Belize has miles of coastline along the beautiful Caribbean Sea and many amazing beaches here as well. Belize is unique due to its less developed appeal—lush rainforests and jungles complement Mayan ruins here. Many of the best beach hotels in the country are found in areas such as Belize City and the lovely expanses of the Placencia Peninsula and Ambergris Caye.
Belize City Beach Hotels
Crowded narrow streets in Belize City can be a turn-off at first, but delving further into the landscape is the best way to find the top city gems– and there are many. Belize City beach hotels keep you close to one of the city’s best traits—the beach—but beachfront hotels in Belize City are few. Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza (pictured above) exhibits genuine Caribbean style in a full-service setting on the north side of the city along the Caribbean Sea. Large guest rooms and suites, meeting space, and plenty of tours to historic sites and Mayan ruins are available. The Great House is also within the Fort George area within steps of the sea and the Belize Harbor. It features bright, Colonial architecture, upscale shops, and an outdoor restaurant.
Placencia Beach Hotels
The Placencia Peninsula in Belize is an absolute jewel filled with lodges, inns, apartments, and Belize resorts along seventeen miles of pristine beach. Maya Beach Hotel is just one of many with direct beach access and hotel activities like kayaking and snorkeling. Schools of dolphins and manatees are common sights, along with iguanas, pelicans, and other native wildlife. The calm, quiet setting is ideal for recharging and enjoying simple pleasures. Robert’s Grove Inn is on 22 ambrosial acres with five-star accommodations and services. Built as a historic, luxury Hacienda, Robert’s Grove is the place to relish personal attention and luxury in a location near Maya Ruins, the rainforest, and the Belizean barrier reef.
San Pedro Beach Hotels
San Pedro is the main town on Ambergris Caye, one of the most beautiful locations in the country for beach vacations. To some, the lively, surrounding town is a drawback while to others, the setting is just perfect, with access to almost anything anytime. The Royal Caribbean Resort San Pedro defines itself as unconventional. Forty furnished seaside cottages provide a wonderful and private base in San Pedro. The barrier reef lies little more than a half a mile from shore. Pier fishing, diving, snorkeling the resort’s artificial reef, and alfresco oceanfront dining are a few activities to enjoy.
Las Terrazas Resort presides on private, white sand frontage and exudes the kind of luxury found in five star facilities. Full kitchens with granite counters begins luxury indoors while a sprawling, modern design characterizes the outdoor landscape. Onsite dining, a sumptuous spa, and a vast number of land and dive tours are offered.
Ambergris Caye Beach Hotels
The Ambergris Caye is close to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico. A distinctly underdeveloped area, forget loud bars, nightclubs or high-rise hotels. Excellent beachfront hotels in Belize are found in verdant Ambergris Caye where scuba diving within Belize’s barrier reef is the top attraction. San Pedro is the caye’s main settlement, characterized by bright, island colors and the majority of the caye’s hotels. It is on the outer lying reaches of Ambergris Caye where the beachfront Belize resorts are. To live the life of a castaway, try either Xanadu Island Resort or White Sands Cove. Xanadu is an eco-friendly, luxury resort directly on the beach in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye. The resort offers free bicycles and/or golf carts to get around locally and explore San Pedro. Private areas for relaxing on hammocks, a heated pool, and plenty of free activities are available. White Sands Cove is equally inviting, with 360 degrees of ocean, rainforest, and blue skies. One- and two-bedrooms condos offer a comfortable, fully equipped base to enjoy the best of Belize, including diving, cave tubing, zip lining, and more.