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When to go
Belize normally sustains a subtropical, moderate climate all year round, but can be quite wet with brief but frequent showers and clouds outside of the dry months. January/February to the end of May is the best time to visit for uninterrupted sunshine. Spring and the winter months bring the most clement weather, as well as the most visitors. August to October is hurricane season in the Caribbean, so most travellers stay away – you can benefit from reasonable rates if you don’t mind enduring some gusty squalls.
PlanesBelize City is the main airport serviced by American Airlines, United and TACA among others. From the UK you can fly via Miami, Houston or Atlanta. There’s is a departure tax of about $35. Internal flights can be the easiest means of travelling within Belize. You can catch frequent internal flights with Maya Air (www.mayaislandair.com) or Tropic Air (www.tropicair.com). Alternatively you can charter three- five- and 12-seat Cessna planes when travelling to private airstrips. Planes can be chartered through Javier’s Flying Service (www.javiersflyingservice.com).
BoatsWater taxis leave Belize City for San Pedro seven times a day and take about 45 minutes, but the passage can be rough in bad weather.
AutomobilesIf you plan to explore Belize in depth a rental car can come in handy but thanks to some shoddy roads a relatively short journey can become a lengthy test of patience.
TaxisCabs are a cost-effective means of getting around – short trips within towns rarely cost more than a couple of dollars. Boat taxis travel regularly along the length of San Pedro in Ammbergris Caye and there’s a regular water bus that leaves from Fidos Bar at least once or twice an hour from the jetty. With a valid driver’s licence, you can also hire golf buggies for pootling around the town.
Neighbouring Mexico gets more airtime than smaller, more bashful Belize, but Central America’s youngest nation has plenty to boast about: caves beloved by the ancient Maya, the glittering Barrier Reef and its eye-boggling Blue Hole monument, untouched beaches and jungles soundtracked by the chatter of beasts and birds (speaking of which, look out for toucans – the national bird).