For many years, it was difficult and time-consuming to get to Belize. But now, all of the biggest airlines in North America fly to Belize, making it easy to find very affordable tickets.
If you've ever wanted to come to Belize and explore this magnificent country, here are five awesome and cheap backpacking destinations:
The "new" capital of the country, Belmopan is like no other city in Belize. Founded in 1970, Belmopan has a highly organized city plan, a magnificent parliament building that resembles an ancient Maya temple, and a lot of cool things to see and do.
One backpackers' favorite stop in Belmopan is the lively farmer's market, the perfect place to see locals swap gossip and trade produce, dairy, handicrafts, and even traditional medicinal compounds made from local plants found in the jungle. And don't miss the world-famous giant burritos that go for less than $5 BZD at the market.
The second-largest city in the country, San Ignacio is the gateway to the country's west. San Ignacio is the perfect stopping point before heading out to visit ancient Maya ruins, national parks, or outdoor adventures like river canoeing, zip lining, and cave tubing.
But there's plenty to see in town as well, including hearty and filling street food, an open-air market on the river bank, and a lively mix of all of the different cultures in Belize.
Located just 20 miles (32 km) off the coast of Belize City, this island's proud motto is "No shoes, no shirt, no problem." Most of the boat taxis swing by this island, so getting here is easy and affordable.
And, although Caye Caulker has started to grow, you can still get affordable food if you know where to look. Just ask a friendly local to tell you where the best deals are.
Named for its citrus-growing past, today, Orange Walk is the center of the sugar-growing industry in Belize. Be sure to try the tacos in Orange Walk as people come from all over the country for these tasty treats.
Located in southeastern Belize, Placencia is rapidly becoming a top tourist destination, but there's still plenty of the old fishing village left to explore. Take a walk down the city's "main street" to check out some amazing murals or snack on some delicious food.
If you'd like to explore all of the beautiful backroads, byways, and backpacker-friendly destinations in Belize, book your vacation with Adventures in Belize.