This year, spring break in Belize is set to be better than ever, with the tourism industry celebrating a complete recovery from the covid pandemic and even more growth projected for the near future. There’s no denying it – Belize is having a moment. And with the small but vibrant Caribbean nation having been hailed as a top travel destination for 2023, including by CNN Travel, there’s no doubt that eager travelers, ready to get their revenge travel on, are already booking stays and scoping out bucket-list worthy spots.
Whether it’s spending a few nights on a private island that hugs magnificent coral reefs or visiting all the best beach bars in town, now’s the time to lock in those Belize spring break plans if you haven’t already.
But if you haven’t – or if you have and just aren’t set on a specific itinerary as yet – then fret not. Here are some destinations and travel ideas for anyone planning to spend spring break in Belize.
Consider this your 2023 Belize Spring Break Guide.
1. The Placencia Peninsula
Located on the mainland but with an unmistakable island vibe, the Placencia Peninsula offers white sand and warm waters that make for a classic spring break on the beach.What was once a sleepy fishing village is now a burgeoning travel destination complete with unique resorts, eateries, bars, and more.
What to Do: Enjoy wandering down the tipsy strip, stopping in at some of the peninsula’s most beloved bars like Tipsy Tuna and Barefoot Beach Bar.
Where to Stay: Umaya Resort & Adventures is located in the Maya Beach area of the peninsula. This Belize Collection resort offers uninterrupted sea views as well as stunning lagoon front sunsets. For a stay closer to the heart of the action, Brisa Oceano (A Muy’Ono Resort) is located in Placencia village.
2. Ambergris Caye
Consistently the top destination for travel in Belize, the country’s largest island is the go-to spot for spring break. What that translates to is all the best parties and not one dull moment during your trip. The liveliest locale is undoubtedly San Pedro town, where many restaurants and beach bars and even a few small nightclubs sit waiting to be experienced
What to do: Try your hand at the world-famous chicken drop. Or, make your way over to Secret Beach for a day of revelry.
Where to stay: If you’re hoping to spend spring break in Belize away from the crowds, consider booking an all inclusive stay at one of the resorts north of town, like Matachica. Or, head south to Victoria House. For the budget-conscious spring breaker, consider a small hotel like Drift Inn.
3. For the Luxury Traveler: Ray Caye Island Resort
Ever dreamt of booking out an entire private island? With Ray Caye Island Resort you can do exactly that. But even if you’re traveling with a more intimate group of friends (or family), a stay at this private island paradise this spring break will definitely be one for the books. If the giant overwater slide doesn’t convince you of that, their world-class service and luxe accommodations, complete with uninterrupted sea views, surely will.
4. A Mini-Party at the Sandbar
If sand, sun, sea, and a couple of close friends are all you need for a memorable spring break, then consider this underrated activity. Enjoy throwing a mini party, complete with beers and barbecue, on a small island of sand that usually becomes submerged by high tide. Local guides on the islands are sure to know a few good sandbar spots.
5. Have an Inland Adventure
For the nature-lover or adrenaline junkie looking to chase some thrills for spring break in Belize this year, consider an inland adventure. Both Belize’s Cayo and Stann Creek districts are teeming with adrenaline inducing activities, stunning waterfalls, awe-inspiring caves, and more.
What to do: Get away from it all inside the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, complete with caves, waterfalls, and starry night skies. Or, visit the Cockscomb Basin wildlife sanctuary for rewarding hiking trails.
Bonus: enjoy a booze cruise down river with a jungle pontoon boat tour, complete with a stop at a roaring waterfall.
Where to Stay: In Mountain Pine Ridge, both Gaia River Lodge and Blancaneaux Resort offer luxurious stays in the heart of nature. And on the Hummingbird Highway, the Sleeping Giant Rainforest Lodge offers grand mountain views that make for instagram worthy photo-ops.
Featured Photo: Palapa Bar on Ambergris Caye