Winter at 8 Affordable Belize Destinations and Leave Frigid Weather Behind
We see you sitting beneath two blankets. A Caribbean trip isn’t on your radar because you’re frightened of “high season” when prices pile up higher than the snow. But wait! You don’t have to dream about the Caribbean when you can come to Belize where warm weather awaits and a visit won’t empty your wallet. These eight locations beckon you. See which one strikes your fancy.
1. San Ignacio Town
If vacationing in the corner of Belize that abuts Guatemala gives you two countries for the price of one, start packing for San Ignacio Town now. Affectionately known as Cayo, this is Mother Nature’s playground. Instead of shivering at home, visit the Green Hills Butterfly Ranch, Belize Botanic Gardens and Belize’s Medicinal Jungle Trail. All that green will chase your winter blues away!
[ Where to stay in San Ignacio: Cahal Pech Village Resort]
2. Placencia Peninsula
Plant your toes (and other anatomical parts) on this lush finger of land. No snow plows required to travel the 27-mile-long road transacting the peninsula that takes you through sleepy villages, diverse eateries and lodgings that fit every pocketbook. Defrost immediately after landing as you warm up to the beat of this lively area.
[ Where to stay in Placencia: Chabil Mar Villas or The Placencia Hotel & Casino]
Frequent visitors describe Dangriga as warm and welcoming in winter. Home to the Garifuna people, Dangriga will bathe you in music, art, festivals, parades and history. Learn about the ancestors of shipwrecked African slaves who make this area unique. Learn to drum and binge on traditional Garifuna food to warm up fast!
[ Where to stay in Dangriga: Yok Ha Island Resort]
4. Ambergris Caye
It’s the playground of those seeking non-stop fun paired with the serene beauty of island living. Sure, you can lie beside a tranquil pool, but that’s not Ambergris holiday style! Love pubs? Fine dining? Extreme water sports? Making friends? Winter in Ambergris is all that and more–and yes, lodging choices abound so you can find a room that suits your wallet.
[ Where to stay in Ambergris Caye: Portofino Beach Resort or Victoria House]
Tourists flock to Belize’s capital to learn more about the nation’s history, but there’s much more to experience: tropical rain forests, caverns and caves and nearby Mayan ruins. Your lodging choices run from pricey resorts to inexpensive lodgings and eateries guaranteed to delight visitors happy to escape to this warm winter paradise.
[Where to stay in Belmopan: Caves Branch Jungle Lodge]
6. Caye Caulker
This small coral haven is about five miles in length yet it bustles with visitors escaping Old Man Winter island style. Backpackers love it here because they can live on the cheap after provisioning themselves on the mainland and taking the water taxi to the island. Otherwise, tiny hotels, eateries and shops make life easy and breezy.
[Where to stay in Caye Caulker: Island Magic Beach Resort]
Find plenty of places to stay in one of Belize’s archaeological meccas. Aggregators list lodgings as low as $40 a day. Stay closer to the sea and spend more, but if you’re in town to see ruins at Santa Rita or Cerros or go flats fishing, why spend more when you’ll be out in the sun enjoying Belize’s typical 80-degree winter days?
[Where to stay in Corozal: Almond Tree Resort]
8. Belize City
Zip line over tree canopies, go cave tubing, explore Mayan ruins, take an eco-tour and learn more about the nation’s former capital city by exploring this unique location. Expensive resorts exist peacefully amid budget hotel rooms, so do your homework to find one that meets your needs and then stick that parka into the closet and escape!
[Where to stay near Belize City: Black Orchid Resort]
Don’t pay attention to those who say one can’t winter in the Caribbean without spending a fortune. Head for Belize where English is spoken everywhere and grab your share of tropical breezes while everyone back home worries about the iconic groundhog predicting a much longer winter ahead!