Located in Central America, bordering with Mexico to the North and Guatemala to the West and South with the Caribbean Sea resting on the East Side. Belize is a fantastic and diverse destination with lush rainforest, ancient Maya sites, beautiful beaches and incredible diving, not to mention the laid-back Caribbean hospitality. Belize is perfect for families, couples, individuals who enjoy wildlife, marine life, discovering new cultures, and explorers who like to travel off-the-beaten-path in beautiful natural sceneries. Belize has a huge network of national parks and wildlife sanctuaries brimming with exotic species, over 500 species of birds and dotted with ancient Maya sites. A combination of Maya, Creole, Mestizo, Garifuna, East Indian, Middle Eastern, Asian and Central American people means visitors have an endless array of flavourful cuisines to choose from and a rich tapestry of musical sounds to enjoy and dance to. Also, a brilliant display of local artwork and handicrafts are on sale all over the country. Belize also has marine treasures to offer like three of the only four coral atolls that exist in the Western hemisphere, the second largest barrier reef in the world and a UNESCO Heritage site in the Great Blue Hole.
Traveller safety is a top priority for Belize. The Gold Standard Recognition Program seeks to enhance the health and safety standards of Belize’s tourism product. It also aims to instill confidence in tourism employees and travelers of the cleanliness and safety of Belize’s accommodations, restaurants, and tour operators, while ensuring minimal impact on the guest experience. To achieve Gold Standard certification, properties must appoint a program manager to implement and monitor protocols, ensure enhanced cleaning and sanitization programs, ensure clear and consistent communication with employees and guests, and implement training programs for all employees. Gold Standard certified entities can be identified via the Gold Standard seal.
A five-phased reopening plan has been established for Belize’s tourism industry; Phase 3 launched on October 1 when the country re-opened its international airport for leisure travel. A Tourism Safe Corridor has been established which is comprised of all Gold Standard certified hotels, restaurants, tour operator, tourism sites and attractions, and certified gift shops, and approved transportation such as car rentals and taxis. These Gold Standard and certified entities have all been trained and have implemented enhanced health and safety measures. Belize encourages its visitors to travel within the corridor as all entities have undergone training and have implemented enhanced health and safety measures to protect guests. Through these reimagined protocols, visitors can breathe easy while making life-long memories discovering the wonders Belize has to offer.