|Cheapest price||C$ 445||From Toronto to Belize City|
Despite being one of the smallest nations in the region, Belize more than holds its own in the beauty stakes with its larger and better-known neighbours Mexico and Guatemala. And while it may have once been a place only particularly adventurous travellers would consider visiting, this jewel on the Caribbean now appeals to everyone from scuba divers and ecotourists to honeymooners and families.
The Belize Barrier Reef is a diverse ecosystem that is the second-longest of its kind in the world so it is no surprise that it draws divers from the world over. It is also a Unesco World Heritage Site ensuring that it remains as pristine an attraction as it is now. Visitors arriving on cheap flights to Belize will also have their pick of caves to tour. These are scattered throughout the country, but the biggest draw is Actun Tunichil Muknal which features amazing limestone formations and remnants of the ancient Mayan culture. Ruins dating as far back as 1500BC can be seen at a number of sites including Caracol, in the foothills of the Maya Mountains, and Altun Ha in the north of the country.
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Belize has a temperate climate with two seasons. The rainy season lasts from June to November with rainfall averaging 150cm in the north and 41cm in the south. The coastal regions average temperatures of 27 C, but it cools down much more in the hills with an average temperature of 21 C.
Avoiding the rainy season is key with the local peak season stretching from November to May.
Many travellers avoid the rainy season between May and November. However, budget-conscious travellers will find that hotel and flight costs are significantly lower at this time with cheap flights to Belize easier to come by.
The easiest way to get around Belize is to use a rental car. Major rental companies all have a presence in Belize but remember that you can usually secure a better rate by booking in advance.
Local commuter airlines provide an alternative way to get around. Maya Island Air and Tropic Air are among the most popular domestic carriers.
Finally, many of the attractions throughout the country are also serviced by local bus services that are a common way to get around among the Belize locals.