Belize’s Tourism Industry Is on the Up and Up Says BTB in 2023 Review

by Khaila Gentle

The year 2023 was an amazing one for travel in Belize, says the Belize Tourism Board. In a recent press release, the Board shared some remarkable figures showing the country’s growth in both overnight and cruise tourism visitors, stating “Belize’s tourism sector has witnessed substantial growth in 2023, showcasing a resilient recovery after facing unprecedented challenges.”

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The country saw a total of 464,717 overnight visitors for 2023, along with an additional 904,189 cruise ship visitors – a 25% and 47% increase, respectively, from the previous year. According to the Belize Tourism Board, Belize’s positive performance serves as a testament to its enduring appeal and its ability to adapt to evolving travel dynamics.

When It Comes to Crowds, Belize Is a Goldilocks Destination 

Photo by Victoria House Resort & Spa

It has its fair share of tourist hotspots. Still, Belize remains a hidden gem in the world of travel destinations, which makes it perfect for anyone hoping to get away from the crowds and overtourism. In fact, even on the country’s most buzzing island of Ambergris Caye, there are plenty of spots that are far removed from the action.

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Just south of town, the luxurious Victoria House Resort & Spa serves as a dreamy escape for romantics. Offering everything from great spa services to meal plans for those of us on a health kick, it’s a stone’s throw away from San Pedro but still manages to feel a world away.


Meanwhile, north of town, sister resorts Grand Caribe and Sunset Caribe each feel like a vacation within a vacation. For bayside relaxation and stellar sunset views, head over to Sunset Caribe. Or, if you’re looking for something a bit more upbeat, stay at Grand Caribe, home to seven pools, two onsite restaurants, a spa, and an annual fishing competition.

Featured Photo courtesy of the Belize Tourism Board

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