Belize is a gorgeous gem of a country nestled between Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, the Caribbean Sea, and Guatemala. The only country in the region where English is the official language, Belize is an eclectic cultural mix of Maya, Mestizo, Creole, and Garifuna influences.
Known primarily for its natural beauty, Belize is blessed with both the tropical islands of the Belize Barrier Reef and a pristine interior bursting with wildlife and color. Whether you’re looking to enjoy world-class scuba diving, fishing, and snorkeling out on the reef or want to bird watch, hike, cave tube (use an inner tube on a subterranean river), zip line, horseback ride, or canoe, the mainland of Belize has it all.
Best of all, the small size of Belize makes it easy to enjoy visiting a sanctuary for rescued animals in the morning, explore an ancient Maya city during midday, and then relax on the beach with a seafood feast in the evening, all on the same day.
If you’re flying into Belize, it’s important to remember that all international flights land at the Philip Goldson International Airport in Ladyville, a small town just north of Belize City. Once you’re in the country, you can take domestic connections via Maya Island Air or Tropic Air to every corner of Belize.
Here is a partial list of airports and airstrips in Belize along with their three digit airport codes:
Philip Goldson International Airport (BZE) – Belize City
Barry Bowen (TZA) – Belize City
Placencia (PLJ) – Placencia Peninsula
John Greif II (SPR) – San Pedro, Ambergris Caye
Caye Caulker (CUK)
Orange Walk (ORZ)
Caye Chapel (CYC)
Town Airstrip (INB) – San Ignacio/Santa Elena
Note: Some domestic connections from Belize City depart from Philip Goldson while others use Barry Bowen (still widely known as the Belize City Municipal Airport).
A number of major airlines offer non-stop services to the Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City:
American Airlines – Charlotte, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami
Avianca – San Salvador (El Salvador)
Copa Airlines – Panama City (Panama)
Delta – Atlanta, Los Angeles
Maya Island Air – Guatemala City (Guatemala), San Pedro Sula (Honduras)