What to Consider Before Booking a Villa or AirBnB Rental in Belize

by McNab Editorial Team

One of the hardest decisions when going on holiday is choosing the right place to stay. In Belize, guests have a fantastic choice of boutique hotels, all-inclusive private island stays, remote jungle lodges and villa rentals. However as Belize gradually reopens in a phased approach, only approved accommodations can accept international guests, while the entire overnight tourism industry transitions towards Gold Standard Certification. With safety at the forefront of Belize’s reopening strategy, all accommodations in Belize’s Tourism Safe Corridor have: 1) successfully been recognized with Gold Standard Certification and 2) been approved to reopen for international guests during Phase 3. Belize’s Gold Standard Program is an extensive 9-point system which elevates the cleaning and workplace policies of hotels. As of September 24, visitors are able to choose from 85 properties approved for Belize’s Reopening in Phase 3.

Air BnB, Vbro, and More

If you’ve been browsing Airbnb, Vbro or any other booking sites, be sure to confirm your villa rental is a Recognized Gold Standard Certified Property. Here are two properties on Ambergris Caye, also found on Vrbo, that are approved to accommodate guests as of October 1, 2020.

Escape Away Belize – Safe Corridor Approved

Escape away is a private villa that offers a private tropical stay. Situated on the beachfront of the stunning island of Ambergris Caye, this private villa makes for the perfect stay for those looking to unwind in the sunshine.  The villa has plenty of places to unwind from the 450-foot infinity swimming pool, sun deck with new lounge chairs, a private beach, or private resort size dock featuring a huge gazebo, you can guarantee to find a place to relax. The villa comes with its private chef making for the perfect home away from home.


Grand Caribe – Safe Corridor Approved

Photo Courtesy: Grand Caribe

Wondering where to stay in Belize? Grand Caribe Belize truly has a place for everyone. From spacious Caribbean-themed, Belize family resort condos, to luxurious beachfront walkouts or cozy studios; you’ll find the perfect place to stay—all with outstanding beach and pool access. Featuring 800 feet of beachfront along the beautiful Belize Barrier Reef, Grand Caribe offers spectacular views and easy access to water activities or simply lounging by the shore. Two restaurants, a rooftop bar, on-site market, and a swim-up pool bar are also available on Grand Caribe’s beachside property.


With traveler safety being the destination’s number priority, unlicensed properties accommodating guests in Belize will be fined up to BZD$25,000.

For more information on travel requirements, visit HERE.

Feature Image: Grand Caribe

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