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Holidays in Belize

Belize Extension holidays

Sun drenched and fringed with coconut palms, stretching alongside the second largest barrier reef in the world, Ambergris Caye is the largest and most popular of all the islands in Belize.

This extension is aimed at those who are interested in combining the culture, history and traditions of Guatemala with a few days diving, snorkelling or simply relaxing on a white sandy beach in Belize. From your hotel in Northern Guatemala, transfer by private car to Belize City Airport (or flight from Flores) and then take a 20 minute flight to San Pedro Airstrip on Ambergris Caye. Upon arrival, you will be met and transferred to your accommodation (or take a local taxi if staying at Xanadu Island Resort).

Diving and Snorkelling, Belize Extension

Holidays In Belize Extension

Ambergris Caye is the largest of some 200 islands that dot the coastline of Belize and runs parallel to the second largest barrier reef in the world. Twenty five miles in length and a little over a mile wide in some places, it is located in the clear shallow waters of the Caribbean sea, just off the tip of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.

The warm waters are a paradise for water-sport enthusiasts with a multitude of activities on offer including sea kayaking, sailing, kite and windsurfing to name but a few. Other than water based activities, visitors can also join jungle tours, go manatee spotting, bird-watching or even hop over to the mainland to visit ancient Mayan ruins.

San Pedro town, to the south of Ambergris Caye, is the only inhabited area on the island. Its atmosphere is that of a small bustling fishing village, clustered with wooden houses, some with Mexican décor, others in Caribbean of English colonial style. Gift shops, boutiques, bars, cafes and restaurants line the streets. The front is full of jetties and dive shops which offer trips to the different dive sites such as the famous Great Blue Hole. A short walk around the town will reflect the friendliness of the people as they go about their daily business. Bare-feet, t-shirts and shorts sum up the typical island dress code. Golf buggies and bicycles are the main means of transport! The islanders are called ‘Sanpedranos’ and speak English, Creole and Maya all at the same time.

The economy of the island, once dependent on the coconut and fishing industries, is now predominantly reliant on tourism. The local currency is the Belize dollar. One US dollar is worth approximately two Belize dollars. The rainy season in Belize is much the same as that in Guatemala (May-Nov) when you will typically experience sunny mornings and rainy afternoons as well as periods without any rain at all.

We mainly offer this as an extension to your main holiday in Guatemala as we do not yet feature Belize as a destination in its own right. 


Although sandy beaches are plentiful, entry from the shore is not terribly pleasant due to an accumulation of sea grass at the waterline entry mark. Therefore, swimming mostly takes place from hotel platforms and piers.

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