3 Top Snowbird Destinations in Belize to Discover This Winter

by Vivian Roe
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Autumn has set in and the temperatures are dropping slowly. For those snowbirds planning their annual escape, Belize awaits. The country recently reopened its doors to tourism. And to ensure health and safety amidst COVID-19, Belize has introduced The Gold Standard for Belize Travel. The tropical temperatures, friendly English-speaking people, beautiful beaches and abundance of activities make this Caribbean destination perfect for snowbirds. But where do you go? We’ve pulled together the top snowbird destinations in Belize this winter.

Ambergris Caye & Caye Caulker

Ambergris Caye is Belize’s largest island, found in the north, that’s easily become a buzzy destination for snowbirds. In addition, there is an abundance of restaurants and shop on the island, meaning snowbirds have all they may miss from home. Not to mention, access to some of the best beaches, snorkeling and diving spots is just an added bonus; the Belize Barrier Reef is just half a mile offshore. Finally, the island boasts some of the best long term private rentals for snowbirds. In particular, The Landing at Tres Cocos and Escape Away are  a top recommendation.

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The Split at Caye Caulker. Photo via Unsplash
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San Pedro Town at night. Photo courtesy Belize Food Tours

For those looking for a more laid-back destination, Caye Caulker is a great choice. Here, the motto is ‘Go Slow’, and visitors are on a verified matching schedule. Accommodation options are more budget-friendly.  Jan’s Hotel is popular favourite. When on the island visitors can choose to do as much or as little as possible.

San Ignacio Town

For those that prefer inland to island life, San Ignacio is a great choice. Also known as Cayo, the small town is in close proximity to many attractions. Mayan ruins, jungle hikes, waterfalls and nature reserves surround the area. Seven miles out of San Ignacio lies a self-sufficient village community known as Carmelita Gardens. Comprising of 98-acres on the banks of the Belize River, this green community is nonetheless an ideal location for snowbirds wanting to live sustainably.

Placencia Village

Located in the south of Belize, this 18-mile beach is barefoot perfect. With the Caribbean on the east and the Placencia lagoon in the west, this fishing village is an increasingly popular destination. The snorkeling and diving from here is incredible too. For example, some of the best small islands dot the coasts. Fly fishing, jungle adventures and birding are also popular activities in this area. Finally, the village itself is dotted with art sidewalks, quirky shops, independent restaurants and buzzing beach bars like Tipsy Tuna.

For those snowbirds that visit and decide they don’t want to leave, Belize is also a great place to retire. Read on for all you need to know. 

Header photo by Meritt Thomas on Unsplash

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