December and January may be a time of bitter cold, snow, and short, gray days in North America, but it’s one of the best times to visit Belize. December and January fall during the “dry season,” a long stretch of clear blue skies, warmer temperatures, and fabulous weather that is ideal for snorkeling, fishing, scuba diving, hiking, and working on your tan.
Best of all, increased competition means that airfare to Belize is now more affordable than ever. For travelers in the United States, all four of the biggest airlines have non-stop routes from major cities to Belize. Southwest has three routes (Denver – DIA, Houston – HOU, and Fort Lauderdale – FLL) to Belize City (BZE) while American, Delta, and United have routes from Los Angeles, Dallas, Newark, Atlanta, Miami, and many more cities.
Canadians too are now able to enjoy an unforgettable Christmas and New Year’s in Belize thanks to the announcement by Air Canada that it will be joining rival WestJet in offering direct service to Belize City (BZE) from Toronto (YYZ).
Here are a few things you can look forward to on your winter vacation in Belize:
An Old-Fashioned Christmas
In Belize, everyone still remembers “the reason for the season.” Enjoy caroling, delicious foods, and lots of holiday cheer when you celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Belize.
The Belize Barrier Reef is a UNESCO World Heritage Site composed of hundreds of islands and atolls along a stretch of the second-largest coral barrier reef in the world. The weather is perfect in December and January to enjoy snorkeling, fishing, sailing, and scuba diving.
The Ancient Maya
The ancient Maya developed complex calendars and build gigantic pyramids up and down the length of Belize, many of which still exist today. Visitors can climb to the top of an ancient pyramid or head deep underground to explore sacred sites like Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave where ancient Maya priests once performed bloody human sacrifices.
The first day of the year (January 1) is when Belizeans gather to cheer on their favorite racers in the KREM New Year’s Day Cycling Classic. This exciting race pits hundreds of local and regional cyclists against one another to be the first to complete the route from Corozal Town to Belize City.
The islands and beaches of Belize often hog the spotlight, but there’s plenty to see and do on the mainland as well. Enjoy a canoe expedition in search of wildlife, hike through a pristine rainforest, picnic at the base of a waterfall, or enjoy a thrilling inner tube ride along underground rivers in the unique Belizean activity known locally as “cave tubing.”
Caves Branch Lodge
Caves Branch Lodge is located in the western Cayo District of Belize, the heartland of the country’s pristine jungles. The Lodge specializes in nature tours of the surrounding jungle and rainforest while providing five-star luxury guest accommodations, including in tree houses located high up in the canopy.
To enjoy a fabulous Christmas and New Year’s Day vacation in Belize, contact Caves Branch Lodge today.