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Helpful information about vacationing in (or moving to) Belize.

Discover Belize

If you’ve traveled in other parts of Central America or the Caribbean, forget them all. Belize is different: It is coconut shavings in your rice and beans. It is butter pooling in your conch soup—with a squirt of lime and a splash of hot sauce to make it bite. Belize is the hemisphere’s largest barrier reef; it is massive forests of giant cohune palms and prehistoric tree ferns, some amid ancient Mayan plazas.

Plan your trip with our helpful articles that tell you how to see the best of Belize in 10 days, make the most of budget destinations like Caye Caulker for outstanding diving and snorkeling, or learn to talk like a local with advice on speaking Belizean Kriol.

If you’re interested in moving to Belize, our Living Abroad author explains why moving to Belize isn’t as hard as you’d think and offers practical advice like building and restoring your own home.

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Travel Maps of Belize

Download free, printable maps of Belize for your personal use.

Currently available from the pages of our travel guides are over forty maps of Belize. Maps all the top regions including Belize City, the Northern Cayes, and Caye Caulker. You’ll also find supplemental planning maps that mark popular dive sites, Belize’s protected natural areas, and a map of Belize’s annual average rainfall.

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Map of The Northern Cayes, Belize

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Get Inspired With Our Most Recent Belize Articles

Just getting started planning? Here are our four most recent articles to help you find your way, or dig deeper and browse the latest Moon travel articles for all of Belize or check out our living abroad content if you're considering moving to Belize.

Lionfish hovering over coral. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Belize’s War Against Lionfish

The Caribbean region’s coral reef has been battling an invasive, voracious, and predatory fish—destructive enough that it can devastate an entire reef system: the red lionfish (Pterois volitans). Belize is no exception. Countrywide, the war against the spread of lionfish is ongoing; here’s how Belize is fighting back.

A howler monkey at the Community Baboon Sanctuary. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

The Best Wildlife Spotting in the Belize Cayes

Filled with national parks and wildlife reserves, Belize home to an estimated 145 species of mammals, 139 species of reptiles, and at least 500 species of birds, many of which can be spotted along the cayes. An island vacation doesn’t mean missing out on any of the wildlife—here is what to look out for both inland and offshore.

Suspension bridge at Mayflower Bocawina National Park. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Planning a Visit to Mayflower Bocawina National Park

Mayflower Bocawina National Park in the Belize Cayes comprises more than 7,100 acres of Maya Mountain wilderness set aside to protect and showcase the area’s five waterfalls and green-fringed Mayan ruins. A trail system offers excellent independent hiking with guides and tours offered to enhance the experience, and plenty of other adventures.

Four-eyed butterfly fish along the Belize Barrier Reef. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Plan a Visit to Bacalar Chico National Park Marine Reserve

Located on and around the northern tip of Ambergris Caye, Bacalar Chico National Park and Marine Reserve hosts an incredibly diverse array of wildlife, offers excellent snorkeling and diving, and is rich with history. Here’s your guide to planning a visit, from all about the reserve’s sights to where to stay, what to eat, and how to get there.