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.

Nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Best of the Belize Cayes 5-Day Itinerary

In five days, you can experience a few of Belize’s most beautiful islands. This itinerary includes self-guided activities, as well as some guided tours. Caye hopping can be a bit more costly than exploring overland, so feel free to use this itinerary as best fits your budget. One thing is certain: you won’t run out of islands to see or things to do!

Moon Belize, 11th ed.

Moon Belize

This full-color guide includes vibrant photos and easy-to-use maps to help with trip planning. Travel writer, photographer, and Belize expert Lebawit Lily Girma knows the best ways to experience Belize—from the gorgeous beaches of the Northern Cayes to the lush countryside of Belmopan and Cayo. Girma offers a range of interesting activities for every traveler—such […]

Moon Belize Cayes, 1st ed.

Moon Belize Cayes

This full-color guide to Belize Cayes includes vibrant photos and helpful planning maps. Travel writer, photographer, and Belize expert Lebawit Lily Girma shares the best ways to experience these stunning islands. Girma offers a range of interesting activities for every traveler—whether they’re avid snorkelers, beach bums, aspiring divers, honeymooners, or simply on a budget—as well […]

Carnival in Belize. Photo © Lebawit Lily Girma.

Festivals and Events in Belize City

September is Belize’s golden month, with three weeks of festivities celebrating the country’s independence. Learn more about Belize City festivals in September, as well as events to plan for (or around) during the rest of the year.

Towering over the coastline, the Fort George Lighthouse was built as part of the memorial for Baron Bliss, Belize’s greatest benefactor. Photo © Nick M., licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Exploring Fort George in Belize City

The Fort George area, a peninsula ringed by Marine Parade Boulevard and Fort Street, is one of the most pleasant in Belize City. Meander in the neighborhood and you’ll pass some impressive homes and buildings, including a few charming old guesthouses.

A plate heaped with rice and a couple pieces of chicken stewed with a reddish-orange tint.

Belizean Restaurants & Cuisine in Belize City

Belize City is packed with traditional Creole eateries. From jam rolls and flaky pastries to traditional Belizean fare like stew chicken, fish fillets, and meat pies, there are plenty of food options to choose from in this roundup of the city’s best restaurants.