Belize cruises

Half South American jungle, half Caribbean coast, Belize is a little country with enormous opportunity for adventure and wonder. An important centre of the mysterious Maya civilization dating back to 1500 BC, Belize has many mainland mystical ruins and fascinating cave systems integral to Mayan mythology.

Join an exciting expedition to the temples and into tropical jungles filled with wild black orchids, mahogany trees, exotic fruit and the call of the howler monkeys. Around the rivers and lagoons there are 570 different species of birds and you may catch sight of the national emblem, the toucan. Offshore, Belize boasts the world’s second longest barrier reef, now a protected World Heritage Site and the Blue Hole cenote attracts the most experienced divers.

Highlights

Visible from outer space, the 400ft deep underwater walls of the Blue Hole natural monument have become a diver’s pilgrimage in Belize. Part of the Lighthouse Reef Atoll, this collapsed cave is where brave divers face hammerhead sharks to reach stalactite formations and tick this must-do top dive experience off their wish list.

Location

Alternatively, you could enjoy the history, taste the flavours and soak up the sounds in the streets of Belize City, the seaside capital. The variety of activities on offer in Belize are as exciting and colourful as the country itself. Jungle zip-lining, tubing and canoeing along the Hondo or Sarstoon rivers, snorkelling, diving and fishing are all out of this world and watersports are in abundance. Ashore, climb hundreds of stone steps to the top of tall, ancient Mayan temples. Enjoy 360-degree views of the surrounding jungle where the green iguanas, jaguars and spider monkeys live. No wonder Belize is one of Sir David Attenborough’s favourite locations on Earth.

Climate

Belize enjoys a tropical climate with wet and dry seasons. Consistent coastal trade winds almost all year-round cool the hotter months with most sunshine between December to April. Average coastal temperatures range from 24°C in January to 27°C in July.

Useful information

Belize is the only English-speaking Central American country. Whilst Belize Kriol is the unofficial language, Spanish is also widely spoken. The laid-back locals are made up of Belizean, Creole, mestizo, Garifuna and Maya. There is also a growing expat community. Belize has the lowest population density in Central America with 35 people per square mile. The currency of Belize dollars (BZ$) is locked at an exchange rate of $1 USD to $2 Belize. ATMs are widely available; credit cards are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.

Ports we visit in Belize