Belize is made up of hundreds of islands and many of them remain wholly untouched. There's plenty to see and do on these islands, for sure, but how in the world is a traveler meant to pick only one? With so many options, its close proximity to Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, and its reputation for some of the best beaches in the world, the decision doesn't get any easier.

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Travelers can rest assured knowing one fact: No matter where they choose to go in this grouping of islands, they're sure to have a vacation they won't soon forget. However, if they're planning on making it one that's truly memorable, these are the places they should start hunting for deals in, first. There's something for everyone, whether you're looking for flawless beaches, crystal-clear waters for snorkeling, or just some R&R on the island.



Hopkins has long been known as the cultural center of Belize. It's a smaller village which many might appreciate compared to the larger towns and cities on the islands, and it offers plenty for those interested in learning more about its cultural history.

It's not uncommon to visit Hopkins and run into a festival; two of the most popular are celebrated on two different holidays: Hopkins Day and Garifuna Independence Day. This island is home to the descendants of the African, Arawak, and Island Carib people, known as Garifuna - thus the holiday in their honor.

Belize City

As the largest city in Belize, Belize City is perfect for those who want more of a fast-paced island vacation. While this city echoes nothing of what most are used to, it's still a major hub for those coming in and out of the islands.

While most people only stop here on their way to other beaches, there's truly no shortage of cultural events to take part in here. Walking around the city is also a fun way to explore Belize's most populated destination, and it's a great way to take in its food and culture.

San Ignacio

In stark contrast, San Ignacio is a much smaller, quieter town that sits not far from Belmopan. The atmosphere here is very casual and travelers can usually find pretty good deals on hotels and resorts.

It's also a great place to set up a vacation home base as transportation in and out of the town is very reliable. The food in San Ignacio is some of the best in Belize and, for a relatively inexpensive vacation, this is a traveler's best bet. It's surrounded by lush forests and Mayan ruins, so this is the perfect place for history buffs, as well. Since San Ignacio is a popular stop before heading to Guatemala for many, this is the perfect midway point for those who plan on splitting their trip between there and Belize.

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Ambergris Caye

Ambergris Caye is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful islands in Belize. It's also the largest island which means plenty of lodging options from small beachside cabins to larger luxe resorts. The tone of this island is incredibly laid back and travelers won't need to worry about packing a fancy outfit; it's the true definition of island time.

It's not uncommon to see many people using golf carts as the main method of transportation or just walking since many things are available locally. Beachgoers will be thrilled to know that heading down to the beach for some R&R is a favorite activity of most on this island. It's also fairly easy to reach from Belize City thanks to short plane rides and ferries that leave from the city's port, and it's perfect for newcomers who have never experienced the islands before.


Nature lovers will absolutely adore Placencia thanks to its abundance of sandy beaches and lush forests. Travelers will have their choice of three villages on this island: Seine Bight, Maya Beach, and Placencia Village.

In Placencia Village, travelers have the chance to scope out the 'Sidewalk' which is a collection of shops and eateries that line the beachside boardwalk. This island is also the perfect place to commune with nature, whether it be kayaking among the island's native dolphin population or heading to the wetlands for some canoeing. At Placencia Lagoon, it's not unusual to run into the island's most famed wildlife, such as manatees, crocodiles, and native bird species. With good weather the majority of the year, this is the island to be for those who truly want a feel for Belize's nature.

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