Though Belize is just south of Mexico and a short flight from Florida, the striking and unusual beauty of this small country makes it feel so much farther from home than it really is. With some of the most distinct and extreme biodiversity in the world, you will likely find yourself face-to-face with plants, animals, and landscapes that you haven’t imagined to be possible. Home to the world’s most spectacular dive site— the Great Blue Hole—and a number of Mayan ruins like Altun Ha, there are infinite ways to explore Belize both on land and in the water.
Couples wishing to marry in Belize are required to provide copies of birth certificates and proof of citizenship. Divorce and death decrees are required if necessary. For more information, check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
Passports are required for entry into Belize. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
English is the official language, though many locals also speak Kriol.
The official currency is the Belize dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted.
Climate & Beaches
Belize enjoys beautiful weather year round, with an average temperature of 84 degrees F. Belize’s dry season is between February and May and has significantly lower rainfall than the rest of the year. Belize is part of the hurricane belt, though statistically it does not attract many direct hits, but does experience intense tropical storms during this time.
Though not particularly well-known for their beaches, San Pedro, or “La Isla Bonita” is a tourist hub and known for its bright Caribbean waters and great snorkeling. Ambergris and Placencia are also popular beach towns in Belize with soft, white sand beaches.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
The Great Blue Hole of Belize is a must for divers, with diverse species of fish and reef sharks to marvel at. The country is also a living monument to the Mayan culture, with only a small percentage of its endless temples and shrines uncovered. In the north, Altun Ha and Lamanai are well-preserved and easily accessible. As a country with great eco-diversity, Belize is teeming with indigenous wildlife ranging from elusive and rare birds to curious howler monkeys and showy Toucans, so pay a visit to one of the country’s many wildlife preserves.