1. Belize District
Your trip through Belize usually starts in the Belize District, located in the east of the country. The capital of this district is Belize City, which is also the largest city in the country. This district also includes offshore islands such as Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker. This district is also home to the Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary, the Belize Zoo and the Mayan ruins of Altun Ha.
Belize City and surroundings
Firstly, you will arrive at Philips SW Goldson International Airport by international flight. The Airport is about a twenty minute drive from Belize City. Belize City is generally not a safe city to stay in. Unico Travel recommends that you immediately travel to Ambergris Caye or Caye Caulker upon arrival. Another option is to spend the night in a small-scale bed and breakfast in a safe neighborhood in the city or in the vicinity of the Airport in a hotel on the river in nature.
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary
Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary is over 36.000 acres of consists of wetlands, savannas, lagoons and creeks. It is home to several migratory and local bird species. Crooked Tree Wildlife Sanctuary consists of shallow waters important to wetland birds, including the Jabiru Stork, the largest flightless bird in the United States. More than 330 different species of birds live in this area. You can also see iguanas, crocodiles, howler monkeys and turtles.
You can easily travel by water taxi or domestic flight to Ambergris Caye, the largest island in front of the coast of Belize. There is an relaxed Caribbean atmosphere. San Pedro is the only place on the island with many restaurants, bars and shops. Did you know that Madonna’s La Isla Bonita is about San Pedro? Bicycles and golf carts are available for rent to explore the island. In addition, from Ambergris Caye you can explore the underwater world of, for example the Great Blue Hole and Hol Chan Marine Reserve. You also have the opportunity to snorkel with nurse sharks at Shark Ray Alley.
Tip! Fly over the Great Blue Hole by private charter for stunning views.
Caye Caulker is a small island off the coast of Belize and can be reached by Water taxi from Belize City or Ambergris Caye. The island is known for its laidback atmosphere. The island’s motto is ‘Go Slow’. First of all, discover the island full of swaying palm trees on a crystal clear sea. Stroll past the colored houses, restaurants and bars. In addition, discover the underwater world of, for example, Shark Ray Alley, Hol Chan Marine Reserve and finally the world-famous Great Blue Hole. Unico Travel recommends that you start your trip relaxed on one of the islands.
Hol Chan Marine Reserve
Hol Chan Marine Reserve is Belize’s oldest marine reserve. The reserve is home to more than 160 species of fish, 40 species of coral, 5 species of sponges, 8 species of algae, 2 species of sea grasses, 3 marine mammals and 3 species of sea turtles.
– Fish: a.o. groupers, snappers, barracudas, bull sharks, nurse sharks, butterfly fish, stingrays, sea horses, eagle rays and black tip sharks.
– Turtles: loggerhead turtles, green turtles and loggerhead turtles
– Marine mammals: dolphins and manatees
The reserve covers approximately eight square kilometres and is divided into four zones:
- Zone A: Reef
- Zone B: Seagrass beds
- Zone C: Mangroves
- Zone D: Shark Ray Alley
The first zone, Zone A, is just a fifteen minute boat ride from San Pedro and a thirty minute boat ride from Caye Caulker. During the boat trip, keep an eye out for jumping rays and flying fish. Shark Ray Alley is an important place and often visited with tours. Here you have the chance to swim with nurse sharks and stingrays.