What to do in Belize?

Belize is famous for The Great Blue Hole and its Caribbean blue turquoise waters, but did you know about its jungle side?

Tropic Air, Astrum Helicopters, and Crystal Auto Rentals make it easy to get around and explore the Belize jungle, Mayan ruins, and other adventures you won’t want to miss!

How to Get There?

Tropic Air – once you’ve arrived into Belize, Tropic Air provides regular flights between Belize City and San Pedro, and to other cities – email reservations@tropicair.com or call #501 226-2012.  Tropic Air has a stellar reputation – their flights depart/arrive on time, a professional friendly staff greets you to ensure you get on the right flight, have a safe flight, and when you land your baggage is off the plane and waiting for you!  The Tropic Air terminal at the San Pedro airport is air conditioned, super clean, with free Wi-Fi.

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Astrum Helicopters

Astrum Helicopter’s provides helicopter adventures, transfers and chartered flights.  Their trained pilots and staff safely transport you to San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Placencia or any destination in Belize.  There are also custom adventures where Astrum can take you to the Blue Hole, Glovers Reef, Turneffe Islands, Victoria Peak, 1000 ft Falls, Altun Ha, Caracol, or Lamanai.

website and email:  info@astrumhelicopters.com or call #501 222-5100.

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From their site:  Astrum Helicopters operates the Bell 206 helicopter family of turbine powered rotary wing aircraft, which is renowned and considered to be the safest, most reliable aircraft of any kind flying throughout the world. The spacious cabin offers a seating configuration ideally suited for tours, corporate and executive transport.

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How to Get Around?

Crystal Auto Rental is our top choice!  A Trusted Name Since 1989

email:  reservations@crystal-belize.com and ask for Rina who helped us make our reservation.

When you enter the courtyard to the Auto Rental Office, there’s an inspiring sign that reads “Everyone who enters here is blessed, and prospered, and inspired, and enriched in all ways!”  With this mantra, it’s no wonder Crystal’s owner Jay Crofton, a native of Conroe, Texas has been so successful.  He founded Crystal 25 years ago, and has an amazing collection of cars, but also antiques and unique finds at his Belize City Office.  There are some intriguing stories and adventures behind these treasures – just ask him to share a few!

Crystal is the largest car rental company in Belize, with a fleet of autos twice the size of any of their competitors.  They gave us an air conditioned, immaculately clean 4-wheel drive vehicle and provided excellent service.  There auto rental offices are located in Belize City and also at the Phillip Goldson International Airport.

If you have time, meet owner Jay Crofton,


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There are four main highways in Belize – the Northern, the Southern, the Western, and the Hummingbird Highway.  We drove the Western Highway and kept a lookout for tapirs, and enjoyed the vistas of the diverse terrain – savannahs, jungles, rainforest, and sights and people along the way.

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Where to Stay?

Blancaneaux Lodge – click here to read about it.

Ka’ana Resort click here to read about it.

Chaa Creek Lodge click here to read about it.

Where to Eat?

Benny’s –  located in the town of San Jose Succotz, just a few blocks from the Xunantunich ruins.  You can enjoy a local restaurant with local Mayan dishes.  We had the Pibil – slowly cooked pork with corn tortillas and habanero sauce.

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Roadside BBQ – we stopped at a few roadside BBQ’s and had delicious grilled chicken.

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Art Box – want a snack or Belizean iced coffee and view some art?   Located on the Western Highway Mile 46 near Belmopan, stop at Art Box, www.artboxbz.com.

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Other restaurants we recommend can be found at the resort links above.

What to Do in the Belize Jungle?

So many things to do as you visit the Belize Jungle–Canoeing, kayaking, cave exploring, cave tubing, zip lining, bird watching, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, visit cave ruins – there are endless adventures in Belize.

Calico Jack’s Villageclick here to see videos and read about some of our adventures at Calico Jacks!

For more information, email:  cjstaff@calicojacksvillage.com

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Chaa Creek Lodge – we enjoyed many activities at Chaa Creek too, click here to read about it.

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Ka’ana Resort – click here to read about our visit to the Xunantunich Mayan Ruins.

Jungle sights along the way:

The Belize people are friendly and as we drove on the Western Highway towards the Guatemalan border, here are some images of the sights we saw….schoolchildren, women washing along the river, fruit stands, locals looking for shade, families working together, laundry lines, and beautiful trees blossoming with orange, yellow, pink flowers. We loved being able to be with these people during our visit to the Belize jungle.

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Travel Acknowledgements

Global Adventuress thanks Tropic Air, Astrum Helicopters, and Crystal Auto Rentals for hosting us during our travels in Belize!