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How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

How to Get an Extra Day of Vacation in Belize

If you're like me, when you travel, you want to get in as much FUN time as you can. The actual travel part - the planes, trains, and automobiles - can be fun but it's not FUN fun. Especially when you're heading to a secluded island paradise and you want to get on the beach as soon as possible

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When planning how to get the most island time possible for your Belize vacation, it's important to take into account the location of the island and the transfer times required after you arrive in Belize.

  • How many hours will it take you to get there and back?
  • Do you need to take a plane and then a boat?
  • How much will it cost?
  • Does the resort offer transportation?

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Most of the private island resorts in Belize are in the southern part of the country, which means another flight once you land in Belize City and go through customs and immigration. Most flights are less than 45 minutes, but you will wait up to an hour or two before boarding your local flight. Then you'll likely have a van ride and then finally a 45-60 minute boat ride to the island resort. It can be worth it if you have the extra time as the cayes (pronounced keys) off the coast of Belize are pretty breathtaking!

By far the most popular option for Belize travelers is a visit to the largest island, Ambergris Caye. More easily accessible than the outer atolls and southern cayes, Ambergris offers a wide variety of lodging options, from small hostels and hotels to large luxury resorts located several miles north and south of the main town of San Pedro. To get there you either fly from Belize International to San Pedro (about $300 USD per couple round trip), or if you arrive early enough in the day you can take a public water taxi from Belize City, a 75-minute ride to the San Pedro terminal. Once in San Pedro, most resorts include pickup and return to the airport or water taxi, which can take anywhere from 5-10 minutes by car or golf cart to 45 minutes by boat, depending on where your resort is located. 

So, how do you get the most beach time on your Belize vacation?

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You stay at St. George's Caye Resort, of course! Our island resort is centrally located only 7 miles off the coast of Belize City making for quick and easy travel to and from the mainland. Only 20 minutes in fact. On a private boat. And then you're greeted with cool towels, tropical punch, and a friendly Belizean smile. 

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From the time you exit customs at the Belize City Airport until you're sitting on the porch of your private cabana with a cool drink staring at the Caribbean is usually less than an hour – and it won’t cost you a penny!

Compared to the 3 or 4 hours or more that it can take to get to other island resorts - both coming and going - when you stay at St. George's, you get an extra day of vacation. And who doesn't want that?!

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GET AN EXTRA DAY OF VACATION

Call or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today to reserve your supremely relaxing, no-travel-stress vacation on our Belize Island Paradise. (Check out our specials page to see what we're offering during your preferred dates!) 

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Flying to Belize

Flying to Belize

Many people ask about flights to Belize. What's the best route to take? Who has the best prices? When do flights arrive and depart? 

So we've put together the 411 on getting to Belize by air this Fall 2015 and into 2016. 

Belize will have a whopping 66 flights per week coming from the United States.

The four major airlines offering daily service from the United States into Belize are American Airlines, Delta Airlines, United Airlines, and soon Southwest Airlines. Tropic Air, Copa, and Avianca/Taca will get you here from Mexico, Panama and other Central American Countries. 

By March 2016, Belize will have 528 international nonstop flights per month from 16 foreign airports and 7 airlines including the newest ones Copa Airlines and Southwest Airlines!  - Via Tropic Air Facebook Page

Photo Credit Tropic Air Belize

Southwest is currently taking the cake on best fares. Beginning October 15th, 2015 Southwest Airlines will begin DAILY flights direct from Houston's HOBBY airport. The HOU to BZE flight will take off at 1:45pm and land in Belize at 3:05pm .The returning flight from BZE to HOU will depart Belize at 5:40pm and land in Houston at 8:15pm. 

If you've never flown Southwest before - you might find them to be quite refreshing. They are known for a few key differences:

  1. Two 50 pound bags fly free with you. FREE. And you still get a carry-on. 
  2. No assigned seats. They assign boarding numbers in three groups, A, B, & C and you line up and board accordingly and take the first available seat that appeals to you. You can pay more to board earlier. They do let families with children board after all of group A has boarded. And they will assist you if you cannot find a place next to your child. 
  3. No fees to change your flight. NO FEES. You will pay fare differences, but no fees just because you want or need to change your flight. (United for example charges $200 + fare differences)

United is price matching the fares from Houston to Belize, though they operate out of IAH in Houston. 

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Southwest - Houston to Belize


There are more flights than ever landing daily at Belize's  Philip Goldson International Airport and that means more seats for the airlines to fill. Which ultimately turns out to be a good deal for you! 

Pro Tip: Set flight notifications to email you when fares drop! 

Nonstop Flights to Belize

Wondering the best airline to fly to Belize? Or where to start looking for flights into Belize? Below is listed all Airlines with flights into Belize. These are nonstop flights into Belize's only international arrivals airport.

 

Flights from the United States:

 

American Airlines  www.aa.com

Dallas DFW - 1x daily, 2x on Saturdays

Miami MIA - 2x per day

Los Angeles LAX - Saturday and Sunday Only

Charlotte - CTL - (Flight number 831 to Belize, 816 return to CTL) Saturday Only

 

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Delta  www.delta.com

Atlanta ATL - 1x daily plus 3x on Saturday

Los Angeles LAX - Saturday Only (Beginning November 2015)

 

United  www.united.com

Chicago ORD - Saturday only (Flight #1150 to Belize and #1151 returning to Chicago ORD)

Houston IAH - 3x per day and 4x per day on Saturday - a whopping 22 flights per week to Belize!

New York, Newark Liberty EWR - Nonstop to Belize Saturday's Only (Flight #1657 to Belize and #1595 returning to EWR) I am not seeing this flight on United's website until January 2016.

 

Southwest  www.southwest.com

Houston Hobby 1x Daily (Beginning October 15, 2015)

 

Flights from other Countries:

 

Tropic Air  www.tropicair.com

Tropic Air opperates out of Belize City and provides the following international routes in addition to flying all over Belize. 

Cancun 2x Daily

Merida MX 3x per week

Roatan Honduras daily

 

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

 

Avianca/Taca  www.avianca.com

El Salvador 1x Daily

 

Copa  www.copaair.com

From Panama 2x per week beginning Dec 8th

 

 

Example Itineraries for the first week in November 2015 flying Chicago to Belize

 

 United - Chicago to Belize  Southwest - Chicago to Belize 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This week also happens to be our Blues in Belize music week - So grab a great flight on Southwest (or your favorite airline) and head down for a once in a lifetime event. 

St. George's Caye Resort is a boutique Resort on a private residence island in Belize City, with 12 thatch roof cabanas and elegant beachfront dining. We are the closest island resort to the Belize International Airport. 

www.BelizeIslandParadise.com

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Frommer's Guide Suggests Belize as Top Travel for 2015

Frommer's Guide Suggests Belize as Top Travel for 2015

On Good Morning America, Frommer’s Travel Guide lists Belize as one of 15 Most Tantalizing Travel Destinations for 2015!

 

Pauline Frommer, editorial director of the Frommer's Guides, says, "We are suggesting Belize this year" she begins "This is a  life affirming destination" also adding Belize has "Glorious pristine rain-forests, gorgeous nature, incredible water sports but it also has Mayan Ruins. You're going to be climbing to the top of the Pyramids, you're going to be swimming into caves where ancient artifacts are calcified to the floor. They should be in museum's but they can't be moved."

 

Now that Belize has caught your attention - let St. George's Caye Resort be your guide! From diving the famous Blue Hole to climbing the Mayan Temples in Cayo to relaxing and enjoying the local Rum - our staff is ready to serve you! A private island experience close enough to Belize City for easy transfers to Belize International Airport. Join us in paradise and experience the Magic of St. George's Caye! 

 

Other top travel destinations include Asheville, North Carolina, known for its New Belgium Brewery, Washington DC, and also South Dakota. In 2015 South Dakota will be hosting the 75th Anniversary of the Sturgis motorcycle rally August 3-9, 2015 with 1 million bikers expected to attend.

 

 

MAKE BELIZE YOUR NEXT VACATION! 

 

 

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The Basics of Getting to Belize

The Basics of Getting to Belize

Getting to Belize is easy! If you live in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Miami (and soon Chicago), you will have a direct flight into the Belize International Airport. Being a country of approximately 300,000 people the airport is small and friendly. Still, if this is your first time to Belize you will certainly have some questions.

 

Question What airport do we fly into?

  • Whether traveling to Belize City, Placencia, San Pedro, or anywhere else in the country of Belize you will need to first fly into the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport. The airport code is BZE. This is the only International airport in Belize, so all visitors arriving by air must enter here. And as the picture below shows -you will actually exit the plane via a staircase outside!
  • If you are not joining us at St. George's Caye Resort and require a connecting flight you have two options, be sure to make all transfer arrangements before arriving in Belize as most businesses close at 5 or 6pm.
    1. Maya Island Air
    2. Tropic Air

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Question What should we expect when we get to the airport?

  • First and foremost, keep in mind you are now in the land of Belize where time has a different meaning. Be patient, Belizeans do everything at a slower pace than you are used to. Slow down and remember you are now on vacation!
  • Getting through the airport is a three step process. When you arrive you enter IMMIGRATION, where you show your passport and arrival document you filled out on the plane. BAGGAGE CLAIM is the 2nd step, fairly easy as there is only one place to claim bags. Sometimes they even have live music to entertain you.  3rd step is CUSTOMS where they want to know if you are bringing things you shouldn't like a suitcase full of cigarettes to resell or live animals. Most people find this a quick process.

 

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  • As Belize grows in popularity the International airport strives to keep up.  If several flights arrive at the same approximate time, unfortunately, you can have a wait time of up to 45 minutes. They have recently computerized their immigration stations so waiting times have decreased. An average wait time to pass through immigration, get your bags, then clear customs (where they may ask to look inside your bags) is about 15-20 minutes.

When you are a guest of St. George's Caye Resort you will have a personal escort waiting for you just outside  (and it is literally outside) of customs. Our representative will escort you from the airport all the way to your island vacation!

 

Question So, we do not need to book any transportation before coming to Belize?

  • No! Not as our guest. ALL transfers upon arrival and departure are part of your Belize vacation package.

 

Question How long does it take to get from the airport to St. George's Caye?

  • The transport is two part; a 15 minute car ride to the marina (located at the Ramada Princess Hotel in Belize City) and a 20 minute boat ride to St. George's Caye.

 

 

From the time you arrive at the airport until your stay is finished you will find most all Belizeans you meet along the way to be friendly and helpful.

 

 

Getting to and from Belize is a breeze!

 

Still have questions? Go ahead and ask -we want you to be ready and prepared for your Belize Island Vacation!

 

See you soon!

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