Belize Student discount

Idyllic Caribbean beaches, countless paradise islands, world-class scuba diving, mysterious Mayan ruins, untamed jungle, and mega biodiversity. If you were dreaming up the perfect backpacking destination, it would probably look a lot like Belize.

Sitting at the top of Central America, Belize’s small size belies the dizzying array of things to do there. You might dedicate your whole visit to topping up your tan at a secluded resort like Caye Caulker, or get a little bit more adventurous by scuba diving and snorkelling at Belize Barrier Reef (the second largest coral reef system in the world), trekking deep into the jungle for an adventure, and exploring historical ruins like Altun Ha and Lamanai. Belize’s prodigious wildlife – think big cats, manatees, sea turtles, monkeys, and much more – also makes it an ideal place to join a volunteer or conservation project so you can contribute to ongoing efforts and give something back to this incredible country.

Our Favourite Adventure Tours & Volunteer Projects

Interested in volunteering in Belize and contributing to vital ongoing conservation work? Frontier offers a wide range of incredible local experiences. Here are a few of our favourites.

The easiest, fastest, and cheapest way to visit Belize from the UK is to fly. We’re offering flights from X to X for just £X – not bad for going all the way to Central America! Most flights arrive in Belize City, the biggest city in the country, and a great jumping off point for your adventure.

If you’re a British national, you do not need a visa to enter Belize. Yay! Just make sure you have your passport with you and that it’s valid for at least six months after the date of your arrival and you’ll be allowed to enter for a limited period. This can be extended if necessary by paying a small fee.

That really depends when you’re going! (See the question above for more information on that). Different seasons will necessitate packing different clothes. As a general rule, bring your swimming costume, sturdy boots for jungle treks, and mosquito spray. Don’t take sun lotion with you; it’s much cheaper to buy it once you arrive.

The most popular time for visiting Belize (the high season) is December to April, when hot weather and clear skies are pretty guaranteed. Accommodation prices are most expensive during this period, and attractions busier. The low season between June and October sees consistent heavy rainfall, but significantly lower prices and smaller crowds, though not everything will be open. A good compromise can be the shoulder season, in either November or May, where most attractions are open but the crowds won’t yet have descended.

It really depends what you’re into! Caye Caulker is a lovely (but touristy) beach resort, while Hol Chan Marine Reserve in the Belize Barrier Reef is a world-class spot for scuba diving and snorkelling. If you want to see big cats, head to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary for a glimpse of jaguars. Altun Ha and Lamanai are two of the most popular Mayan ruin spots.

Yes, we’re going to use the word biodiversity again. Belize has a frankly absurd range of wildlife to see. Diverse marine environments provide the opportunity to see manatees, sea turtles, nursing sharks, short-beaked dolphins, and hundreds of species of fish. On land, there are five big cats to see – jaguars, mountain lions, ocelots, margays, and jaguarondi – alongside tapirs and numerous species of monkeys, parrots, snakes, and more. Choose a nature reserve (or visit the amazing Belize Zoo) and see what you find!

The diversity of wildlife means there are loads of animal and conservation volunteering projects to get involved with. Many of these centre on marine environments, whether it be monitoring the natural habitats of manatees or working closely with locals to help protect beach ecosystems. You can still enjoy the chilled atmosphere of Belize, while giving something back by performing important work.

Your best bet is to join a tour, so you won’t have to worry about getting around, as all transport will be taken care of for you. Plus you’ll share the experience with a group of like-minded people and have an expert guide to ensure you don’t miss anything. If you must travel independently, you’ll probably need to hire a car, catch buses, and use boats to get out to the islands.

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