaurant, free kayaking, and free wifi! Rates start at only $16
- Royal Caribbean Beach Resort – Cute and humble cabanas on the beach with a luxurious pool overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Rooms start at $99 per night
Mid range hotels in Ambergris Caye
- Mata Rocks Resort – Charming boutique hotel just steps away from the beach. Includes roundtrip transfers from airport & complimentary breakfast. Ocean View rooms start at $130 per night
- Sapphire Beach Resort – Luxury beach resort with villas and suites with magnificent views you would expect in the Caribbean. Prices start at $120 per night
Belize Travel Guide: Things to See and Do in Belize
Things to do in Ambergris Caye Belize:
Of course there are tons of things to do in Belize but here are a few things that I definitely recommend to do!
- Take a day trip to sister island Caye Caulker, Belize
- Spend a day at the Split in Caye Caulker
- Tour the Big Blue Hole
- Ride the El Diablo water slide/ water trampolines
- Go snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley
- Kayak in the Caribbean Sea
- Rent a bicycle and ride around the island
- Relax on a Catamaran
Ambergris Caye has activities for everyone! I definitely recommend going snorkeling in the Belize Barrier Reef. This is dear to me because also on my travel bucket list was to get over my fear of fish so I could go snorkeling, and I did just that! I’ll be blogging about that in a separate post, stay tuned!
What to eat in Caye Caulker & Ambergris Caye Belize:
A Belize travel guide wouldn’t be complete without mentioning what and where to eat in Belize. So, before getting to Belize I did lots of research and read many blogs on the food there because as a vegetarian traveler I want to make sure I’ll have options, and also because I’m a major foodie!!!
Every post I read and every person we talked with, including our cab driver, raved about the stuffed fryjacks which are basically fried dough with various filling. I had mine with only beans, but my boyfriend had his stuffed with bacon, beans, and cheese at breakfast. They were delicious!!!!
The fryjacks were probably my favorite food on the island after the hot mini donuts from Ice N Beans on Caye Caulker Island! I know you’re probably thinking “whats the big deal, Krispy Kreme has hot donuts all the time?!?!?” Wrong! These hot mini donuts are fried in front of you as you order them and then they are covered and smothered in cinnamon sugar, AMAZING!!!!
Also, there are many food carts along the streets in both Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye and the food is delicious and very cheap (about 2.50$ for a nice sized burrito). So, I DEFINITELY recommend skipping the tourist restaurants and eating with the locals. You won’t regret it.
From Diam, with love.
All pics were taken by me and belong to me. All opinions are my own!