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About Belize

February 13th, 2019

Smaller than 46 of the United States, with a population around the size of Cleveland, Ohio, Belize is tiny by American standards. Yet it is attracting more and more visitors every year, creating a growing tourism industry worth over $1.3bn a year. So what is it about this place that is drawing the crowds and putting this tiny Central American country firmly on the vacation map?

Beautiful Belize

Belize is a truly beautiful country, combining everything you could ask for into a single, easy to access package. Just a few hours flying time from the US, Belize has everything from tropical jungles to Caribbean beaches, all within easy reach. Best of all, at just 174miles by around 62miles, it is easy to explore, without long, arduous journeys into the interior. Whatever you are looking for in a holiday, from beauty to adventure, you’ll find it here in this welcoming wonderland.

Historic Belize

Belize has a rich history, dating back to the Maya civilisation, which thrived for around two and a half thousand years from 1500BC. This has left the country with many fascinating ancient sites to explore. The mark of British colonialism, from the mid 19th Century until independence in 1981, is also there to see in the architecture of the major cities. Helicopter trips and trekking tours are a great way to discover the amazing past of the country that once had an advanced civilisation and a population three times its current size.

Wild Belize

One of the biggest draws of Belize is the wildlife. Despite its diminutive size, the country has a huge range of habitats and is home to an enormous range of animals, birds and marine life. 60% of the country is forest, and it is one of the most important jaguar habitats in the world. Perhaps more importantly, 37% of the country is protected, and Belize has one of the lowest levels of deforestation in the region.

Marine Belize

Around half of the one million or so tourists who visit Belize every year come for the famous barrier reef. This is the second largest barrier reef in the world (it’s not hard to guess the largest!) and is protected as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The reef is home to over 100 species of coral and 500 species of fish, making it a huge draw for snorkelers and scuba divers. There are also 450 offshore islands, called Cays, some of which are being transformed for the tourist trade.

All-action Belize

For many, Belize is the ideal destination for a warm, exotic beach break, lazing on the Caribbean coast. But if you want a little more from your holiday, then there is plenty of excitement to be had. The range of environments in this small country make it a giant adventure playground, offering everything from diving to river rafting, jungle safaris to big game fishing. You can even pull on a hard hat and explore the largest cave system in Central America.

Low profile Belize

With everything it needs right here, Belize generally keeps itself to itself, with few Belizeans appearing on the world stage. Perhaps the most famous Belizean is Simone Biles, the gymnast with dual Belize / US citizenship, who won four gold medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Online poker player, PhiRi1, also put Belize briefly on the map in 2014 when he became the first Belizean winner in a major poker tournament.

Undiscovered Belize

Belize is a friendly, welcoming country, where the official language is English, so American and British tourists will find themselves right at home here. More than half of the country’s tourists come south from the US, with around half a million making the trip each year. That might sound a lot, but when you compare it to some of the other popular destinations it is just a fraction. Jamaica, for example, gets more than four times as many tourists, totalling over 4.3million per year, despite being only half the size.

Inevitably, Belize visitor numbers will rise as tourists seek new and original destinations to explore. However, with the focus strongly on ecotourism, protecting the natural environment that is attracting the tourists in the first place, Belize still remains an undiscovered, undisturbed gem. Just make sure you seek it out soon before the secret gets out.


9 Things You Didn’t Know About Belize

January 16th, 2019

Get a feel for the laid-back Belizean way of life.

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If you’re researching all there is to know about the Caribbean tourist destination of Belize, you’ll want to know the hidden gems, and secrets about this former British colony that the travel agents won’t tell you. What this small tropical nation lacks in size, it more than makes up for in diversity, whether its culture, history or animal habitats. These nine things you probably didn’t know about Belize will likely make you fall in love with the region all over again.

Queen Elizabeth II is Everywhere

Belize is an independent nation now, but it used to be a British colony. In fact, 80 percent of the Belizean people speak English, so it’s a great holiday destination for English-speaking people. Furthermore, the nation’s colonial heritage is still there for all to see, with Queen Elizabeth II regularly spotted in photos across the country, along with other royal memorabilia. The Belizeans are still very much enchanted by the British Royal Family.

Belize is Home to the World’s Second-Largest Barrier Reef

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Only Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is bigger than the Belize Barrier Reef. It is over 180 miles long, stretching the entire length of the Belizean coastline. Its breathtaking coral reefs are one of the nation’s hidden gems, enticing many marine enthusiasts and tourists to the region. In 1996, UNESCO designated this a World Heritage Site due in large part to the reef being home to 65 species of coral and more than 500 species of fish. That’s a tremendous amount when you consider the whole Caribbean is home to only 70 species of coral.

Meet the Howler Monkeys That are Indigenous to Belize

Are you a fan of monkeying around on holiday? You can meet one of the top 10 loudest animals in the world that are indigenous to Belize. The black howler monkey has an earth-shattering howl that you can hear for up to 3 miles, even in the densest of rainforests. That makes the black howler monkey the loudest terrestrial animal in the Western Hemisphere. Interestingly, it is only the male black howlers that turn black. The females remain blonde for their entire lives!

Belize Has Nurtured a Host of NBA Basketball Stars

Central America is not known for being a hotbed of basketball talent, but Belize has nurtured a trio of former NBA stars. The most recent being 6′ 9″ Noel Felix, who played for the Seattle SuperSonics in 2006, scoring an average of 1.5 points per game. Marlon Garnett played for the Boston Celtics and is now an assistant coach of the Phoenix Suns. Meanwhile, Milton Palacio averaged 4.8 points per game playing for six NBA teams between 1999 and 2006. There have been concerted efforts to increase NBA participation from Belize since the turn of the millennium and unearth the next odds-on first choice for the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award.

Belize Used to be Known as British Honduras

If you weren’t aware that Belize used to be a British colony, then you won’t know that the country used to be called British Honduras. The Brits named the nation British Honduras way back in 1786, only 10 years after American colonies confirmed their independence. This name stuck for the better part of two centuries until the locals agreed to change the country’s name to Belize to mark the end of colonialism in the region.

The Nation’s Legal System Mimics That of the UK’s

One of the lasting remnants of colonialism in Belize is its legal system. Take a walk into a Belizean court, and you’ll feel like you have entered the Old Bailey in London. The nation has adopted the U.K. tradition of wearing gowns and two-tabbed white collars. Belize’s overall political system mimics the British Westminster model. The Constitution of Belize and its rule of law are both deep-rooted in the English Common Law and supplemented by local legislation where necessary.

Belmopan is the World’s Smallest Capital City

Belmopan is one of the newest national capital cities on the planet. Established only in 1970, it would eventually replace Belize City as the nation’s administrative center. That’s because a vicious hurricane in 1961 wreaked havoc throughout Belize City, destroying more than three-quarters of its buildings. A committee selected the new capital and positioned it 50 miles inland on much higher ground. The site was eventually named Belmopan, combining the words “Belize” and “Mopan,” which is one of the main rivers that flow into the region.

There is So Much Mayan History to Explore

If you’re interested in history, Belize oozes it from every pore. In fact, you might be surprised to hear that Belize used to be a Mayan stronghold, with more than two million Mayans previously living in the heart of Belize. There are reportedly up to 900 different Mayan ruins located nationwide. These range from small-scale outposts to vast cities that were once the home of thousands of Native Americans in generations past. Perhaps the most impressive Mayan ruin of them all is Xunantunich, which means “maiden of the rock” in Mayan. At 133 feet in height, it is one of the largest temples in Belize — and the most historic!

You Can Get Up Close and Personal with a Host of Rare Animals

Aside from the black howler monkeys, Belize is also a haven for many more rare animals. Firstly, there are more than 500 types of birds living in and around the Belizean rainforests, making the nation an ideal destination for avid bird-watchers. The best time to see them in flight is when they come home to roost or as the seasons change. Belize is also the location of the world’s only jaguar reserve. Finally, don’t forget to try and catch a glimpse of Belize’s national animal, Baird’s tapir. One of four Latin American species of tapir, we should consider Baird’s tapir-like a hybrid between a horse and a rhinoceros — making it comfortable in the water.

As you can see, Belize is a multifaceted country to explore. There is always something to uncover or catch a glimpse of for the first time. It’s the ideal vacation destination for broadening your horizons.

 


Visiting Tikal in Guatemala from Belize

May 7th, 2018

Visiting Tikal in Guatemala from Belize

One of the most unique and awe-inspiring places to visit on the planet is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Tikal. Located just over the border in Guatemala, anyone in Belize can easily visit and marvel at the amazing sights of Tikal and be back in Belize by nightfall. Roam Belize operates regular full-day tours to Tikal from popular Belize destinations like Dangriga, Hopkins, and Placencia.

Now located deep in the jungles of Tikal National Park, the city-state of Tikal was built more than 2,300 years ago by the surging Maya civilization that dominated all of Central America. During the Classic Period (200-900 AD) of Maya civilization, Tikal was the dominant economic, political, and military center, using its vast wealth to create enormous temples, pyramids, and buildings that continue to amaze modern-day visitors. For unknown reasons, the city was abandoned about 500 years ago and lost to the jungle until it was re-discovered in 1853.

The day tour operated by Roam Belize departs Placencia, Dangriga, Hopkins at either 6 AM or 7 AM depending on your destination. During the journey, participants will get the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of the Maya. After crossing the border, participants will get a chance to see real color in Guatemala, including the descendants of Maya who still wear traditional clothing.

Upon arriving the Guatemalan border, participants will be met by an expert Guatemalan tour guide who will lead the tour through the verdant jungle foliage, listening to the echoes of black howler monkeys and witnessing exotic birds like toucans and parrots. After exploring the main site at Tikal, participants will be treated to a delicious lunch and then head back to Belize, arriving back home around 7:00 PM.

The phenomenal architecture of Tikal, including temples measuring more than 150 feet (47 meters) in the air, are truly a sight to behold, especially considering that they were built without the use of wheels, modern machinery, or even animals more than 1,000 years ago.

No one is quite sure what the original name for Tikal was. Today, the site and surrounding national park is named for a Maya word meaning “at the waterhole” or perhaps “the place of voices/echoes” depending on the interpretation of local dialects. Archeologists continue to excavate the site, revealing at least 6 square miles (16 square km) and more than 3,000 buildings.

Visiting the soaring spires of this immense city should definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. Whether you want to visit Tikal as a separate experience or want to combine it with other tours in Belize, Roam Belize can ensure that you enjoy an amazing jungle adventure experience.

Questions about visitng Tikal Maya Ruins from Belize? Send us an email at info[@]roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your Belize adventure tours!


Belize City to San Ignacio

May 7th, 2018

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All international flights and cruise liners arrive in Belize City. Okay, now you’ve arrived in the country! Where to next?

Fortunately, there are a number of good options for getting from Belize City to popular destinations like San Ignacio. Belize is a relatively small country (about the same size as Massachusetts) so no place is ever too far away.

Taxi

You can step out of the airport or set foot on land at the Belize City water docks, and you’ll see plenty of taxi drivers jostling for the opportunity to take you where you want to go.

Taxis don’t use the meter most of the time. Instead, you’ll need to negotiate the price before setting off. Taxi drivers are usually amenable to driving you pretty much anywhere in the country.

Note: all official taxis in Belize have a green number/license plate.

The Chicken Bus

If you’re trying to save money, you’ll want to familiarize yourself with the ad-hoc cross-country bus system, affectionately known as “chicken buses” because the passengers sometimes bring their fowl on board.

You can get to San Ignacio or pretty much anywhere else for $10 or less, but be prepared to switch buses, endure lots of stops and long travel times, and no available seats.

Domestic Flights

All international flights land at the Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) outside of Belize City, but two domestic air carriers – Tropic Air and Maya Island Air – offer connecting flights (“puddle jumpers”) to over a dozen destinations, including San Ignacio.

The flying times are relatively short (usually 30 minutes or less), but flying is the most expensive option.

Shuttles and Private Transfer

 

Companies like Roam Belize offer door-to-door shuttle and private transfer service from Belize City to San Ignacio and other top destinations in the country. Roam Belize operates a fleet of modern, well-maintained vehicles so you’ll get to your destination in comfort and style.

Roam Belize also offers private transfers and shuttle service from Belize to San Ignacio. Roam Belize can provide private transfer and shuttle service from Belize to all of the top destinations in the country, including Placencia, Dangriga, and Hopkins. Roam Belize can also arrange for ground transportation to and from popular destinations in Guatemala and Mexico.

Contact us today at info@roambelize.com to book a transfer from Belize City to San Ignacio Town or to anywhere within Belize.


What is it like to drive in Belize?

May 6th, 2018

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Driving in Belize

Although driving in Belize can be a little different than what you might be used to in the United States or Canada, renting a vehicle is a great way to explore the country on your own terms.

Roam Belize is the premiere company for top-quality rental vehicles in Belize, offering a wide assortment of well-maintained, late model vehicles. For first-time drivers in Belize, we have prepared this basic guide of what to expect:

Although many visitors presume that Belize has a confusing network of dirt roads and gravel paths winding through the jungle, it’s important to realize that all of the major highways are modern roads, fully paved and well marked. Only a few secondary roads can be a challenging drive, but anyone with a 4×4 can usually navigate them with ease. 

Belize is predominately a rural country, so it’s advised that you travel by day whenever possible. At night, poor lighting and an abundance of wildlife can make driving more challenging. Follow all posted speed limits, and be sure not to drive too fast when taking a secondary road as you may encounter bumpy terrain.

Most towns and villages are completely without traffic lights, using speed bumps instead as a way to manage speed limits, so always be on the lookout for those. Many speed bumps serve as impromptu markets where roadside sellers hawk their wares to slowing vehicles. If you get lost or need some assistance, asking a local is always a good idea, as Belizeans are very friendly and helpful.

Gasoline is an expensive, imported item, and gasoline stations are rare and few between outside of municipal areas, so be sure to keep your eye on your fuel level at all times and take the opportunity to fill up when it arises. 

In Belize, just as in the United States and Canada, cars drive on the right. Always be on alert for slow-moving farm vehicles and other traffic. Because insects thrive in Belize’s climate, be careful when opening windows, and always make sure to keep your windshield wiper fluid topped off. For longer trips, it’s a good idea to bring along plenty of water and snacks. 

If you’d prefer not to rent your own vehicle, Roam Belize offers airport shuttles and private vehicle transfers throughout Belize and the region. Roam Belize can also book tours to all of the top destinations as well as your accommodations at hotels, resorts, and lodges.

Questions about driving in Belize? Send us an email at info@roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your Belize vacation.


Southern Belize, Belize’s Most Exotic Side

May 4th, 2018

Far from the overcrowded beaches of Ambergris Caye and the hustle and bustle of Belize City lies Toledo District, the southernmost region of the country. Home to just 35,000 people, Toledo District measures more than 1,800 square miles (4,700 square km) and is home to some of the most pristine rainforests, cave networks, and rivers in Belize.

The capital of Toledo District is Punta Gorda, often referred to just by its initials (PG), an eclectic city of some 5,000 people that is home to a wide range of cultures, including two different tribes of Maya, the Creole, the Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean people), German-speaking Mennonites, and the descendants of Confederate soldiers who emigrated to Belize after the American Civil War.

Several rivers run through Toledo District, including the Sarstoon River and the Moho River, both of which are popular with canoeists and kayakers because of their relatively sluggish currents and shallow depths. There are also some ancient Maya sites located in southern Belize, including Uxbenka, Nim Li Punit, Pusilha, and Lubaantum, which are still being excavated by archeologists.

Southern Belize is also an important agricultural region of Belize, and many people come to this region in order to visit cacao farms. Cacao is the principal ingredient of chocolate, a sacred food used by the Maya for thousands of years. Today, manufacturers such as Maya Gold export their chocolate products around the world. Other food crops grown in southern Belize include milpa (the ancient trio of beans, squash, and corn), peppers, rice, beans, and several traditional varieties of corn (maize). Almost all farmland in southern Belize is in the form of small, family-run affairs.

If you’d like to explore the unspoiled beauty of Toledo District and southern Belize, you can rent a vehicle from Roam Belize. Based right in southern Belize, Roam Belize has a full range of modern vehicles for rent that are perfectly equipped to explore the rugged terrain in the region. These SUVs come with air conditioning and a full complement of safety gear.

For travelers who prefer not to drive, Roam Belize also offers private ground transfers and door-to-door shuttle service to and from anywhere in the country, including hotels, eco-lodges, and AirBNB residences. Roam Belize also organizes tours in southern Belize, including trips to ancient Maya ruins, national parks, outdoor adventures, and cultural homestays in local villages.

For all of your travel needs in southern Belize, you can rely on Roam Belize.


Snorkel and Scuba Dive with Whale Sharks in Belize

April 18th, 2018

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Whale Sharks in Belize

Once a year, the largest fish in the world’s oceans arrive in the waters off of Belize. Gladden Spit and the remote atolls of the southern Belize Barrier Reef serve as a spawning ground for fish and other marine species each spring, drawing in enormous schools of whale sharks.

Whale sharks are somewhat misnamed creatures; giant fish that grow up to 46 feet (14 meters) long and weigh up to 30 tons. Called whales for their enormous size, whale sharks are technically classified as carpet sharks, the largest non-mammalian vertebrate species in the world’s oceans. Despite their gargantuan proportions, whale sharks are filter feeders, using a system similar to that of baleen whales to feed on enormous mouthfuls of microscopic creatures like plankton and fish spawn. Without teeth or any known natural predators, whale sharks are curious and friendly creatures known to frolic and play with human divers and snorkelers.

Whale sharks are highly sensitive to the earth’s magnetic fields and the phases of the moon, using these immutable landmarks to circumnavigate their way around the globe. Every spring between March and June, whale sharks enter the waters of southern Belize to feast on krill, plankton, larvae, and fish eggs. The sheltered waters of Gladden Spit and the nearby islands serve as the breeding grounds for thousands of species of fish and crustaceans, drawing in the weary whale sharks to hungrily feed on this abundance.

Able to cruise at depths over 5,000 feet, it can be difficult to spot whale sharks. But following the phases of the moon every spring, whale sharks rise to the shallow waters of Belize to feed, giving snorkelers and divers a unique opportunity to interact with these gentle giants.

Strict conservation efforts in Belize impose a limit of 10 boats in the vicinity of whale shark schools and all diving must cease by 6:00 PM. Only authorized tour guides are allowed to bring divers and snorkelers to where whale sharks feed in Belize. Roam Belize, a locally-owned and operated company, has whale shark packages that include a chance to see these enormous creatures up close and personal.

Roam Belize also organizes tours to all of the top destinations in Belize, including wildlife expeditions in the interior, bird watching, and exploring ancient Maya sites. Roam Belize also rents vehicles as well as provides private transfer and shuttle service to and from anywhere in the country. Roam Belize can also arrange for accommodations at the top resorts, lodges, and hotels in Belize.

Questions about snorkeling or scuba diving with whale sharks in Belize? Send us an email at info[@]roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your Belize vacation.

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Dangriga Car Rentals

April 18th, 2018

Dangriga is a town on the southeastern coast of Belize in Stann Creek District. With a population of around 10,000 people, Dangriga is considered one of the larger urban areas in the country and is widely known as the cultural capital of Belize. The largest ethnic group in Dangriga is the Garifuna people, a unique Afro-Caribbean culture that has was recognized by the United Nations in 2001 for being a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

Dangriga was originally known as Stann Creek Town thanks to its strategic position on the North Stann Creek River where it flows into the Caribbean Sea. In 1832, the Garifuna emigrated to Belize and settled in Dangriga.

Dangriga has an extremely lively music scene, particularly focused on the traditional drumming style of the Garifuna. A large statue of three Garifuna drums is on display in the center of the town and visitors flock to Dangriga to enjoy live musical performances, workshops, and exhibitions of Garifuna music. Dangriga is the home of punta and punta rock, two uniquely Belizean musical genres that are heavily influenced by traditional Garifuna rhythms mixed with influences from calypso and soca music. The risqué humor and scathing social commentary of many lyrics in popular punta songs give this genre a lively popularity ideal for open-air performances and dance halls.

Belize’s greatest living artist, Delvin “Pen” Cayetano, was born and continues to live in Dangriga, and his studio is one of the town’s most popular attractions. An artist successful in many different media, including painting, sculpture, and music, Pen Cayetano was knighted in 2013 by the Queen of England for his contributions to art and culture.

Other attractions in Dangriga include a bevy of restaurants, clubs, and karaoke bars, the open-air market on the north bank of the river, and the Gulisi Garifuna Museum that details the unique contributions and history of the Garifuna people.

Exploring Dangriga

Roam Belize is a locally-owned tour company based in Dangriga. Roam Belize has a fleet of well-maintained, modern vehicles that allow visitors to explore Dangriga and the region in comfort and style. Roam Belize has a simple, no-hassle rental procedure and can deliver vehicles anywhere in the country.

With a rented vehicle from Roam Belize, you can enjoy all of the sights and sounds that Dangriga has to offer. Whether you’re interested in learning more about the music and history of the Garifuna people or simply want to enjoy a rollicking good time in the cultural capital of Belize, having your own rental vehicle is the best way to explore Dangriga.

Questions about visiting Dangriga? Send us an email at info[@]roambelize.com. We’d love to help you plan your vacation, tours, car rental services, and ground transportation in Belize.


What Is There To Do in Harvest Caye, Belize?

April 18th, 2018
 

In Belize, islands are known as “cayes” (pronounced “keys”). Harvest Caye is a port of call used by many cruise lines and is an offshore island located just a few miles from the mainland.

Harvest Caye itself is very small, and there aren’t many options for cruise passengers. But there is a regular ferry service that connects Harvest Caye to the Placencia Peninsula on the mainland, one of the most popular destinations in the country where you can enjoy activities such as:

Zip Line and River Tubing

Offering plenty of thrills, this tour combines sailing through the upper canopy of the jungle along a zip line with the uniquely Belizean sport of cave tubing, floating down a lazy river aboard an inflatable inner tube.

Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve

Home to some of the last surviving jaguars in the world, the Cockscomb Basin Jaguar Preserve is an enormous wilderness area with stunning landscapes, beautiful mountains, and a wide variety of plants and animals.

Maya Chocolate Making

The descendants of the ancient Maya that built the pyramids and palaces that dot the Belizean landscape have preserved much of their traditional way of life, including making chocolate. Cacao (the source of chocolate) is indigenous to Belize, and this tour allows you to make your own chocolate from locally sourced cacao beans.

Horseback Riding

Belize is a beautiful country with astonishingly beautiful nature everywhere you go. One of the best ways to explore this lush landscape is on horseback.

Hopkins Garifuna Cultural Tour

The Garifuna are an Afro-Caribbean people who have been recognized by the United Nations for their unique language, music, and dance. Hopkins Village is a Garifuna community located on the coast, regularly voted as the friendliest village in Belize.

Roam Belize is the name to trust when it comes to guided tours in Belize. If you’re coming to Harvest Caye and want to visit the sights, book your tour with Roam Belize. A representative from Roam Belize will greet you at the ferry pier in Placencia and then take you where you want to go.

Roam Belize also rents vehicles to allow visitors to explore the country at their own pace. All of Roam Belize’s vehicles are well-maintained, modern vehicles perfectly suited for Belize’s rugged terrain.

“We stopped off at Harvest Caye as part of our cruise, and we hired Roam Belize to take us around. Absolutely my favorite part of the whole trip, hands down. My wife loved the chocolate, and I had a blast doing the river tubing and zip line stuff.”

-Jeff Barter, Gagetown, Michigan            


The Best Places to Stay in Placencia Belize

April 18th, 2018

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Placencia Belize

Nestled between the Caribbean Sea and a lagoon, the Placencia Peninsula in southern Belize features more than 16 miles of beautiful sandy beaches, easily traversed by beach cruiser bicycle. The northern part of the peninsula is where vacationers can relax on the sand or fish the lagoon while the southern part is home to the airstrip and the village, complete with internet cafes, banks, gourmet restaurants and transportation connections to the rest of the country.

The village of Placencia is your one-stop shop for enjoying many of the popular marine activities at the nearby Belize Barrier Reef, including kayaking, snorkeling, fly fishing, and scuba diving. Nearby mainland attractions include exploring Maya ruins, visiting the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Preserve, or visiting the village of Hopkins to experience Garifuna cooking, music and culture.

The Best Places to Stay in Placencia Belize

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Mariposa – Located on a two-acre stretch of privately-owned land, the Mariposa bed and breakfast is independently owned and operated by a retired Canadian couple. After falling in love with the beauty of Placencia, they decided to open their own bed and breakfast. Featuring oceanfront views and an on-site restaurant, Mariposa is a wonderful place to enjoy the best of the Placencia Peninsula.

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The Belize Ocean Club Resort – Few locations in Placencia can compare to the luxurious Belize Ocean Club Resort. Located on the renowned Maya Beach, the resort offers one and two-bedroom suites, each with their own seaside balcony. The resort also includes a gourmet restaurant and an incredible swimming pool complete with its own swim-up bar.

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The Villas at Chabil Mar – Drawing its name from a Mayan phrase meaning “beautiful sea”, the Villas at Chabil Mar offer oceanfront luxury just five minutes by foot from the village of Placencia. Each villa comes with its own oceanfront veranda. Enjoy fresh-caught seafood at the on-site Cafe Mar beachfront restaurant or go for a leisurely swim in one of the resort’s two infinity swimming pools.

If you’re interesting in exploring all the best that southern Belize and the Placencia Peninsula has to offer, let Roam Belize help plan your itinerary and arrange for your travel needs. A locally-owned and operated company, ROAM BELIZE specializes in helping visitors find the hidden gems in Placencia, Hopkins, and other exciting destinations in Belize.

Roam Belize also offers shuttle service to and from anywhere in Belize as well as transfers from neighboring Mexico and Guatemala.

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