Budget Travel Destination: Belize

June 5, 2012 by

The diverse, lush landscape of Belize makes it a top destination in Central America. Visitors flock to this English-speaking country to explore the jungles, beaches and Mayan ruins that make up the small, yet alluring Belizean nation.

Vacationers can choose to stay on the coast of the mainland, or venture out to one of the cayes. The town of San Pedro on Ambergris Caye is by far the most popular tourist spot, with Caye Caulker coming up a close second.

Like many Central American countries, getting there is the most expensive part of the trip. To experience Belize on a budget, research the cheapest time to fly there. May to November are the off-peak months, so flights and accommodations during this timeframe will most likely save you big bucks.

Depending on where you want to stay, you can also save some cash. Rooms and cabanas on the cayes and mainland can start as low as $22/night, depending on your preferences and desired amenities. A mid-range hotel will set you back about $50/night, but this is still relatively inexpensive for a beachfront room on a tropical island.

Dining out and sight seeing in Belize is also budget friendly, with many tour outfitters offering trips to places like the Altun Ha Mayan ruins, wildlife sanctuaries, jungle adventures, Barrier Reef tours, Belize City and much more.

Day trips to a combination of attractions will set you back about $99 – $200, depending on which attractions you choose to visit. Refuel by stopping at one of the many small, family-owned eateries along the sandy streets of Belize to try inexpensive local specialties like Fry Jacks and some of the best burritos you’ll ever taste.


Photo source: TravelBelize

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  1. Julie C. says:

    Have you actually been? I would love to go but am not sure of the politics of the country and if it is safe to go. What’s your opinion?

  2. Jen Fromal says:


    I have been to Belize and spent time on the mainland, Caye Caulker and Ambergris Caye. If you’re worried about safety, fly into the Belize City airport and research beforehand to find a reputable, licensed driver to take you to the ferry that will get you to the cayes. I found that the cayes were very safe, with friendly locals. Of course, as with any international trip, make sure that you pack smart and keep a close eye on your valuables throughout the trip!

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