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Belize

by , SmarterTravel Staff
The Belize Tourism Board website can be a great resource for trip planning, with a forum where visitors can ask questions, a place to submit planning queries directly to the Tourism Board, and links to current travel sales and discounts.

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Bordered by Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean Sea, Belize is an ideal choice for a summer getaway. Although summer is Belize's "green" or rainy season, you needn't fear spending your vacation huddled under an umbrella—rain showers are brief and usually don't last for long. A trip to Belize can include beach time, an island getaway, and inland adventure trips, all during one vacation. Plus, accommodations and activities are deeply discounted in summer, so your trip can be significantly less expensive than it would be during other times of year.

This summer, there are loads of deals for Belize travel; so many, in fact, that the country's tourism board created the Summer In Belize website to advertise the various specials. Offers include free-night promotions at properties including Chabil Mar Villas, Grand Colony Island Villas, Jaguar Paw Jungle Resort, and Victoria House.

Plus, El Pescador has a buy-one-get-one-free for its single-occupancy packages, while Windy Hill Resort's "Green Season" special includes one free night with free meals, a complimentary upgrade to a deluxe cabin, and discounts for kids. The Inn at Robert's Grove is offering several discounted packages that include accommodations, meals, activities, domestic flights, airport transfers, and more. You can also save 10 percent on Mayan ruin tours, scuba diving, horseback riding, yacht charters, and many other adventures with Aubisque Catamaran Charters.

When I compared summer and winter hotel rates, I found off-peak savings of $50.

Hotel Room type Off-peak rate Peak rate
Black Orchid Resort, Burrell Boom Village Double room $100 (July 1 to November 30) $120 (December 1 to June 30)
Coral Bay Villas, Ambergris Caye One bedroom beachfront condo $105 (May 1 to December 15) $150 (January 1 to April 30)
Sailwinds Beach Suites, Caye Caulker Beachfront suite $99 (May 1 to October 31) $149 (December 16 to January 6)
Belize Jungle Dome, Cayo District Pool-side standard $95 (June 1 to October 31) $105 (November 1 to May 31)

Prices are per night based on double occupancy and were found on each hotel's website.

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Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker, two of Belize's popular islands, are great destinations for beach time and watersports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and sport fishing. Lively nightlife and restaurants can be found on Ambergris Caye, while Caye Caulker is perfect for a relaxed, quiet visit. Inland, the Cayo District is home to many Mayan ruin sites, plus jungle lodges and resorts that can easily arrange adventure trips such as river rafting, hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

For more information on planning an off-peak sojourn to Belize, check out the Belize Tourism Board's website.

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