Politically, Belize is divided into 6 different Districts (from North to South): Corozal, Orange Walk, Belize District, Cayo, Stann Creek and Toledo.
For the purpose of organization, we have divided Belize into 4 Regions to help you find the perfect location. They are Belize City and Northern Belize, Islands and Cayes, Western Belize and Southern Belize.
Tour Belize City, the commercial hub, and view stunning historical artifacts at the Belize Museum, visit the old downtown area, the historic St. Johns Anglican Cathedral, and the House of culture.
Northern Belize offers spectacular treasures to discover. Experience the amazing Maya archaeological sites: Lamanai, set alongside the New River Lagoon, or Cerros perched above the azure waters of Corozal Bay. Wildlife creatures including jaguars, wildcats, storks, crocodiles and many more inhabit the river banks and flourishing jungles of northern Belize, and the country is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 570 recorded species
Over 450 exquisite small islands, locally known as cayes dot the turquoise waters off the length of Belize’s coast. Three atolls sit outside the magnificent Belize Barrier Reef, which is the second largest reef system in the world. The azure waters offer a truly remarkable experience for the first-time snorkeler to the avid scuba diver.
Caye Caulker, the epitome of the “laid-back island” lifestyle, is lined with brightly-coloured wooden houses interspersed with shops, restaurants and small hotels. The larger islands in the north support charming towns while elsewhere on the Barrier Reef, smaller, private islands provide exclusive getaways.
The town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye offers an eclectic choice of accommodation and a wide variety of sophisticated international cuisine in beachside restaurants. Traditional Belizean food can also be savoured at charming local restaurants.
Top activities include exploring Bacalar Chico National Park and snorkeling at Hol Chan Marine Reserve and Shark Ray Alley.
Ecotourism adventures abound Cayo, which is also the gateway into Belize from Guatemala. The lively towns of San Ignacio and Santa Elena and the quiet border town of Benque Viejo del Carmen provide a glimpse into the lives of friendly residents.
Numerous accommodation options from which to base your explorations range from luxurious jungle lodges to local bed and breakfasts. Adventures include horseback riding, canoeing, exploring underground rivers, hiking, cave tubing, ziplining, mountain biking and birding.
The regions offer an unsurpassed combination of nature reserves, national parks, Belize’s largest Maya sites and Central America’s largest cave system.
The picturesque Hummingbird Highway snakes across the Maya Mountains leading visitors from Belmopan, the capital of Belize, to the towns of Dangriga, Hopkins, Placencia, and Punta Gorda. The vibrant local cultures of the Maya and the Garifuna are alive with rich traditions in this part of Belize. This is also home to the world’s first Jaguar Reserve, the intricate architecture of Lubaantun and Nim Li Punit, with over five offshore marine protected areas.
Dangriga is a great choice of experiencing the music, vivid art and rich traditional Garifuna way of life before exploring the islands offshore. The quiet fishing village of Hopkins further down the coast offers golden sandy beaches and a range of visitor services.
Placencia has become a thriving tourism center as a quaint seaside village with a local flair, while the peninsula offers modern resorts, vacation rentals and condominiums.
Punta Gorda is the gateway to lush rainforest, Maya sites, waterfalls, extensive cave systems and numerous national parks and protected areas teeming with wildlife.