Where To Stay in Belize: A Region by Region Guide

by Gisselle Hernandez

Planning a first visit to Belize may seem overwhelming at first, especially if you don’t have a specific plan on where to stay. Belize is small, so there are only a couple of hundred hotels, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t of high caliber. In fact, every year a significant number of these resorts rake in international awards from notable publications such as Conde Nast Traveller and TripAdvisor. Whether you plan to stay at a far-flung private island or a rustic-chic jungle getaway, in Belize here’s a roundup guide based on each region. 

Where to stay in Western Belize 

San Ignacio resort pool

Photo Courtesy: San Ignacio Resort Hotel

We all yearn for the rolling Maya Mountains, the spooky caves, and the vast expanse of rainforest when leaving behind Western Belize. Almost any accommodation will be nearby the plethora of adventure activities found in this area. You can stay at a treehouse suite somewhere deep in the jungle or opt for a reliable luxurious stay in San Ignacio Town. Either one will be in close proximity to must-sees like the Mountain Pine Ridge reserve, Nohoch Che’en Caves, and more. 

Where to stay in Southern/Southeast Belize 

Photo Courtesy: Naia

Another underrated region, Southern Belize also has its fair share of Maya sites and caves, but it’s also rich in culture. Here are the towns and villages mainly belonging to the Garifuna and Maya cultures, whose heritage shines strongly throughout the region. Expect great, spice-ridden food and tranquil days ideal for getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life. 

Where to stay in Central Belize

Photo Courtesy Belize Biltmore Plaza

A central hub where anything is possible, our guide on where to stay in Central Belize has the former capital of Belize City. The city is rich with history and landmarks of time past, but hidden attractions are also available in nearby towns. This region houses the local-favorite Community Baboon Sanctuary, where you can visit and interact with howler monkeys. There’s also a river pontoon tour that is perfect for a half-day trip. The city also has a diverse culinary scene, meaning you won’t have to look very hard for a restaurant that suits your tastes. 

Where to stay Offshore 

Belize has its fair share of private island resorts, but the larger islands also offer accommodations honeymooners, families, and friend groups keep returning to time and again. Many of these destinations share pure beaches, swaying palm trees, and an affinity for luxury. Hop on a golf cart at Caye Caulker to explore the entire 6 miles the island offers, or spend the day snorkeling off a tiny Caye somewhere in the middle of the Caribbean Sea. 

Where to stay in Northern Belize

Lamanai – Maya Site © Duarte Dellarole

Underrated but overdelivering, Northern Belize holds Mayan ruins, a great culinary scene, and the friendliest people you’ve ever met. Not many first-timers make it up to Northern Belize, which is a shame since the region has much to offer. Home to the Shipstern Nature reserve, the coastal ex-pat town of Corozal, and the taco capital of Orange Walk, the region is worth adding to your list. There’s a handful of places where to stay in Northern Belize and we’re still building our guide, but make sure to keep it on yours!

Find a full list of here to stay HERE.

Feature image courtesy Matachica Resort

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