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Minneapolis Flights to Belize

Belize gets even closer with this new nonstop flight from Minneapolis

Belize is celebrating a new partnership with Sun Country Airlines which has announced the first-ever seasonal nonstop service from Minneapolis/St. Paul to Belize, marking the 10th U.S. city to offer nonstop service to the country.

Sun Country will operate roundtrip flights once weekly on Saturdays between Minneapolis/St. Paul (MSP) and Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City (BZE).

Service will be offered from December 22, 2018 to April 20, 2018. Check suncountry.com for full flight schedule, including departure and arrival times.

“Sun Country’s new nonstop flight from Minneapolis to Belize City marks our farthest reach into the Upper Midwest — an area of the U.S. that can really benefit from easy access to a tropical Belizean vacation when winter comes,” said Karen Bevans, Director of Tourism for Belize.

“We appreciate Sun Country for further supporting our thriving tourism industry and providing more curious travelers with seamless opportunities to escape to Belize.” Mrs. Bevans added that “the Belize Tourism Board is committed to enhancing and expanding tourism programs that contribute to the momentum of the Belizean tourism industry. Working with travel partners like Sun Country enables us to serve as good stewards for the destination while maintaining Belize’s high-quality standards for accommodations.”

“At Sun Country, we pride ourselves on delivering fantastic value to our guests, connecting them to their favorite people, places and memories,” said Ben Brookman, the Vice President of Network and Pricing for Sun Country Airlines. “Belize used to be considered a best-kept secret among travelers. Now that the secret’s out, we’re excited to help curious travelers experience it for themselves.”

Minneapolis/St. Paul joins an ever-expanding list of U.S. and Canadian markets offering nonstop flight service to Belize. The list currently includes Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Denver, Newark, Charlotte, Atlanta, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Calgary and Toronto. Tickets are now on sale at suncountry.com.

Visitors to Belize interested to rent a car to explore the country can rent a vehicle with Tour Belize Auto Rental.

With two offices in the country, one at the Belize International Airport and the other in Belize City, Tour Belize Auto Rental has a fleet of SUVs that are perfect to explore Belize.

Visit https://tourbelizeautorental.com/ to learn more!

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Belize in August

Belize in August

Despite the month August conjuring up images of sweltering heat, Belize in August is actually a time of relatively mild, sunny weather. In fact, daytime highs are only around 86 F (30 C) with lows of around 77 F (25 C) and almost no rain. What could be better weather for enjoying outdoor activities in Belize?

August is also when some of the most exciting festivals occur. The International Costa Maya Festival will be held this year in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye from August 2-5, 2018. This four-day festival includes street parades, musical performances from top acts from across the region, and the biggest beauty pageant of the year. La Reina de Costa Maya (The queen of Costa Maya) beauty pageant will feature Belize’s own Marcia Moody competing against seven other intelligent and talented women from Central America, a lively event that should definitely not be missed!

There’s also lots to do and see on the mainland, including hiking in a national park, horseback riding, zip lining, cave tubing (floating down underground rivers), visiting an animal sanctuary, and exploring pyramids and palaces at an ancient Maya city located deep in the jungle.

One of the best ways to get around Belize is by car because Belize is only about 60 miles (96 km) wide and 120 miles (200 km) long. And there are plenty of companies where you can rent a car in Belize, an ideal way to reach all the rugged and remote attractions like wildlife conservation areas, national parks, and ancient Maya sites.

If you’ve ever asked yourself, “Should I rent a car in Belize?” the answer is, “If you have a valid driver’s license in your home country, then yes!” The rules for driving in Belize are almost identical to those in the United States, including all signs being written in English and distances measured in miles.

The Belize international airport is where all flights land, so it’s a great place to rent a car. From there, you can reach just about any destination on the mainland in three hours or less, including Belmopan, Dangriga, Placencia, Hopkins, and San Ignacio.

If you’re interested in a car rental in Belize City, the best company to contact is Tour Belize Auto Rental. With over a decade of years of experience, Tour Belize is the best company to trust for car rentals at the Belize international airport.

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7 Reasons Why Belize Should Be on Your Bucket List

7 Reasons Why Belize Should Be on Your Bucket List

Visit Belize This Year

With all of the biggest airlines in the United States and Canada now offering non-stop flights to Belize, it’s easier and more affordable than ever to visit this little-known Caribbean paradise.

Here are 7 great reasons why Belize should definitely be on your bucket list:

Tropical Islands

Belize has hundreds of gorgeous islands with swaying palm trees, sugar white beaches, and crystal clear waters. The islands are a UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with life, a paradise for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, and fishing.

Belize Jungle

As if the islands weren’t enough, Belize is also blessed to have lush rainforests and verdant jungles on the mainland, an incredibly diverse ecosystem where you can spot 100 different bird species in the morning, see howler monkeys at play in the afternoon, and catch a glimpse of a jaguar prowling through the jungle in the evening.

The Belize Blue Hole

A completely natural formation measuring nearly 1,000 feet across and more than 400 feet deep, the Belize Blue Hole was rated by famed marine biologist and explorer Jacques Cousteau as one of his top 10 dive sites in the world.

The Ancient Maya

Long before the Europeans arrived, the ancient Maya built a network of enormous cities up and down Central America. Belize was the heartland of that empire, and today has more Maya ruins than anywhere else. Travelers can explore sacred caves where ancient priests conducted human sacrifices, climb giant pyramids, or watch a spectacular sunrise in places like Altun Ha, Xunantunich, and Tikal just over the border in Guatemala.

Belize Cave Tubing

Invented in Belize, cave tubing is a popular activity unlike anything else. Participants use canoes or inflatable inner tubes to float miles along subterranean rivers.

Belize Food

Do you like fresh-caught fish, lobster, conch, and other seafood? Belize has it all. Plus, the country is famous for its delicious, organic produce, including pineapple, mangos, coffee, chocolate, and cashews.

Belize Adventures

Belize is the perfect place to get away from the stresses of modern-day life and enjoy the great outdoors. Visitors can horseback ride through a national park, zip line through the jungle canopy, canoe down a pristine river, and picnic at the base of a waterfall among many other exciting adventure activities.

Tour Belize Auto Rental is the premier car rental agency in Belize, allowing travelers to explore the country at their own pace. Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations, including one at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport in Belize City.

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7 Things to Know Before You Head to Belize

Things to Know Before You Head to Belize

A small Central American country located just 2-5 hours’ flying time from the United States and Canada, Belize is often described as a slice of paradise. With gorgeous tropical islands, lush rainforests, and jungles teeming with exotic wildlife, Belize is a popular vacation destination.

But before you pack your bags, here are 7 things you need to know before traveling to Belize:

World-class Snorkeling and Diving

Once largely unknown to the outside world, the beautiful islands, atolls, and lagoons of Belize were popularized in 1971 when French marine biologist Jacques Cousteau visited the area. After exploring the waters of the enormous Belize Barrier Reef, Cousteau declared that Belize was one of his top 10 favorite diving spots in the world.

Electricity

Detailed closeup of an electric outlet on a painted wall

Just as in the United States and Canada, Belize uses 220-volt electricity with the same two-prong plugs as in North America. If your device works in the USA or Canada, it’ll work just fine in Belize.

English

A former British colony, Belize is the only country in Central America where English is the official language. Many people in Belize also speak Spanish or a variety of minority languages, including Garifuna (an Afro-Caribbean tongue), Mayan, and Mennonite German.

Money

 

The official currency in Belize is the Belize dollar, often abbreviated as BZD. Because the Belize dollar is permanently pegged to the US dollar at 2:1, you’ll never have to worry about converting prices. American dollars are accepted everywhere, and the preferred method of payment is cash, although upscale hotels and restaurants do accept credit cards.

Caribbean Lifestyle

 

If you’re looking for fancy shopping malls or fast food chains, Belize is definitely not right for you. Belize is proud of its Caribbean heritage, and the tastiest foods you’ll find are often found at local mom and pop style restaurants. And leave your formalwear at home, as shorts and flip-flops are the unofficial “uniform” in Belize.

Belize Maya Ruins

Once the heart of the vast ancient Maya civilization, Belize has more ancient Maya ruins than anywhere else in the world. Visitors can climb soaring pyramids or plumb the depths of caves once used to perform bloody religious rituals.

Rent a Vehicle in Belize

Airport Car Rental Belize

If you have a valid driver’s license in your home country, you can rent your own vehicle in Belize. Just as in the United States, everyone drives on the right, gasoline is sold by the gallon, and distances are measured in miles. Having your own rental vehicle is a great way to discover the natural beauty and wonders of the Belizean countryside.

Contact Tour Belize Auto Rental (http://tourbelizeautorental.com/) to learn more about Belize and to rent a vehicle for your Belize vacation.
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Celebrate September in Belize

Often nicknamed “Patriotic Month” due to the many national holidays and festivals, September is one of the best times to visit Belize. Many Belizeans working abroad come home to visit friends and family during September, and the entire month has a very festive air.

September 10

The celebrations kick into high gear on September 10, the national holiday with the extra long name of The Battle of St. George’s Caye Day. In Belize, islands are known as “cayes” (pronounced “keys”) and St. George’s Caye was the original colonial capital. Located just offshore from Belize City, the island was where a scrappy band of English colonialists defeated a Spanish fleet in 1798.

This seminal event is what led to Belize becoming the only British colony in the region, and now every September 10 is a national holiday as Belizeans celebrate their heritage with patriotic music, street dancing, parades, fairs, live music, and marches in every village, town, and city.

September 21

The festivities continue right on through to September 21. On that day in 1981, Belize became a fully independent nation. Every city and town explodes with people, shops, and street lamps bedecked in the national colors (red, white, and blue). Big name acts play live concerts and every small town holds a fair, parade, or festival with plenty of games, arts and crafts, and dancing.

Every Independence Day has its own special theme. In 2018, September 21 will be celebrated with the theme of “Belize Da Fi Wi – Now & Forever, 8867” that both reflects the country’s rich heritage as well as optimism for an even better and brighter future.

A Great Time to Visit

September is also a month to gather with family, enjoy leisurely picnics in one of the country’s many parks, and marvel at the flowering plants that spring up at this time of year. September is also the perfect month for visitors to enjoy uncrowded access to popular sites like ancient Maya cities, animal sanctuaries and rescue centers, bird watching, horseback riding, zip lining through the jungle, and cave tubing (floating down underground rivers on an inner tube).

One of the best ways to ensure that you can catch all the celebrations in September is with a vehicle rental from Tour Belize Auto Rental. Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations in the country, including one at the international terminal of the Philip Goldson Airport.

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Things to Do in Belize City on a Car Rental

4 Things to Do in Belize City on a Car Rental

Although many travelers come to Belize in order to visit top tourist destinations such as Ambergris Caye, San Ignacio, and Placencia, some of the most interesting places to see in the country are found in Belize City.

Once the capital of the country and still its largest urban area, Belize City is a thriving, bustling metropolis located on the Caribbean coastline. If you’re visiting Belize City, here are four destinations you must visit:

Altun Ha

Just a short drive from Belize City lie the ruins of Altun Ha. Once an important trade center for the ancient Maya, Altun Ha is perhaps best known today for its iconic Temple of the Masonry Altars. Measuring 16 meters (52 feet) high, this temple is used on the logo of Belize’s domestic brewery, Belikin.

The name Altun Ha is Maya for “Rockstone Water.” First built more than 2,500 years ago, Altun Ha grew in power until the year AD 900 when the city suffered alongside many others in the region when the ancient Maya civilization began to break down.

St. John’s Cathedral

Still a functioning Anglican church, St. John’s Cathedral holds a unique place in history. As the only Anglican church outside of England to have ever crowned a head of state, St. John’s Cathedral is an excellent example of colonial-era architecture. Built in 1820 with bricks that were brought over from England, the cathedral’s interior is furnished from locally harvested sapodilla and mahogany woods.

The Belize Museum

Located on the grounds of one of Belize’s most notorious prisons, the Museum of Belize has transformed this symbol of colonial rule into an educational and artistic facility that showcases the long history of the country.

Used as a prison from 1857 to 2002, the Belize Museum is now home to a treasure trove of cultural and historical artifacts, including Maya artifacts, an 1837 stamp commemorating Queen Victoria, information about all of the many cultures in Belize, and a preserved jail cell where visitors can get a taste of what inmate life had been like.

The Belize Sign Monument

A must-see attraction for all visitors, the Belize Sign Monument lies right on the beach on Sea Shore Drive in the Buttonwood Bay area of Belize City. Formed of giant letters in all of the colors of the rainbow in order to spell out “Belize,” the sign is a mandatory destination for selfies and social media photos.

Tour Belize Auto Rental has a large fleet of comfortable, modern vehicles for rent that are perfectly suited for exploring Belize, including all of the top attractions in Belize City. Tour Belize Auto Rental has two convenient locations in the country, including one in downtown Belize City and one at the Philip Goldson Airport in Ladyville.

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