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Belize Travel Packages

Sandy Mitchell
On the Beach in Belize

Belize travel packages are the perfect answer to the late spring and early fall snowfalls in the Northeast and Midwest. Belize, the former British Honduras, is located in Central America, along the Caribbean coast. The small nation was a British crown colony until 1973 and still maintains a certain British flair. Its older, Mayan heritage is also felt in the elaborate ruins, the colorful arts and crafts, and the friendly, Indian residents. Belize is known for its spectacular beaches, watersports, and barrier islands.

Belize City

Belize City is the country's capital and largest city. Located along the Caribbean coast, it is a popular cruise port of call and shipping center. The city is a perfect stopping off point for excursions to the barrier islands, Mayan ruins (such as the one at Caracol, pictured at left), and the white sand beaches on the country's southern coastline. Belize City is also home to the Museum of Belize with its many Mayan artifacts; the House of Culture, a history museum; and scores of shops selling everything from colorful Belize arts and crafts to jewelry to duty-free goods.

[[image: caracol.jpg|frame|left|The Mayan Ruins at Caracol]

Ambergris Cay

Ambergris Caye (pronounced am-BER-gris), just off the coast of Belize, is home to the world's second largest barrier reef (second only to Australia's Great Barrier Reef) and the island boasts excellent snorkeling and scuba opportunities. The area is also known for sailing, fishing, windsurfing, kayaking, and even skydiving.

The Blue Hole is a local phenomenon and a treat for divers visiting the area. The 300 foot wide, 418 foot deep sinkhole is almost perfectly round and the protected area provides an ideal environment for sea creatures and coral to flourish.

Each summer, Ambergris Caye hosts the Costa Maya festival, a week-long celebration that includes colorful costumes, lively dance, and all sorts of island music.

Visiting Belize

Belize is easily accessible from all over North America connections in Miami, Houston, and Dallas. Accommodations vary widely, from deluxe casual lodges on the barrier islands to modern commercial hotels in Belize City to coastal beach resorts along the Caribbean coast. Most of the resorts on the barrier islands include meals and transportation and many are the only place to stay on their island.

Transportation in Belize City and other coastal cities is plentiful and affordable. Cabs are available in most cities and Belize is served by a public bus system. Coaches range from creaking to sleek and air-conditioned.

Travelers from the United States are required to have a valid passport for entry into Belize. No visa is necessary for stays of less than three months.

Booking Belize Travel Packages

Belize travel packages offer the best value. By combining airfare, accommodations, transportation, and sometimes sightseeing, tour operators such as Continental Vacations and Funjet Vacations, can offer vacationers a substantial savings over paying each travel component separately.

Taking advantage of the services of a travel agent can help when booking Belize travel packages. Choose an agent that has experience with Central America travel. Because he deals with travel to that area on a regular basis, he will be able to alert you when attractive pricing becomes available.

Belize Travel Packages